I have had a couple emails with comments and questions on CVS shopping. While I, by no means, am a pro at this, I do have a few tips, and I figured I’d put them on here so everyone can see them. And so CVS HQ can see how helpful I am and send me free stuff. (CVS HQ can reach me at skcwick at yahoo.com)
Here are some tips:
– Sign up for the CVS card on your first visit (before you checkout!) so you get the deals. Then, at home, sign up on their site for more deals, which start in a few weeks (after you’ve done some shopping there).
-The ECBS’s: you might have to spend some money tonight out of pocket… But then take your ECBs for next time (for instance, last night I spent $12 out of pocket, but earned $6 ECBs for next time – the people that do good at this, learn how to roll the ECBs so that you rarely have to spend out of pocket. That’s what I’m still getting used to!)
-My CVS was out of a lot of product already and I had to skip some deals – so go early! But not on Sunday morning. You should go to church then. God is more important than free shaving cream. 🙂
-Watch the register and be nice to the workers!! I.E. last night, I wanted to do the Arm and Hammer laundry deal. The one advertised in the flyer is not the one marked on the shelf. The one on the shelf says “38 loads” and is 120 oz. When I went up front, I just made sure to doublecheck that it was indeed, BOGO (buy one, get one free) and it was. I was very gracious to the checkout lady, who was very helpful. I had gone online and signed up for coupons at Arm and Hammer’s site– got a $1 off of laundry detergent. So last night, the detergent was buy one, get one free – and they were $5.99, plus I had a $1 off, so I got two of them for $4.99.
-I literally have to tear myself away from spending money on what I don’t need, just cuz I see that I’ll get ECBs! But what’s the use of spending money on what you don’t need? You’re not really saving then. I know, that’s a “Duh!” but I have to remind myself. The other thing I’ve seen is that people will still do those deals, but then give what they’ve bought to a food pantry, or pregnancy center (diapers always have good deals), which I thought was cool. Or, like if you see a really good deal on baby/kid shampoo and soap, buy it and give it to, let’s say… a mom whose kids decided to dump an entire bottle of baby wash into the tub “to make a bubble bath!” Grrr….
-Also, when you walk in, they have the sales flier from the newspaper, but there’s also another smaller deal booklet which has all the deals that run during the month – be sure to pick that up too – there are some Crest toothpaste ones in there that match up with some coupons from Sunday’s paper this week and plenty more that build up all through April.
-Really watch that cash register slip – I missed the baby deal last week by $1.50 and never got back to the store to buy another baby product, so I missed out on $10 of ECBs. Frustrating.
Think that’s it! Have fun!