Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I have a love-hate relationship with CVS

Let's talk CVS for a moment, shall we?

I like the extra care bucks ... I really do, but I have a hard time using them before they expire.

I like the deals, but I don't like all the calculating, counting, & strategizing.

I don't like getting my shopping scenario all planned out, coupons matched, etc ...
only to get there to find empty shelves where someone has bought the sale items in mass quantities.

I don't like that every.single.cashier has a different plan & program he/she follows.
One does things this way ... another does things totally different.
It's the same story from store to store.
One store follows one procedure ... & the next ... well, you get the idea.

Whew ... now that I've gotten all that off my chest ;)

I haven't been posting many things lately about saving money, couponing, or stretching my bucks,
but I have been getting some decent deals.
Nothing too fantabulous, but saving a few dollars here & there.

I've not been major couponing since early fall & as I've said before, I do not miss it.
I do not get a 'high' from it ... there's no rush of exhiliration.
{ok, maybe the triple coupons deals ... those were pretty exciting, I'll admit}
I'm not chained to the internet to find every deal & chase it down.
None of those things.
It's lots of work, time-consuming, & sometimes frustrating.
I use coupons to, plain & simple, save a few dollars.
Sometimes it's just easier to head to Aldi & not have the coupon hassle.
Plus, I can get in & out of there in no time flat.
Time is money.

So, now that I've updated you a bit on what's been going on with me in this area of life,
I will share what I got yesterday at CVS & the whole reason I am posting this.

Here are the items I bought today for $4.30.

Pantene shampoo
Pantene conditioner
2 mouthwashes
2 Rimmel make-up products

Every item was on sale & I had a coupon for each one.
I used $24.75 in coupons -- $12 ECB's & $12.75 in manufacturer/CVS kiosk coupons.
AND, I got $5 back in ECB's to use the next time.
Not a super, super deal, but not a bad one either.

One last thing, I let $13 ECB's expire on accident.
This was the same $13 ECB that was already re-issued to me for letting it expire once before!
Good grief ... what is my problem?!
I HATE it when I do that. 
Herein is a perfect example of my ongoing love-hate relationship with CVS.
I HATE  having a clerk tell me in the store that I can't use my ECB
even if it only expired 2 days ago, when I know they usually take them
{especially when I only left the house -looking less than lovely- to go use this ECB!}
I also hate calling to beg ask for it to be re-issued.
But, thankfully, they did re-issue it ... again ;)
I will use it ON TIME this time around ... I promise.
All to save a buck or two.
Shaking my head ;)
I get on my own nerves.
When will I ever learn?

How about you?
Getting any great deals with coupons lately?


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  1. Wow, I'm impressed. I really need to use some coupons! I would love for you to share this at my linky party. http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-6.html


    1. Thank you, Angela =) I'll stop over & visit your party.

  2. I agree... I wish I could just toss all those darn reward cards. I hate them! I only use the coupons when they are convenient for me and I always try to get the best price... But for the most part... I suppose I pay to much. :( For me time is money too.

    GOOD FOR you! :)


    1. It's all a juggling act, I suppose. Sometimes I'm just to busy to sit down & match coupons to deals. I know just what you mean.

  3. I tried couponing for awhile and it just didn't pay for me. I don't buy a lot of convenience foods and stockpiling stuff is not possible for me. I look for deals and count my pennies but coupons are almost always a waste for me. That said, I need to take a better look at the CVS coupons and savings. Thanks for pointing out how you save! Now don't forget to use those dollars!!! Thanks for sharing this at TTF this week.

    Linda & Diann

    1. CVS is good for health & beauty products, especially. Thanks for hosting the linky party.