Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CVS Early Ad Previews May Be a Thing of The Past

I just wanted to give a heads up that early previews of CVS ads and CVS deal lists may not be available for much longer.  I have noticed they are coming up later and later on the couponing boards and that the regular people who I usually find posting them are not the first to post them.  I usually pick up next week's ad the Monday I shop and started that because I was having my manager order things that were on sale if I wanted extra--especially if there was a high limit extra buck item that had a hot coupon with it.  Last week I
forgot to pick it up and when my husband stopped the next evening and asked for one the manager on duty told him they were no longer allowed to give them out.  I know there are some stores that have asked the coupon community boards not to post theirs early and maybe this is going to happen with CVS, too.  I will keep my eye on the situation and continue to bring them as early as possible as long as CVS does not request they not be posted early.


Anonymous said...

That will be a shame!!

- Dusty

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I know, Dusty, it will be a lot harder to plan and get all the great deals. Seems like they would have less sales, but they must have some reason for it.

Anonymous said...

Saw that one comin'.

I wonder if CVS is going to try to implement a system of e-mailing the entire ad to subscribers on Thursday or Friday the way Walgreens recently has done.

I can imagine that the wonderful individuals who do the coupon match-ups will be hard at work the moment that ad hits the public.

CVS will still be great place to shop. This is just part of the evolution it has been going through over the past few years. Anybody remember the limit of 5 on the extra buck deals? Or the regular $ off $$ coupons in abundance?

Yes, CVS is changing. Those of us who shop for deals there will have to change with it. But, I think we can still maximize savings to benefit our families.


Serious CVS shopper for the past 3 years.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I agree, Sally, it is getting harder and harder to get deals, but it is still my favorite place to shop! I remember month long deals once with no limit--only limited by the stock--it was October a few years back. And then there was the May beauty books a few years back--amazing savings and fun. I should have been blogging back then. :-)

Interesting about the emailed Walgreens ad--I only shop CVS so I was not familiar with that.

Thanks for your input--it is always encouraging to hear a "hang in there" from a fellow long time CVSer!!

Anonymous said...

How disappointing to hear :( CVS would definitely lose some sales- my sister was going to purchase the new Crest Whitestrips at WalMart recently, and I saw the early CVS ad with them on sale. Told her to wait; she purchased them and some razors on sale@CVS instead! It's helpful to see those ads early to prepare- many of us plan weeks ahead for purchases for our families and friends. I may end up buying items @other stores and could have waited a week or so to do the shopping@CVS. I love CVS!!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I totally agree, Anonymous, and the longer I look at an ad the more I see, too, to buy. They must have some good reason for it.

Anonymous said...

I can understand why they may want to prevent the ad previews. Have you noticed some "sale" items, Huggies come to mind, are actually on sale for less money a week or two later?

I don't shop CVS very often, but between the previews and this blog, I've been going about once or twice a month and spending an average of $40 after coupons.