let you know how I find the deals and what may go wrong or be missing. I don't know if anyone ever knows 100% of the deals available, but I will try to bring you the largest percentage humanly possible in the time I have.
I have been shopping CVS for several years. To find the deals each week I'd search the internet, especially couponing boards, and found I needed to check each day on various sites to see what others were finding throughout the week. I knew a lot of people do not have the time to do this and I decided thru Simply CVS others could find all this information in one place. I do the searching and you all do the shopping.
I do not physically get the CVS ads early so I have to find them online to be able to share them with you as is true with the list of the extra buck deals. There are great people across the country who will share these as soon as they find them. Because I want to get them to you as early as possible I use what I find. Sometimes the ad scans may not be the clearest, but I appreciate that the person shared with us and that the sites allow me to copy them and share them with you and though we may not always be able to see the details, we can get an idea of the overall sales.
The extra buck deal type-ups are a time consuming task in themselves let alone matching the coupons. To bring these to you early I can only share what coupons are available at that time (usually 10 days before the sale). It is my practice to go in on Fridays and update these, but once in a while life can happen and I may not be able to do that. I am going to try and remember to add "Updated" to the title when I do this so you know that the latest coupons have been added.
To do the coupon match-ups I find them in coupon data bases maintained on couponing boards by members, the upcoming Sunday insert coupon previews, and looking over the coupons.com, RedPlum and SmartSource sites to see if there are any matches. Sometimes the details are sketchy and I don't know if the coupon matches for sure but want to bring it to you in case it does. I also read thru the CVS forums throughout the week in case someone mentions a printable or another coupon they find that is not listed.
And on top of all of this can be human error--that of others and myself. We may misread a deal or a coupon or even make a typographical error or forget a detail. Below are a few more possible problems and some things you can do to help ensure a smoother experience at the store.
- Check your ad to verify details.
- The ad I am able to show may differ from yours slightly. Be sure to check it closely for the deals you plan on doing. Once in a while CVS will have regional ads very different from the rest of the country, but usually they are almost identical.
- Read the details on the coupons to be sure they match the product (I do not have all of them to look at).
- Coupon values may vary from region to region, but they are at least usually in the larger papers across the country. So if you see I have a $.75/1 coupon listed and yours is a $1/2 don't be surprised.
- Clearance prices vary from store to store--they don't all go 50%, etc. at the same time so check your prices.
- When an ad has a "prices starting at" (psa) they are often lower than what you can find in the store, but when the deals are typed up these prices are usually included--you need to check the prices at your own store. My store seems to have higher prices than I see a lot of shoppers paying.
- When there are limits in the ad (other than extra buck items) they are not in the system per card, but per transaction. If it says limit 4 you can check out 4 each transaction, but each store may limit them per customer if they choose to. Also, when typing up the lists I may miss some of these, so always check your copy of the ad when you get it to varify.
- Most extra buck deals are across country, but once in a while there are regional ones. Check your ad to see if you have anything that was not in the ad I have the type up from.
- Look thru your most recent Sunday inserts before you shop to be sure I was able to include all the new ones in the posts (usually they will be there, but since they vary by region you may get something I did not have access to and if for some reason I can't update after I get them you will have a second chance to get them).
- Printable coupons almost always have a national print limit, so when you see a coupon you want print it right away for the best chance at getting it. Also, that is why sometimes you will go to print a coupon I have listed and it will no longer be available.
As I try to remind readers often, CVSing can be frustrating, but overall it is an amazing experience. To find more help in understanding the process check out the CVS Policies, Terms, CVS tips, CVS 101 for beginners, five levels of CVS shopping and CVS lesson posts (you can find these links anytime in the bars under the Simply CVS banner).
And thank you all for joining me at Simply CVS and for letting me know if you see an error in the posts or know of a deal or coupon I do not have listed.
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