Thursday, December 23, 2010

CVS Shopper Personalities ~ #2 The Carry Over Shopper & Organization Tips

Last week I introduced you to Casual CVSer, the first of the five CVS shopping personalities.  They are content to get in on the weekly savings at CVS, spend their extra bucks that week and start over the next week.  Today I'd like to introduce you to the next level of CVS shopping, The Carry-over CVSer who keeps those extra
bucks from one week to the next.

Meet The Carry Over CVSer (and tips for organizing)

Carry Over CVSer takes one step more than Casual CVSer and hangs onto extra bucks earned one week for the next week’s extra buck deals if there is no great sale item they want to spend them on in the current week. Organization is a little more complicated than for a Casual CVSer, but the savings will be a little more also.  If you are a Carry Over CVSer you will want to:
  • Find a heavy duty, small envelope, perhaps reinforce it with tape on the edges.  File your CVS card and Extra Bucks in this, paper clip it shut and keep it in your car, purse or other handy, safe place.
  • Find the ad online, pick up one in the store or in the Sunday paper and scan it two or three times.  You’ll be surprised how often you will miss something the first time.
  • Circle any deals you see you are interested in as you go thru the ad if you are using a paper ad.
  • Make a list of what you want with the page number noted.  Or just carry the ad and page thru it as you shop—make it as simple as you’d like.  I sometimes note the page numbers of circled items on the front page of the ad.  This is especially helpful for asking for a rain check on an out-of-stock item.
  • Notice any notes that indicate “coupon in today’s paper.”  If you got the paper and you see this sign by something you have circled look for the coupon in the inserts that came in your paper.  Clip the coupons and file them in your envelope.
  • If your store has a self-scanner, scan your card before you shop to see if you receive any coupons good on your purchases for that day.  You may have to scan it more than once.  You can either scan it until it says “no more coupons” or until two coupons print out for CVS products—these always print last.
  • When shopping you have two choices when it comes to the extra bucks earned.  One:  you can make numerous transactions buying the item that gives the least amount of extra bucks first.  Use the extra bucks earned from transaction one on the items in transaction two and repeat this until all the items with extra bucks you want have been purchased. This is how you will spend the least out of pocket cash.  Then you can either save all those extra bucks for next week’s extra buck deals, or you can spend some or all of them on needed items you see on sale. TWO:  Check out only once and save all the extra bucks earned until next week’s sales or spend some or all of them on needed items you see on sale.  You will save a little less but will also spend less time.
Once you get this conquered you may want to try becoming a Continual CVSer.  Each deal seeker needs to decide at which shopping level they would like to start and at which level they eventually want to reach.  The higher your number on the personality scale, the more savings you will enjoy.  But you need to enjoy shopping for the weekly CVS deals, too, not just get the most you can.

Disclosure: Links in this post may be Simply CVS affiliate partners or personal referrals.

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