Friday, January 20, 2012

How Rain Checks Can Help You Save Even More at CVS ~ A Simply CVS Lesson Re-post

I posted this quite a while ago, but so many new CVS shoppers are joining us and I often hear that they are not aware of rain checks or the way they can help us save even more at CVS.  So here it is again.

CVS deals depend on sales, extra bucks and coupons.  But what about when you stop by ready for a great deal and the stock is out?  Don't walk away empty handed--ask for a rain check.  CVS offers rain checks for all sale items that are not otherwise noted in the ad as seasonal or limited to stock on hand.  A little over a year ago they changed the rain checks to include a code for the extra buck deal--so even if you have an extra buck deal on your shopping list that you find is out of stock, no problem, you can still get the deal when the store has stock again.  And the number one great thing about them:  they
NEVER expire!

This week I had a $5/40 CVS coupon (editing to add:  remember, this is a repeat post from months ago)  that I wanted to use, but to get up to that $40, keeping the out of pocket cash cost down and still get extra bucks back so as not to deplete my extra buck stash looked grim.  So I pulled out my rain checks (which are getting very few, because I keep using them in this way because the deals have been slim at CVS lately).  I found one that was about a year and a half old for this extra buck deal:

Right Guard or Dry Idea
2/$5 get $3 extra bucks back
Limit 3

A great one!  Loved those older limits--always more than 1.  Anyways, I had seen printables for $3/2 and $1/1 Right Guard and printed some in readiness for my Monday shopping trip.  Then on Sunday there was a coupon for Buy one get one free Right Guard or Dry Idea--even better.  I could combine the $1/1 and the B1G1 on 2 and use two of the $3/2 coupons on the other two sets of two.  This deal became a money maker for me.  Here is my transaction:

5 -- Right Guard
1 -- Dry Idea

All at 2/$5 so $15 total.
Used the following coupons:  2 -- $3/2, 1--$1/1, and 1 B1G1 ($2.50) so $9.50 total.
My subtotal was $5.50 which I paid with extra bucks.
I received a $9 extra buck back.
I "made" $3.50 on the deal (in additional extra bucks--not cash) and also was able to save another $5 on the rest of my order by getting up to $40 and using that $5/40 coupon.

Once I learned the value of rain checks, and to not be anxious to use them, but patiently await great coupons to combine with them, I have been able to save even more while shopping at CVS.

I hope you found this CVS lesson re-post helpful.


Dee said...

Thanks for the repost. Just yesterday, I took advantage of the Buy 1 Zyrtec 5ct for $5.99 get back $5.99 from a raincheck from Thanksgiving. I waited for a $2 zyrtec coupon to become available so that it could be a money maker.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Dee, that is a great way to use rain checks. I used to be in a hurry to use them, then I learned a little patience and save more.

Lydia said...

Hi, I just stumbled across this site and wanted to say how great it was. I have just started shopping at CVS and the deals have been amazing. I'm already rolling the ECBs and plan on cashing in some mypoints for a CVS gift card. I love the idea of a gift card challenge and plan on trying it out myself. Thank you Cheryl!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Welcome to Simply CVS, Lydia, I hope you find lots to help you save more at CVS and enjoy your CVSing journey. When you start your challenge keep us informed on how it's going.

Anonymous said...

Do you actually go looking for rainchecks to use later? That seems a bit odd...sorry still new to cvsing

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

No, but I am happy to take a raincheck instead of the weekly deal. many shoppers do try to go near the end of the week hoping to get rain checks, tho.