As I shared with Frugality Is Free’s readers last week, I have analyzed the CVS shopping levels and have come up with five different levels of saving while shopping at CVS Pharmacy. Each level takes a little more work than the one before it and with more work comes more savings. But one goal of mine at Simply CVS is to keep saving at CVS Pharmacy simple for those who don’t have time to spend to get the amazing savings that some shoppers do. I’d like you to meet Carry-over CVSer today.
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. You can read about all five personalties if you don’t want to wait for next week’s post where I introduce the Continual CVSer. 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. I have moved up to level four over the years, and am seriously considering moving back down as I find myself stressed at times to keep my out of pocket cost unreasonably low.
Next week I will introduce you to Continual CVSer, until then you can check out the other posts in the Spotlight on CVS series here at Frugality Is Free to learn about shopping for great deals at your local CVS Pharmacy; or you can visit Simply CVS for lessons, tips or this week’s and next week’s CVS deals. As always, there are coupon match-ups for CVS/pharmacy weekly extra buck, grocery, household items and buy one get one free deals.
Thank you Cheryl for sharing your tips on CVS Pharmacy shopping here are the Spotlight on CVS series, I am so glad that you decided to team up with Frugality Is Free in my effort to spread frugality and save the readers lots of money.
I would like to invite all of my readers to stop by Simply CVS. Cheryl gives daily CVS Pharmacy updates, tips, coupon match ups, clearance updates and much much more. I also encourage all of you to follow Simply CVS, and if you do not want miss out, make sure to sign up for emails as well.