CVS shoppers have many choices as to what level they would like to save at. With the extra buck program and their weekly sales it is easy to save by just walking into the store, picking up the ad and shopping. I have analyzed the CVS shopping levels (sounds official, doesn’t it?) and have come up with five different levels of saving. Each level takes a little more work than the one before and with more work comes more savings. But one goal of mine at Simply CVS is to keep saving at CVS simple for those who don’t have time to spend to get the amazing savings that some shoppers do. So I wanted to introduce different levels for shoppers to choose from. Today I’d like you to introduce you to level one.
Casual CVSer is the shopper who scans the sales ad week by week and only shops when interested in certain sale items. Casual does not keep any extra bucks earned for the next week. If you are new to CVSing this is a good place to start as you learn the use of Extra Bucks. Organization for Casual is simple. If you are a Casual CVSer you will want to:
- Keep your CVS Extra Care Card in your wallet or on your key ring.
- 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 attach them to your list or ad (if you leave a small border on one side of the coupon you can staple it to the ad and just tear it off when you are ready to use it).
- If your store has a self-scanner, scan your card when 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. Then take all the extra bucks from the final transaction and purchase the sale items you want or items you need that do not give extra bucks. This is how you will spend the least out of pocket cash. Two: Purchase all your extra buck-producing items together. Then spend all the extra bucks earned on items you want or need. You will still save a considerable amount of money, but with much less effort and nothing to worry about keeping track of until next week.