Feb 172011

Each Thursday here at Frugality Is Free, I share some tips on how to shop frugally at CVS Pharmacy.  As I have said many times, CVS super deals depend on the combination of 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 Pharmacy offers rain checks for all sale items that are not otherwise noted in the ad as seasonal or limited to stock on hand.  The rain checks also include a code option for the extra buck deals–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!

Below is an example of how a rain check helped me to “make money” at CVS Pharmacy.  It happened that on this particular week I had a $5/40 CVS coupon 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 stash. 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 in the paper–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.   So the next time you get all prepared for one of the great deals at CVS Pharmacy and run into empty shelves, be glad, and ask for a rain check.

Two Sweet deals for the week of 2/20/2011 (FREE Easter Candy):

  • Cadbury Eggs $.75 get $.75 in extra bucks back (limit 1)
  • Gold Emblem Jelly Beans $.99 get $.99 in extra bucks back (limit 1)

For lessons on making the most of the CVS Pharmacy extra buck program and for all of the current and many future weekly deals with coupon match-ups visit Simply CVS.

Simply CVS
Thank you Cheryl for sharing your tips on CVS Pharmacy Rainchecks, you are the one who taught me all about the CVS rainchecks, and oh my did I need the help.

I would like to invite everyone to stop by Simply CVS. Cheryl keeps CVS Shoppers updated on all the latest CVS Pharmacy deals, and she also provides CVS shopping tips, coupon match ups, clearance updates and more. 

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