Saturday, January 23, 2010

My CVS Run 1/22

I found that I had missed a deal so I had to stop by CVS!
1 Air Wick mini spray $4.99- $4 coupon=$.99(the deal I had overlooked)
1 ThermaCare $2.49 -$2.49 ECB received from previous week raincheck promo=FREE
1 The Glade Fragrance Collection Candle $3.29- $3 cvs coupon=$.29
Total OOP: $4.42
Total Saved: $12.00
Received $3 ECB for the Therma Care (so I really did pay for it but essentially got it FREE)! So I will start this next week out with $3 ECB from Therma Care and $12 from the Soy Joy=$15 ECB!
I was going to get more Soy Joys but all 3 stores near me were all sold out and since it was a special promo they didn't expect to get anymore. :-( Sad!

Sample Me Mondays moves to Saturday

My FREE Yoplait for purchasing Dannon Activia and sending in the form. The other sample is the Power Bar Energy gel snacks with coupons!!
 The Escada perfume sample!
The Pullups (we no longer need!! but will keep just in case or to donate!)
That is all the samples I got this week! What did you get?
(Oh and I moved Sample Me Mondays to Saturday b/c well that just made more sense to do it on the last day of the week that I got mail. Instead of waiting till mondays and having to schedule my post or remember to do so! Hope you enjoy Sample Me Saturdays!!

BOGO Sales and Coupon Issues

Collin at posted this about BOGO sales and using coupons on both items or using a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale! I love it! So I thought I'd share it with you guys!

Before posting the CVS weekly deals I wanted to let you all know about an awesome email I received from reader Jewel.  She recently encountered issues with trying to use a buy one get one free coupon on a buy one get one free sale at CVS. She emailed CVS about her frustrations and this is what they emailed back:
Thank you for contacting CVS/pharmacy.  Your e-mail has reached the Customer Relations Department.  We appreciate the time you have taken to contact us with your inquiry.
In the case where a particular item is on sale for “buy one get one free” (BOGO), you are only allowed to use one manufacturer’s BOGO coupon.  For instance, if Revlon lipstick is on sale for BOGO, you can use one manufacturer’s BOGO coupon.  You would get both items free and pay any applicable tax.  We reserve the right to limit quantities.  If our store is running a sale for BOGO, you can use two manufacturer’s coupons for a specific dollar amount off.  For example, if Revlon lipstick is on sale at our store for BOGO, you can use two $1.00 off Revlon lipstick manufacturer coupons.
Again, thank you for contacting us.  We value your business and look forward to serving you in the future.  Have a wonderful evening!
Customer Relations
Victory, right?! I will be posting this with all the CVS Store guide info. I would suggest printing it off and keeping it with you every time you shop at CVS. This may come in handy if any issues should arise.
Also, I posted previously about my thoughts on using 2 coupons on a buy one get one free sale. I thought I’d go ahead and re-post what I stated for new readers.
Can you use two manufacturer (money off) coupons on a buy one get one free sale?
In my opinion YES! Now this is just my opinion and you don ‘t have to agree with it.
The reason I feel this way is because a stores sale has nothing to do with a manufacturer coupon. These are 2 separate ways to get a discount and when combined you can save quite a bit. As couponers, that’s what we do. We wait for a store sale and combine it with a manufacturers coupon to snag a sweet deal! With that being said, using 2 coupons on a buy one get one free sale (in my opinion) is the same as using coupons with any other in-store sale.
Some stores will also try to stop you from using a coupon on each item when they’re offering a buy one get one free sale. Most store coupon policies state that you CAN use a coupon on each item, so in my opinion them not allowing you to use both coupons is ridiculous. What some cashiers don’t realize is that either way you pay for the 2 products (cash or coupons) they’ll be getting the same amount back. They will be getting the cash right then or the coupons once they mail them in for redemption. Plus, by sending in the 2 coupons they will also be making an $0.08 handling fee on each one…hmmm… I think I’d rather choose the manufacturer coupons!
When a store is having a buy one get one free sale, it’s really more of a great advertsing tool. People think WOW! I am getting something free! Really, though, a buy one get one free sale is a 50% off sale, but actually not even as great. With a 50% off sale, you ONLY have to purchase one product. With a bogo sale, you’re forced to purchase two. This brings me to my next point. If two items were on a 50% sale you would be able to use a manufacturer coupon on each of them, so why is there such an issue with doing this on a buy one get one free sale?
A manufacturer coupon states one item per purchase. If you purchase two items you CAN use two coupons and you are purchasing two items in a buy one get one free sale. You are purchasing two at 50% off the retail price. No matter how they show up on your receipt, that is exactly what you’re doing.
When a manufacturer puts out a high value coupon for a certain product and lots of stores have sales for this product,  that means one thing– the manufacturer wants you to GO buy that product. Even if you snag the product for FREE- they still want you to try it. If you like it, then that means cash in their pockets, since you’ll probably be purchasing this item again, again, and again. That’s the whole point of putting coupons out there and having in-store sales and promotions— to get you to try products you never would have otherwise.
Well, I could probably make a few more points, but I think I’ll stop there. I’d love to hear all of your opinions on this topic? Do you agree or disagree?

Veggietales DVD: Free w/ $2.99 shipping

Pick a Veggietales title to get for FREE!  You will pay shipping of $2.99.  You will get to pick one of  6 options.
 Is it wrong that I enjoy these as much as my kids??
(Folks in TN will have to pay tax, for all the rest of us it is just $2.99.)