Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I'm Giving Up On CVS

For the past couple of weeks, I've been checking out a lot of blogs on saving money and getting good deals on my household shopping. I've discovered that drug stores like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens can provide some nice free-after-rebate items and other good deals if you do it right.

There are a ton of Walgreens in my area, so I've been having a lot of fun finding all the freebies and other good deals at Walgreens. There are, however, no Rite-Aids in my area and only one CVS.

After reading sites like Be Thrifty Like Us, I *heart* CVS, and Money Saving Mom, I decided last month to check the local CVS out. It's on the other side of town and not very convenient for me, so I went there when I was in the area for other errands. I went in the middle of March and noticed that all of the "freebies" were gone. Not too surprising, I guess.

I went back to CVS this past Saturday because I had found out that Extra Care Bucks on Softsoap were printing early. I was able to find and buy some Softsoap and got $9.98 in Extra Care Bucks! I was pretty excited.

Today, the April freebies started. I went to CVS after work and they were completely out of everything that was a really good deal. I was pretty bummed. I guess that's what happens when you have one CVS for about 150,000 people. I used up my $9.98 in Extra Care Bucks on some groceries and went home dejected.

So, that's my story and that is why I'm giving up on CVS, for now at least. If I find out about any more good deals that are printing out before being advertised, I'll still probably head over there to pick them up. I'll stick to Walgreens, though, for my monthly fix of freebies :)


Mrs. Micah said...

This kind of amuses me because I don't often visit CVS, but I dropped by today and saved $3 on some items we normally use (I was going to pick up 1, but I picked up 2 since they're on sale and don't expire anytime soon). It made me happy.

But I don't normally find good deals @ CVS either, so I don't bother. Better not to spend money if I'm not buying what I want.

Miss Mommy said...

I have about 4 CVS's within about 6miles of me...and the one closest to me is always out of everything that is a great deal for that week too...and they never seem to restock during a sale either...or at least I am never there when they do??!!

I went so many times to just be bummed about now I just go to the ones a little farther but at least I know they will have what I am going in for.

Here's wishing they will build another one close to you soon!!

Becky@FamilyandFinances said...

@miss mommy
Thanks! I'm hoping for that, too. So far all it's been is MORE Walgreen's :)