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Uh-oh. CVS is my new hobby.

January 25th, 2008 at 10:03 am

After hearing/reading about so much CVS savings action, I couldn't help but get ready to jump in. But how? I was lost in a swirl of ECB's and "stacking". I figured, the best way to figure it out was to actually dive in and see what the fuss is all about.

Fortunately, I scored big on a deal: SoyJoy "health" bars, which look ridiculously unappetizing to this self-proclaimed foodie snob. But, they were advertised in last Sunday's paper AND there were coupons. $4 for 4 bars + $4 ECB (that's Extra Care Bucks, for you fellow CVS newbies) effectively taking the cost to be "free". Extra Care Bucks are just like little slips of register tape money that can be applied to your next purchase at CVS within 30 days.

Then came the coupons. $2 off $10. $3 off 10 bars. 1 free SoyJoy bar.

12 SoyJoy bars later, I walked out the door shelling out $6.09 out of pocket with $12 of ECB's in my pocket.

What a rush! I just took CVS for a ride, and no one was the wiser. The lady at the counter seemed suspicious at a 20-something young professional strolling in and buying a barrage of soy health bars with a fistful of coupons - but took no action to stop me. I meandered across the parking lot to my car, envisioning scenarios where CVS management would bolt out of the door and call me back on a drastic mistake on their part, igniting a freefall plummet of their stock to destroy the American economy. Alas, no such event occurred. I sat in my car, satisfied and content, knowing that CVS just paid me $6 to help take these revolting SoyJoy bars off their shelves.

I still have 11 and 3/4 of them left. Can I interest anyone in a brick of dried sticky crunchy joyful soy?

10 Responses to “Uh-oh. CVS is my new hobby.”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    They sound awful!!

  2. denisentexas Says:

    Yuck, no thanks! Keep that 'bargain' for yourself. Wink

  3. zenith Says:

    That really made me laugh. Thanks!
    You are only supposed to buy things with coupons and or store offers, for the food you usually buy!
    Don't waste your time clipping the coupons of food and other items, unless you REGULARLY use those products.
    I think your overzealousness for your new-found hobby got the best of you.
    You will do better next time out of the gate.
    But, hey, it has happened to all of us.
    I remember taking back an item (some kind of fancy dirt picker upper) to CVS, cause when I got home with it I thought to myself. "I have no use for this."
    So, you kind of have to "think" before go for items just because they are free.

  4. george Says:

    I know, I know.

    I was hoping they'd be okay. Maybe even tolerable for a mid-day office snack. I really did. But I was wrong. Oh, I was so very very wrong.

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehehe, what a funny entry!

    I actually like certain soy products. Soy milk and fried bean curd... but they could also be wheat gluten, which I don't think is soy but I digress....

    When done right, they can taste quite good! Soy products doesn't have to be bad, but yeah, it is hard to find those rare few dishes that do taste good.

  6. littlemama Says:

    You did good. Basically, you made $6.00 to take those nasty little bars out of store. Yes it was in ECB, but now you can roll them into more items that earn ECB. Be sure to get the weekly flier and the montly extra value book (that are located right inside the front door) to help you on your new CVS ventures.

    BTW, I spent around $31.00 at CVS today and only paid .98 OOP. Coupond take a lot of time, but do save a substancial amt of money.

  7. nance Says:

    We don't have a CVS here, but recently I went to Walgreen's and they had buy one get one free on a certain brand of vitamins. I also had a $2.00 off coupon. Well they only had one bottle of the ones I wanted, so a pharmacist said I could pay for it and get a rain check for a free one, and get it when they arrived. Did that. When I went to use the rain check for the free one today the manager said he couldn't just give it to me. He had to go through this long process of ringing it up, refund my money, have me fill out a return slip, etc. Well, he ended up paying me $2.00 and I got the free bottle. He just knew he was right! Who am I to argue with the manager?!!!

  8. Maismom Says:

    I love it when the sotres pay me to get things out of their shelves. Sometimes I threw in stuff to make other things free, and give stuff away to people in my office.

  9. Amanda Says:

    I have a friend who loves those things! She went crazy at CVS, and I happily gave her my coupons for them ... I'm not really into them all that much.

  10. daylily Says:

    I love those SoyJoy bars! Not enough to actually pay $1 each for them but when CVS had them on special quite some time back I think I got about 10 of them free.

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