Thursday, May 26, 2011

Great folks at CVS!

I see so much complaining about stores lately, I wanted to take a moment and brag a little on the folks at my local CVS. :)

Back in March, they advertised a new Revlon product, Revlon CustomEyes eyeshadow. It was advertised for $7.49 and you got $4ECB back. When I scanned my card during this sale, it printed me out a $5 coupon off of the Revlon CustomEyes. I was thrilled, cause this made the deal a MM! However, they didn't have the product and didn't know when they would get it in. The other stores also had not received it. So I got a rain check.

After a few weeks of checking with them when their trucks ran, still no makeup. The day my $5 coupon was to expire, I talked to one of the cashiers, who called the manager and they marked through the expiration date on the coupon and put a note on the back that I had been looking for the product and it was not available, so I was to be allowed to use the coupon when/if the product became available.

I had given up on getting it, after two months, but low and behold, I walked in CVS last night and there it was, in a huge display at the front of the store! All $8.98 of it. :) I grabbed one of them up and noticed a $2 manufacturer q on it. WOW! I am always wary when having to do a deal like this where there are rain checks, ECB's, store and manu q's involved, but the guy working the register was AWESOME!

My deal went like this:

Revlon CustomEyes: 8.98 current price
Revlon CustomEyes: 7.49 (as per raincheck)
CVS coupon: 5.00
Manu coupon: 2.00
Total due: .49 plus tax
Got back: 4.00 ECB!

Yes, they paid me $3.50 to take the eye makeup! I have run into rude people on a regular basis being a couponer, but it's rare that someone waits on you and seems knowledgeable about what is going on and how to do things. Will post about the rest of my deals from CVS later, but wanted to post this first!

New Rite Aid Coupon Policy

Rite Aid has updated their coupon policy...unfortunately it means nothing good for us. I have made BOLD the parts that are going to make the most difference to you, and posted an example of how it will hurt below the new policy.

Rite Aid – Coupon Acceptance

To Our Valued Customers:

Rite Aid gladly accepts the following coupon types as detailed in the coupon acceptance guidelines listed below:


Manufacturer Coupons

 Manufacturer coupons are found in newspapers, magazines and even affixed to products. The UPC on these coupons begins with a “5.”
Rite Aid Manufacturer Coupons

 Rite Aid Manufacturer coupons generally appear in our weekly circular, on our website and are sent to customers via email. These coupons are labeled “manufacturer coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “49.”
Rite Aid Valuable Coupons

 Rite Aid coupons are labeled “Valuable Coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “48.”

Internet/Print at Home coupons

 Rite Aid will accept internet / print at home coupons up to the equivalent value of $5.00 off.

 A Rite Aid coupon (with the Rite Aid logo) is NOT considered an internet coupon (even if printed off the internet) and is therefore not subject to the $5.00 maximum.
+UP Reward Coupons

 +UP Reward coupons are special coupons earned by a customer in a prior purchase that can be used for any non-prescription purchase with a small number of exclusions that are listed on the +UP coupon. Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax.

Buy One, Get One Free

 Rite Aid accepts Buy One, Get One Free coupons, however only one coupon can be used for each pair of items purchased. A customer can use one “cents off” coupon in conjunction with the item they are purchasing on a Buy One Get One Free promotion (or with a Buy One Get One Free coupon), although the value of the cents off coupon cannot exceed the selling price of the item.

 Buy One Get One Free coupons cannot be used in conjunction with a Buy One Get One Free promotion.

Total Purchase Coupons

 Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.

 These coupons are accepted under the following conditions:
o The coupon is valid and in date; only one total purchase coupon per transaction.
o Total purchase equals or exceeds $25 before tax (before any coupons are applied).
o Coupons for individual items can also be used including another “48” coupon that is tied to an item in the transaction.
o Provided the total of items purchased is equal to or greater than the purchase requirement, other coupons can be used in conjunction with the total purchase coupon.


General Guidelines:

 Coupons must be valid and in date; Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash.

 Register will validate coupon through scanning or keyed entry of the coupon UPC number.

 In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is allowed.

 When making a return for a product that had a coupon attached, Rite Aid cannot refund cash for the value of the coupon and cannot return the coupon that was used.

 Rite Aid reserves the right to not accept any coupon where the validity or the coupon cannot be established.
Multiple Coupons

 More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:
o All coupons match the item being purchased.
o The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.

 No more than one “48” Rite Aid Valuable coupon, one “49” Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one “5” Manufacturer coupon can be used on a single item. Rite Aid may accept up to 4 identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.

Revised May 2011
At first glance it doesn't seem *too* bad, right?
Well, take this for example:
Last week I bought 2 of the Airwick iMotion. They are $13.99 each, but the same was b1g1 free last week. So I used (2) $4 off coupons and a $1 VV coupon...this brought the total to $4.99, then I got back $4 in UPS, making the total .50 each for the air fresheners. Awesome, right? Well, with the new policy, it would go like this: $13.99 each, b1g1 free. Use (1) $4 off coupon and $1 VV value coupon, which will bring the total to $8.99...after $4UP, each air freshener will still cost me $2.50, which is a good deal, but I won't be able to afford.
Stinks. :(

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

$10 Bounce Coupons by mail

Bounce Coupons!

Be sure and check this out ~ they will send you Bounce coupons (including Dreft and other laundry items) by mail!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Great Rite Aid trip this weekend!

Wish I had taken a pic of my loot, but I didn't and I have already opened some of the makeup and the kiddos ate the candy, so I'll just tell you about it. :)

Remember, the key to having trips like this to Rite Aid is to keep rolling your UP rewards over! I had $16 that were expiring on Saturday, so I spent those on items that were on sale, offered more UP rewards and that I had coupons for. I ended up paying $2.99 OOP and getting back $11.00 in UPS to play with next week. :)

I got:

2 Purex Laundry Detergent @ 1.97 each
2 Oral-B Cross Action toothbrushes @ 2.99 each
2 AirWick Ultra iMotion kits @ 13.99 (b1g1 free)
2 Rimmel Eyeliner @ 3.99 each (b1g1 50%)
1 Rimmel Eyeshadow @ 5.19 (b1g1 50%)
1 Rimmel Day2Night Mascara @ 7.99 (b1g1 50%)
2 KitKat candy bars @ .50 each

Coupons used:

2 $1.00 off Purex Laundry Detergent
2 $1.50 off Oral B Cross Action toothbrushes
2 $4.00 off Airwick Ultra iMotion kits
1 $1.00 off Airwick ULtra iMotion kits (RiteAid VV q)
1 $2.00 off Rimmel Day2Night Mascara (RiteAid VV q)
1 $2.00 off Rimmel Day2Night Mascara
1 $2.00 off any Rimmel cosmetic
1 $2.00 off any Rimmel cosmetic
$3/15 q for survey
$2/10 Beauty Products (RiteAid VV q)
$1 off any non-pharmacy product (RiteAid VVq)
$2.00 UP
$2.00 UP
$2.00 UP
$5.00 UP
$4.00 UP

Total before Q's: $43.99
After Q's, my subtotal was in the negatives, so I had to throw the kitkat's in to bring it above $0!
Total after Q's: $2.99 (which included $2.52 tax!)
Got back: $11.00 in UPS!

FYI, the pre-tax total of the original prices of the items comes out to $72.10. This is the price that we would normally pay if we just went in to pick up a few things and didn't use our Wellness Card, coupons and UP rewards...CRAZY to think I just paid $.49 for $72.10 worth of products!

Not bad.

Free Sample of MoJo Chocolate Milk

Check out MojoMilk for a free sample!

This looks like an awesome product! It appears to be like the little drop-ins that we use for water, but it's chocolate flavor to add to milk! I know, of course, white milk is the most healthy, but many kids just won't drink it...this looks like a great compromise! Not only does it have the yummy chocolate flavor, but it also contains probiotics (like those found in yogurt!)

Note that they do ask that you share Mojomilk on either your FB or Twitter profile. :)