the siren call.

14 01 2010

no secret that i haven’t been giving the love up to cvs lately. it’s the fucking mult-pack madness. they’ll devote whole pages to “over $100 in extrabucks”, but it will all be for multipacks of things that aren’t a good deal- even after ECBs.  i can get $2 a box granola bars any old day. if i wait for a shaws deal- i can probably get them a lot cheaper. color me NOT IMPRESSED. and despite the incredibly lengthy list of ECB deals this week, there are NO FREEBIES (nary a blood sugar monitor!)- and nothing is even close to cheap enough for me to bother hauling my fat ass half a mile in the 5 degree weather (yeah, it’s real cold right now).

so what does cvs do to make it up to me? well, they send me free money.  a mere two days ago, i was asked to do yet another survey for the CVS advisor panel. woot! this time the survey took all of 2 minutes, and i got another $5 free ECBs for my trouble. the disclaimer says that you get about 2 offers a year, and this is my 2nd in the last 3 months. a trend? or are they blowing their load on me early, only to ignore me for the rest of the year? whatevs, i got $5 worth of effortless ECBs to line my pockets right now.

to bring it all home, CVS decided to reiterate their love for me with a $4/$20 coupon in my email this morning (which i find to be the most useful of the regular $/$$s). it doesn’t expire until monday, so i’m hoping to find something happening this weekend that tickles my fancy. although i’ve already checked out the preview (which sometimes differs from my local flier),  and nothin doin.

i am however strongly considering the crave-nx diet spray that is apparently for free this month. it’s probably gross and awful, and will probably give me tongue rot or oozing mouth sores… but skinny jeans are cruelly still in style, and i need some help!

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14 01 2010
Cassie

Yes, cvs this week is DEPRESSING. But – a ton of cosmetics are on sale – 75% off. I have a ton of $1 off coupons for L’oreal and there is a $3/2 coupon online somewhere (not helpful… sorry I’m at work). So – a lot of the single eye shadows are $1.25 – $1.99 and lipglosses are $2. So, at least some options if you are willing to venture out. I too got an advisor panel survey that I got $15 for (maybe they knew I lost the $40-ish in November?) so I feel more justified to spend it on non-essential random eye shadow and lip gloss for the bottom of my purse. Just a thought!

I bought the Crave-X – it isn’t terrible but I don’t know it if really cuts the cravings… if you have a $4/20 coupon – you could totally get it to get to your $20. 🙂

Btw: I love that picture – I don’t believe we have that section at any of my san diego stores, but i’ll check for sure.

14 01 2010
bessmarvin

the cvs-es in my town won’t accept coupons on clearance merchandise! they black out the bar codes, and if they can’t scan it- then they say they can’t get credit for the coupons. totally sucks. i have a serious lip gloss addiction that could use some nursing- at least until this “difficult period” at cvs & rite aid has ended. i’m losing the game of life here! i can not believe that you got $15 from the cvs advisor panel- why do i get shit?! as i already told jen, i jacked the “warts & lice” picture off the interweb. sadly, maine isn’t even close to that hilarious!

15 01 2010
Cassie

How tragic about the black out of the bar code. That does suck.

I was soo surprised too by the $15 ecb, but ya know, when we’re talking about a salma hayek new make-up/lotion/hair product line, I mean – that’s gotta be worth $15 right? :p

15 01 2010
bessmarvin

it is tragic indeed. what’s this about salma hayek hair products? they only ever ask me about boring crap like flier layout, and whether or not i want my pharmacist to ask me how i’m feeling. *seething with jealousy*

14 01 2010
Jen

I’m gonna check for the warts/lice sign too! I want a survey… or a coupon… SOMETHING! I have been shopping at CVS a lot lately (granted my OOP is never much but still!) plus the bastards don’t give me anything but shit coupons from the printer either. Add that to the crap deals this week and next and I’m gettin frustrated. Some weeks I love Rite Aid, some weeks CVS. The past 2 weeks, neither! Oh well, I guess it saves me money.

14 01 2010
bessmarvin

we don’t have the “warts & lice” section here in maine either. it was just a crazy photo i found on the internet. i haven’t been to the cvs in so long, i haven’t even bothered to stop in to the magic coupon machine. you’re right about things being crap lately, but the drought is bound to end soon!

14 01 2010
bessmarvin

we don’t have the “warts & lice” section here in maine either. it was just a crazy photo i found on the internet. i haven’t been to the cvs in so long, i haven’t even bothered to stop in to the magic coupon machine. you’re right about things being crap lately, but the drought is bound to end soon!

14 01 2010
Mrs.Litz

I got my second survey invite this week also for 10 ECBs. It’s about time since they didn’t give me my ECBs for the last survey I took. 😦 I meant to get the Crave-X this week, but I was distracted by clearanced Christmas wrapping paper and boxes… oops!

14 01 2010
bessmarvin

the good news is that the crave-nx is on sale until the end of the month, or so they purport. i’m so jealous of your $10 extrabucks! you and cassie both got the big guns this week. i was so excited about my $5… now i feel chumpatized.

15 01 2010
Mrs.Litz

I never get those magical $/$$ purchase coupons emailed to me (wait, I’ve gotten ONE before)… so I guess they figure they owe me since I’m in there every single week. The crave-nx will be MINE!

15 01 2010
bessmarvin

they tend to email them to me when i haven’t been there in a couple of weeks. i used to get them all the time on my receipt when i went to rite aid- but then they changed their system, and now all i get are $off coupons for crap i don’t want. she’s a harsh mistress that cvs. 🙂

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