To save money, I shop at stores with low prices, use coupons (when I remember!), and limit the number of random “things” that I buy. Yet, one store that has given me grief when it comes to saving money is CVS Pharmacy – and I’m not talking about their actual pharmacy products like prescription medicine. Logic would have me believe that CVS is a less expensive option when it comes to beauty and hair products because their circulars boast of sales prices on these supplies. Yet, every single time I enter a CVS, I end up spending MORE than I would at the local grocery store, can’t use their coupons, and don’t receive the sales price on the product of my choice!
This is a summary of my experiences at their store:
- I select items that have yellow 50% off tags only to get to the register and NOT receive my 50% off savings. Apparently, I can’t mix and match products! Yet the fine print on their glaring, yellow tags didn’t catch my eye when I picked them out. Okay, so maybe this is my fault, but all the products have the same 50% off tag so why can’t I mix and match?!
- I hand the cashier a 25% off coupon only to be told that because the items I selected are “on sale”, the coupon won’t apply. But wait…I didn’t get the 50% off price anyway! This doesn’t make much sense to me.
- The receipt the cashier hands me is a mile long filled with lots of “coupons.” Yet, when I try to use one of these wasteful, paper-receipt coupons, I CAN’T! It doesn’t apply to the product of my choice (according to the fine print on “exclusions’!) WTF?!
- They don’t carry all the products that I want, but the grocery store has everything I need in one aisle. This doesn’t make much sense; CVS has a huge beauty department, yet the grocery store dedicated only one aisle and has the product(s) I’m looking for.
I’m done with CVS. Maybe I just don’t know how to shop this store, but if it’s this much trouble to save a buck or two, I’d rather go somewhere else for less hassle. As far as I’m concerned, I have more choice in beauty products at a local grocery store or Walmart for a better price.
Have you given up on a store because of product selection or difficulty in getting the price you want?