Since most coupon hunting takes place either in the Sunday newspaper, or increasingly on-line (hint: search for “printable coupons”), a possibly overlooked hiding spot for valuable money savings is at the grocery store, supermarket, or drug store itself. Specifically, CVS offers a handy, dual-function kiosk that serves as a price checker and a coupon dispenser. As much fun as it is to scan my ExtraCare card, I never have scanned an item, you know, “to double check” the price. Perhaps I should.
Most of the time I have tried to use the kiosk for coupons I have been disappointed. $1.50 off tampons or something I clearly do not need. Lamenting at the waste of paper (one would think that CVS might want to give the option to print the coupon out or not), I am usually discouraged. However, lately I have had a stroke of luck. Not only has the coupon machine been working, but also it provided valuable savings that I used at the same store visit. The first was the ExtraBucks that I was eligible for based on winter spending. I did not realize you could print them out there, too. And, the second was for $1 off paper products and I happened to be buying paper towels that night.
What is cool about CVS, at some locations, is the ability to do self-check out. Sometimes it is slower than waiting in line, particularly if the machine jams up for whatever reason, but I have had success by and large. And, don’t worry about not being able to use CVS coupons during self-check out, one can still scan those, too.
Long-time readers know that I love CVS and always feel like I got a good deal for my money. You should, too.