Honestly, I kind of hate going to CVS. I loved working there as an employee, but it seems like there’s always an issue when I go there as a customer – whether it’s being stalked by a scary guy with anger-management issues in Woonsocket or dealing with the extremely snarky Italian lady with way too much lip liner in Wakefield. But maybe it’s just me.
Today, I went to the CVS that’s about three seconds away from my parent’s house. Normally, I would go to the big 24-hour one in North Smithfield because they have a much better selection and are usually in better stock, but my feet are still killing me so I decided to bite the bullet and go to the one just down the street.
Boy, was that a mistake.
The only cashier working was an 80-year old mentally challenged man (I’m not just being sarcastic) and it just drastically spiraled downhill from there.
You see, I always get coupons in my email that, for some reason, don’t match up with the physical card that I have. Because of this, the cashier has to manually input the coupon to make it work. But when it’s a 25% off coupon, you have to do the math out because the computer can’t do it. 25% off coupons don’t include items on sale, so what you have to do is add up all the items not on sale, multiply that total by .25, then take that amount off from the total. While this is a more complex coupon than normal – it’s still not rocket science. But my cashier unfortunately didn’t know what he was doing, so he had to call the manager. Apparently, she was on the phone and took (at least) ten minutes to come downstairs. Meanwhile, there’s a line of four people behind me who are quickly becoming impatient.
By the time everybody in line is about ready to kill somebody, the manager finally comes downstairs to take care of the problem. After inputting the coupon several more times to no avail, I tell her that she should do what I stated above. She rudely replied that she would, but wanted to input the coupon one more time. As if the six previous times hadn’t been enough. No matter how many times you punch in the same seven numbers, it’s not going to work.
Finally, she agreed that the next step would be to manually input the coupon amount, and proceeded to do the math out by hand. I offered to use my cell phone, but she refused. When she added up all the items that weren’t on sale, it came up to $25… and her answer for 25% off was “3.17″. Ummm, no. Even I know that’s wrong. Eventually she found the calculator and discovered that, low and behold, 25% of $25 is more than three dollars.
After standing at the counter for twenty minutes, I was finally able to get out of the store. With a brand new CVS card application, I might add. Minus my sanity.
On the bright side, I did manage to get some good deals!
CVS Shopping 3/24/12
- (3) Garnier Fructis styling products – 3/$10 + $3ECB* ($1MC*)
- Epsom Salts – $5.49
- Got2B styling product – $3.99 ($3MC)
- (3) Mitchum Deodorant – $1.99/each (three $1 MCs)
- Colgate Optic White toothpaste – $3.49 + $2ECB ($1MC)
- Schick Hydro Razor – $9.19 + $4EBC ($2MC)
- Biore Nose Strips & Facial Cleanser – Get $5ECB wyb 2 (BOGO* coupon)
Total Amount Spent = 22.01. Total Extra Bucks Made on This Purchase = $14ECB
I can’t wait to try out the Epsom Salts next time I take a bath and see if they help my feet. They’re obviously not going to make any lasting differences, but I hope that they will help reduce the pain at least a little bit. Any relief would be appreciated!
*ECB = Extra Care Bucks (see here for more details). WYB = “when you buy”. BOGO = “buy one get one free”. MC = Manufacturer coupon (found in your local Sunday paper and weekly Redplum flyers). CVS coupon = They print out on your receipt after you buy something, or you can print different ones from the Instant Coupon Printer located in all stores. Printed MCs = You can print coupons from sites like Coupons.comand CouponNetwork.com from your home.