I didn’t correctly interpret the fine print in a CVS ad, and it cost me. Here’s what I did:
- Garnier Fructis shampoo (2) at $4.29 each, used $1 off coupons for each
- A shower puff that I needed $2.99
- $2 off $10 transaction printable coupon
- I used $7.57 in ECB from a previous transaction to round it off.
Total: $0. Total ECB generated: $0. What? I was expecting $8 from the shampoos. Oh wait–I bought 13 oz. bottles of shampoo. I needed to buy either the 25.4 oz., or 10.2 oz. deep conditioner. Whoops!
I was counting on those $8 ECB to use in my next purchase.
- $2.99 Gas-X, had a $1 off coupon (This is the only thing I did right, it seems). It generated $3 ECB.
- Tylenol Rapid Release 100 count $10.29 (I wish I just bought two of these! Then it would have been fine).
- Tylenol EZ Tabs, 25 ct. (bought two of those at $4.99 each)
- Kit Kat bars $1.97 (because I thought I was going to have overage. Nope, I didn’t.)
I was going for the spend $20 on Tylenol, get $10 ECB deal. However, the fine print says: “Tylenol Extra Strength, PM, rapid release, EZ tabs, 8 hour 100 ct., arthritis 80 or 100 ct.”
I interpreted that as ANY size Tylenol extra strength, PM, EZ tabs…I thought the only ones with size requirements were listed later. Nope! I think I will write to CVS to explain how this confused me, so in the future they can be a little more clear. How did you interpret that one?
Anyway, I used two $5 off Tylenol coupons, a $4 off $20 coupon, another $1 off Tylenol coupon, and a $1 off Gas-X coupon. I spent $9.23 and got $3 ECB back. I was expecting $21 ECB, however.
I’m afraid to ask for a refund, since I’ll lose all of those coupons. I won’t be able to print more $5 off Tylenols. Oh well.
The good news:
If I had no coupons at all today, I would have spent $36.80. Since I only paid $9.23, I guess one way of looking at it is I saved $27.57–or about 75 percent. That’s still pretty good.
Another good bit of news, I learned that you have to very carefully scrutinize the fine print. It’s an important lesson to learn!