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❥NEW!! Chattanooga Coupon Forum


Alright gals (and the occasional guy).  I think we could get a good thing going by starting a Couponers Grapevine of sorts. Just leave a comment when you find something you want to tell us all!

  • Got a deal?  Share it!
  • Heard a deal was dead?  Break the news.
  • Want to warn us all about that one CVS that hates couponers?  Warn Away!!!
  • Found a great clearance deal at the grocery today?  Give us the scoop!

I know this page thing isn’t the best system for a forum that may end up with multiple topics.  But until I work out the kinks, consider it a meeting place for local cheapskate chatter!


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  1. jamielauretta permalink*
    June 24, 2009 12:54 pm

    Okay, to get things rolling…
    The Publix in Ooltewah will not accept Food Lion “$2 Off $5 Produce” Coupons or ANY coupons which aren’t specifying a particular product. Does anyone know if any of the Chattanooga Publix take these kind of vague coupons?

    • nicole permalink
      June 25, 2009 10:51 am

      I shop at the Publix on Cassandra Smith Road, off hyy. 153, all the time.I’ve used all of my Food Lion coupons there; even the meat & produce coupons. Unless this is a new issue, I’ve never been given any problems by anyone about them.

  2. June 24, 2009 11:48 pm

    No, but I love the picture of the two little girls sharing secrets!!!!

  3. June 24, 2009 11:49 pm

    Oh, no! That is my husband’s picture…not mine! This is Emily.

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 24, 2009 11:51 pm

      Oh, and here I thought we got our very first Coupon Man! No seriously Emily- good to have you on board!!

  4. Emily permalink
    June 24, 2009 11:58 pm

    Ok, I thought of something…someone told me recently that if you go to Wal-mart at 9 PM they put their whole rotisserie chickens (that are normally about 5$) on sale fof 2$. The woman who told this to me is a great cook and she gets the chicken and freezes it to use in soups, etc. I think you have to get there right at 9 because they go fast.

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 25, 2009 12:03 am

      This is Awesome! I’ve seen so many recipes on Allrecipes that call for shredding up a rotisserie chicken- and I’m always like, sure….. Thanks Emily!

  5. Kelly permalink
    June 25, 2009 11:51 am


    Thanks for starting this site just for us Chatt town girls!

    I used my 2/5 produce coupon at Publix yesterday. It was just some young teenage boy that took it (they are the best about coupons).

  6. Kelly permalink
    June 25, 2009 12:18 pm

    I am teaching a couponing class to my friends on Sunday. I will be sure and add this web address to the info I am giving out.

  7. Debbie permalink
    June 25, 2009 12:49 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    I found your blog from your comments on SouthernSavers. I think this is going to be so much fun sharing information with Chatt. area couponers! I’ve been couponing for about 4 years now. When I started, I never saw anyone else in the stores with coupons. It does seem it is on the rise with sites like yours and SouthSavers.

    As for your ? about the produce coupons at Publix, I think it may depend on your cashier, time of day, day of the week, etc., on whether these will or will not be accepted. Fuzzy I know. At my Bi-Lo store it seems most of the employees don’t know the coupon policy, especially the managers! But it has gotten a lot easier using coupons there than when I first started.

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 25, 2009 1:20 pm

      Oh guys- thanks for jumping into the forum – I’m so hoping it will take off! I guess it really does depend on your cashier about the FLIP produce/meat coupons. Maybe I’ll stop by customer service on my way in next time to check. And kelly- thank you so much for mentioning me to your friends! It’s exciting that so many are getting fired up about saving money for their families- the Recession-Era Housewife Makes a Comeback!!!

  8. Abbie permalink
    June 26, 2009 9:52 am

    Hey ladies! man, is there so much to learn. I’ve been couponing now for about 6 weeks and i still learn something new every day. Looking forward to sharing! I’m going out today on my first venture of using competitors coupons at Publix. I use the Hixson store. Wish me luck! I hear they are amazing there!!!

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 26, 2009 9:59 am

      Good Luck Abbie!! If you’re at all nervous about any of them (noone likes to hold up a line over a coupon) just stop by the Customer Service Desk on your way in, and say something like “I just want to check and make sure you will accept all of these coupons before I start shopping.” That way if they don’t accept one (Say a $5 off $25 Rite-Aid coupon, or a $2 Off $5 Produce from Food Lion) you can take that into account when you’re loading up your buggy! Hope all goes well for you – Jamie

  9. Emily permalink
    June 26, 2009 8:25 pm


    I have never heard that Publix will take a Rite Aid 5$ off of 25$. Are you serious? I am just getting started on using competitor coupons at Publix, too. I am a little nervous, but excited. 🙂


    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 26, 2009 8:27 pm

      Well, I read alot of the comment sections on Southern Savers- and in MANY places, Publix will take those Rite-Aid coupons, as well as Register Rewards from Walgreens! The Ooltewah Publix is not one of those, but who knows, maybe the Hixson one is? Anyone know if they take them? Abbie- how’d it go?

      • Abbie permalink
        June 27, 2009 12:12 am

        Ladies, I did amazing tonight. I ended up at Publix with a total bill of $99.33, but only spent $20.03 OOP. 80% savings! They were amazing there. They took all of my competitor coupon with no problem. (Target and FLIP) Being that I was forced to take my 2 girls with me this time (2 1/2 and 7 months), they got tired very fast and the baby got super fussy at checkout. The girls at checkout were so sweet and helpful. One even pushed my buggy out and not only put my groceries up, but also put my purse and coupon binder in the front seat while I was strapping the girls in their car seats. I will be calling a mgr tomorrow and letting him know how pleased I was.

        Once the hubby came and rescued the girls, I hit Bi-Lo alone. Did great there too. Total bill was $58.87, and I spent $17.16 OOP. that’s 71% savings.

        Jamie, is there anywhere to post pics? I’d love to post my shopping photos so you can see everything I got, b/c it was ALOT!

      • Lynzyork permalink
        June 29, 2009 3:23 pm

        Regarding Rite Aid, Hixson Publix will not take their $5 off $25 coupon. The manager told me that is not considered a competitors coupon. Also, I went Hixson Publix last night and the cashier (a young male) would not take my Food Lion $2 off $5 produce coupon. I ask for the manager because I have never had a problem with a Food Lion coupon. The customer service lady came over and she said yes, we can take those. At that time the manager came up and said yes we take all Foodlion coupons. He said they have had problems with people copying the coupons and tring to use them. He said mine were just fine.

  10. Abbie permalink
    June 27, 2009 12:27 am

    Well, after looking over my receipt, Bi-Lo owes me $1.39 b/c something didn’t ring up right which brings my OOP down to $15.77 and the savings up to 73%. You bet your boots I’m going back in to get my money….lol.

  11. Stacey permalink
    June 27, 2009 4:31 pm

    Jamie, thanks for linking me to your site from southernsavers. A friend of mine told me about your site just last week–she met you in line at Publix. LOL She had to rush home and tell me all about it; it was like she had met a celebrity. Keep up the good work!

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 27, 2009 6:43 pm

      Glad to have you Stacey! and Abbie- those are some GREAT savings! It feels good to bring home alot for your family for so little.

  12. Gara permalink
    June 28, 2009 9:18 am

    Hello! Nice to see some Chattanooga area talk specifically. I live in Dayton, but do the majority of my shopping in Hixson, Chattanooga, Athens, Cleveland, with the decision being based on which area has the best cumulative deals for a particular week. I am very familiar with the Hixson Publix, and I can say with a good bit of certainty that, unless something has changed during the past week, they will take FLIPS for $2/$5 produce (this is the only one of these I ever use) and they will not take Target, Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s, or CVS coupons, as they do not consider them to be competitors. This was told to me by the assistant manager and the CS manager. I hope this helps!

    • July 6, 2009 1:21 pm

      Thanks for the tip about the Hixson Publix- do you know if they STILL take those FLIPS or if they’re changing over as well? Also- how is the Hixson Bi-Lo about competitor coupons? Thanks again!-jamie

  13. Amy permalink
    June 28, 2009 10:20 pm

    Hey, Great to see a Chattanooga specific site up and running! I shop at the East Brainerd Publix and Bi-Lo. I was told by the CS manager that Publix will take any of the FLIPS, the rest (Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens) seems to depend upon the mood of the cashier. I have asked the managers, and each seems to have a different answer! I usually just ask the cashier when checking out, and opt out of purchasing items if they do not accept the coupons. Do any of the local Publix take the CVS bucks or Walgreens RR?

    • jamielauretta permalink*
      June 28, 2009 10:49 pm

      Ah, sadly none that I have been to. Anyone else?

    • July 6, 2009 1:22 pm

      Hey Amy- while I’m at it- how is the East Brainerd Bi-Lo about competitor coupons? Are they allowing them, and if so, how many do they usually take?

      • Amy permalink
        July 7, 2009 9:10 pm

        The last time I tried, they said they were no longer allowing compteitor coupons. They do have a coupon booklet as you enter the store that lately have had coupons for the sale items that can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon to add up to bigger savings! Also, don’t forget to log onto your online Bi-Lo Bonus account for more coupons.

  14. Leanne permalink
    June 28, 2009 11:54 pm

    This is just my second week in the couponing world, but glad to say that last week I was able to save about $80 on our total grocery bill at Bi-Lo and Publix. I’m building my coupons (and organizing the binder), so hope to have more and more savings to show! After adding it all up, our family spends about $700/month on groceries/diapers/toiletries, so we desperately needed to make changes..I shop the Hixson Publix/Bi-Lo and Food Lion..Does anyone know if the Bi-Lo in Hixson normally takes the Publix coupons/printables (Kraft)? My hubby tried one last week from the Publix Advantage book and the cashier wouldn’t take it. I also haven’t been able to find the elusive Family Coupon book at Publix..Thanks so much for all the helpful tips!

    • July 6, 2009 1:24 pm

      Leanne- I hope the Bi-Lo post answered a few of your questions, and as far as that Family…Coupon book- here’s your chance!

  15. Abbie permalink
    June 29, 2009 12:38 am

    LeAnn, are you talking about the IP Kraft Q’s the say “redeem at Publix”? If so, the Hixson Bi-Lo won’t take them. If you notice at the top of them, they say retailer coupon instead of manufacturer coupon. They consider is a Publix coupon and won’t take them. I wish Bi-Lo took competitor coupons. That would be great!

    Ladies, I just stopped by into Publix tonight to get the penney item which was Publix Apple Juice. We go through ALOT of apple juice so I htought it was worth another trip. I prepared a few more coupons and ended up saving 88% this time. My bill was $62.37 and I paid $7.42 OOP. The cashier couldn’t believe it. I’m telling you, they are awesome there. I have NEVER had one problem with any of my coupons. However, I’ve only tried usinf FLIPS and Target coupons. Even though I haven’t tried personally, I heard they will not except Walgreens and CVS, b/c they don’t consider them a competitor. Hmm…I do the same as Amy and always ask before I let them ring it up just to make sure but so far so good.

  16. Pam permalink
    June 29, 2009 2:32 pm

    Hey Ladies–great to have a local group. I found the Garnier Fructis conditioner on close-out at Bi-lo E. Brainerd yesterday. I used the printable coupon for Garnier Nutritionist (I thought it was the same thing when I looked at it). It went through–FREE!!!!!!!!Yeah.

  17. Debbie permalink
    June 29, 2009 10:55 pm

    Hey to all the savvy savers here and in the Hixson Publix tonight!

    Just wanted to let everyone know that the Publix in Hixson took my Target q for the Charmin t.p. tonight. I stacked the Target Q and the manf. Q for a total $1.00 off. I asked at the c.s. desk to make sure before I shopped. I showed her both of the Qs and she stated specifically that I could “stack” the two Q’s! I wonder if this may be a case of YMMV?

    I have a small problem with my receipt though and I’m debating whether to take it and have them adjust it. The cashier didn’t give me credit for one Q and on another free Q she didn’t deduct the correct amount. I’m not sure it’s worth the trip back– being too pushy, and I just hate being pushy.

    Also, ran into at least three other binder shoppers! It’s fun to see others doing the same thing that I’m trying to do. Since I’ve been couponing (for the last 3 or 4 years), I’ve never seen so many shoppers with q’s and binders!

    Happy Saving to All!

  18. Debbie permalink
    June 30, 2009 7:26 am

    Hi to all! Thanks again Jaime for you wonderful site and all the hard wok you put into it. I always check here first and it never fails, there is always a new post!Anyone know off any diaper deals this week? Woke up to one diaper in the bin this morning:(

  19. June 30, 2009 8:49 am

    Welcome Debbie and Debbie! Thanks for the great comments- and as far as diaper deals, I haven’t seen anything good unless you want to try the rather confusing Rite-Aid one:
    But if not, and if you have saved up your ECB’s, CVS has them on sale B1G1 50% off. Not great….but if you’re desperate!

  20. June 30, 2009 8:50 am

    Oh yeah- and if you have a $2 off $10 CVS Brand Coupon, it’s better

  21. Emily permalink
    June 30, 2009 10:52 am

    Hello, Ladies!

    I went to Publix in Ooltewah on Sunday and wanted to post an update. They would not take my 2$ off 5$ produce from Food Lion, as I already suspected. However, as I was walking the aisles with my 5 month old son, the assistant manager of the deli walked up and asked if I wanted a free rotisserie chicken no charge! Well, you know what we had for dinner that night! It was soooo yummy! Maybe if was my adorable son that grabbed her attention. 🙂

    Not counting the rotisserie chicken I saved about 60%. My goal is to always save at least 50% so I was happy.

    • Stacey permalink
      June 30, 2009 6:19 pm

      A friend of mine got FREE artichoke and spinach dip from the deli at the Ooltewah Publix on Saturday. It expired on Sunday but she said it was so good it wouldn’t last until Sunday anyway. I may have to start spending more time in the deli!

      • July 1, 2009 9:17 am

        Okay- I went to Publix last night, and asked about the Rotisserie chickens: Apparently if they are about to “Expire” at any point, rather than toss them they give them away. The ones that were there last night didn’t “expire” until 9:50, so no free chickens for me 😦 But with that deal and Stacey’s report on free dip….I’m thinking it’s a good idea to stroll by the deli ANYTIME you go to Publix!!

  22. Emily permalink
    June 30, 2009 10:57 am

    An idea for bread for those of you who live in Cleveland…
    I always stop by the Little Debbie store Mondays and Thursdays after 3 PM to pick up our bread products (this is when they get their shipment in and the bread is freshest). All of their bread products are only $1.39 and they sell the following:
    packs of english muffins
    packs of blueberry bagels and other varieties
    pizza crust….sometimes the large and sometimes packs of 2 or 3 small ones (my girls LOVE to make their own pizzas!)
    all kinds of bread…whole wheat, white, etc.

    Next to the register is a container of free samples so my girls love to go with me to get bread for the week because they get to pick out a free sample. It is so funny how such a little thing becomes such a hit with kids!

  23. June 30, 2009 11:44 am

    What are you Emily? Like, a rotisserie chicken magnet? I need to shop with you from now on…

  24. Teri permalink
    July 2, 2009 9:02 am

    I was at BiLo (corner of Ooltewah-Ringgold road and E.Brainerd) yesterday and they had blinkies for any Hefty OneZip for $1 off; already BIGI so you can get all your baggies for just $.50 a box… or you can drive over to FL where they were also on sale (can’t remember exactly how much but it would save you a few pennies).
    Also, I’ve been couponing now for just over a month and have SLASHED my grocery budget in half! I’m excited to see how much more I can save. And thanks SO MUCH for the Veggie Tales link b/c we loooove those silly veggies.

  25. July 6, 2009 11:32 am

    Thanks so much Jamie! Great to have this area to post! Just wondering if anyone has tried the super doubles at K-mart this week? They are getting stricter.

    Also has anyone checked out the bread store in Cleveland – South Lee Hwy?
    Great tip about the Little Debbie Store- I forget it is here.
    Also wondering if anyone has tried Aldi’s? I know there is one at the corner of East Brainerd and Brainerd Road in Chatt town.
    Any other “outlet” stores for products?

    I am full of questions but figured this is the place and people who would know!

    • July 6, 2009 1:27 pm

      I had NO IDEA there was an Aldi’s around here! I might have to try a trip soon. Thanks for the tips about the bread stores Tara and Emily- they’re both great! I know it’s not fair to non-Clevelanders, but besides the cheap bread-stores around here, you can also get $1.99 milk at the gas station on Keith St. that is right across from the Dairy Kreme. The sell a 1% milk called Body Boost (extra nutrients? I don’t know…) for $2.99, and they have $1 Off coupons for it behind the counter. i stock up there every few days.

  26. Debbie N. permalink
    July 6, 2009 6:45 pm

    Hi Fellow Cheapskates,

    There is an Aldi’s in Hixson on Hwy. 153. I like to shop there to fill in my needs that I don’t have coupons for or not on sale at Bi-Lo or Publix. Just remember to take your own bags and have a quarter ready for the cart (you will get it back when you return your cart). It’s a really clean store and the produce is very good value. They are set up to take your check card as a debit but not as a credit, so keep that in mind before you go. Either have cash or plan to use your card as a debit but no credit cards.

    Also, in Hixson on Hwy. 153 across from the Super Wal-Mart there is a Little Debbie outlet store. Love it! HTH

  27. Kelly permalink
    July 6, 2009 9:27 pm

    I have been doing to Little Debbie store for a while too and it is great!

  28. Amy permalink
    July 7, 2009 9:17 pm

    I also shop at Aldi to fill in where I don’t have coupons. Last week they had pints of blueberries for .99 and 1 pound of strawberries for .99!

    • Amy permalink
      July 8, 2009 8:44 am

      Just got my Aldi ad for this shopping week. They have fresh pineapple, honeydew, 16 oz of broccoli, and 2 lb bag of lemons, each .99 cents! I may have to make another stop this week!

      • Debbie N. permalink
        July 8, 2009 11:17 am

        Amy, that’s an awesome deal on produce! I think I feel like having me some fresh lemonade! I’ll be checking them out today. Thanks

      • July 8, 2009 1:20 pm

        Thanks for the heads up amy! Those are great!

  29. Kelly permalink
    July 8, 2009 12:25 pm

    If you haven’t gotten your free Dannan-0s yet (with the coupon from Smart Summer Savings – Publix) go to the E. Brainard one. Ooltewah said they don’t carry them anymore. This isn’t a sale. They are always 1.oo and coupon is for 1.00 off.

  30. Teri permalink
    July 8, 2009 1:57 pm

    FYI to the poster from yesterday (Amy?) – I was at the E. Brainerd Publix today and they do take competitor coupons – they have a huge sign on the door that says they gladly accept other supermarkets’ coupons… I don’t know if CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Target are included in that, but they did take my Target coupons last week. Hopefully you’ll have better luck next time.

    AND – they have the “SMART SUMMERTIME SAVINGS” booklet out – they put it out right as I was leaving so I was able to snag one! Alas, I still can’t find the “Family is it’s own reward” booklet. sigh.

    • Teri permalink
      July 8, 2009 2:06 pm

      okay scratch all that – I just re-read the post and realized you were talking about Bi-Lo… sorry to get your hopes up. But, still, go get your Smart Summertime Savings book if you haven’t already. Again, sorry – I shouldn’t be posting while my kids are talking to me 🙂

      • Amy permalink
        July 9, 2009 9:51 am

        Thanks for the info Teri-I have not gotten the Smart Summertime Savings book yet! I know what you mean about posting and kids, happens all the time around my house! 🙂

  31. Andrea Davenport permalink
    July 8, 2009 5:55 pm

    Hey guys! I AM a Bi-Lo girl, and have I got a deal 4 you! Grands big flaky canned biscuita @ bilo are 1.98 and they have a 1.00 off STORE coupon on them! If you still have some of the .75€ off 3 cp. They are . 73€ each. Buy a bunch because you can freeze canned biscuits!

  32. Andrea Davenport permalink
    July 8, 2009 6:07 pm

    I forgot to tell you that it was at that Bilo on apd 40 in Cleveland.

  33. mandie ellis permalink
    July 9, 2009 1:28 pm

    I just called the Hixson Kmart. I was told that they will not double an IP? Has anyone had trouble with IP’s not doubling at this location?

    • Teri permalink
      July 9, 2009 5:03 pm

      thanks for posting this b/c i was headed out to that kmart with a stack of ips… not anymore!

  34. angela permalink
    July 12, 2009 1:54 am

    wow! ok had to read all that to make sure i’m not posting something you guys have already talked about. i am new to couponing just a few weeks in and i’m still kind of at the obsessed stage 🙂
    so this week bi-lo has their spot shot on sale BOGO. i have two coupons for this for a dollar a piece one from all you magazine and one from publix summer time savings coupon booklet. when i went to the bi-lo in cleveland on ocoee st the spot shots had tags on them for full mail in rebates! so not only will you get back what you paid for them you will make money off of both purchases!
    also if you go to publix and they still have the green “back to school” booklets up front there is a coupon in those for $5/3 bandaid purchases and last weeks paper had .50 of bandaids. i have two of those and have looked at the prices of publix bandaids (2.59) -even for the kid ones so with these three coupons you can get 3 boxes of band aids for .77!!!! i’m going as soon as possible but the earliest exp. is july 31 and the band aids aren’t on sale so you should be able to do this as long as you have two .50 coupons and if not it’s still only 1.77 for three boxes which is still great!

    • July 13, 2009 12:03 am

      Thank you for sharing those great deals with us Angela! Those are both things I’m adding to my list right now!

    • Teri permalink
      July 13, 2009 3:56 pm

      Where are the band-aid coupons? I can’t find them in my inserts from last week… that was the P&G insert right?

  35. Angie permalink
    July 12, 2009 7:09 pm

    Hey Guys,
    I did not get the Electrosol coupons in my inserts today?? I even saw a commercial advertising them to be in the paper today. Did anyone get them?

    • July 13, 2009 12:02 am

      Hi Angie! It looks like once again our region was dissed by the coupon-powers that be… We seem to get about half of the coupons that are supposed to be in any given insert- and that’s because manufacturers divvy them out according to some mysterious plan. I am in Glasgow, KY this week and my mom’s paper got the coupon- this town is smaller than Cleveland- Go figure!

  36. Andrea Davenport permalink
    July 13, 2009 7:31 am

    Hey guys I found free hefty one zip bags at cvs! They are actually a dollar and if you still have any of the dollar off coupons you get them for free!! They are in the dollar isle at the cvs on ocoee street in Cleveland. I know my sons class has them on the supply list.

  37. Kelly permalink
    July 13, 2009 1:21 pm

    Ok, the store manager of the CVS on E. Brainard is a real A HOLE!!! He said he would not do more then two transactions. I thought he was joking and started laughing and he was like “no, i’m not playing this game where you guys pay 10 cents for stuff”. I WILL be writing a letter to corporat. I’m pretty sure his last name was LeMann, or something like that. I will make the trip to Cleveland for my CVS purchases from now on. I have never really liked anyone at the E. Brainard CVS anyway and they are always out of the sale stuff. I don’t know when they are going to catch on that they need to order more of the item if it on sale, duh!!! I’m very annoyed!

    • Teri permalink
      July 13, 2009 3:52 pm

      Ugh, that’s horrible! I was there today too, but luckily didn’t have any problems. Of course that may have been because I only had one transaction since all of the school supplies I wanted were GONE! Have you tried the CVS on Lee Highway near the Sam’s Club? I haven’t tried it yet, but it would be closer than Cleveland…

      • July 13, 2009 5:29 pm

        To Kelly- That is just awful. Way to make us feel like we’re doing something wrong. I would most certainly call corporate about this. I am working with my CVS manager (who shall remain nameless because he helps me figure out deals sometimes) about ordering major supplies ahead of time. I am turning him on to where the coupon inserts are posted way ahead of time, that way he can go and see what items are going to fly off his shelves and order super-early. He’s excited about it and so am I!

  38. angela permalink
    July 13, 2009 5:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the manager. The last time I went to the Ooltewah publix the manager there with dark hair and glasses wasn’t exactly enthused with all of us “couponers” he was annoyed since the unilever books were gone so quickly with none of the product being bought. He wasn’t outwardly being an a hole but i still felt his comments were inappropriate for customers and the way he said it kinda made me feel bad for doing coupons.

  39. Angie permalink
    July 14, 2009 10:20 am

    I also had the same problem at the East Brainerd CVS last week and posted on Southern Savers about it. There was not a manager on duty but I spoke with the person in charge. I explained that there was no one else in the store and they were in essence refusing business and turning away customers. I only had 3 transactions with no one else in the store. Her point was other customers were complaining about waiting in line. I said “Maam, look behind me, do you seee anyone else waiting?” It was just obsurd! After a few minutes of talking with her she finally allowed it, however it was a big hassle. I agree we should write corporate. I think they would be interested to their management is turning away business.

  40. Amy permalink
    July 14, 2009 10:21 am

    Can anyone tell me a CVS that is more open to coupon shopping? I usually go to the
    E. Brainerd store, but admit they can be difficult!

    Also, I went to the EB Publix last night and they are out of the BP gas cards. The CS Manager said that I could just save my coupon and use it next week when they get more in! I got two of the Shell, but that will be a great help, especially for the Kraft $50 deal…and you have an extra week to stock up on the gas cards! She actually offered me a couple of adds so I would have coupons for next week! If you are out that way, you might want to pick up an add for more free gas.

  41. July 14, 2009 10:29 am

    About the CVS (or any store) being out of items- don’t forget that they usually get a truck in mid week- CVS gets theirs Thursday I believe- and you can show up early that morning to encounter a fully stocked shelf. ALSO- don’t forget to ask for your raincheck!!! I wrote a post on it a couple weeks ago, just type raincheck into the search bar to find it. Thanks for sharing ladies!

  42. Angie permalink
    July 14, 2009 10:41 am

    Just a follow up… I did write an email to corporate about the CVS on East Brainerd. I think all of us that have had problems there should do the same!

  43. Kelly permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:09 pm

    I wrote a SEATHING letter to corporate about the E. Brainerd CVS. Maybe something will be done. I haven’t heard anything back. Angie let me know if you do.

  44. Kelly permalink
    July 14, 2009 8:25 pm

    Here is the response I have gotten so far

    Dear Kelly,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding the Manager only allowing two transactions, that occurred at our Chattanooga, TN CVS/pharmacy location.

    Please accept my apology for the situation you encountered at our store. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to Jeffrey Broyles, the District Manager. I have requested that he follow up with you directly regarding this matter within 48 hours.

    Thank you for contacting CVS! We appreciate the time you have taken to inform us of this situation.


    Customer Relations

  45. Angie permalink
    July 15, 2009 10:39 pm

    Dear Ms. Angie Bradshaw:

    Thank you for contacting us regarding the Chattanooga, TN, CVS/pharmacy located at 8034 E. Brainard Road. I apologize for the poor customer service you received during your visit and appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.

    I can never understand why our employees refuse coupons. They bringcustomers to the store. As long as the coupons are used properly, we honor them. District Manager Jeffrey Broyles is aware of your comments. He will visit the store and meet with the Store Manager, so that your future shopping experiences are pleasurable. We hope that you will give CVS/pharmacy another chance to prove that we are dedicated to customer service.

    Jeffrey also oversees the Lee Highway location, and he will share your positive comments with Kellie, the Store Manager.

    Ms. Bradshaw, we value our customers and look forward to serving you in the future. Should you have any additional concerns, please feel free to contact us.


    Customer Relations

  46. Kelly permalink
    July 15, 2009 11:10 pm

    Angie, seems you got more of an answer then I did. I still haven’t heard from this Jeffrey guy and I dont expect I will. Glad we both complained and something is beind done.

  47. Angie permalink
    July 16, 2009 11:01 am

    Me too. Perhaps things will be better this week! 🙂

  48. Dani permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:28 pm

    Please tell me about your next trip to the EB CVS.
    Last time I was there they made me feel like a thief.
    Alone the way they told me their slogan:”only two transactions” froze the blood in my veins.
    Thanks – Dani

    • Melanie permalink
      July 19, 2009 8:21 pm

      I went to the EB CVS this morning and had a great experience. I was a little nervous after reading about all the trouble everyone has had recently – but it went extremely well. I was back at the school supplies, and the manager (name tag same as the sign outside) came back and told me that he was substituting different binders and pencils because he was out, and reassured me that I would still get the ECBs. When I checked out, he was at the register, and told me that he would be glad to ring up as many transactions as I wanted to make. So …. maybe there’s been a change of heart at the EB store.

  49. Angela permalink
    July 17, 2009 12:41 am

    Hi again!
    I hope you guys haven’t rushed to get your band aids before wed. b/c the regular ones went on sale for 2.19 a box which made my three boxes free with .43 overage with all three coupons! The kid ones were still full price at 2.59 so those would still have been .77 for three but still great deal!
    Also, I went to the Little Debbie store thank you so much for that tip! I left with a bag full of bread and bagels and donuts all for 5.40! I also went to the gas station across from Dairi Kreme and the milk had gone up to 2.99 but still a lot cheaper than most grocery stores! Thanks for the tips!

    • July 17, 2009 2:28 pm

      Hey- sorry about that milk Angela- when they run out of the Body Boost, they just fill in the gaps with the $2.99 milk. And at $1.99…they run out alot! Thanks for the bandaid tip!

  50. Angela permalink
    July 20, 2009 3:54 pm

    Oh! OK cool I will have to keep checking then! I also went to the food lion on keith st. ( or would it be stuart st.?) this morning to pick up my .87/lb smithfield ham for 6.59! and they had two liter dr. peppers on sale for 1.09 with a peelie for a $1 off 2 two liters so both two liters only cost 1.09! 🙂

  51. Angie permalink
    July 26, 2009 3:48 pm

    Scored my FREE Bic Triumph Pens today at CVS. The store in Hwy 58 still had plenty of them in blue.

  52. Kelly permalink
    July 27, 2009 1:02 pm

    FYI- The Little Debbie Thrift store has Graham Pie Crusts on sale for .50 each or a case of 12 for $5. They have plain and chocolate. They keep for a long time and freeze well.

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