Drug store forays

October 26, 2010

Soooo…..I kept reading about all of the Awesome Spectacular Money-Making Freebies Oh The Amazing Rite Aid and Walgreens Deals!!!! I had previousl decided against the whole drug store couponing in thing for several reasons:
1. It’s more stores to go to…..more time spent coordinating and clipping and calculating and shopping.
2. I don’t NEED a lot of the stuff that those deals are for
3. A fundamental part of RiteAid deals are video values where you have to watch a bunch of videos online to get the coupons
4. Another major Rite Aid deals are the SCRs: online rebates where you don’t see the value for 6-8 weeks
5. Both use their own version of OYNO coupons on many of the items, which means you have to go back within 2 weeks to use the coupon AND you often need to split your shop into multiple transactions in order to roll these coupons and not end up with either a lot of OOP costs or a huge amount of OYNO coupons at the end.

But I kept seeing all of these great free and moneymaking deals. And they are awfully tempting. And I can see how once you get into the groove of this type of couponing, its not so overwhelming. I’ve been doing the regular couponing for a few months now and felt more comfortable, so I decided to give it a go. I am pretty happy with the results:


Walgreen's 10.25.10

Grand total: $8.70 (after RR)

I calculated this out in great detail before my trip and stuck exactly to my list, though I moved it around a little to make sure I didn’t lose out on any of the Register Rewards (RR). My biggest snafu was that I didn’t realize that technically the RR are manufacturer coupons and you can’t use more manu coupons that you have items. So if I bought 3 items and used a manu coupon on each of them, I can’t also use a RR in that transaction. I didn’t realize this and so was not able to actually roll the RR like I had planned, which resulted in me paying more OOP and having a bunch of RR leftover. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back!

Transaction #1:

  • (1) Contact cold & flu – $6
  • (2) Purex 3-in-1 – 2/$9
    -(1) $2/1 Contact printable
    -(2) $3/1 Purex from RP
    Get: $1 RR for Purex
    Get: $6 RR for Contact
    Total OOP: $8.43

Transaction #2

  • (2) Purex 3-in-1 – 2/$9
  • (1) Colgate sensitive toothpaste – $3.49
    -(2) $3/1 Purex from RP
    -(1) $1/1  Colgate print
    I also bought a Gummy Bears for $1 so that I could use my $6 RR Contact. Stupid move but this is when I discovered the manu coupon/RR restriction thing and I panicked a little. I LOVE gummy bears though so all’s good.
    Get: $1 RR for Purex
    Get: $3.50 RR for Colgate
    Total OOP: $1.77

Transaction #3:
There was a promo: Buy $10 selected snacks, get $3 RR + 2 redbox rentals.

  • (4) Chex Mix – 1.50ea ($6)
  • (3) Bugles – 1.50ea (4.50)
    -(7) 0.50/1 chex/bugles
    Get: $3 RR for snacks
    Get: 2 Free Redbox rentals ($2.18)
    Total OOP: $7

So my grand total OOP: $17.20
I have $8.50 in RR leftover
For a grand total of $8.70!!

Into the donation pile: 2 of the Purex, the Colgate toothpaste, 1 Bugles, 2 Chex Mix.
Total cost: $1.78

I guess I have to say that that was worth it!!! The hardest part of putting together the deal was figuring out which coupons I did and didn’t have when looking at the online deals sites (forthemommas.com) (wildforwags.com). I don’t regularly get all the inserts from the Sun. papers and I don’t always get to certain printables in time so that makes it more complicated.

And then RiteAid….where I had the slowest old lady cashier ever. At least everything worked out just like I had planned it. The only thing was the unknown of what some of the prices would be.


Rite Aid 10.25.10

Total: $27.41 (after rebates)

Can you tell that cold season is upon us! lol I broke this into 3 transactions in order to take advantage of the +Up (UPR) coupons. I did watch of ton of the October videos yesterday so I had a few VV coupons available for use, and luckily only one of my items had a SCR (single check rebate) so that’s less OOP. Here goes….

Transaction #1

  • (2) Renpure Organics shampoo/conditioner – $6.99 BOGO
  • (2) Quaker Oats – 2/$5
  • (2) NYC Color makeup – $1.99ea
  • get (2) NYC nail polish free
  • (2) Oscillococcinum 12ct. $19.99 BOGO
    -(1) $3/1 Renpure VV
    -(2) 1/1 Quaker Oats print
    -(2) 1/1 NYC print
    -(2) 2/1 Oscillo print
    -(1) 3/1 Oscillo VV
    -(1) $4/$20 VV

    Get: (4) $1 UPR for NYC
    Get: (1) $2 UPR for Renpure
    Get: (2) $1 UPR for Quaker Oats
    Get: (1) $2 UPR for Oscillo
    Submit: $3 MIR for Renpure
    Total OOP: $21.28

Transaction #2:

  • (6) Hall’s cough drops – 1.50ea ($9)
  • (2) Zicam – $12.99 BOGO
    -(1) $4/6 Halls from insert
    -(2) 0.50/1 Halls VV
    -(1) $1off VV
    -(2) $2/1 Zicam coupon booklet
    -$10 in previous trans. UPR

    Get: (2) $1 UPR for Halls (should have been 3?)
    Get: (2) $2 UPR for Zicam
    Total OOP: $4.43

Transaction #3

  • (1) Abreva – $17.99
    -(1) $1/1 Abreva from insert
    -(1) $5/1 Abreva VV
    -$6 UPR from trans. #2
    Submit: $3 SCR for Abreva
    Total OOP: $7.70

Grand Total OOP: $33.41
Pending rebates: $6
Total: $27.41

So I am pretty happy with this!!! I got some great freebies and some other really really cheap stuff that I will use (eventually!) Into my medical/backstock/gift basket drawer went the Halls cough drops, the Zicam, and the Oscillococcinum, and makeup. I donated the Quaker Oats. I use Zicam, Abreva, and cough drops so those will definitely not go to waste. And considering the shelf cost of those, its great to have some backstock around that I got at a GOOD price, not just whatever it happened to be when I needed it.

I will probably keep my eyes on the drug stores. I don’t know that I want to have to go every week but if not, I have to be really careful about having leftover RR or UPR that will go to waste. We’ll just see what kind of deals come around.

Keep you posted!

Take Care

One Response to “Drug store forays”

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