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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Drugstore Game this week: One trip to each of the Big 3

In keeping with my decision to simplify The Drugstore Game, I only made one trip to each of the big three drugstores this week. The only one I really wanted to go to was CVS, but I stopped at Walgreens and Rite Aid also because I had to do something with the boys. Here's how my transactions went:

2 Always Infinity @ $4.98 each - $9.96
Colgate Max Fresh w/ Beads - $2.99
Odor Eaters foot spray - $5.99
Total before coupons: $18.94

Coupons used: 2 $2 Infinity, $1 Colgate, $11.79 ECBs

Paid: $2.74 including tax on a gift card

Received the following ECBs: $9.96 for the Always and $2 for the Colgate

If you're looking for an item that's advertised in the weekly ad and can't find it on the shelf, always look on the endcaps. I found both the Always and Colgate that way. The shelves actually had a few of the items, just not the type that I wanted. But the endcaps were fully stocked.

Tuf paper towels - 59 cents w/ weekly ad coupon
Walgreens-brand elastic bandage (like an ACE bandage) - $2 on clearance
Visine - $4.99
2 Walgreens travel tissue at 29 cents each - 58 cents
Rimmel foundation - $7.49
Dixie napkins - $2.99
Quilted Northern - $4
Total before coupons: $22.64

Coupons used: $2 Walgreens brand elastic bandage, $2 Visine from weekly ad, $2 Visine, $1 Rimmel, 50 cents Dixie, $1 Quilted Northern from EasySaver catalog, $1 Quilted Northern, $4.50 RR, $4 RR, $2 RR

Paid: $4.34 including tax on my rebate gift card

Will receive: $7.49 + 10% bonus for a total of $8.24 for Rimmel monthly rebate

I bought the Tuf paper towels to see if they're any good. I actually like the Tuf brand trash bags more than the Kirkland brand bags from Costco, but from the outside, the paper towels don't seem that great. I also picked up the toilet paper to try it out. We've never used Quilted Northern before and thanks to Paid Twice, who tipped me off to the good deal, this is our chance to see if we want to add this brand to ones I keep my eye on.

I was delighted to find the elastic bandage in the clearance section. They're very handy to have, and a free item is always good. I don't remember what insert the coupon was in, just that I clipped it from a Sunday newspaper quite some time ago.

If I'd been paying more attention to the price tags rather than my shopping list, I would have realized that the Visine was $4.99, and that the weekly ad coupon was for $2 off, not for the price of $2. Because it was free after coupons in other parts of the country, where it's regularly priced at $3.99, I just took it for granted that it would be free for me. Ninety-nine cents isn't bad for Visine, but I wouldn't have bought it if I'd realized at the time that it wasn't going to be free.

Another price I wish I'd been paying more attention to was the $2.99 charged for the napkins. I could have sworn the shelf tag said 2/$5. My receipt does indicate that the napkins were on sale, so maybe I read the tag wrong, or read the wrong tag. I probably would have still gotten them since we're starting to run low on napkins, but I do like to know what I'm actually paying at the point of sale.

Finally, I bought the travel pack tissues to make sure I had as many items as I did manufacturer coupons, which includes the Register Rewards. I'm happy to have used those up, since now I don't have to worry about using them before they expire. I have one left from last week's Tylenol deal, but that one doesn't expire until December and I'm sure I'll use it by then.

Rite Aid
Chapstick True Shimmer - $1.99
Child Throat Coolers - $2.99
Simply Saline - $3.99
Total: $8.97 plus 74 cents tax

I'll get back the $8.97 in rebates. As I mentioned earlier in the week, there are lots of free-after-SCR items next week (though the deals started yesterday here), all cold and flu-related. Since you're not supposed to give children under the age of four cold or cough medicine, it wasn't worth buying any of those items. I thought the throat coolers and saline would make a nice addition to our medicine cabinet, and the Chapstick will be a moneymaker after the mail in rebate in tomorrow's newspaper.

I will probably skip Walgreens and Rite Aid next week unless I have time to kill (or a Walgreens $/$$ coupon comes out), but the CVS ad looks awesome. There are quite a few free-after-ECB items, and All laundry detergent is on sale for buy one, get one free. I'm just worried that they may have stopped making the HE version of All Free & Clear - not only could I not find it at CVS the last time I checked, Target didn't have it either. :(

How did your shopping go this week?

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  • At 10/12/08, 10:38 AM, Blogger paidtwice said…

    Today at Kroger there was tons of the HE version of the All Free and Clear. So I think it is still being made.

    If CVS carries it though, I have no idea. I don't have an HE washer so I don't look especially for it. Our CVS this week does not have the great ECB deals I saw on HCW for your part of the country, so I'm not wandering over to CVS til later in the week, just to pick up some All and some soup. :)

  • At 10/12/08, 5:43 PM, Blogger Justine said…

    I find at Walgreens that unless you buy 2... as in the case for your napkins, you won't get the 2/$5 (or 2/$$) price, you'll get the full price.

  • At 10/12/08, 8:31 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @PaidTwice - Thanks so much for letting me know to keep looking for the detergent. I really need it! I'm sorry you don't have the deals we do, though :(

    @Justine - Thank you for that info. I'll definitely keep an eye on the register next time to see if that's what's happening.


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