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Friday, December 11, 2009

Walgreens today: Lots of free after RR items

If you don't know much about shopping at Walgreens, start here.

Since we go through so much contact lens solution, I try not to miss any chances for free solution. This week's Walgreens 4-day sale, which ends tomorrow (Saturday), includes a twin pack of Renu for $9.99, with a $10 Register Rewards. Plus, you get a $5 RR when your purchase totals more than $25 before coupons. So here's what I did today:

Scunci barrettes $2 (free after RR)
Neutrogena Men's Lotion $4.99 (free after RR), used $2 off any Neutrogena from December All You
Stayfree Maxi pads $1.99 (free after RR), used $1 printable coupon (FF or IE)
Renu $9.99 (free after RR) (there's a $2/1 printable coupon, but I'd already reached my print limit)
Green & Black bar $3.69, used $1 printable coupon from manufacturer & $1.99 for 1 Walgreens printable coupon
2 Chinet dinner plates $2.50 each, used $1/1 coupons from 11/22 SS & in-ad coupon for B1G1 free

My total came to $12.09, including tax, and I got back: $5 RR from Walgreens for making a $25 purchase; $2 RR for the Scunci, $5 RR for Neutrogena, $2 RR for Stayfree, and $10 RR for Renu, for a total of $24 in RR - a moneymaker deal on stuff I really use. Even after almost two years of playing The Drugstore Game, I still have trouble believing that I can make money buying things I genuinely need or want.

A note about the Scunci - very few of the items were ringing up $2, and the rack wasn't tagged. The Beauty Assistant actually came over with a handheld scanner and checked a whole bunch of the items for me.

I generally don't do more than two transactions in one trip, because I don't like to call attention to myself. So I just did one more transaction:

Neutrogena Men's Lotion $4.99 (free after RR), used another $2 off any from December All You
4 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 69 cents with in-ad coupon, used $1/4 coupon from Jon's circular (a local market)
Peanuts puzzle 39 cents with in-ad coupon, filler so I could use the $5 Walgreens RR

I paid 12 cents for all of these items and got back another $5 RR for the Neutrogena. I donated the puzzle at the store, because they're collecting toys for the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive, and I'm going to donate the macaroni and cheese boxes to the local food bank.

Not that I'm in the same position, but something I read quite often on the coupon forums is how combining sales and coupons allows those with limited means to give to others without breaking their budget. That's a happy thought during the holiday season :)

There's another 4-day sale next week, with another offer for spend $25, get a $5 RR. You can preview the ad at I Heart Wags.

Previously: How To Play The Drugstore Game

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