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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Drugstore Game Padawan Update: Nicole's First Transaction!

If you're just tuning in, I'm mentoring Nicole in The Drugstore Game. If you've always wanted to play but weren't sure how to get started, follow along with Nicole as she becomes a Drugstore Game Master.

When we last checked in with Nicole yesterday, she was going to do her first transaction at Walgreens. She reports, "The transaction worked out exactly as planned--the Thermacare patch was $2.49, used a coupon for $1 off, got $2.49 in RR, and paid $1.58 OOP including tax." Yay, Nicole!

She's also proving to be quite the quick learner. She spotted the following deal:
I noticed another transaction that I'd be interested in. Right now, the Dryel kits are $7.99, with $3 in RR back. I did a quick search for a Dryel coupon online, and came up with one available here:

If I'm doing the math correctly, after the $2 off coupon, and $2.49 in RR, this would be $3.50 OOP, with another $3 coming back in RR.
I don't use Dryel, so I don't have a target price for it. However, it sounds like a good deal to me! It was also the perfect opportunity to answer one of Nicole's questions. She asked: "I've also noticed people talking about 'filler items' when using RR's in conjunction with coupons--how does this work out, and why?"

Here's my response:
One thing to keep in mind about Walgreens - you need to have as many items as you do manufacturer coupons, and RRs count as a manu coupon. So, with the Dryel, you'll have 2 manu coupons - the $2 printable and the RR - which means you'll need a "filler." I generally find something cheap that I know we'll use - candy, or, for example, this week's ad has an in-ad coupon for 39-cent HandSaver gloves. The in-ad coupons are NOT manu coupons so don't have to take them into account when matching up manu coupons and items. Your OOP will be a little higher b/c of the filler item, so that's something to keep in mind, although if I usually don't mind if I'm paying a good price for something I'll use anyway, like the gloves.
As you can see, Nicole is off to a great start - I'll keep you updated on her progress!

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  • At 1/14/10, 3:52 PM, Blogger Ted and Dana said…

    Thank you for doing this! I'm following along too! It was such a thrill.

    I also needed Day/Nyquil for my husband, and there was a register rewards promo there too, so I ended up getting $7.50 in register rewards! (I did spend more, but I needed the cold medicine, and would have spent it anyhow.)

    Keep us updated, because I am definitely following along!

  • At 1/14/10, 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I did this deal too! Keep it up, I'm loving following along :)


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