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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Drugstore Game: When the deals aren't so hot

If you need Huggies diapers, this is a good week to shop at Walgreens. Common Sense with Money has details and a scenario to get three jumbo packs for less than $5 each. Lucky me, for the first time in nearly five years, I don't have to worry about diapers! So I am letting this Huggies deal pass me by. It feels kind of weird, actually.

However . . . I had $9.50 in Register Rewards that expired today. And in going through the ad and looking at the various scenarios and deals that other bloggers have come up with, nothing appealed to me. There weren't any money-making scenarios that I could take advantage of, so I decided to "burn" my RRs on things I will use.

So here's what I got:

3 Ziploc bags $2.50 each with in-ad coupon
3 store brand gallons of water $2/3
1 Nursery Water 99 cents with in-ad coupon
2 store brand nasal saline spray $2.99, on sale B1G1

Used: $1.50/2 Ziploc printable coupon, 40 cents/1 Ziploc from 1/10 SS, 55 cents/1 Nursery Water (from some magazine, I think), $2 + $2.50 + $5 RRs

Paid: $1.43 + tax &

Since I purchased three Ziploc products, I'm submitting my receipt for the $5 SC Johnson rebate. That makes the transaction profitable.

Walgreens RRs generally expire two weeks after they're printed. Some shoppers seem to have no problem with continuously rolling them, but I always seem to find myself in my current position every couple of months. I don't mind burning up my RRs on occasion - not having RRs means I don't have to go Walgreens. Until a new store opened up at the end of last year, I used to go to a store that's over six miles away, so it wasn't always convenient. Sometimes having RRs that were about to expire actually stressed me out because I'd have to plan a special trip to make sure I didn't waste them. The new store is only two miles away, so it's much easier to pop in - hopefully that means RRs won't be a source of stress for me anymore.

And that's definitely one thing to consider when it comes to The Drugstore Game. After a few months of playing, burnout becomes a concern. (We've talked about it before.) Now that I've burned all of my RRs, I may take a break from Walgreens unless there's an outstanding deal that I just don't want to miss.

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  • At 1/25/10, 8:17 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    I was in the same boat -- I had $4 worth that expire this week. We needed coffee though so I just used the RR to get free coffee!


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