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Sunday, April 04, 2010

My Rite Aid Scenario: Playing The Drugstore Game to Get What I Need For Less

As I was writing up this week's starter deal for Rite Aid, their store brand napkins caught my eye because I'm running low. The Rite Aid brand 250-pack of napkins is on sale for 2/$4, so I did the following:

1 Gillette Fusion $8
2 Oral B Advantage Toothbrushes $2.29 each
4 Rite Aid napkins $2 each

- $5/$20 Video Values coupon
- $4/1 Fusion Razor from 4/4 P&G
- B1G1 Free Oral-B Product from 3/7 P&G
- $2/1 Oral B Toothbrush or $2/2 Indicators from 4/4 P&G

Paid: $7.29 + $1.52 tax
Receive: $4 SCR for Gillette + $1.50 SCR for Oral B

That works out to $3.31 for 4 packages of napkins, or 83 cents each (including tax), which is a pretty good deal. My (unrealistic) target price for napkins is 33 cents (before tax) for a 200-count pack, which is what I paid last year at Pavilions during the Living Well promotion. I say 33 cents is unrealistic because it's unlikely I'll be able to hit that price regularly, since I only got to it via a $1/1 coupon combined with a Catalina deal that took off 33%. I bought 9 packages of napkins during that promotion, and we're just about to run out, so the 4 packages I just bought should last us a good six months.

This is a great illustration of how you can work The Drugstore Game to get what you need for less, and it's something I don't think I quite understood even after six months of playing. It took me a long time to get to this point, and sometimes I still overlook it.

Previously: The Drugstore Game Two Years Later: My Shopping Habits (And Budget) Have Changed So Much

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  • At 4/5/10, 6:36 AM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    I am wondering if you have considered using cloth napkins instead? You could pick up cheap clearance cloth napkins, washcloths, etc. and start using them instead of paper napkins, or buy material and sew simple ones if you sew at all. If you live near an IKEA, I recently purchased about 2 dozen $.49 "tea towels" that turned out to be fantastic replacements for paper towels for pretty cheap. I also have a dozen or so larger flour sacks that I bought for less than $1 each in a pack, and we use our gerber prefold burp rags for cleanup in the kitchen, mealtimes, etc, too. I have found that reuasable items that replace disposable (from diapers to paper towels/napkins and more) work better and are better for our budget and the environment. I bought a couple of $1.50 small clothes baskets and keep one full of clean towels and the other is for dirty ones so its easy to grab them instead. I also keep paper towels under the kitchen sink for when we need them for something and we rarely use them at all anymore.


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