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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Drugstore Game Successes! + a new way of paying at Rite Aid

Yesterday, I wrote about my Drugstore Game disappointments, so I'm happy to report that I had two transactions today that were simply sublime.

First, I went to Rite Aid and found zero Puffs and Purex Crystals on the shelf. But it turns out they had some in the back, so I'm adding that as a strategy for minimizing disappointments: ask if there's stock that hasn't been put out. It also turned out to be a little lucky that I struck out yesterday, since Lysol put out that $1.50/1 wipes coupon on Facebook after I got home.

I was able to do the following transaction:

4 Lysol wipes @ $2.50 each
2 Lysol toilet bowl cleaners @ $2.50 each
7 Puffs @ $0.99 each
2 Gain dish detergent @ $0.89 each
2 Purex Crystals @ $6.49 each + Buy One, Get One Free

Subtotal: $30.20 (it's the total before coupons that counts for the $10 +UP reward)

I used the following coupons:

$2 off $10 household cleaning products April Video Values
4 x $1.50/1 Lysol wipes printable (I have two computers that I can print from at home)
$1/2 Lysol toilet bowl cleaner 4/17 Smart Source
$1/1 Lysol product April Video Values
2 x $0.25/3 Puffs 4/3 P&G
$0.50/1 Puffs P&G Brand Sampler mailer
2 x $1/1 Gain dish detergent P&G Everyday Savings booklet
2 x $1/1 Purex Crystals printable
$1/1 Purex Crystals March Video Values
4 x $1 off any purchase for watching select videos March and April Video Values
$2 +UP reward from last week

That left $8.20 + tax. I had read that I could use a Single Check Rebate check as payment at the store, and in fact, the SCR check says to use as payment or deposit at the bank right on the face. I normally deposit my SCR checks, but I had a $7.99 SCR check from February and using it to pay at Rite Aid would be an easy way to reduce my out of pocket expenses. It took a little longer to enter it as payment - there was lots of tapping of keys and not just scanning - but there didn't seem to be any problem with it. And in the end, I paid $0.21 + tax out of pocket, and got my $10 +UP reward. Not bad for bags full of stuff that we'll definitely use.

It would seem that this Rite Aid store likes to remove the surveys that print at the end of receipts and hand them to customers that they are confident will give them a good review. I was obviously very happy because the staff found me the items that I wanted, and I was handed two surveys with my receipt that had clearly been torn off of other receipts. That seems a tad sketchy, no?

But I left happy and stopped by the CVS store that's usually well stocked. I found plenty of Aquafresh kid's toothbrushes and toothpastes. I doubled checked the toothbrush price at the scanner since they weren't tagged, and sure enough, they were 5 for $5 and rang up $1 each. I left with five toothbrushes and three toothpastes, all for just the tax. I'm really excited about this purchase since I've found kid's toothbrushes and toothpaste to be much harder to get for free compared to adult ones. These should last us a year or more - plenty of time for another free deal to come along. I love getting stuff we need for free!



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