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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Rite Aid transaction this week: How to use The Drugstore Game to obtain necessities for free

The Drugstore Game is definitely more complicated than just walking into a store, buying what you want, and walking out. But if saving money is a priority, it's a great way to get necessities for free or cheap. For example, we go through a fair amount of contact lens solution, and I like to buy it when it's free after rebate/rewards to maximize my dollars. This week, you can get one bottle of Complete multi-purpose solution for free after Single Check Rebate.

An easy way to get it for free would be to buy one bottle, use the $1/1 coupon from the 4/3 SS, pay $6.99 + tax, submit for the SCR, and receive a check for $7.99 in the mail next month.

But since I didn't want to pay $6.99 out of pocket, I did two transactions to minimize my costs and get more stuff:

Transaction #1:
2 Old Spice Body Wash Fresh Collection (the white bottle) - $2.99 each
1 Bic Flex4 Razors - $4.99
1 Bic Hybrid Razors - $4.99

- Buy One Old Spice Fresh Collection product, Get One Old Spice Fresh Collection Body Wash Free 4/3 P&G
- $1/1 Old Spice product P&G Everyday Savings booklet
- 2 x $3/1 selected Bic Razors 4/10 SS
- 2 x $1 +UP rewards from last week's transaction

Paid: $3.97 + tax
Received: 2 x $2 +UP for Old Spice, $2 +UP for Bic
Will Receive: $1.50 for Bic Hybrid + $1 for Bic Flex4 from Upromise ecoupons

Transaction #2:
1 Complete Multipurpose Solution - $7.99

- $1/1 Complete Multipurpose Solution 4/3 SS
- 3 x $2 +UP rewards from previous transaction

Paid: $0.99 + tax
Will Receive: $7.99 SCR

In total, instead of paying $6.99 + tax and getting $7.99 back, I paid $4.96 + tax and will get back $7.99 + $2.50 for a total of $10.49. If I didn't have the $2 +UP rewards to start, I would have paid $6.96, so almost the exact same amount as if I only bought the contact lens solution. But by doing an extra transaction, I was able to also get two bottles of body wash (which we'll use) and disposable razors (which I'll give away), plus an extra $2.50 in my Upromise account - all for the same amount of money.

Thus, The Drugstore Game does require more work - but for me, at least, it's worth it.

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