Walgreen's Trip
by TheresaShadrix
Jul 07, 2011 | 695 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I've been asked by readers about shopping at drugstores and reader Stephanie asked about Walgreens. First, before you even step foot in the store, you need to read the coupon policy.

One of the main points in shopping Walgreens is that you can't have more coupons than items purchased. That number includes store coupons, manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards. If you need another item, you have to get a "filler" item, which is normally the cheapest thing you can find in the store.

While some folks call couponing the grocery game or drugstore game, to me it is simply the math game. So, always take your calculator so you can sort out your out of pocket expense and how many transactions you will need in order to purchase your items.

Drugstores are good to find deals but I'll have to be honest in telling you that often by the time you get to the store, the item is out of stock. And, at Walgreens you can't get a raincheck on an item that has Register Rewards. You really have to take stock in the expense you have in running from store to store and the cost of gas. 

I made a quick run yesterday to see what items they had that my family members would actually use. They still have items on clearance and so I focused on matching coupons with the clearance items. Here is what I bought:

Transaction 1:

Gillette Fusion Power Razor, $9.99

Used $4 off Gillette Fusion Razor (June P&G)

Received $5 Register Reward

Total out of pocket: $5.99 plus tax=$6.89


Transaction 2:

Gillette Fusion Power Razor, $9.99

Used $4 off Gillette Fusion Razor (June P&G)

Received $5 Register Reward

Total out of pocket: $5.99 plus tax=$6.89


Transaction 3:

Plackers Orthodontist Floss, Regular $2.99, clearance $1

1 Soft Soap Refill 56 oz, Regular $7.99, clearance $3

1 U Kotex, Regular $7.99, clearance $4

Hawaiian Tropics Sun Tanning Lotion, Regular $9.99, clearance $4

John Freida shampoo, Regular $6.49, clearance $3

Right Guard deodorant, Regular $4.49, clearance $2

Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, Regular $4.99, clearance $2

Reese candy, $.69

-          $1 U Kotex printable from here

-          $2 Hawaiian Tropic Lotion or Creme SPF 15 , (Walgreens Summer Beauty Guide

-           $1 Hawaiian Tropic Suncare Product, 4 Oz. , Any (06-26-11 SS)

-          $2 John Frieda Product, any (06-05-11 SS)

-          $1 Right Guard product, received in mail

-          $1 Tom's of Maine Toothpaste or Mouthwash, any (06-19-11 SS)

-          $10 Register Rewards

Total before coupons: $19.69

Total Coupons: & Register Rewards: $18.00

Total out of pocket: $1.69 plus tax = $3.28


Total trip out of pocket: 15.84

That’s almost $64 in savings!


P.S. I bought the Reese's because the cashier at Walgreens is amazing and it helps her quota for the items sold at the register.                                                



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