I know I have posted about Walgreen’s and their Register Rewards coupon program before; but if you’re still on the fence or not quite sure you understand how it is supposed to work, I hope this post will encourage you to step out and try your hand at this “saving game”.
I drove in to Lincoln, today, to do a weekly grocery shop, pick up dog food at Pet’s Mart and re-stock some household items I knew I could get at Wal-greens. I had to invest a little time reviewing the ads and pulling the coupons I would use, but it turned out to be worth the effort. At Walgreen’s I purchased $92.68 in product, (including tax), and only handed over $40.44 out of our bank account, plus I still have a $3 RR coupon in my purse for my next Walgreen’s visit! $92.68 -$40.44+$3 =$55.24 saved. Happy! Happy! Happy! 🙂 Here’s how I organized the visits to make that savings.
Transactions 1, 2 & 3 (All made at the same checkout time. The first two were intended, but then the checker made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I did all 3 at once. I just divided my items and the checker rung up three tickets for me.)
I got to the checkout with the following items in my cart: 2 bottles of Windex, 1 Nivea for Men Body Wash/Shampoo, 2 Pepsi 12 -packs and 1 Diet Mountain Dew 12-pack. The Windex and Nivea were rung up as one transaction and the soda was a separate transaction.
The Nivea was $5.99 and the Windex was 2/$6. I used two $1 coupons for the Windex and a $1 coupon for the Nivea, so my total for this first transaction (including tax) was $9.83. Here’s where savings start to happen. The register dispensed a $6 RR coupon (for the Nivea) and a $1 RR (for the Windex) coupon with my receipt. Remember, Register Rewards (RR) are just like cash that can be used on your next transaction at Walgreen’s.
Now, the checker rang up the soda as a second transaction. It was on sale 3/$11. I used the $7 in RR that I received in the first transaction and since there is no sales tax on food in Nebraska, my total for Transaction 2 was only $4 for three 12-packs of Pepsi products! AND the register dispensed a $3 RR with my receipt. 🙂
The Gillette Fusion Razor was on my list for a later transaction, but as I completed Transactions 1 & 2 with the checker at the cosmetics counter (who by the way was a real peach and very accommodating), she told me that she also “had these great razors on sale for Father’s Day AND happened to have an extra $4 coupon for it behind the counter + it gives a $5 RR.” [ which I already knew 😉 ] “Would I like to buy one?” Well, not only was I amused by her sales pitch, but the wheels were turning to save even more. I agreed. She rang up the razor for me at $9.89 and subtracted her $4 coupon. I also handed her a 39¢ Butterfinger, because I then gave her the $3 RR coupon from Transaction 2. You can’t use more coupons than you have products and since I wanted to use 2 coupons, hers AND mine, I tossed in the candy. The total for Transaction 3, including sales tax, was $3.97 and the register dispensed a $5 RR with my receipt. I love it when the store pays me to shop! – lol
I put my purchases in the cart, which I promptly wheeled to the parking lot and unloaded.
Transaction 4 was pretty simple. I took the cart back into the store and parked it. Then I walked over and picked up the 4 bags of Hershey’s chocolate that were on sale 4/$10. I proceeded to the checkout at the front of the store where I used the RR coupon from Transaction 3, which brought my total for Transaction 4 to $5. The register dispensed a $5 RR with my receipt. 4 bags of chocolate for free. Oh happy day!
I took the bag of chocolate to the van and decided to make one more trip inside, before I went to the grocery store, instead of making two after. 🙂
This is where the story gets a little comical. I checked out back at the cosmetics counter, again. I even had the same checker. I remembered her, but even though it was only 13 minutes later (Yes, I have the time-stamped receipts to show it. – lol ), she did not remember me. I carried the Nivea and Schick Hydro 3 razor to the checkout. She looked at what I was buying and launched into, “I have this great razor on sale for Father’s Day AND happen to have an extra $4 coupon for it behind the counter + it gives a $5 RR. Would you like one?” I smiled, threw a 39¢ Butterfinger on the counter and said, “That would be great!” I used her $4 coupon for the razor, a $1 coupon for the Nivea, a $2 coupon for the Schick razor and the $5 RR from Transaction 4. My total, with sales tax, for Transaction 5 was $13.93. The register dispensed a $6 RR for the Nivea, a$4 RR for the Schick razor and a $5 RR for the Gillette — a total of $15 in RR. Another great money-maker!
I smiled all the way to the van and drove to the grocery store on the other side of town. There happens to be another Walgreen’s across the street. So, when I finished my grocery shopping, I made a quick dash into Walgreen’s to complete my final two transactions.
Transactions 6 & 7
Like transactions 1, 2 & 3, 6 & 7 were both done at the same time, just on two different receipts. I had the following items in my cart when I reached the register: Nivea Body Wash/Shampoo, Oscar Mayer Turkey, Oscar Mayer Ham, three 39¢ Butterfingers, two 12-packs of Pepsi and one 12-pack of Mountain Dew and a package of 100 ponytail holders.
Transaction 6 was everything except the soda and ponytail holders. I used two $1 coupons for the Oscar Mayer meat, a $1 coupon for the Nivea, and the $4 and $5 RR coupons from transaction 5. See why the Butterfingers are in there? I can’t have more coupons than products in the transaction. So five products, five coupons and my total for Transaction 6 was only $2.58. The register dispensed a $6 RR for the Nivea with my receipt.
Transaction 7 was for the soda and ponytail holders. I used the $6 RR from transaction 5 and the $6 RR from transaction 6. I threw the ponytail holders in here for 2 reasons: a) We needed some. b) I cannot use a greater value of RR than the total price of my transaction. The soda alone, would have only been $11 and I wanted to use both $6 RR. thus the $1.99 worth of ponytail holders. My total for Transaction 7, including sales tax, was $1.13. The register dispensed a $3 RR with my receipt, which I will be able to use on my next trip to Walgreens.
Have you had a great shopping trip experience, recently? Know about a deal that is to good to pass up? We know that stockpiling items we commonly use, when we find them at a great bargain, can save us hundreds of dollars a year. What other frugal tips can stretch the family budget? Please share your knowledge and encouragement to help us all become wise stewards. Looking forward to hearing from all of you!