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Friday, February 3, 2012

Coupon order came in = time for more drugstore shopping!

The coupons I ordered online after my Sunday shopping trip finally arrived! For this week's drugstore shopping,  I ordered three BOGO Speedstick coupons from SS 1/29, one $3/2 Gas-X coupons from SS2 1/8, and two $2/1 Dove clinical deodorant coupons from UnileverRP 1/29 (had one left from this weekend). Now time for round 2! (Well, re: Walgreens, more like round 4, but whateva. I DO WHAT I WANT!)

I also ordered 10 of the $3/1 Iams coupons from PG 1/29 from eBay, but the Target I stopped at today was of course all out. NEXT TIME, TARGET. NEXT TIME...


The only thing I wanted to purchase at this particular CVS was the Speed Sticks, since they had none of the clearance items or any Advil PM in stock. I was concerned about achieving my moneymaker goal here, as there have been reports of cashiers adjusting the BOGO coupons automatically scanning in at $3.99 each to $1.99 each. BOOOOOO. 

So I chose this CVS because it has the self checkout machines. Gets rid of the whole annoying human element. To avoid needing the third coupon rounded down to $3.96 (which would also have involved an obnoxious cashier type getting involved), I instead purchased seven deodorants, and also used the $2/2 CVS coupon I received from the Magic Coupon Machine a couple of days ago. I still needed a cashier to round that one down to $1.96, but at least my BOGO coupons had cleared and were safely in the little self-checkout coupon box at that point.

Purchased 1 Speedstick deodorant, $1.99, regularly $3.59
Purchased 4 Speedstick deodorants, $1.99 each, regularly $2.99 each
Purchased 2 Speedstick deodorants, $1.99 each, regularly $4.39 each
Used 3 BOGO Free coupons from SS 1/29 (took off $3.99 each)
And used 1 $2.00/2 any deodorant from the CVS Magic Coupon Machine (rounded down to $1.96)
Paid $0.00, Received $6.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $6.00 MONEYMAKER

Also, this purchase qualifies for the Palmolive Colgate $5.00 rebate found in the SS 1/29, which would make it a $11.00 moneymaker if you haven't done the rebate yet!

$24.33 Shelf price
-10.40  Discounts
-13.93  Coupons
= 0.00  Out of pocket cost
+ 6.00  Extra Bucks received
+ 5.00  Rebate (if you haven't done it already)

What I actually paid: $0.00 + $0.84 sales tax = $0.84 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $6.00 Extra Bucks.

Rite Aid:

Bought 2 Gas X 18-20ct $4.99 each, regularly $6.29 each
Used 1 $3.00/2 manufacturer coupon from SS2 1/8
And used 2 $2.00/1 Rite Aid Video Value Coupons (February)
Final Price: $2.98 ($1.49 each) for 2

Bought 2 Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief toothbrushes, $3.99 each, regularly $4.99 each (not on sale - 20% Gold Discount)
Used 1 $1.00/2 manufacturer coupon from SS 1/29
And used 2 $3.00/1 Rite Aid Video Value coupons (January)
Final Price: $0.98 ($0.49 each) for 2

*Normally I wouldn't pay for manual toothbrushes, but my place of work needs more to give out to our teenage clients. As IF teenagers brush their teeth. PUL-EZE.*

Bought 2 Band-Aid Travel Sizes, $0.79 each, regularly $0.99 each (20% Gold Discount)
Used 2 $1.00/1 Facebook Internet coupons with no size restrictions
Final price: $0.42 Moneymaker

$24.54  Shelf price
-  5.00   Discounts
-16.00  Coupons
= 3.54  (85.6% savings)

What I actually paid: $3.54 - $3.00 previous Up rewards +$0.48 sales tax = $1.02 paid out of pocket. No Up Rewards received today.


Transaction 1:

- Bought 3 Dove Clinical Deodorants 1.7 oz $6.00 each, regularly $9.99 each
Buy 3, Receive $6.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 3 $2.00/1 Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant, any excluding trial size, multi-packs and Dove Men plus Care from Unilever RP1 1/29
Paid $12.00, Received $6.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $6.00 ($2.00 each) when you buy 3

- Bought 2 Valentines wrapped pencils, $0.17 each, regularly $0.39 each

- Used 1 $10.00 Reward and 1 $2.00 Register Reward from previous trip

Paid $0.34 + $1.11 sales tax = $1.45, received $6.00 Register Reward

Transaction 2:

- Bought 1 Blink Tears Eye Care, 0.5 oz $8.00, regularly $12.99
Buy 1, Receive $8.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $1.00/1 Blink Tears or Blink GelTears Lubricating Eye Drops from RP 1/15
Paid $7.00, Received $8.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $1.00 Moneymaker

- Bought 1 St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin, 36 count, 81mg dose $2.00, regularly $2.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $2.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  Free

- Used 1 $6.00 Register Reward from Transaction 1

Paid $3.00, Received $8.00 + $2.00 Register Rewards

$46.23  Shelf price
-17.89  Discounts
-  7.00  Coupons
=21.34 Out of pocket cost
- 16.00 Register Rewards received
=  5.34 (88.4% discount)

What I actually paid: $21.34 - $12.00 in previous Register Rewards - $6.00 in this trip's Register Rewards + $1.11 sales tax = $4.45 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $10.00 in Register Rewards, $2.00 less than I came in with.

$95.10  Total shelf price
- 33.29  Discounts
- 36.93  Coupons
=24.88  Total out of pocket cost
- 22.00  Total rewards received
=  2.88  (96.9% savings off total shelf price)

Actually paid $6.31 for $95 worth of stuff. Not bad for a Thursday evening after work...

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