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Monday, April 16, 2012

How I found the good stuff at Walgreens! Also, $5 moneymaker now $8?!!

So I wasn't happy at all about not being able to score the $5 Nasal Ease moneymaker at Walgreens yesterday. I had two of those coupons and I was going to use them, dammit! So I visited another Walgreens today. When I got to the shelf where the Nasal Ease and Similasan was supposed to be, it was of course empty, just like yesterday. Same with the Aquafresh kid's toothpaste. The only freebie I've had no problem finding this week has been the Pepsi Next!

So I looked around at the surrounding products, specifically behind them. Sure enough, there were like three Similasan hidden back there. Either they get pushed back as people grab one (or five), or people try to hide them (poorly). Either way, SCORE!

So next I checked out the top shelf surplus. Just about every Walgreens I've been to has shelving for products along the walls, the tops of which are full of unorganized miscellaneous products. The store considers this "surplus product," for which there is no room on the shelves. Of course that theory assumes that employees are diligent about replacing products once their designated spots are emptied. Not so much. This is where I found 2 Nasal Ease today (W00T!), and where I found the 3 Similasan I purchased yesterday.

As for the toothpaste...that was pure luck. I stumbled upon an abandoned cart that had several couponing items in it, including four Aquafresh! I hung around the cart for like five minutes doing my calculations for the following four transactions to confirm that it was abandoned. Then I swiped 2 from there. I woulda just taken them all, but I only had two manufacturer coupons on me. Hopefully the poor person wasn't just in the bathroom! Oh well, all's fair in love, war and couponing. I hid six Revlon nail file sets at a Rite Aid today, pending my coupons coming in. DON'T JUDGE ME!

ANYWHO, here are the day's transactions:

Transactions 1 and 2:

- Bought 1 Nasal Ease Allergy Relief Spray, .18 oz. $9.00, regularly $12.99
Buy 1, Receive $9.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $5.00/1 Nasal Ease Allergy Reliever from RP 3/11
Paid $4.00, Received $9.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $5.00 MONEYMAKER

*BUT WAIT! There might be a rebate for this product as well! The manufacturer's Web site had a $3.00 rebate form on it. It's been reported that the limit is not 1 per household but 3! The only problem: The special offers page is down. Now, the form (which was a PDF) has been uploaded here. The print button doesn't work, but if you just print like you normally would from an app, then it prints fine (though of course it shows exactly what is on the screen, including the print button). Will the company accept this version of the form? I dunno. But it's worth a shot! It's a moneymaker either way, after all.

- Bought 1 Evercare Extra Sticky lint roller $2.99, regularly $4.99 (filler)

- Used 1 $6.00 Register Reward from yesterday's shopping trip.

Paid $0.99 + $0.18 sales tax = $1.17, Received $9.00 Register Reward

Transaction 3:

- Bought 2 Mucinex Maximum Strength 14 count $10.99 each, regularly $19.99 each
Buy 2, Receive $5.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $21.98, Received $5.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $16.98 ($8.49 each) for 2

*Not the best price, but it's something the hubby needs and it was an easy way to use the high-value $9 Register Rewards! Also, since I didn't have any manufacturer coupons for the Mucinex, I didn't need any fillers to use the rewards.*

- Used 2 $9.00 Register Rewards from Transactions 1 and 2

Paid $3.98, Received $5.00 Register Reward (no sales tax on medicine in Maryland)

Transaction 4:

- Bought 1 Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief Spray, .68 oz. $6.00, regularly $7.99
Buy 1, Receive $6.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $1.50/1 Similasan Product from SS 4/1
or $1.50/1 Similasan Product from All You Magazine, April 2012
Paid $4.50, Received $6.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $1.50 MONEYMAKER

- Bought 2 Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste, 4.6 oz. $2.00 each, regularly $2.29 each
Used 2 $1.00/1 Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste or Training Paste, 1.5 oz. or larger from RP 4/15
or $1.00/1 Internet printable coupon (Aquafresh.com)
or $1.00/1 Internet printable coupon (Redplum.com)
And used $1.00/1 Aquafresh Kids  Toothpaste, 4.6 oz. from Walgreens April Savings Book (took off $2.00)
Final Price: 2 Free

- Bought 1 Pepsi Next, 20 oz. $0.99, regularly $1.29 (filler)
Buy 1, Receive $0.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $0.99, Received $0.99 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Used 1 $5.00 Register Reward from Transaction 3

Paid $0.49 + $0.30 sales tax = $0.79, Received $6.00 Register Reward and $0.99 Register Reward

$89.80  Shelf price
- 32.85  Discounts
- 15.50  Coupons
=41.55  Out of pocket cost
- 29.99  Register Reward Received
=11.56  87.1% savings off shelf price
-   6.00  Rebates to submit for (which I may or may not get)
=  5.56  93.8% savings off shelf price


What I actually paid: $41.55 - $12.00 previous Register Rewards - $23.00 today's Register Rewards + $0.66 sales tax = $7.21 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $6.99 in new Register Rewards, and hopefully will receive $6 in rebates! *crosses fingers*

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