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Friday, November 29, 2013

My Black Friday Trip to Walgreens! FINALLY!

Picture coming.

FINALLY made it to Walgreens for the first time this week. As you can probably imagine, many freebies/moneymakers were sold out. BOOOOOOOO. The most surprising find: One lone Swiss vitamin, hidden two rows over on the same shelf behind a different brand. I assume it was hidden by a competing couponer. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA You're coming back to nothing, jerk! TAKE THAT!

I'll be hitting a different Walgreens tomorrow in a likely vain attempt to find the missing freebies. In the meantime, here's what I bought today:

Transaction 1:

- Bought 1 Opti-Free Pure Moist Multipurpose Solution, 2 oz $2.00, regularly $2.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $2.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 2 Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.25-2.7 oz $3.00 each, when you buy 2, regularly $5.49 each
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 2 $1.00/1 Mitchum Men or Women Product from SS 11/3 (regional; would have to be ordered)
Paid $4.00, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Price: 2 Free

- Used $6.00 Register Reward from previous shopping trip

Paid $0.00 + $0.48 sales tax = $0.48, Received $2 + $4 Register Rewards

Transaction 2:

- Bought 2 Scunci No Damage Elastics, 18 ct $1.50 each, when you buy 2, regularly 2/$5.00
Buy 2, Receive $3.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 2 $0.50/1 peelie coupons
Paid $2.00, Received $3.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $1.00 MONEYMAKER

*These peelies are so frustrating. I remember them from last year. They don't scan, and they don't name the product they're for, so be sure to peel them off in front of the cashier. S/he'll have to enter them manually.*

- Bought 1 Honey Dreams Sleep Sheets Strips, 10 ct $4.99, regularly $7.49
Buy 1, Receive $4.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $4.99, Received $4.99 (actually $5.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

*There were coupons inside the box, but they expired last year. Oops.*

- Bought 1 Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Santa 0.88 oz $0.59, regular price (filler)

- Used $2.00 + $4.00 Register Rewards from Transaction 1

Paid $1.58 + $0.22 sales tax = $1.80, Received $3 + $5 Register Rewards

Transaction 3:

- Bought 1 Swisse Men’s or Women’s Vitamins, 60 ct $10.00, regularly $21.99
Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $5.00/1 Swisse Product from SS 10/6; SS 11/24
Paid $5.00, Received $10.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $5.00 MONEYMAKER

*This coupon beeped and had to be manually entered*

- Bought 1 Tums Spearmint or Cool Mint Freshers $4.50, regularly $6.79
Buy 1, Receive $4.50 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $1.00/1 Tums, 24 ct or larger Internet printable coupon (Tums.com)
or 1 $1.00/1 Tums Freshers Cool Mint or Spearmint, 50 ct from RP 10/13
or 1 $1.00/1 Tums Freshers or Chewy Delights from RP 11/10
Paid $3.50, Received $4.50 Register Reward
Final Price: $1.00 MONEYMAKER

- Bought 2 Russell Stover Dark Chocolate Santas 1 oz 2/$1.00, regular price (fillers)

- Used $3.00 and $5.00 Register Rewards from Transaction 2

Paid $1.50 + $0.06 sales tax = $1.56, Received $10 + $4.50 Register Rewards

Transaction 4:

- Bought 1 Magnilife Pain Relieving Foot Cream, 4 oz $9.99, regularly $19.99
Buy 1, Receive $9.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $9.99, Received $9.99 (actually $10.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Zim’s Arnica Max Gel, 3 oz; Zim’s Max-Freeze, 3 or 4 oz $7.00, regularly $10.49
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $2.00/1 Zim’s Product, any Internet printable coupon (Facebook.com)
or 1 $2.00/1 Zim’s Product from SS 11/24
Paid $5.00, Received $5.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

*The newspaper coupon scans fine, but the Internet printable coupon beeps and has to be manually entered.*

- Bought 1 Russell Stover Marshmallow Santa 1 oz $0.59, regular price (filler)

- Used $10.00 and $4.50 Register Rewards from Transaction 3

Paid $1.08 + $0.63 sales tax = $1.71, Received $10 + $5 Register Rewards

Transaction 5:

- Bought 1 Honey Dreams Sleep Sheets Strips, 10 ct $4.99, regularly $7.49
Buy 1, Receive $4.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $4.99, Received $4.99 (actually $5.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner, 10.1 or 10.17 oz or Stylers $2.99, regularly $4.29
Buy 1, Receive $2.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $2.99, Received $2.99 (actually $3.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Dream Water Snoozeberry Sleep Shot, 2.5 oz $2.50, regularly $3.39
Buy 1, Receive $2.50 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $2.50, Received $2.50 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Used $10.00 Register Reward from Transaction 4

Paid $0.48 + $0.18 sales tax = $0.66, Received $5 + $3 + $2.50 Register Rewards

Transaction 6:

- Bought 1 Zim’s Arnica Max Gel, 3 oz; Zim’s Max-Freeze, 3 or 4 oz $7.00, regularly $10.49
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $2.00/1 Zim’s Product, any Internet printable coupon (Facebook.com)
or 1 $2.00/1 Zim’s Product from SS 11/24
Paid $5.00, Received $5.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Dream Water Snoozeberry Sleep Shot, 2.5 oz $2.50, regularly $3.39
Buy 1, Receive $2.50 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $2.50, Received $2.50 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Scotch Double Stick Tape 0.5 x 450" $1.99, regularly $4.99 (filler)

- Used $5.00 Register Reward from Transaction 4 and $3.00 Register Reward from Transaction 5

Paid $1.49 + $0.12 sales tax = $1.61, Received $5 + $2.50 Register Rewards

Transaction 7:

- Bought 1 Got 2B Oil-licious Shampoo or Conditioner, 13.5 oz $4.99, regularly $6.79
Buy 1, Receive $4.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $4.99, Received $4.99 (actually $5.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Bought 1 Walgreens Ultra Thin Maxi Pads with Flexi-Wings, 16 or 18 ct $1.99, regularly $3.29
Buy 1, Receive $1.99 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $1.99, Received $1.99 (actually $2.00) Register Reward
Final Price: Free

- Used 2 $2.50 Register Rewards from Transactions 5 and 6

Paid $1.98 + $0.30 sales tax = $2.28, Received $5 + $2 Register Rewards

$132.02  Shelf price
-   13.00  Coupons
-   53.41  Discounts
=$65.61  Out of pocket cost
-   68.50  Register Rewards received
=$  2.89  MONEYMAKER

What I actually paid: $65.61 - $6.00 previous Register Rewards - $51.50 in today's Register Rewards + $1.99 sales tax = $10.10 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $17.00 in new Register Rewards.

Net Cost: -$0.90

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