Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Coupon Savings Week of 3/14 - Walgreens

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Spent:  $31.14
Total Savings: $63.89
Earned: $30 in Register Rewards
3 tubes Colgate toothpaste
3 Sudafed cold medicine
1 Sudafed nasal spray
2 Tylenol cold
6 padded mailers
2 5 lb. bags Gold Medal flour
3 Reese's peanut butter cups
1 Revlon Colorsilk hair color
1 Neosporin
2 boxes Band-Aids

I split my purchase into 3 orders to maximize the register rewards.

There were 2 orders with 1 Colgate and 2 Sudafeds each.  Both of these orders were $9.95 out of pocket. I earned $9 in register rewards for each so the total amount spent was $0.95 for each order.  The Colgate as $3.99, I had $1 off and received $4.00 in register rewards (I received this for each order).  The Sudafed was $4.99 a box, I had a $2 coupon for each box, this made the boxes $2.99 each.  I then received $5 in register rewards for the purchase.  No more running out to the store when one of us gets a stuffy nose and paying $5+ for cold medicine.

On the final order I used $10 register rewards earned last week and spent $11.24 out of pocket.  I earned $12 in register rewards on this order, with this I technically made $0.76. This order included 1 Colgate and I received the same deal on Tylenol cold as I did on the Sudafed.  I also purchased 2 5 lb bags of Gold Medal flour.  Walgreens had a coupon in the ad that made these 2 for $3.  I had 2 $0.75 off coupons, Walgreens doesn't double coupons so the final price was $0.75 each. Still a decent price for flour.  I learned that you can freeze the flour and then store properly.  Once that is done it will not expire.

I was able to gain more register rewards with the purchase of Neosporin and Band Aids.  The padded mailers were 3 for $1 using a Walgreens coupon from the weekly ad.  The Reese cups were on sale for $0.89 each and I had a $0.55 coupon.  The hair color was $1.99 using a Walgreens coupon, I also had a $1 manufacturer coupon which made it $0.99.

With $30 in register rewards, I am confident I will spend very little out of pocket over the next 2 weeks.  I noticed that they expire quickly (03/31), however if I keep checking the weekly ads and making purchases with my register rewards that yield more register rewards I should be able to keep my expenses very low.

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