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How to work a deal. WAGS and Kroger.

6 Jun

My kids are driving me bananas. My husband works out of town. My house is a wreck. There are 9,000 other things I need to be doing, but if I don’t spend a few minutes locked in my office blogging, then I may lose my mind. Does anyone else know the feeling?!?!

I promise I will do my coupon class part 5 later tonight, but for right now, here are my latest savings…

This week, at these two stores I spent $47.83 and saved $94.84!!!

Kroger

As most of y’all know, I no longer have a thyroid and my life literally depends on my synthroid. Therefore I LOVE LOVE LOVE those coupons that say “transfer your prescription to our store and we’ll give you a $25 gift card.”  Y’all, it is so easy to transfer a RX. I would transfer it every month if I had the coupons for it!  Even if you don’t take medicine on a regular basis, you should clip these! (or give them to me 🙂 Yesterday I had my synthroid filled at Kroger and they put $25 worth of free groceries on my  rewards card. Here are the groceries I got for FREE. (I didn’t even use coupons!! I just bought items on sale)

5 boxes of Annies macaroni

2 boxes of Cascadian Farms Cereal

2 bags of Pirates’ Booty

2 Endangered Species Organic Dark Choclocate Bars

1 bunch of bananas

1 Organic Avacado

Walgreens

I have said it before, but I really usually hate the drug store deals. I feel like it’s easy to overspend or to have to buy additional items just to use your rewards dollars. But today I got great deals!!

Today at Walgreens I spent $47.83 and saved $69.84 (60% savings!!)

The following items were what I went in to buy…

Deal Scenario:

Buy:

Gillette Venus ProSkin Razor – $11.99 (buy 1)
Gillette Venus 4 ct box of Cartridges – $14.99 (buy 1)
CoverGirl Single Eye Shadows – $3.99 BOGO 50% off (buy 2)
Olay Foaming Face Wash – $4.39 (buy 1)

Subtotal: $37.36
Use Free Venus RAZOR wyb refill purchase coupon from the P&G 6-3
Use (2) of the $1/1 CoverGirl Product coupon from the P&G 6-3
Use $1.00/1 Olay Facial Cleanser or Facial Moisturizer coupon from the P&G 6-3
Pay $19.96 – Get $8, $5 & $3 Register Rewards
=$6.37 for all 5 items or just $1.27 each!

HOWEVER– I added more items that I thought were a good deal too!  I did 2 transactions..

Transaction 1: I bought all of the items listed in the scenario above PLUS

  • (2) Burts Bees gift packs.- Originally $12.99 each. On sale for $6.49 each.

I’ve a friend who is having a baby tomorrow and a friend who’s in the hospital. I thought these would be cute little “happys” for them.

  • Burts Bees face Scrub- $8.29. I had a coupon for $3/1. The total on this was $5.29.

**If you spend $20 on Burts Bees products you get a coupon for $5 Register Rewards the items above qualified me for this. (Basically I got the face scrub free)

**I had $21 of Register Rewards print from this transaction. Register Rewards are coupons to be used on your next transaction.

On this transaction I saved 34.09

Transaction 2:

Gillete Shave gel- $3.49 ( I used $.55/1 coupon) making it $2.94

Aquaphor to go- on sale for $1.79

Yes to Carrots Cream Cleanser- Originally $8.49 on sale for $3.99

Tom’s Deodorant- $5.49 on sale for $2.99

Tom’s Deodorant- $5.49 on sale for $3.99

Witchhazel- On sale for $2.99

I used $18 of Rewards cash making my subtotal only $.69! With tax my total was $2.47.

On this transaction I saved $35.75

My Walgreens Trip

1 Aug

I really don’t like posting too many drugstore deals because I feel like they can be a trap for unsuspecting buyers. You really have to be wise in your decisions at these stores. Sometimes the “FREE” items trick you into spending money that you don’t need/want to spend in the first place. The drugstore prints a Register Reward coupon (or and ECB) on these “FREE” items so you have to buy something else either at a later date or transaction to reap the benefit of the “FREE” offer.

***Only 1 register reward will print per transaction, so if you buy 2 participating items, you will have to buy them separately in order to receive double the rewards. Also, you can’t use a reward that was just printed on a second transaction where you buy the same Rewards item that you bought in transaction #1 Confusing much?! I have the store policies here if you need better clarification.

***I ONLY participate in drugstores’ free items if there is something else I NEED at the store for that week. This week I needed Clorox Cleaner with Bleach, and I also needed nail polish remover. By completing the following scenario, I was able to purchase the items I needed AND get two free lotions.

For example:

 My trip from 7/31

 

transaction 1:

Keri lotion originally $8.99 on sale for $6.99. I used a $2/1 coupon making the item $4.99. The register printed a $5 Register Rewards coupon at checkout that can be used on a subsequent transaction. Essentially this item was FREE. My out of pocket expense for this transaction was $5.64

 

transaction 2:

Keri lotion originally $8.99 on sale for $6.99. I used a $2/1 coupon making the item $4.99. The register printed a $5 Register Rewards coupon at checkout that can be used on a subsequent transaction. Essentially this item was FREE. My out of pocket expense for this transaction was $5.64

 

transaction 3:

(2) Clorox Cleanup products @ $4.79 each and 1 nailpolish remover @ $1.79. The total was $12.42. I used BOTH of my $5 register rewards coupons on this transaction making my out of pocket expense on this transaction $2.42.

**your subtotal (before tax) MUST cost more than you Register Rewards’ value. AND your Register Rewards coupons count as a manufacturers’ coupon, so you can’t use another coupon towards that item if you are using your RR on that item**

 

My total cost @ Walgreens was $13.70 and I bought 2 lotions, 2 Clorox Cleanups, and 1 bottle of nailpolish remover. I spent the same amount as I would have had I just bought the items I needed, but by working the deals I also received $18 worth of lotion FREE

 

Don’t fall into the trap where you buy the FREE item and then do a separate transaction where you buy items that you don’t really want or need just so you can use the coupon. It defeats the purpose of saving!

 

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