It’s counter-intuitive, but buying items at Walgreens is actually one way I keep a low grocery budget. A couple weeks ago, I started a $33 Walgreens Challenge. Using a $25 gift card I earned from MyPoints, and an additional $8 I had left on a different gift card, I challenged myself to see how many useful items I could buy for no cash at Walgreens. You can see what got the first week here.
Last week I took the week off because I didn’t really see anything useful to buy. This week, Walgreens has Hyland’s Natural Teething Gel on sale for $5 and buying it earns a $5 RR! You can make this an even better deal by using the $1/1 coupon here! That means, pay $4 + tax, and get back $5! And I actually need teething gel for my baby who’s having a hard time right now cutting molars.
So, here’s what I did:
I had 2 – $2 RR from my previous trip. I did NOT have the Hyland’s coupon, unfortunately. Because I wanted to use both of my RR, I had to buy 2 items. (If I had had the coupon, I would have needed to buy 3 items because of Walgreens’ one manufacturer coupon per item rule).
I always look for the cheapest filler item I can find to get me to the required number of items. This week, the Penway 2 prong folders are on sale for 13 cents each with in ad-coupon. (Since in-ad coupons are not manufacturer coupons, they are not included in the total coupon count.)
So, I bought one folder and the gel. My total came to $1.44 after RR. I put that amount on my gift card and earned $5 RR for next time! If I had had the $1 coupon, I would have bought 3 folders (because RR cannot be used for tax), paid about 70 cents and had 3 folders (and the gel)!
I have $5 RR to roll and $27.52 left on gift cards for next week.
Do you shop at Walgreens? See anything good this week? I’m sharing this Frugal Tuesday Tip over at Learning the Frugal Life.