Friday, May 21, 2010

Scoring the Deals at Walgreens!

I have a lot to learn yet when it comes to using coupons, but even just knowing the basics is really starting to save me a TON of money!  And you can do this too.  Sure, it takes a bit more planning and effort than just walking into a store and buying whatever, but the savings are totally worth it!

For instance, I give you Exhibit A.  Walgreens shopping trip from May 19th.

Here's what I bought along with their advertised sales:
2 boxes of Hefty One-Zip bags - Buy one at $3.29, get one FREE!
2 Gillette Body Washes - Buy one at $4.49, receive a RR (Register Reward) for $4.50
1 OFF! bug spray - On sale for $3.99
1 package of Splenda packets - On sale for $2.99
3 boxes of LIFE cereal - On sale for $1.75 per box  (NICE!!!)
2 Lysol toilet bowl cleaner - Buy one at $2.99, get one FREE!
1 bag of Kingsford charcoal - On sale for $4.99
1 Pantene Shampoo - Buy any 2 Pantene products for $7.00, receive a RR for $2
1 Pantene Conditioner - same as above
1 Pantene hair gel - same as above
1 Pantene hair mousse - same as above

All these sales were published in the Walgreens ad in the Sunday paper.  I went through and found things that I also had coupon matchups for and was really able to cash in big.  The key is to find things that have BOGO deals or offer the RRs and double up with a manufacturer coupon to save big bucks or even get things for free.

For instance, the Gillette body wash was a great score.  I bought two at $4.49 each.  I used a coupon for Buy One Get One FREE I had clipped from the paper and then Walgreens printed me out a RR for $4.50 to use on my next purchase!  It's like I just got them both for FREE!

I did the same thing on the Lysol toilet cleaners and the Hefty Bags.  By using manufacturer coupons on top of the Walgreens deals, I got the two bottles of Lysol for $1.99 total and the two boxes of Hefty bags for a total of $2.29!  I also had manufacturer coupons for the Pantene products and the OFF! spray.  The cereal I bought because $1.75 is a super price on cereal, so I bought three!  I also did not have coupons for the charcoal or the Splenda.

I had to purchase the four Pantene products in two transactions to be able to get both RRs, but here's how my savings came out at the end of my shopping trip.
Receipt for just the gel and the mousse.

Receipt for everything else!

Total Savings - $36.73!!

But don't forget about these beauties:

Now, who wants to tell me that clipping those dinky coupons isn't worth it?

Do you have a coupon success story to share?  I'd love to hear about it!  We're all in this together, people.

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