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Getting the hang of it...

February 6th, 2011 at 11:56 am

I ventured out once again last night, coupons in hand. I need hair dye. My target price was less than $3. I ended up getting it for 65 cents each for three, after tax, thanks to a Walgreens sale and three $3 off coupons. I did pay $7 out of pocket, but got $5 in Walgreens rewards bucks back, hence 65 cents each.

I also three of my favorite shampoo at Walmart last night. No sale, but cheapest price in town, plus $1 off for each.

And at Kroger, I used a coupon for $1.50 off three gerber graduates, plus a cataline for $1.50, paid $2.31 each before coupon. And at checkout, got two more coupons-- one $1.50 catalina and $1.50 off another three.

My toothpaste stockpile is sufficiently large now,so my plan is only free toothpaste from now on.

Now, I'm trying to build up the food, cereal, body wash, and shampoo stockpiles. Problem is, I only like one shampoo. Is it worth switching it up if it's free?

9 Responses to “Getting the hang of it...”

  1. retire@50 Says:

    if it's free what does it hurt to buy it and try it to see if you like it Smile

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    Good point!

    I'm also assuming the best bets for getting free shampoo, cosmetics and body wash are the drug stores, not the grocery stores, right? Is that how you do it?

    Also, is it best to hold onto my Walgreens rewards until I can use them to buy another product that will, in turn, give me more rewards?

    Sorry I'm such a newbie!!!

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    Great job Thrift! Here are a couple of deals I had my eye on this week:

    Walgreens -
    Skippy / Ragu 2/$3, Buy $15 Get $5 in reg rewards. $1/2 coupons in Sunday's papers. End result: Buy 10/$15 - $5 in coupons - $5 register rewards = $.50 each.

    Aquafresh TP $.99 w/WAG coupon - $.75 mfr coupon in paper = $.24 ea (lim 3). I usually wait for free tp too, but hubby likes Aquafresh, so I'd pay the quarter for it.

    Right Guard Total Defense body wash $3.99-$3RR = $.99. There should be a $1 off coupon, but I'm not sure which week's paper it was in.

    And finally, at Rite Aid, Finesse shampoo / conditioner: 2/$6 - $5 Up reward (like register rewards) = 2/$1. Hubby likes a certain brand of shampoo that I always get him, but I'll get whatever is free or cheap for the kids.

    Good luck!

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    Great job Thrift! Here are a couple of deals I had my eye on this week:

    Walgreens -
    Skippy / Ragu 2/$3, Buy $15 Get $5 in reg rewards. $1/2 coupons in Sunday's papers. End result: Buy 10/$15 - $5 in coupons - $5 register rewards = $.50 each.

    Aquafresh TP $.99 w/WAG coupon - $.75 mfr coupon in paper = $.24 ea (lim 3). I usually wait for free tp too, but hubby likes Aquafresh, so I'd pay the quarter for it.

    Right Guard Total Defense body wash $3.99-$3RR = $.99. There should be a $1 off coupon, but I'm not sure which week's paper it was in.

    You can definitely use the rewards you got today to pay for these others. It's called "rolling" your rewards.

    And finally, at Rite Aid, Finesse shampoo / conditioner: 2/$6 - $5 Up reward (like register rewards) = 2/$1. Hubby likes a certain brand of shampoo that I always get him, but I'll get whatever is free or cheap for the kids.

    Good luck!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Well, if you get the free shampoo and you don't like it you can always use it as body wash or hand soap at your sink. Soap is soap after all and shampoo cleans your body as well as anything else. (In a pinch, body wash, the plain kind, not the exfoliating kind, works as shampoo, too).

  6. mamas debt time out Says:

    I've been a walgreens shopper for a while, but don't know what Walgreens rewards are? Do you have to sign up for it with a card like the others or is it automatic? Also, good call on the hair dye, I recently decided that paying lots of money for high lights, roots, etc was not in the budget and going back to my regular color will be a lot cheaper! As for the shampoo, Lucky Robin is right. Soap is soap and most are made of the same ingredients.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thrift,
    The register rewards expire, so keep an eye out for that.

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    I didn't know how the Walgreens thing worked either, until today. You don't need a card. When you earn some, you get a coupon with the discount amount on it plus your receipt.

    Mine expire 2.20. Not a big window.

  9. retire@50 Says:

    here's a good post on how to shop Walgreens and use RRs

    http://hip2save.com/store-guides/walgreens/

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