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Two Kids, Two Cats and No Clue
Friday, 1 February 2008
Viva Walgreens
Topic: No Clue

Okay, I admit it:  I am turning into a coupon whore.  It's a term of endearment from the Baby Cheapskate blog.  A couple weeks ago they were discussing how to stack coupons at Walgreens, combine them with the Easy Saver catalog rebates, and basically get paid to shop.  Now I've dabbled in coupon stacking, although usually at Target:  combine a store coupon with a manufacturer's coupon for a bigger discount, and bonus points if the item is already on sale.  This is a great way to get cheap diapers.  However, Walgreens' Easy Saver catalog was something I'd never gotten my paws on.

Yesterday on their website they had a coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase.  It was more than I could resist, so after the kids went to bed I ventured out, coupons in hand.  Walk in, pick up an Easy Saver catalog, and drool.  Free bodywash after rebate.  Free conditioner after rebate.  Walgreens coupons for lotion and candy that I can combine with my manufacturer's coupons.  Drool, drool, drool.  Ooh, clearance stuff -- my toddler could definitely use some tear-free hair detangler for 82 cents, thank you very much.

So I spent an hour walking the aisles, checking the Easy Saver coupons and deals against my manufacturer coupon stash, looking for clearance stuff and counting carefully up to $20.  I hauled my pile to the register, watched the cashier ring it all up, then handed her the Walgreens coupons.  Total: $29.68  Then handed her the manufacturer's coupons.   Total: $21.32  Then handed her the $5 off $20 coupon.  BEEP.  Scans it again.  BEEP.  "It says you have too many coupons."

WHAT?!  "It says you have more coupons than items."  I think about this for a moment and to my horror realize that's true.  I grab a small box of candy from the basket next to the register.  She rings it up, re-scans my coupon, and sure enough -- total $17.22.  Score!

So I got home, emptied my loot on the kitchen counter, and started adding.  It was $40 worth of stuff for $17.22 with $8 worth of rebates headed my way.  And the cool thing about the rebates?  If I elect to have them paid in the form of a Walgreens gift card, they'll add an extra 10%.  Gee, that covers sales tax AND the stamp used to mail the thing in.  And next month I won't have to pay anything out of pocket for my Easy Saver freebies.

Coupon whore?  Me?  You betcha. 

Posted by kyal at 4:23 PM MST

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