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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Walgreens $5/$20 *5/23 Only!* Scenario Ideas

It's almost here - another chance to rock Walgreens this month with the one day only (Friday, 5/23) $5/$20 purchase coupon; print yours here.

The legalese reads one offer per customer; as this is a coupon available via their website and not emailed individually or linked to a shopper's card, I think it's worth a shot to print more than one and use them for different transactions. I do intend to do so myself. I shop a very friendly Walgreens with cashiers who get a thrill out of seeing my deals. I know that's not always the case with Walgreens having read many disgruntled comments about Walgreens throughout the blogosphere.

Two key points to note before you go shopping tomorrow, no matter what you buy:

1. The Walgreens register system requires the total number of items to EQUAL to or GREATER than the total number of ALL coupons. This includes the $5/$20 coupon, Easy Saver coupons, Weekly Ad coupons, manufacturer coupons, and Register Rewards.

So, say I plan on buying three Crest Pro-Health Night toothpastes tomorrow and using the $5/20 coupon, the $3/2 Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste May Easy Saver Catalog Coupon*, and (2) $1.00/1 Any Crest Toothpaste coupons.

*Revised Friday, 5/23: the May Easy Saver Catalog $3/2 Crest Pro Health Toothpastes coupon is only good on the 4.1 oz size; this RR deal requires buying the 6 oz size. Sorry for the mistake!

I won't revise the remainder of this example as it still serves to illustrate the point of how your number of coupons cannot exceed your number of items. For the sake of the example, assume that you could use the May Easy Saver coupon, m'kay? :)

(The Crest Pro-Health Night Toothpastes are 3/$9 and generate $3.00 in RRs, a nice little deal to add onto to reach $20 for the $5/$20 coupon.)

Adding up our items and our coupons in the above example, we see this:

My total Crest Pro Health Toothpastes = 3

My total coupons used for the toothpastes, including the $5/$20 = 4

To have the register accept my coupons (forgetting for a moment that I still need to reach $20 to use the $5/$20 coupon), I'd need to add (1) more item to my order so that my total items will be (4) and equal to my total coupons (4).

This is one of the reasons why Walgreens can be very frustrating. My advice: plan your scenarios out and add up your items and your total coupons (remember to include any RRs you intend to use as the register system considers those coupons) to see if they're equal. If your coupons outnumber your items, plan for some inexpensive fillers (my fave, M&Ms) to make the totals equal.

2. To use the $5/$20 coupon, your items purchased must total $20 BEFORE tax. One very nice cashier at my local Walgreens informed me of this the last time one of these coupons was released.

Also, remember that the order in which the register receives your coupons is critical!

Give coupons in this order:

1. Walgreens $5/$20 coupon

2. May Easy Saver Catalog coupons

3. Walgreens Weekly Ad coupons

4. Manufacturer's coupons

5. Register Rewards

Then pay your balance with cash oop or with your rebate gift card.


Scenario idea:

Buy (2) Crest Pro-Health Night Toothpaste, $3.00 ea

*use $3.00/2, May Easy Saver Catalog*

* Revised Friday, May 23: as noted above in red, the May Easy Saver Catalog $3/2 coupon is good only on the 4.1 oz size; this RR deal requires buying the 6 oz size. Apologies to all!

*use (2) $1.00/1 Crest Toothpaste, PG 4/6

Buy (1) Glide Floss, $3.00 ea

* use $1.00/1, PG 5/4

Buy (2) One-A-Day Mulitvitamins, $6.99 ea

*use (2) $1.00/1, SS 3/16; printable $1/1 available here

Add (1) filler ($0.50 or less) to make total items = 6

Total before coupons: $23.48 + tax (assuming a $0.50 filler)

Total after $5/$20 and the (5) coupons (= 6 coupons): $13.48 + tax OOP

Earn $8.00 in Register Rewards ($3.00 RRs on 3 Crest/Glide; $5.00 RRs on 2 One-A-Day Multivitamins)

Then, use the $8.00 RRs and the $5.00/$20.00 to jumpstart your next deal!

Of course, you can break this scenario apart into the two different RR deals if that works better for you; I plan on only making (2) transactions so I'm trying to give myself the best possible deal for the second transaction.

I'd love to hear how you plan on maximizing this rare and wonderful $5/$20 Walgreens coupon!

Comment and share your plans!

Happy Savings!


jennwa said...

My Walgreen deals:
WIndex wipes 2/5 use 2 1.00 off coupons
scrubbing bubbles cleaner 2/5.00 use 1.00 off and .75 off
action scrubber 3.99 use 1.00 off coupon
Fresh Max 3.99- 1.00 off coupon
bathroom cleaner wipes 2.50 use .75 off
Total before coupon: 20.48
- 5.00
and after coupons $8.98
I am new at this so I hope it is all right.

B & S said...

Where do you see that the One a Day will give you a $5.00 RR?

Marianne Thomas said...

To b & s,

Looking here, at page 20 of this week's ad, you'll see this RR offer:

50 to 100 ct. Assorted formulas.
• Buy 1, Get $2
• Buy 2 or more, Get $5
Register Rewards® at checkout* — use on your NEXT in-store purchase.

save with register rewards®*

Excludes 100 ct. WeightSmart and All Day Energy or 50 ct. Cholesterol Plus. *Limit 1 Register Rewards offer per customer. See Coupon for exclusions.

Hope that helps!

Marianne Thomas said...

To jennwa,

Thanks for commenting with your deals! I'm sure you've helped another TNFM reader by sharing!

And to all, I had NO PROBLEM doing (2) transactions with (2) different copies of the $5/$20 coupon - in fact, one of my fave cashiers at my Walgreens was working and she was tickled to see how I worked my deals twice!

Important Note: the $3/2 Crest Pro Health Toothpastes in the May Easy Saver coupon is only good on the 4.1 oz size.

The current RR deal available for Buy 3 Crest Pro Health Toothpaste or Glide Floss, 3/$9.00, earn $3.00 RR requires buying the 6 oz size of the Crest Pro Health Toothpaste.


Kim said...

I have a sunsilk BOGO coupon and walgreens is doing the buy 2 get one free...can I use it..I am gonna tackle walgreens for my first time today!!!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't see a way to roll this into RR but I am stocking up on formula with this deal! I use Similac Go and Grow which is 20.99 (best sale price I have seen is 19.49 so not much of a difference)- so 20.99, minus 5/20, minus my 3/1 coupons = a heck of a buy on formula!

Marianne Thomas said...

To Kim:

Yes, you should be able to use the B1G1Free Sunsilk coupon on the current Walgreens Buy2Get1Free sale on Sunsilk.

You should end up paying only the price of (1) Sunsilk product with that coupon.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I am interested. You took such a strong stance against the CVS $3/$15 coupon from the Washington Post because you felt it unethical. Then with this coupon you said the legalese reads "one coupon per customer" and proceed to say you are going to and did use it more than once. How is that more etical than the CVS coupon? Once per customer, to me, means only one time. I was just curious.

Holly said...

I had some trouble at Walgreens today. My order before coupons was just over $20. I gave the $5 off $20 first. But then when my Walgreens coupons from the ad brought the total down, the $5 was voided out by the register and added back in. The manager ended up letting pay $5 less in cash, but it does seem that your post-Walgreens-coupon total has to be over $20 for the register to allow the use of the coupon. I'm a regular CVS shopper, so new to Walgreens ads/coupons/deals.

Marianne Thomas said...

To Holly:

Thanks for your comment; I didn't encounter this myself today but I'm sure others did.

What you experienced with the Walgreens coupons lowering your total and therefore making the register not accept your $5/$20 is good information for us to reference in the future. Thanks for sharing!

To anonymous:

My stance on the recent CVS $3/$15 coupon had everything to do with reproducing the coupon rather than clipping it from the paper as originally intended.

This $5/$20 coupon from Walgreens was available as an online printable to anyone.

I did use (2) of the printed coupons and each was well-received by the same cashier and the manager on duty who helped her scan.

While I was thankful to have made both transactions, I would have been equally satisfied if either the cashier or manager had denied my second $5/$20 coupon.

Thanks for your question!

Anonymous said...

I, as I know you do too, try very hard to stay within ethical bounds of shopping at CVS and Walgreens. I am not trying to question your integrity, I am just honestly curious about your opinion, as I was impressed with your CVS stance. To me, if it says one per customer, I feel as though I am taking advantage by using it more than once, even if it would be allowed by the individual store or cashier. I am grateful for the money I save by shopping at CVS and Walgreens and think that often their generosity in deals is exploited and someday the deals will end because of this.

Anonymous said...

FYI and since the CVS coupon was brought up - there was a huge stack of these coupons just sitting on the pharmacy counter at my CVS (at least 3 inches thick). So I think this was a big promotion coupon and I doubt they minded people printing them from the Washington Post multiple times. Just my two cents.

Thrifty Dude said...

I rushed into Walgreens just before midnight and did this (wish I could've figured out an RR angle on this)

I bought the kid's playpool for $19.99 plus a cannister of Barbosal shaving cream.

Playpool comes with $5 dollar rebate plus Barbosall regular price $1.69 was reduced to 99 cents.

These two items put me just over $20 used $5 off $20 coupons total with taxes about $17 plus with rebate total will come to $12.

So all in all about 40% discount off my purchase.