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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Walgreens Register Rewards Scenarios 5/4-5/10: Part 1

The deals at Walgreens this week are stellar; it's rare to have such a high dollar Register Reward week at Walgreens with other RR deals available for rolling over RRs within the same week.

I've already been to Walgreens twice and will likely have at least (2) more transactions this week.

**For a full listing of RRs available this week at Walgreens, click here.**

My purchases so far:

(9) Crest Pro-Health Night Pro-Health Toothpastes, 4.2 oz, $2.50 ea

*used $3.00/2 coupon in May Easy Saver Catalog (saved $13.50 total)

*used (1) $0.50/1 Crest, PG 4/6

*used (1) $1.00/1 Crest Pro-Health, PG 5/4

Final Total w/tax: $8.96

Easy Saver Gift Card Balance applied: $5.40

Cash OOP: $3.56

Register Rewards Earned: $20.00

(Many thanks to Lisa at Cents to Save for sharing this scenario here.)

As I already have more toothpaste than we'll use in a year thanks to CVS, I took the entire bag of Crest to the Food Pantry Basket in our church/school lobby.

But I still had those $20 in RRs to use; why waste them now when I can roll them over, right?

My second transaction:

(1) Venus Embrace, $9.99

*used $4.00/1, PG 5/4

(3) 12 pks Pepsi, 3/$10.00

(1) Zantac 8 pk, $3.99

*used $1.00/1 printable here

(2) Orbit Gum 3 pks, $2.59 ea

*used Weekly Ad Coupon, 2/$3.00

*used (2) $1.00/1 coupons (these are from one of the February inserts; sorry I don't have exact date or insert)

(1) bag Skittles, $0.69

RR used: $20.00 from first transaction

Final Total w/tax paid OOP cash: $2.24

New RR earned: $11.00 total - $6.00 on Venus; $3.00 on Zantac; and $2.00 on (3) Pepsi 12 pks.

The Pepsi will be stockpiled for end-of-month family get-togethers at my house; Zantac will likely go to someone in my family; Venus Embrace will be added to my stockpile box in the linen closet until needed in the future by me or a family member.

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I'll be rolling those $11.00 in RR into a new PG transaction to earn another $20.00 RR, mostly focusing on stockpiling some cleaning products.

One important note: you can't use the PG RRs on another PG RR deal; you must alternate the deals in order to rollover the RRs, a key difference between CVS and Walgreens.

And then I'll use the new $20.00 RR to buy some of the Free After Rebate items from the May Easy Saver Catalog along with some of the other items on sale this week that we need for our pantry.

I'll post again as I work this deal to keep you updated!

And I'll post a How-To about Walgreens soon, too; it's a more complex explanation than my CVS: How to Save. But since a week like this at Walgreens can generate even better deals than CVS, it makes it worthwhile to master the process.

***Revised, Tuesday, 5/6/08, 8:55 pm***

The deals at Walgreens are just soooo good this week; after posting this, I sat down with my calculator and coupons and came up with my next three scenarios.

So, of course, I have to share them with you, kind readers, in hopes that doing so might help one of you!

Here goes:

Scenario #3: (my second PG RR deal for $20 RRs)

(2) Crest Pro-Health Night, $2.50 ea

use $3.00/2 May Easy Saver coupon

use $1.00/1, PG 4/6

(1) Oral-B Floss, $2.50

use $1.00/1 coupon from a dental education packet giveaway at my daughter's school

(2) Cascade Action Packs, $2.50 ea

use (2) $0.50/1, PG 4/6

(2) Cascade - any of the available versions on sale

use (2) $0.25/ANY 1 Cascade, PG 4/6

(2) Old Spice Body Wash, $3.33 ea

use $2.00/2, PG 4/6

Total Before Coupons: $24.16

Total After Coupons: $15.66

Use RRs from Transaction #2: $11.00

Cash OOP: $4.66

New RRs Earned: $20.00 (oh P&G, we love thee!)

Scenario #4:

Skintimate Shave Gel, $1.99

must use Weekly Ad Coupon for $1.99 price

use $0.55/1, SS 4/6

Quaker Oats Granola Bars, 2/$4.00

use $1.00/2, SS 5/4

Smuckers and Jif, 3/$5.00

---1 Jif, 2 Smuckers---

use (2) $0.25/1, 5/4

Zantac 8pk Cool Mint, $3.99

use $1.00/1 printable here

(1) Fusion Phenom Razor, $9.99

use $2.00/1, PG 4/6

Total Before Coupons: $24.97

Total After Coupons: $19.92

~~~I'll likely add a treat/candy filler here for about $0.50; I hate to waste even $0.08!~~~

Use $20.00 RRs from Transaction #3

Cash OOP: ZERO or, with treat, $0.42

New RRs earned: $9.00 ($3.00 on Zantac; $6.00 on Fusion Phenom)

Scenario #5

I'll use the $3.00/6 participating PG items (these do not generate RRs) coupon on the back page of the Weekly Ad for this one:

(3) Folgers, $2.49 ea

use (3) $0.25/1, PG 4/6 and 5/4

(2) Dawn, $1.29 ea

use (2) $0.25/1, PG 4/6

(1) Charmin, $3.49

use $0.25/1, PG 5/4

(1) Domino Sugar, 5 lbs, $1.99

must use Weekly Ad Coupon for this price

Total Before Coupons: $15.53

Total After Coupons: $11.03

Use $9.00 RRs from Transaction #4

Cash OOP: $2.03

No new RRs earned on #5, but that's ok! I'll have stockpiled some very useful things with enough left over to share with family and local charities.

I hope this week at Walgreens inspires you to grab your calculator and coupons and get thinking, too!

Happy Savings!

Guest Post by Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping

It's Tuesday, which means more great ideas and coupon codes from Kyle, the mastermind behind Rather-Be-Shopping. If you're an online shopper, bookmark his site; he's bound to have a coupon code you'll need!

And before you point-click-buy, remember: it's only a great deal if you actually need it!

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With the price of gas seemingly rising with no end in sight, I wanted to pass along some frugal ways you can get the most bang for your buck in terms of better gas mileage.

~ Properly Inflate Your Tires. Under inflated tires will lower your gas mileage.

~ Don't Be Cheap on Car Maintenance. Use quality motor oil, change oil filter regularly, keep air filters clean. Follow your car's recommended maintenance schedule. Not only will these tips keep your car efficient but it will add to your engine's life.

~ Drive Efficiently. Avoid fast accelerations and drive the speed limit. Both of which will help significantly to help you get the most miles per gallon of gas.

~ Sell The Gas Guzzler. Let somebody else fill up your gas tank! Get rid of it and buy a more fuel efficient vehicle. Seems obvious but I know plenty of people who just keep driving their big SUV and keep complaining about the high price of gas. I don't get it.

~ Get Some Nice Shoes! Start walking more, start riding your bike to work or the grocery store. Also, start utilizing your local bus service a couple days a week. This is not an option for everybody, but if you have local bus service, use it.

If you are in need of a new air filter, oil filter, tire pressure gage, or something related, here are a couple online coupons that can help you save some money on purchases for your car. Also, if you don't have a car, I have thrown in some coupons for comfortable walking shoes! Not only will you avoid the high prices at the pump but you will get in great shape.

JCWhitney.com
Save $15 Off your $100+ order -OR- $50 Off your $250+ order
Coupon Code: DEAAEX8
Expiration: 5/08/08
See All: Coupons For JCWhitney

Auto Anything.com
Save $20 Off your $399+ Online Order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: KEEP20
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Auto Anything

And Coupons for Shoes: :-)

Shoebuy.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order + Free Shipping and No Sales Tax
Coupon Code: SHOEBUY
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Shoebuy

Shoes.com
Save $5 Off your $50+ order + Free Shipping
Coupon Code: MAY50
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Shoes.com

Eastbay.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: LKS18Y5M
Expiration: 5/31/08
See All: Coupons For Eastbay

Finishline.com
Save 15% Off your $60+ Online Order
Coupon Code: 140387
Expiration: 7/31/08
See All: Coupons For Finishline

Timberland.com
Save 10% Off your Entire Online Order
Coupon Code: SAVE10
Expiration: 6/30/08
See All: Coupons For Timberland