My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Walgreens Double-Dipping: new scenarios!

UPDATE: Originally I had planned to pay for transaction #2 with the $8.00 Benefiber and $3.00 Gilette RR that I earned in transaction #1, but I decided against it because Walgreens count RR as actual coupons. This is the one thing that really ticks me off about Walgreens. A CVS ECB is considered a coupon as well, but according to customer service stores "should be allowing customers to use Extra Bucks in combination with other CVS coupons since these are coupons you have 'earned'". However, this is not the case with Walgreens and I'm hoping that they'll change that soon.

I shared my original DD scenarios yesterday, but that was before the $5/$20 made its many appearances. Since my total was $33, I have reworked my scenarios and added on a couple of items so I can do two separate transactions and use the $5/$20 to maximize my savings. Here's what I can come up with:

Transaction #1
Buy 1 Lysol neutra air freshmatic starter kit: $5.99 (sale on pg. 7)
Buy 3 Benefiber sticks 16ct: ($7.99 each): $23.97 (website pricing)
Buy 1 LypSyl Moisturizer: $1.99
Buy 1 Chemistry Hair Care 1.3 - 12oz: $7.99
Buy 1 St. Ives Elements Cleanser: $4.99
Buy 1 Gilette Fusion Power razor: $8.99
Subtotal: $53.92
Use $5/1 Lysol mfg coupon (-$5.00)
Use 3 $2/1 Benefiber mfg coupon (-$6.00)
Use 3 $5/1 Benefiber Oct. ESR coupon pg. 22 (-$15.00)
Use 1 $4/1 Gillette mfg coupon (-$4.00)
Use 1 $2/1 St. Ives printable mfg coupon (-$2.00)
Total after coupons: $21.92
Use $5/$20 Walgreens coupon (-$5.00)
GRAND TOTAL: $16.92 (on GC)
Register Rewards: $4.00 (Gilette ad pg. 14) + $5.00 (St. Ives unadvertised deal) + $8.00 (Benefiber ad pg. 16) = $17.00
Rebates Total: $12.98
October: $1.99 (#46 LypSyl) + $7.99 (#48 Chemistry) = $9.98
November: $3.00 (#37 Lysol) = $3.00

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Nivea for Men: $4.99
Buy 1 Pert Plus: $3.49
Buy 1 L'Oreal RevitalLift Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate: $16.49
Buy 1 L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift OR Night Cream: $16.49 (ad pg. 14)
Buy 1 St. Ives Elements Cleanser: $4.99
Subtotal: $46.45
Store promotion ad pg. 14 B1G1 L'Oreal (-$16.49)
Use 2 $1/1 L'Oreal moisturizer coupon (-$2.00)
Use $1/1 Nivea coupon (-$1.00)
Use 1 $2.50/1 Pert Plus Oct. ESR coupon pg. 10 (-$2.50)
Use 1 $2/1 Pert Plus mfg coupon (-$2.00)
Use 1 $2/1 St. Ives printable mfg coupon (-$2.00)
Total after coupons: $20.46
Use $5/$20 Walgreens coupon (-$5.00)
GRAND TOTAL: $15.46 (on GC)
Register Rewards: $5.00 (St. Ives unadvertised deal)
Rebates Total: $21.48
October: $4.99 (#45 Nivea) + $16.49 (#47 L'Oreal) = $21.48

Total paid on GC: $32.38
RR left for next time: $22.00
Rebates Total: $34.46
PROFIT OF $24.08 (not including 10% giftcard bonus)

Deal-wise, this is not too shabby. However, from a double-dipping point of view, it's downright pathetic. The only double-dipping that I'm actually doing is with the Lysol - I could have bought all of the other items any other day of the week and still gotten the same deals and returns.

There could be possible redemption for DD days though - there is a rebate for the Polaroid I1035 or I835 Digital Camera in both the October and November catalog. Their website only had the pricing for the i835 ($109.99), so I don't know about the i1035, but you could buy the i835 and submit it for October's rebate of $30 (#44) and November's rebate of $30 (#32) and get a total of $60 back. You'd end up paying $49.99, and add on the $5/$20 and your OOP comes to $44.99 for a digital camera.

I'm actually in the market for a new camera since I've had mine for over 4 years now and it's starting to die, but I couldn't find any reviews for the i1035 whatsoever. I did manage to find 8 reviews of the i835 at Walmart's website, and it had a 4 out of 5 stars. I'm currently undecided whether or not this is a good camera, but for $45 it's a good buy if you're not picky on specs and just want a camera. I'm all about quality pictures and am seriously considering a SLR camera (if only they weren't so bulky!), so I'm not sure that the Polaroid is a good match for me.

I'll be making my trip later today, so I'll be sure to share all my experience and shopping haul! Feel free to share your own Walgreens DD Victory!


Melissa said...

Thanks for the deal ideas at Walgreens. I went yesterday and they were all out of the St Ives...
Some lady took all of them... that's what they told me.. Poo!
I wasn't aware of the L'Oreal deal, so I'll go today to do that and use the 5/20 Q. Thanks again.
BTW, I received my envy of COUPONS! YIPEE! There were many in there I've not seen... so that's always nice! Also, thank you for the address labels... I've already used them. (One on another envy of Q's for the troops and another on a package going to a soldier that I adopted)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have worked at walgreens for over two years and just wanted to let you know that register rewards annoy us employees just as much as they annoy customers! Unfortunately they are given out by the manufacturers and we have absolutely no control over them, they are very bothersome at times

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