So I discovered a problem with waiting for a $5 off $20 purchase coupon and planning ahead for it: stores run out of popular items. In retrospect, it seems obvious and I should have planned for it, but I was surprised yesterday evening when my favorite store was out of the Walgreens water pitcher filter. I even went to a different, bigger Walgreens and they were out, too.
I did make a purchase at the second Walgreens yesterday. I picked up two packages of plastic spoons and a package of plastic forks for 39 cents each. And I found the Walgreens “Children’s Activity Book” that I’ve read about on various coupon sites, so I grabbed a copy of that as well. It was 99 cents and contains various Walgreens coupons for kid-related products like Johnson & Johnson, Band-Aids, and Huggies. The coupons don’t expire until March 31, 2009, and some stores allow you to keep and re-use them since they are store “Instant Value Coupons” similar to the ones in the Easy Saver Rebate book. I should be able to recoup my 99 cents back and more between now and the end of March.