The Drugstore Game Padawan series ended a while back, but if you’re interested in learning how to play The Drugstore Game, everything you need is here.
If you’re just tuning in, I’m mentoring Nicole in The Drugstore Game. If you’ve always wanted to play but weren’t sure how to get started, follow along with Nicole as she becomes a Drugstore Game Master. You can read all of the posts in this series here, in reverse chronological order. Please read my Drugstore Game Primer and Common Sense with Money’s FAQ to get an overview of the Drugstore Game and definitions.
I asked Nicole to go through this week’s ads and let me know what she was interested in. For Walgreens, she reported that she wanted to do the Wet Ones, Revlon and Curel deals, and that she had the coupons to turn the Neosporin Lip Health deal into a moneymaker. She’s starting with a $2 RR and $2.50 RR from last week. Here’s how she planned her first transaction:
2 Neosporin Lip Health $8
1 Wrigley’s Extra gum 79 cents w/ in ad coupon
– 2 x $3/1 printable coupon
– $2.50 RR
Pay 29 cents + tax; get $3 RR
And here’s what I said about the rest of her deals:
The Revlon is a little tricky. The $5 mascara RR is for your next REVLON purchase. So you’ll just have to buy more Revlon with that – you can certainly use RRs to pay for the mascara, however. There’s a $1 off Revlon Eye Color Cosmetics at Target.com – scroll down to “Grocery Coupons” at the bottom of the page, click, and then sort the coupons by the Beauty category to the left. It will print with a Target logo on it, but according to A Full Cup is a manufacturer coupon, meaning any store would get reimbursed by Revlon for it. So whether you want to use it on the mascara depends on whether you are willing to have that discussion with your Walgreens cashier if s/he questions the coupon because of the Target logo.
Because there aren’t any huge moneymakers at Walgreens this week, unless you have the Bayer blood glucose monitor coupons from the 10/25 RP, I think the mascara deal will eat up all of your RR’s and you’ll just have to start over next week.
I then suggested the following deals to minimize her out of pocket expenses:
2 Wet Ones x $2 = $4
2 Curel x $6 = $12
2 Wrigley’s (filler) x .79 w/ ad coupon = $1.58
– 2 x $1.50/1 Wet Ones printable coupon
– 2 x $2 Curel from 12/6 SS
– $2 + $3 RR
Pay $5.58 + tax; get $5 RR for Curel and $1 RR for Wet Ones
1 Revlon $6.99
1 Wrigley’s (filler) .79 w/ ad coupon
– $5 + $1 RR
Pay $1.78 + tax; get $5 RR for Revlon
If you use the Target manu coupon, your transaction would look like this:
1 Revlon $6.99
2 Wrigley’s .79 w/ ad coupon = $1.58
– $1 Target.com coupon
– $5 + $1 RR
Pay $1.57 + tax; get $5 RR for Revlon
Obviously, your out of pocket will be less in these scenarios if you pick a cheaper filler but I always think it makes the most sense to pick a filler you’re going to use, even if it costs a little more.
2 Oust $3.99 x 2 = $7.98
– 1 B1G1 coupon from 1/3 SS
Pay $3.99; $6 ECB ($3 for each can)
1 SoyJoy bonus pack $6
– $6 ECB
Pay $0; get $6 ECB
I also noted the following:
It looks like the limit on the Soy Joy is 3, so you could repeat Transaction #2 a couple more times. The bottom of your receipt will reflect when you reach the limit. Unlike with Walgreens RRs, you can “roll” ECBs into the same deal, so you can basically get 3 boxes for free once you’ve bought the Oust.
It’s entirely up to you how many transactions you want to do in one visit. I try not to do more than 2 at once, because I don’t like to call attention to myself – not that I’m doing anything wrong, but I’ve read too many horror stories on the coupon forums about cashiers and managers getting upset that someone is getting too much for “free” and they try to find a way – any way – to shut the customer down. The flip side, though, is that some lucky shoppers have found fabulous cashiers and managers who love to help them do multiple transactions and get the best deals. My best advice is to try to get a feel for your store and the cashiers/managers and follow your instincts on the best strategy.
Good luck to all of you with your shopping this week!
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