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  • Drugstore Game Padawan Update: Hayden’s been busy but . . .

    If you’re just tuning in, I’m mentoring Hayden in The Drugstore Game. If you’ve always wanted to play but weren’t sure how to get started, follow along with Hayden as he 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.

    Hayden’s continued to shop at the drugstores, but he’s still in “these prices are better than what I’m used to paying” mode, rather than “this is how you maximize your money” mode, so I haven’t had that much to say about it.

    However, Denise asked if Hayden has bought anything at Rite Aid yet, and the answer is yes. Here’s how he did:

    1 Rite Aid brand acetaminophen rapid release $4.00
    1 Soft Soap $.79
    1 Trident Layers Gum $.99; used $.75 cents/1 from 2/7 SS
    1 Vaseline 10 oz $2.99; used $1/1 (not sure of coupon source)
    2 Degree deodorant $1.50 each; used 1 75 cents/1 from 1/31 SS (that’s less than what I paid for 1 stick at Walgreens)
    1 Motrin PM: $2.99

    Total cost: $12.26
    Tax: $1.20
    Total: 13.46 (paid with gift card received from prescription transfers)
    Coupon savings: $2.50
    Will receive: $2 SCR for Motrin

    There was a $1/1 Motrin coupon in the 1/31 SS that would have made the Motrin PM free after SCR, but Hayden doesn’t have that coupon. I’ve counseled him to have patience on things like deodorant but he is so anxious and excited about the deals that he can’t seem to let them go by just yet.

    That’s one thing about The Drugstore Game: it can be so addictive. And you feel that it’s okay because you’re spending less on things than you would have before you began the game.

    But take it from me, because I have two years of Drugstore Game experience under my belt: if you are patient and flexible about brands, you will probably never have to pay for toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, body wash and lip balm.

    Comments

    1. I"m wondering — you mention never having to pay for razors, but does that inclue refills also? I've been watching for a while, and can't ever seem to find them on a good sale. Do you end up just buying new refillable razors a lot?

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