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  • The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 6/13 – 6/19/10

    If you’re new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don’t understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money’s FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Walgreens.

    It’s a great week to get started at Walgreens. In a nutshell, I recommend the strategy of going after the deals with the lowest out of pocket expenses, and rolling your Register Reward into the next deal. This should be your basic strategy every week. Here’s an example of what I mean:

    Transaction #1:
    2 Nivea for men Active 3 Body wash $5.99

    – $3/1 Nivea Body Wash For Men from 5/2 RP
    – B1G1 Nivea Body Wash 16.9oz from June All You

    Pay: $2.99 + tax
    Receive: $6 RR

    Note: If you don’t have the B1G1 coupon, just buy one and use the $3/1 coupon. You’ll still pay $2.99 + tax and get a $6 RR.

    Transaction #2:
    1 Schick Hydro razor $7.99
    1 Gillette ProGlide $9.89
    1 small filler, e.g., Morton’s salt 50 cents with in-ad coupon

    – $5/1 Schick Hydro Razor from 6/13 SS
    – $4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor from 6/6 P&G
    – $6 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: $2.88 + tax
    Receive: $4 RR for Schick + $5 RR for Gillette

    Note: The filler is so that you can use the RR from the previous transaction, since you must have at least as many items as manufacturer’s coupons, and RRs count as manufacturer’s coupons.

    Transaction #3:
    3 Neutrogena soap bars $2.99 each
    1 filler, e.g., Morton’s salt 50 cents with in-ad coupon

    – $4 RR from previous transaction
    – $5 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: 47 cents + tax
    Receive: $10 RR

    Note: In this case, the filler helps you reach the $9 mark, since your total cannot be below the value of the Register Rewards you want to use. Some stores have the soap bars at $2.69, in which case you will need more fillers. I try to find fillers that I will actually use, but are still cheap. The in-ad coupons are great for that.


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    Comments

    1. starfleetmom says:

      last week I bought John Frieda products at Wags. i bought 3 products at $5 each, used 3 $3 coupons from the paper, and was supposed to get a RR $3.

      The RR didn't print and the manager told me that it was because I used manufacturer's coupons to purchase the products and the RR are provided by the manufacturer, so I could not get one.

      This has never happened to me before, and I've been playing the drugstore game for about 7 months, nearly weekly.

      If Wags policy is changing, then these "deals" are not good enough for me anymore and I'll stick with CVS. Do you have any info on this?

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      @Starfleetmom – It's no unusual for managers to say that even though it's not true. Among the responses people make are to have the item re-rung without the coupon to show that it still doesn't produce the RR, call the Catalina corporation and ask them to provide an RR by mail, or returning the transaction and trying again at a different store or a later time.