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  • The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 10/17 – 10/23/10

    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.

    This week’s Walgreens deals are here. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any Register Rewards to start.

    Transaction #1:
    1 Mucinex Nasal Spray $7.99

    Pay: $7.99 + tax
    Receive: $8 RR

    Transaction #2:
    1 Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment $2.59
    1 Colgate Pro Clinical $3.99
    1 Listerine Smart Rinse or Agent Cool mouth wash $2.99
    2 Ricola $1 each
    2 Coffee Mate Creamer on sale buy one get one free or 2/$2.69
    1 filler, e.g., Morton’s salt, 50 cents with in-ad coupon

    – $1/1 Colgate ProClinical Toothpaste printable
    – $1/1 Listerine Mouthwash or Toothbrush from 10/10 RP or $1/1 Listerine Smart Rinse or Agent Cool Blue printable
    – $0.50/1 Ricola Cough Drops Walgreens IVC (look for the coupon booklet at the front of the store with the weekly circulars)
    – $1/2 Ricola Cough and Throat Drops from 10/17 SS
    – 2 x $1.50/1 Nestle Coffee-Mate Creamer printable
    – $8 RR from previous transaction

    Subtotal: $14.59
    Pay: 7 cents + tax
    Receive: $2.60 RR for Blistex, $2 RR for Colgate, and $1 RR for Listerine

    Note: The second Coffee-Mate coupon will beep because the coupon value is greater than the cost of the items. The Walgreens coupon policy expressly states that two coupons may be used with a Buy One, Get One Free sale, and that the value of a coupon that exceeds an item’s selling price should be adjusted to the selling price. However, these provisions are in separate parts of the coupon policy and it’s not clear that they are meant to work together. Thus, you may run into a manager or cashier who refuses to accept the second coupon.

    Total cost for everything: $2.47 + tax