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  • My Rite Aid transaction this week: How to use The Drugstore Game to obtain necessities for free

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    The Drugstore Game is definitely more complicated than just walking into a store, buying what you want, and walking out. But if saving money is a priority, it’s a great way to get necessities for free or cheap. For example, we go through a fair amount of contact lens solution, and I like to buy it when it’s free after rebate/rewards to maximize my dollars. This week, you can get one bottle of Complete multi-purpose solution for free after Single Check Rebate.

    An easy way to get it for free would be to buy one bottle, use the $1/1 coupon from the 4/3 SS, pay $6.99 + tax, submit for the SCR, and receive a check for $7.99 in the mail next month.

    But since I didn’t want to pay $6.99 out of pocket, I did two transactions to minimize my costs and get more stuff:

    Transaction #1:
    2 Old Spice Body Wash Fresh Collection (the white bottle) – $2.99 each
    1 Bic Flex4 Razors – $4.99
    1 Bic Hybrid Razors – $4.99

    – Buy One Old Spice Fresh Collection product, Get One Old Spice Fresh Collection Body Wash Free 4/3 P&G
    – $1/1 Old Spice product P&G Everyday Savings booklet
    – 2 x $3/1 selected Bic Razors 4/10 SS
    – 2 x $1 +UP rewards from last week’s transaction

    Paid: $3.97 + tax
    Received: 2 x $2 +UP for Old Spice, $2 +UP for Bic
    Will Receive: $1.50 for Bic Hybrid + $1 for Bic Flex4 from Upromise ecoupons

    Transaction #2:
    1 Complete Multipurpose Solution – $7.99

    – $1/1 Complete Multipurpose Solution 4/3 SS
    – 3 x $2 +UP rewards from previous transaction

    Paid: $0.99 + tax
    Will Receive: $7.99 SCR

    In total, instead of paying $6.99 + tax and getting $7.99 back, I paid $4.96 + tax and will get back $7.99 + $2.50 for a total of $10.49. If I didn’t have the $2 +UP rewards to start, I would have paid $6.96, so almost the exact same amount as if I only bought the contact lens solution. But by doing an extra transaction, I was able to also get two bottles of body wash (which we’ll use) and disposable razors (which I’ll give away), plus an extra $2.50 in my Upromise account – all for the same amount of money.

    Thus, The Drugstore Game does require more work – but for me, at least, it’s worth it.