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  • Shopping Trip 6/24/2012: Walgreens, Rite Aid, Ralphs & Vons *Updated*

    Monday is my shopping day, and I hit multiple stores this morning. It was hit and miss at different stores, as you’ll see:

    WALGREENS

    The Bayer Register Rewards deal wasn’t tagged on the shelf at my store, so there was a good amount of stock left. The nice thing about this deal is that any variety of 32-36 count qualifies, so you can mix and match without clearing the shelf. The not-so-nice thing was that prices at my store started at $3.49 instead of $2.99. Here’s how my transaction went:

    BUY: 6 Bayer Aspirin @ $3.49 each
    USE: 6 x $3/1 Bayer 20ct+ from 6/24 Smart Source (exp 8/18/2012)
    Pay: $4.77, including tax
    Receive: $10 RR

    I usually have 6 each of insert coupons, so I used them all on this deal. I would have paid a little less out of pocket if the price had been $2.99, using the six $3/1 coupons and a $1/1 coupon from the 4/29 Red Plum. It was still a $5 moneymaker after tax, which is free money I can use to pay for things I want/need!

    RITE AID

    We go through a lot of sunscreen (I’m a bit obsessive thanks to family history), so I was really excited about the Coppertone deal that Southern Cali Saver posted. $2.49 for is a phenomenal price for Coppertone, and Rite Aid is one of the few stores where I can find my preferred variety of 70 SPF Waterbabies (it rubs in more easily than the 50 SPF, which seems to be available everywhere). Here’s how it went for me:

    BUY: 4 Coppertone Sunscreen @ $7.99
    USE: 2 x $5/2 Coppertone from 6/24 Smart Source
    AND: $2/1 Coppertone in-ad coupon {my store let me use 2, but the coupon says “1 per customer” so YMMV}
    Pay: $19.96 + tax {I also used a $1 +UP reward and paid $19.76 including tax}
    Receive: $10 +UP reward

    I’m not sure what the +UP reward is from – it’s not in the ad, and I can’t find confirmation that it’s a monthly deal. But, according to the comments at SCS, the limit on this deal is 2.

    And are you ready for the best part? I got 4 CRT coupons for a FREE scoop of Thrifty ice cream on my receipt, along with the $10 +UP reward. Do Rite Aids in other areas sell ice cream? If so, look for tags about this offer on the Coppertone display.

    We were in desperate need of tissue, so I spent my $10 +UP reward on 12 boxes of Kleenex, which are on sale for $0.88 this week. But you might want to get cheap bottled water.

    I completely forgot about the possible $6 moneymaker, so I may have to go back when I pick my son up from camp!

    *Update*
    I couldn’t resist and swung by Rite Aid after I picked up my son. It took me a while to find the Carex products – they’re mostly related to walking canes, and the cheapest items at my store were $4.49 (there were several different ones at that price, but no gloves). My transaction looked like this:

    BUY: 1 Carex product @ $4.99
    Pay: $4.88, including tax
    Receive: $10 +UP reward

    I immediately rolled the +UP reward into the Coppertone deal again:

    BUY: 4 Coppertone @ $7.99 each
    USE: 2 x $5/2 Coppertone from 6/24 Smart Source
    AND: $2/1 Coppertone in-ad coupon
    AND: $10 +UP reward
    Pay: $12.76 + tax
    Receive: $10 +UP reward + FOUR more FREE ice cream coupons!

    RALPHS

    The Juicy Juice Catalina printed for me without any problem again. And I had no trouble using the $1/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers (Except Single Serve) printable on the Nabisco Cups, which are on sale for $1 (the nutrition facts have data for both 4 servings and 1 serving).

    VONS

    My most disappointing moments were at Vons, where the free cereal deal didn’t work for me today. I bought two boxes of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal in two separate transactions at two different registers and failed to receive the $2 Catalina coupon both times. I’ll have to call tomorrow to request the Catalina coupons by mail, since I wouldn’t have bought the cereal if not for the Catalina offer.

    On the bright side, I picked up four boxes of Challenge butter for $1.99 each, which is a great price. They’re $2.99 with the in-ad coupon, and there are printable coupons for $0.55/1 Challenge butter (use zip 77477) and $1/1 Challenge butter.

    Finally, this was unexpected: I bought a $50 Target gift card and a box of Crunchy Nut in one transaction, and it looks like the $5 off $20 purchase Just for U offer was applied automatically. I recall discounts of $2.99 and $2.01 scrolling on the computer screen but it’s bundled as a $5 discount on the receipt, and I can’t think what else the discount would be for. So I actually paid less than the face value of the gift card in this transaction.

    I wish you good shopping karma this week! ^_^

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