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  • Shopping Update: 9/24/2012

    I did a little shopping today, as I had some +UP rewards and Register Rewards about to expire. I hit all of the drugstores, as well as Vons.

    Walgreens

    It was my first time shopping at Walgreens since the new Balance Rewards program was implemented, and I’m happy to report that things seemed to be working smoothly. I had registered for the program online, so all I had to do was enter my phone number on the touchscreen at the register. You do need to be a Balance Rewards member to get some advertised prices, and you only earn points for buying specific items (and not just for spending money at Walgreens, the way you accumulate Wellness+ points at Rite Aid or seasonal spending at CVS).

    I paid for point-producing Oxi-Clean with a Register Reward and received the advertised Balance Rewards points on my receipt. At $2.99 for products including the gel stick, plus 500 points WYB 2 products, Oxi-Clean is a great deal this week. In fact, I may go back for more. There were Oxi-Clean coupons in the 8/19 Smart Source.

    The store I went to was down to one Scope Outlast, so I may go back for that deal as well – my plan is to pay cash for the Scope, receive a $3 RR, and apply the RR towards more Oxi-Clean.

    Keep an eye out for school supplies on clearance. I found 8-packs of Crayola Dry-Erase crayons for just $1 each, so I picked some up for the boys’ teachers to try.

    Rite Aid

    During my last trip to Rite Aid, I opted out of Load2Card and was pleased to have the +UP rewards print at the end of my receipt. I still can’t use them until the next day, but having the physical coupons gives me control over how they’re applied to my transaction. My store had plenty of the hand sanitizer that’s $1 and free after +UP reward, as well as Stayfree that’s free after +UP reward and coupons.

    CVS

    The single Venus razor wasn’t tagged for the $5 ECB deal at my store, but it was regularly priced at $7.49. I used the $4/1 Venus coupon from the 8/12 Red Plum, pay $3.49 + tax, and received a $5 ECB. My store was completely out of the free-after-ECB Thermacare, though.

    Vons

    There is an in-ad coupon for $1.69 Danimals, and my boys are crazy for the Crunchers so I couldn’t pass up this deal. There was a $0.75/1 coupon in the 8/26 Smart Source, and there’s also a $0.75/1 printable coupon. At $0.94 for a 4-pack, it’s an incredible deal – but note the limit of three on the coupon.

    I forgot to pick up a $50 iTunes gift card for $35 after the Just for U coupon I mentioned yesterday, so I’ll have to go back tomorrow. I don’t mind, since it’ll give me a chance to pick up more Danimals.

    I’m hoping to get to Target later this week, and back to Walgreens if I get a chance!


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