“You’re going to the drugstore? Are you going to use coupons?”
“No,” I said sheepishly.
“I was too lazy to look through anything but the Sundays coupons,” I confessed.
“Ohhhhh. I’m going to out you on your blog,” he teased.
At Walgreens, however, I realized there were a ton of ways to stretch my dollars – without coupons. I bought everything you see in the above picture, which has a retail value of $49.07, for $3.42! Here’s how I did it.
- I first checked the Walgreens store circular for coupons for items on my list (see below). I found two.
- I wasn’t brand loyal. Instead, I started with a general list and took advantage of a buy-one-get-one free sale on batteries and other deals.
- I carefully reviewed cosmetic prices and leveraged a sweet deal on Revlon products, which were 40 percent off. Plus, if I bought $10 in Revlon products I would get a $5 voucher to buy more Revlon products.
- I bought off-brand candy (the gummy bears).
- I bought products on sale (Hershey’s chocolate, beauty tools, polish, batteries, tissues).
- I went back to ask the manager when I noticed a pricing mistake on my receipt and got a refund.
- I quickly used my bonus $5 Revlon voucher before it could expire. (Walgreens Register Rewards have to be used on your “next” purchase, which means you can come back another day or wait in line again. RR are only good for a few days so I like to spend them on the same trip.)
Even if I did not have the $25 voucher, my tab would have come to $28.42 – a 42% discount over the $49.07 retail price. Not too bad for leaving my manufacturer coupons at home.