Simultaneous Drug Store Sales

One thing I have noticed in my short time couponing is that often the big three drugstores (CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens) will have the same item on sale at the same time. This week there is one such item. It’s a great chance to show how the rebate programs work at each of these drug stores.

All three drug stores have the new Kotex pads/tampons on sale this week. But the sales and it’s results for you as a consumer are very different. (Of course, you could always get the product at all three stores and save a ton!)

Rite Aid (my personal favorite): You go in and pay $3.49 out of pocket. When you get home, you log into the Rite Aid Single Check Rebate program and enter the information off your receipt. At the end of the month, you receive a check for $3.49.

Total Out of Pocket: $3.49
Total Received back in cash: $3.49
Total Store Credit: $0.00
Final price after rebate: FREE

(AFrugalChick reader Erica pointed out there was a $1 coupon in the paper on Sunday in most regions. If you use that $1 coupon at Rite Aid, you will actually make a $1 profit off of your purchase!)

Walgreens: You go in and pay $3.49 out of pocket. When your receipt prints, there is a small certificate on the bottom of the receipt. It is worth $2.50. Your next purchase at Walgreens you can use that certificate to redeem $2.50 worth of merchandise (often times people will use it almost immediately).

Total Out of Pocket: $3.49
Total Cash Back: $0.00
Total Store Credit: $2.50
Final price after store credit: $.99

CVS: You go in and pay $4.99 out of pocket (using your CVS card). At the end of the transaction, a certificate prints out worth $1.00 at CVS. Your next trip, you can use the certificate to redeem $1.00 worth of merchandise.

Total Out of Pocket: $4.99
Total Cash Back: $0.00
Total Store Credit :$1.00
Final Price after store credit: $3.99

So there is a breakdown of the three main drug stores and how to save money at each. I am extremely biased to Rite Aid (I like cash) but you do have to wait a while before you get your money back. The other two stores will give you credit you can use right away.

Whichever you choose, you know that combining coupons, rebates and gift certificates you can always find fantastic deals!

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Welcome WVEC Viewers

If you are stopping by after watching WVEC this morning, thank you! Here are the deals we talked about today:

Carvel Ice Cream

Dairy Queen Blizzards

Walgreens Ink Cartridge Refills

Portsmouth Restaurant Week

National Park Week

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Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Don’t forget today is Friday . . . . . That means Mega Swagbucks Day!!! That means that you can win up to 100 Swagbucks just for searching the internet!!!

If you don’t use Swagbucks, you need to check it out! Swagbucks is a search engine, powered by Google, that gives you points for searching the internet. Just use it like you would Google or Bing, but you earn points for seaches. After you have banked enough points, you can trade them in for free items! Plus, they often offer special Swag Codes for additional points as well, so it’s not hard to rack up enough points to redeem often!

With Swagbucks you can earn gift cards (my personal favorite) and other rewards just by searching the internet. IPods, LCD televisions, and IPhones are some of the more fun items in the Swag Store- I personally am getting Amazon $5 gift cards toward a new television. It’s only 45 swag points to get a $5 gift card!

Plus, if you use this link here you can earn 30 Swag Bucks just for signing up!

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Remember the Freebies Tomorrow

All sorts of great deals places tomorrow! Here are the biggest ones:

Boston Market

Chiptole

Subway

Starbucks

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Free Breathe Right Sample

Breathe extra better with a free sample of Breathe Right Extra. This instant drug-free relief from congestion due to cold and allergies is perfect for the allergy season. Click here for your sample!

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Thanks from Relay for Life and Wayne Carter!

For those of you who left comments last week- thank you! I heard from 35 of you, so I gave Wayne $20 this morning to use towards his goal for Relay for Life! Keep an eye out as he continues to raise money toward this great cause!

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Welcome WVEC Viewers

If you are tuning it after seeing me on WVEC today, welcome! Here is all the great stuff we talked about this morning!

Red Mill Commons Free Rita’s Italian Ice
April 15th- Buy One Get One Free Subway
April 18th- Free Reuseable Tote Bag at Target with purchase
Babies R Us- Tote Bag coupon

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