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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  1. says

    Yes ma’am! If you take that coupon and use it at Rite Aid, you actually will end up making $1 off the purchase! I will add that in my post!

  2. Erica says

    There was a $1.00 coupon in Sunday’s paper for the new Kotex products!! So this is one you can make money off of, yes?