Rite Aid this week: Made $6.15 [pic]

I should just rename my blog “Rite Aid”.   Anyway…. took 2 trips to Rite Aid this week and ended up making $6 for buying some things I needed. See pic below. Here’s the run down:

2 Gain laundry detergent
2 Boxes of Kleenex
1 Colgate toothpaste
1 Blink eye drops
1 Pack of Trident
2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D
2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C
2 Flex a Min
1 Cottonelle 12-pack
=$60.84 before coupons

Coupons used:
1 $1 off Colgate (Sunday paper)
2 $6 off Flex a Min (Sunday paper)
4 $5 off Nature’s Bounty vitamins (their Web site)
2 $1 off Nature’s Bounty vitamins Rite Aid coupon (Rite Aid’s Web site)
1 $2 off Blink Tears (Sunday paper)
2 $5 off $20 purchase Rite Aid coupon (Rite Aid’s Web site)

=$13.84

Rebates I’ll get back:

$7.99 for Blink Tears
$2 for Colgate
$10 for buying over $25 worth of vitamins

Grand total = -$6.15

I was not fully paying attention when I planned my 2 trips, so I forgot about coupons I could have used on the Kleenex and toilet paper. No biggie, but still slightly bothersome since this is like a game to me.

For each product, you can use 1 manufacture’s coupon and 1 Rite Aid coupon if there happens to be both available. This is key to maximizing savings: finding a product on sale that has a manufacturer’s coupon you can use on it AND a store coupon you can use on it. Store coupons are ones that are put out by the store and you can only use them in that specific store and no where else. You usually find these coupons in the Rite Aid circulars. Walgreen’s always has their own coupons in their circulars too. Manufacturer coupons are the ones from the Sunday paper, coupons.com, etc. They say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” on the top of it.

Sometimes it’s tricky because Rite Aid’s store coupons will say Manufacturer’s Coupon at the top, but they are still Rite Aid’s own store coupon and you can’t use them anywhere else. You can tell it is a store coupon even though it says Manufacturer’s Coupon on top because it has Rite Aid’s logo on it AND the barcode starts with RA… so/and it will only scan at Rite Aids.  Same applies to pretty much every other store coupon in the world.

Made $6 and some change buying this.

I love it when this happens! [pic]

I wasn’t expecting much from Rite Aid today. I needed TP and decided to grab it at RA because I had coupons for Quilted Northern. I was going to get some free Crest and cheap Robitussin anyway, and the TP was a good excuse to get my total above $25 so i could use a $5 off a $25 purchase coupon. I expected my out-of-pocket expense for the trip to be around $10 or so, I didn’t really care how much the total was. Toilet paper is an inelastic good in this house, I will pay what I need to for it. However, when I got home and entered my receipt in the Excel spending tracker spreadsheet I made, I learned that I only spent $2.80 on my RA trip! Reg price was $36.84, sale price was $24.24 so I saved 92.40% on this trip. PTL! Pic below is what I got for $2.80.
Coupon breakdown:
(note: RA allows you to use 1 RA coupon and 1 manufacture coupon on any 1 item)
Total: $24.24
-$5/25 Rite Aid coupon
-$5 off any 2 Quilted Northern 12pk or higher RA coupon
-$1 any Quilted Northern
-$1 any Quilted Northern
-$2 Robitussin
-$.75 Crest coupon
-$6.69 in rebates I will get back from RA for the Crest and Robitussin

GSO  003

$2.80

Killed it at Rite Aid

I wanted colored pencils for some pathetic doodles in my Moleskine (btw- you need one if you don’t have one. Seriously). When I hit up a CVS for the pencils on my lunch break, they were +$5.  That’s a bit steep for something I don’t actually need.  So I rolled them into a couponing trip along with some mascara that I really needed.  I ended up getting paid $11 for the the mascara, pencils and more by Rite Aid.

It took 3 separate trips, but here’s what I got:

2 packs of colored pencils

2 boxes of Kotex tampons, 36ct (thanks Eve)

3 Zyrtec, 30ct

1 Colgate toothpaste

1 pack of hair ties

1 Maybelline Great Lash mascara

2 Rubbermaid water bottles

1 Glade Scene and Spray, Clean Linen

So long story short, my total was $82.02, I used $51.00 in coupons and I will be getting $42.49 in rebates back in the mail.  82.02-51.00-42.49= -$11… $11 moneymaker.

I don’t have allergies but I needed to buy that Zyrtec for the rebates that created the moneymaker scenario. Pic below…. and I know my placemats that you see a little of are totally awesome.  I got them at South of the Border in Dillon, SC, “America’s Favorite Highway Oasis”.

Made $11 buying this stuff.

Made $11 buying this stuff.

Rite Aid scenario

This is what I’m doing tomorrow at Rite Aid:

1 Got2B Hair Spray $4.99 (stinks but works!)
2 Schick Razors $11.49
1 Charles Worthington Conditioner $5.99
1 Easy Off BBQ Cleaner $2.85
=$25.32

-$5 RA coupon
-2 $4 Schick coupons
-$.75 Easy Off coupon
-$11.99 SCR
=-$.42 +tax

♥ today's Rite Aid trip

I’ve made at least 5 this week, here is one of the more practical ones:

2 Loreal Skin Genesis face cleansers = $13.98
1 NovaMax meter = $9.99
2 Mentos gum = $2
Total= $25.97

Coupons I used:
$5/$25 Rite Aid coupon
$3/2 L’oreal face product coupon
2 – $1 Mentos gum coupons (makes them free)
Rebates I’ll get back:
$9.99 for the meter
$5.00 for buying $13 worth of L’Oreal

Grand total: $.98 or $.49 each for the cleansers! yay!

Obliged only to Rite Aid this week

I’ll most likely ignore Walgreen’s and CVS this week because Rite Aid has a lot to offer. Ah… Capitalism.
I’ve already made 1 trip and I have 1 more planned. I’ll most likely have at least 3 trips in the bag at week’s end.
Two majors things I will have accomplished here: Lots of toilet paper in the house along with some Dove shampoo and conditioner that I really like (but only ever experienced through tiny free samples). So here’s the low-down:

Trip 1:
4 – Cottonelle 4-pk
1 – Bengay Ultra
1 – RA brand Ceterizine (like Zyrtec)
1 – Sunday paper
=$26.44
-$3 in Sunday paper coupons
-$10 in Rite Aid-specific coupons
-$6 SCR for Bengay (rebate)
=$7.44 out of pocket

Trip 2
1 – Compound W Freeze Off Kit
1 – Wartner Wart Removal Kit
1 – Dove Shampoo
1 – Dove Conditioner
=$25.98
– $2.50 in Sunday paper coupons
– $21.98 in SCRs
-$5 in Rite Aid-specific coupons
= -$3.5 moneymaker

So, those 2 trips will only cost me $3.94 +tax altogether.

The wart remover is going to in-laws with kiddies and I just remembered Listerine is a great price this week. It’ll be worked into a run and I’ll hopefully get it free.

Great Week Hopes

Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Target looks so awesome this week. Primarily RA. I haven’t made my plan of attack yet, but I’m gonna be like a kid in a candy store as soon as I sit down with the Rite Aid ad, a calculator, paper and a pencil.