I must say, I am enjoying figuring out Walgreens and how to get good deals there much more than I did CVS. I still shop at CVS sometimes, for example, this weekend I bought 6 GenSoy energy bars for my spouse there for $6 and got $3 in extra care bucks back. But, generally, I do not like to deal with extra care bucks and would much rather have a gift card to the store like Walgreens provides.
Over the past two months, I have bought a few items at Walgreens that provided a rebate, and had accumulated $16.49 on my gift card from those rebates. This month, there were quite a few free-after-rebate items I wanted, so I went to Walgreens to start using my gift card. My goal is to get to a point where I don’t actually spend any money out of pocket at Walgreens, just the balance of the gift card. I’m not quite there yet, but I am getting closer.
I had to visit Walgreens twice, because the first time they were out of one of the free-after-rebate items I wanted, but in total, this is what I did. I purchased the following items:
- Crest ProHealth Toothpaste: $2.99
- Chemistry Shampoo: $7.99
- Walgreens brand water pitcher filter: $6.99
- Excedrin Tension Headache: $3.99
All four of these items had a free-after-rebate offer. I had a $0.75 off coupon for the toothpaste, so in total with 7% sales tax, I paid $22.70. I had a $16.49 balance on my gift card, so I used that to pay and then paid $6.21 out of pocket. I then submitted all these items online for my rebates, and since I am having the rebates put onto my gift card, I will get a 10% bonus on the values of the items in rebates. According to my calculations, I should get a rebate of $24.16 applied to my gift card. And I have a bottle of shampoo, some excedrin, a water filter, and some toothpaste to show for it. The shampoo is fin, I would never pay $7.99 for it but free was good.
Walgreens so far seems to have a shampoo or conditioner free after rebate every month, which is great for me because I am not at all brand loyal. I am also not brand loyal to toothpaste, so basically actually getting paid to buy toothpaste because of my coupon worked well for me. If I can pair coupons with free-after-rebate items, so much the better. I am hoping that I now have a high enough gift card balance to continue to just buy free-after-rebate items every month, use my gift card to pay, and with that 10% bonus (which is effectively only 3% for me on taxable items, but still a bonus) slowly increase my gift card balance every month. We shall see but I am doing pretty well so far, I think.