My Target & Walgreens Shopping Trips – $29.71 PROFIT on $68.74 of Merchandise (143.2% Saved)

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I went to both Target and Walgreens this evening, but the Target trip was very small so I just combined everything into one post. I hit the $50 cumulative beauty/personal care purchases required to get a 5000 Balance Rewards points Beauty Enthusiast Club bonus ($5-$6.25 value), so the $6.25 extra savings number is reflected in the final stats for the trip.

TARGET DEALS:
ONE PURELL HAND SANITIZER PUMP 8 OZ, reg. $2.67
Get $0.75 cashback from Checkout51 for buying Purell Hand Sanitizer
Get $0.75 cashback from Ibotta for buying Purell Hand Sanitizer
Used the 20% OFF Purell Hand Sanitizer Target Cartwheel Offer (deducts $0.53)
and used one $0.75/1 Purell Soap 12 oz or Hand Sanitizer 8 oz or larger printable coupon (preclipped)
Price at Register: $1.39, but received $1.50 total cashback
NET PRICE: FREE + $0.11 MONEYMAKER!

ONE SCHWARZKOPF COLOR ULTIME HAIR COLOR, possibly on clearance $4.48 (reg. $8.99)
Get $3 cashback from SavingStar for buying Schwarzkopf Color Ultime or Keratin Hair Color
Get $2 cashback from Checkout51 (select stores only – including Target) for buying Schwarzkopf Color Ultime or Keratin Hair Color
Get purchase price back (minus any coupons used) for buying Schwarzkopf Color Product *$10.99 max value* via this mail-in rebate
No coupons used (because it will reduce the rebate and there’s a chance SavingStar could refuse to give the cashback for using a coupon – not worth the risk)
Price at Register: $4.48, but will get $5 total cashback from the apps and $4.48 mail-in rebate
NET PRICE: FREE + $5 MONEYMAKER!

ONE GOOD FOOD MADE SIMPLE ENTREE BOWL, $3.99
Get $1.50 cashback from MobiSave for buying Good Food Made Simple
Get $1.50 cashback from Ibotta for buying Good Food Made Simple Entree Bowl
No coupons used
Price at Register: $3.99, but received $3 cashback from the apps
NET PRICE: $0.99!

I also received $0.49 discount for using my Target Red Card and those savings are reflected in the final statistics. Want a Target Red Card? Go here to sign up.

I did separate transactions at Walgreens because I wanted separate receipts for the different rebates.

WALGREENS DEALS (TRANSACTION #1):
TWO SCHWARZKOPF GLISS SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER OR TREATMENT, on sale $4.99 (reg. $6.49)7
Get $2.49-$4.99 mail-in rebate (the rebate says it will deduct for coupons used, but I was confident *and correct* that the coupon for $5 would only show below one item; therefore I think you will get the full $4.99…but maybe I will only get $2.49)
Get $2 cashback from SavingStar for buying one Schwarzkopf Gliss, Essence Ultime or Styliste Ultime Hair Care or Styling (both SavingStar offers are double dipping)
Get $5 cashback from SavingStar for buying two Schwarzkopf Gliss, Essence Ultime or Styliste Ultime Hair Care or Styling (both SavingStar offers are double dipping)
Get 1000 Balance Rewards points (value $1-$1.25) for buying select Schwarzkopf Hair Care (you will get 2000 points total for buying two – $2-$2.50 value)
Used one $5/2 Schwarzkopf Gliss or Ultime Product coupon, 2/12 RP insert
Price at Register: $4.98, but get $2.49-$4.99 rebate, up to $7 from SavingStar and 2000 Balance Rewards points (value $2-$2.50)
NET PRICE FOR ALL (IF I’M LUCKY): AS LOW AS FREE + $9.51 MONEYMAKER!
***However…because I’m gambling a little bit here and used the coupon, I might not get anything from SavingStar and my rebate could be as low as $2.49. If that’s the case, my deal turned into a freebie but nothing more after paying $4.98 and get $2-$2.50 of points and a $2.49 rebate.

WALGREENS DEALS (TRANSACTION #2):
BUY ONE RIGHT GUARD XTREME PRECISION DRY SPRAY, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $6.49
BUY ONE RIGHT GUARD XTREME DEODORANT STICK, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $3.99 at most stores ($1.99 since this was the 50% off item)
Get 1000 Balance Rewards points (value $1-$1.25) for buying two Right Guard Deodorants
Get mail-in rebate with form here for purchase price of Right Guard Dry Spray *after coupons* (should be $5.49)
Get $1 cashback from SavingStar for buying Right Guard Precision Dry Spray

Used two $1/1 Right Guard Xtreme Antiperspirant/Deodorant printable coupons (preclipped) – note that the second coupon beeped and had to be entered manually
Price at Register: $6.48, but will get $5.49 rebate and 1000 BR points (value up to $1.25) and $1 from SavingStar
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $1.26 MONEYMAKER!

WALGREENS DEALS (TRANSACTION #3):
ONE COLGATE OPTIC WHITE TOOTHPASTE 3.5 OZ, on sale $3 (reg. $3.99)
Used one $3/1 Colgate Toothpaste Walgreens Paperless digital manufacturer’s coupon
NET PRICE: FREE!

ONE SOFTSOAP BODY WASH 15 OZ, on clearance $3.49 (reg. $4.39)
Used one $3/1 Softsoap Body Wash Walgreens Paperless digital manufacturer’s coupon
NET PRICE: $0.49!
***FYI – These are on sale for $3.99, so just $0.99 with the coupon if your store doesn’t have any clearance.

ONE COLGATE OPTIC WHITE 360 TOOTHBRUSH, on sale $2.99 (reg. $4.49)
Get $2 Register Rewards for buying select Colgate 360 Toothbrush
Used one $0.75/1 Colgate Toothbrush 360 printable coupon
Price at Register: $2.24, but received $2 Register Reward
NET PRICE: $0.24!

FOUR MITCHUM DEODORANTS, on sale $2.99 (reg. $4.19)
Get 2000 Balance Rewards points (value $2-$2.50) for every two purchased (4000 points for this transaction)
Get 2000 Balance Rewards points (value $2-$2.50) for buying two Mitchum (this was a coupon in my Balance Rewards account, so I clipped it to my card and I got these 2000 points too)
Used four $2/1 Mitchum Deodorant coupons, 2/12 SS insert
Price at Register: $3.96, but received 6000 total Balance Rewards points (value $6-$7.50)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $3.54 MONEYMAKER!

I also had a “Thank You” 3000 Bonus Points (value $3-$3.75) for buying $15+ in a single transaction Walgreens Paperless coupon. Not everyone has these, as the Thank You coupons are customized for each user. That’s an extra $3.75 of savings in the final stats for this trip.

I also received 380 total Everyday Points for the three transactions, plus the final transaction qualified for the in-ad store coupon for 5x Everyday Points. That gave me another 840 Balance Rewards points. Those combined 1220 Balance Rewards points are worth $1.22-$1.52, so I have factored an extra $1.52 of savings in the final stats for this trip.

And don’t for get the extra $6.25 of savings from the 5000 Bonus Points from the Beauty Enthusiast Club (value $5-$6.25.) Those are also factored into the final stats.

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $68.74
Net Price Paid for Everything: $29.71 PROFIT (unless my $9.51 moneymaker deal falls apart; then it could be as low as about $20 profit)
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 143.2%


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Comments

  1. You probably won’t post my comment, but I was the one who alerted you to the Schwartzkopf hair color deal that I found at Walmart and supplied you with the link for the rebate. Your comment was “I will have to remember to write this one up”. WELL, you did write it up BUT for TARGET who had it on CLEARANCE and you told people NOT to use a coupon as “Sstar MIGHT NOT give you credit”. I don’t know if you have had issues in the past when submitting receipts to Sstar when using coupons that take the price down to zero, but I NEVER HAVE. AND, all the people I know who use SSTAR have not had issues either. I purchased 2 Gliss products at Walgreens, 4.99×2 = 9.98, used 5.00/2 making my purchase price 4.98, but I received 7.00 from Sstar. Sstar does NOT care that you used coupons and got the item for free, all they are about is that you REDEEM your items with them, after all that is how they earn their living. I am also taken aback that you could not give me credit in your posts for finding this deal. I will never alert you to anything I find in the future.
    I am DONE WITH YOUR SITE!!!!!.

    • Steve Pinski says

      First, of course I’ll post your comment. I post 99.99% of them that aren’t spam. Second, about the SavingStar issue…Just the other day they didn’t award me credit on a deal I did with a coupon at Publix (Dial Bar Soaps two days ago), so it is possible you won’t get the rebate if you use a coupon. Only the automatic stores tied to a loyalty card (like CVS) trigger on every deal, even when a coupon is used. For the Dial deal, my total wasn’t even zero; it was part of a large transaction. If I say that they will definitely get credit and then someone doesn’t get the rebate, I’m the bad guy. I think it’s wise to exercise caution and explain that there’s a coupon available but using it comes with some risk. As for this deal…it wasn’t your deal. This was a Target deal and I only wrote it up because I found a clearance at my store. Of course I will give you credit if/when I write up the Walmart version of the same deal. All of that said, if you are done using my FREE site because you are upset, that’s fine by me. Quite frankly, the coupon business is dying anyways and whether it dies one visitor sooner isn’t a big deal 😉

      • Steve, first I want to tell you how much I love your site. I never go shopping without checking it first! But I’m curious about something….why do you say the coupon business is dying? What do you think will replace it? Thanks!

        • Steve Pinski says

          Thanks, Roxanne. The business of printable coupons is dying, and that’s most of the money we make. Everything is moving towards a system of digital coupons and rebates. Eventually, almost all the coupons will be “load to card” type coupons (like the digital coupon sites for stores like Publix, Kroger and Walgreens) and instant rebates (like Ibotta/Checkout51.)

          • If you do not get a credit at SStar, all you have to do is submit it again and you should get credit for it. That happened to me with Progresso. I bought 2 bread crumbs and it showed it triggered both rebates, .75/1 and 1.00/2. The 75/1 was credited but the 1.00/2 was not, so I just submitted my receipt again and received the 1.00/2.

          • Steve Pinski says

            Thanks for the tip.

  2. Wow Donna, you need a drink and fast. These people are here to help others. Are you that petty to have to be patted on the back? Geez…i marvel at these guys and gals that do this stuff. Im still learning but I pay close attention. I love this site and the people who run it and frequent it. And Steve, we won’t let couponing die!!!! NONONO….lol I think you all do a tremedous job here for us. I know its alot of work. You all need to be the ones getting kudos. God bless!!

    • Steve Pinski says

      Thanks for the kind words. I should have been a little clearer. The business of making money from printable coupons is dying. Unfortunately, that’s about 60% of the revenue the site makes (and shrinking fast.) And FYI – I appreciate all you guys, even cranky Donna 😉

      • Well Karen, for your information it was my friend who brought it to my attention how I posted the Schwarzkopf color deal on his site and then he just happened to come up with the Target deal. And Yes, credit should be given to those who find deals and share them with others. I have been doing this for a long time, the majority of it on my own without sites like this to guide me and it takes a lot of work. But unlike this site and ones like it, I am NOT being paid to do it. Of course you may think he is doing this out of the goodness of his heart to help others and I’m sure he probably does like helping others but he is also getting paid, every time you click one of his links plus by the advertisers. I know someone who runs a site like this and he is paid too. So I think YOU should be the one to take a drink because CRANKY Donna, as Steve called me, was not asking for your opinion.

        • Steve Pinski says

          That is correct. I do get paid…less and less every month. Thank you for the deal, Donna. I posted the Walmart deal yesterday and you did, in fact, get credited for the tip.