Walgreens 5/19 (Steve) – $7.57 PROFIT on $119.35 of Merchandise (106.3% Saved)


I had a phenomenal trip to Walgreens today! I did hit a minor snag, but I have a friendly cosmetics cashier that made everything run smooth. I had four newspaper coupons for Complete Multipurpose Solution and four printable coupons for Revitalens Blink Multipurpose Solution. The register took one newspaper coupon and beeped on everything else. My cashier put through the other seven coupons manually at the end.

Also, keep in mind that my Complete/Blink deal could be a little better than yours for a few reasons. First, this store had lower prices on these items than some of the stores in my area. Second, this store will let me scan the Walgreens store coupon after my other manufacturer’s coupons; if your store insists that you scan the store coupons first, then the price of your second Complete/Blink item in each pair will already be $0 and you won’t be able to use a coupon on the 50% off items.

Also, the BOGO 50% OFF sale on Complete and Blink Revitalens Solution was not tagged at my store, but the items rang up on sale.

I earned 410 Everyday Points and another 1640 bonus points for using the 5x Everyday Points in-ad store coupon on this transaction. Those 2050 points are not listed with the individual items below are are worth $2.05-$2.56 when redeemed (depending on if you redeem them in larger chunks or not.) That $2.56 of extra savings is factored into the final trip stats.

Finally, my Schick/Skintimate purchase pushed me over another $50 of cumulative purchases for the Beauty Enthusiast Club, so I earned an extra 5000 Balance Rewards points for that. Those points are listed in my Schick deal below.

Here’s what I bought, along with the coupons used:

FOUR BLINK REVITALENS MULTIPURPOSE SOLUTION 10 OZ, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $9.79 ($29.36 for four with sale)
Used four $3/1 Blink Revitalens Multipurpose Solution 10 oz or larger printable coupons – FYI all four beeped and had to be entered manually at the end
and used the $5/1 Select Eye Care (including Blink Revitalens 12 oz and Complete 10 oz) Walgreens store coupon, Walgreens May Savings monthly coupon booklet (deducted $19.78; $5 for each full price item and $4.89 for each 50% off item)

FOUR COMPLETE MULTIPURPOSE SOLUTION 12 OZ, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $9.49 ($28.46 for four with sale)
Used four $3/1 Blink Revitalens or Complete Multipurpose Solution coupons, 4/30 SS insert – FYI only one coupon went through and then the others beeped and had to be entered manually at the end
and used the $5/1 Select Eye Care (including Blink Revitalens 12 oz and Complete 10 oz) Walgreens store coupon, Walgreens May Savings monthly coupon booklet (deducted $19.48; $5 for each full price item and $4.74 for each 50% off item)

THREE SKINTIMATE SHAVE GELS, on sale $2.99 (reg. $3.49)
Get 5000 Balance Rewards points (value $5-$6.25) for buying $20 of Schick/Edge/Skintimate
Get 5000 Balance Rewards points (value $5-$6.25) for every $50 Beauty/Personal Care purchased when you join Walgreens Beauty Enthusiast Club (this transaction pushed me over another $50)
Get $1 cashback from Checkout51 for buying three Skintimate (limit 2)
Used two $3/1 Schick Disposable Razors printable coupon (preclipped) or 5/14 SS
and used three $1/1 Skintimate coupons, 5/14 SS insert
Price at Register: $11.95, but earned 10,000 BR points (value up to $12.50) and $1 from Checkout51

TWO NICE! SLIDER BAGS, on sale $0.99 with in-ad store coupon (reg. $2.89)
Used the in-ad store coupon to adjust the price
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.98 (or 99 cents each!)

Those 2050 of Everyday Points and bonus Everyday Points from the in-ad store coupon for 5x Everyday Points with $10+ purchase are included in the final stats below.

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $119.35
Net Price Paid for Everything: FREE + $7.57 PROFIT!
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 106.3%

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  1. think im done with walgreens,,, they dont know the store coupon policy.. cahiers have no clue……its like beating my head off the wall everytime i go there!!

    unless its a one item thing,,,forget it

    • +1 this week I spend more than expected because cashier’s don’t accepted/rejected coupons…

  2. nice job tho!

  3. Steve,
    I have had this problem in Wags often and a wonderful manager/cashier told me how to avoid it. When using more than on of the same coupon, always make sure that the cashier rings the items as individual items instead of ringing them in as 4X one item. The coupons beep because the computer is only seeing on of the items instead of 4. Every since I learned this trick, I haven’t had any more problems at Wags. HTH!

    • melissa lane says

      my items were always rang up individually, and it didn’t matter. If the coupon says one per purchase they will only let me use one. I’ve been able to use more in a transaction if it says limit one per purchase and no more than x in a tranaction, otherwise no go, have to do seperate transactions or not have them take the coupon. Its very frustrating!!

  4. did you use points or cash to pay for this transaction?

    • Steve Pinski says

      Cash and a few Register Rewards. I did not redeem any points. My total was only like $2 plus tax after my two RRs I used to lower my out of pocket.

  5. Walgreens is the WORST place to try to get a bargain. Had one of the worst cashiers EVER to try to do the blink revitalens deal. After having to call the Manger to the register four times because she didn’t know how to manually enter a coupon and having to void the transaction twice, I left the store with nothing. Now I know why I quit shopping at Walgreens years ago and will not be shopping there in the future.

    • Walgreens is challenging. When I started couponing, Walgreens only had Register Rewards. It took me a couple months before I really got the hang of them, but it was easier then than it is now because Walgreens used to have great Register Rewards deals pretty much every week, so I never worried about using them to my advantage within the two-week expiration period.

      Then came Balance Rewards, which has a separate set of (overly complicated) rules. Register Rewards didn’t go away, but the number of them shrank significantly, and we had to learn how to use Register Rewards and points without screwing up the promotions.

      Then came changes to the coupon policy and “upgraded” registers that don’t play nicely with coupon transactions.

      I really have to want a deal badly to head for Walgreens for any transaction that I know will be tricky to get right. It’s okay for simple sales and straightforward deals, but I would guess very few people would choose Walgreens over CVS for promotions involving coupons. I’ve never shopped Rite Aid, so I don’t know how that drug store compares to CVS or Walgreens.