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Toiletry Purchases

February 15th, 2020 at 04:08 pm

Walgreens just totally blew my mind.

I think because we have a Walgreens very close to our home (really the only store within reasonable walking distance), I've just always gone there for convenience. It's not like it's a big deal to stop by on the way home and pick up a couple of things. (Though I otherwise tend to spend about -0- hours of my time "running errands").

I had an email today about a Walgreens coupon. I know I needed to pick up some feminine products and I had so many coupons at this point I just started throwing them in an online cart to see how the coupons sorted out.

Well, it sorted out to saving about $15. With FREE shipping. What!?

Once I applied all the coupons, it wasn't free (shipping) any longer, but I knew I needed some deoderant and could restock the toothpaste, so I picked up a few more "needs". The total savings ended up being $18 between sales and coupons. With free shipping.

MH already nagged me about carbon footprint, yadda yadda. I honestly don't give a flip. But it's probably rare that I will ever stock up on so much stuff anyway. For this order, I most definitely don't give a flip.

We don't buy anything in "bulk", but I will generally purchase two of every toiletry item just to lessen my trips to the store. (Buying two of everything and using sparingly, this might only mean one store visit every 6 months, if that even).

This probably explains why I have never been more strategic in this area. The other reason is my feminine product spending has always been very low. The exception has been since around 2017 when my hormones went whacked. Now I buy a *lot* of feminine products. Or at least a lot compared to any frame of reference that I have. It's probably wise to shop more carefully with coupons and so on. This just happened during a (rare) more high income time in my life so I haven't really bothered. But today Walgreens blew my mind and I feel silly for not doing this all along. (I look up coupons sometimes and stock up when there's deals, but clearly I could be doing better with this and all of our toiletry purchases).

Walgreens also makes it *so easy* to use manufacturer coupons online.

2 Responses to “Toiletry Purchases”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:

    I am a dedicated CVS shopper. Where I live, the only easily accessible grocery store is Whole Foods, so I buy some food items, like cereal, dried fruit, nuts, canned soup, peanut butter, crackers, pasta sauce at CVS. Plus household items. They track for you, anfpd I saved $1700 last year between coupons and rewards. And it isn’t that things are overpriced - I pay $.50 for a tube of toothpaste, $1.00 for laundry detergent.

    I don’t have access to a Sam’s, Costco, or Walmart, which may be cheaper, but there is just me so buying in bulk isn’t that great an option anyway. I only buy what I actually use, so even though they have good deals on makeup, I don’t buy that.

    CVS has a new program where I paid $48 for a year and I get $10 per month credit plus free shipping n most items. With careful use of coupons, they are almost paying me to shop at their site...

    I see people throw their receipts with ‘extra bucks’ away - it’s like putting dollar bills in the trash.

    Plus I enjoy ‘the hunt’ so this doubles as entertainment!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Good job on saving so much. We play the game each month for certain things. Our Walgreens has "senior day" the first Tuesday of the month and we buy items then that are hardly ever on sale and get 20% off. It is for folks 55 or older. I wrote a company for some coupons for DH's deodorant and paired that with the 20% for a decent deal one month. We don't buy in bulk either, so we figure we are saving money that way. Plus, we get the balance award points and I try to save them up to help with bigger purchases on items.

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