Some Great Walgreen’s EasySaver Deals This Month

by Kevin on September 6, 2008

I was up early this morning with the puppy. We went for a jog in a downpour because she needed the exercise. After we got back and I dried off, I was wide awake. Might as well get to work on my day even though it was still pretty early.

I sat down at the computer to look up the best deals for Publix and Walgreen’s. Publix sends out a flyer every week with all of their deals and discounts. We primarily look for BOGOs (Buy One Get One Free), but if you keep your eye out for more subtle discounts that can help. For example, boneless skinless chicken breasts are $2.49/lb. That could be a savings of up to $2 per pound — pretty significant for us because we eat a lot of chicken. I use the Hot Coupon World forum to find coupons to match with the deals in Publix’s ad.

I also checked out Coupons.com to see if there are any extra coupons that we might not use this week, but sometime in the future. We found quite a few — another $1 off Pert coupon for example.

The real reason I was inspired to write this post is Walgreen’s. I’ve written about the EasySaver program in the past. To catch those of you who missed those posts up: you sign up online, and each month they have a catalog (online and in-store) that has coupons for products. There are also products that have Walgreen’s rebates on them — meaning you turn in the receipt online, and they will credit a Walgreen’s gift card for the amount plus ten percent. There is a section in the middle with products that are free after rebate — which is huge if there are products you would buy and use regardless of them being free.

A Big Month for Us at Walgreen’s

This is what we’re going to buy this month from Walgreen’s, and how much money after the rebates and tax, we should receive back:

  • Excedrin gelcaps 20 pack – $3.99
  • Nivea for Men body wash – $4.99
  • Crest ProHealth toothpaste (4.2 oz.) – $3.79
  • Revlon Nail Color – $4.79
  • Walgreen’s water filter replacement – $6.99
    • Sub-total: $24.55
    • Tax: $1.23
    • Total: $25.78
    • Rebates: $24.55
    • 10% Bonus: $2.46
    • Net Rebates: $27.01
      • Total Spent: -$1.23

I’ve had people comment in the past when I type something like this up. “Tell me when you learn how to save 50% on your mortgage or utility bill”, they say. I figure if I can get a bunch of products we would have used anyways — and would have cost more than $20 if I bought them without coupons — and get them for free — and make $1.23 doing it… how is that bad?

I’d love to save 50% on our electric bill, don’t doubt that. Yet I still value opportunities like this.

Money saved is money saved, no matter where or how you save it.

{ 5 comments }

LivingAlmostLarge September 6, 2008 at 5:29 pm

You could be saving way more if you used coupons. I already did the deals for nivea, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. And sure it’s not a huge savings, but I take savings here and there.

My thing is that big ticket items are the budget busters, these are the budget savers.

Janice September 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

To cut your mortgage in half… don’t buy a McMansion – downsize – snowflake (using the monies you save using coupons and rebates).

To cut your utilities in half – caulk, layer clothing in the winter – run around half dressed in the summer – use fans – use CFL bulbs (they really work), etc.

In other words – get mad and get serious.

We are down to the house payment for debt, and are making what equals another monthly payment on the principal (matching whatever we paid on the principal that month). In reality – I have a “thing” about round numbers – so am rounding the mortgage to the closest $500 or $1000 AFTER I match the principal payment. Down to $53K this month – can see the end of the rainbow – WOO HOO!

Kevin September 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm

@LAL: Do you still have the link for the Nivea? Our closest store was sold out so I was going to try elsewhere.

@Janice: It’s hard to downsize in this market, and that’s not an immediate fix. There aren’t coupons for your mortgage 🙂

We do run around “nekkid” in the summer and keep the thermostat at 78 degrees. We’ll do the opposite in the winter and keep the thermostat low — probably around 67 or 68 — and layers you mention. We use fans and CFLs, too. Wasn’t sure if your comment was pointed at me or just in general.

Congrats on the progress with your finances!

Laura September 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I really like the Walgreens EasySaver program. I’ve had friends laugh at me for doing it, but I never pay for toothpaste or shampoo or other essentials because I have a stock of ones I’ve gotten for free. What I need to get better at is applying coupons on top of the rebates to make money on the deal!

Start-Up September 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm

You mentioned posting about the EasySaver deals previously. Do you have a link for this post? I’m all about getting stuff for free with an additional amount cash back.

If you use coupons on top of these deals you can get even more money back? Is that right?

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