Brace yourself for a long post!
I don’t think I did too well at the Wal-greens RR my first time around.
First try: I pleasantly shopped my cart around Wal-greens with my P&G product listing and coupons in hand. I grabbed 9 P&G low cost items and 2 packs of cookies and headed for the cashier. Everything was going well until….I only got $7 RR back. Three of that was for the cookies. I explained that something was wrong and opened up the paper to show I should of gotten $20 back in RR. Manager #1 came over and thought he might could just print me out the missing amount. Manager #2 came over and said “you can’t combine with the coupons.” I stood my ground and explained that, yes in fact you could use the coupons and still get the RRs back. Manager #2 didn’t have patience. I voided my transaction and left the store scratching my head, “what did I do wrong?”
On my way home I stopped at another Wal-greens. With my list in hand, I picked up, again, my 9 P&G items and checked out. This time it only printed $10 in RRs. I pulled out the flier and the manager reviewed. It’s not on all P&G products (my mistake) it is only for specific P&G products. He gave me the already printed $10 RR just for my trouble. Okay – I went through the store and got more toothpaste – 6 total 2/$5 with a 3/$3 off coupon which was good for $9.00 off. Then I picked up some Cascade that was on sale with a 1/$1 coupon. I needed two more items. I looked through the flyer and there wasn’t anything else I needed. I didn’t need febreze or swifter items and the toothpaste was all gone. I looked at the free after rebates – nothing I needed. In a panic I grabbed deodorant that was not on sale nor did I have a coupon. I just couldn’t concentrate. So my deodorant cost way too much – about $10 though the Secret did have an extra bonus little sample size for my purse. I spent $18 to get 20 RR – that didn’t seem like a good transaction.
However, I actually got $30 RR for my $18 of products.
Now I have a total of $36 RR.
Huggies are on sale for $9.47. Which, honestly, is not a sale for me when I normally use Parent Choice Diapers from Wal-mart for $13.93 getting 103 diapers. I have a $5 rebate I could use if I bought three packages. So I bought three thinking I could use the $30 RR. I could only use $20 RR. I ended up paying $11.10 for the three packages. I will get $5 back spending $6.10 which comes out to .06 a diaper! And wouldn’t you know it, I got home and had 2 $1.50 coupons in my mail box. I could repeat and get 9 toothpaste, get $20 RR – buy three more packs and pay $5.41. I couldn’t use the rebate twice (but yes I could – I could use my husbands name and home address on one form and my name and work address on the second one) and get them for .41 cents. Do you think I should try it? I just read the fine print on the rebate and it doesn’t say “one per a household”, it does say “while supplies last”. Gamble? I spent a total of $24.10 after rebate, earning $30 – buying 3 packages of diapers, 6 tubes of toothpaste, Cascade and 2 deodorant.
I’m not really happy with that. I have $16 in RR left. Here is my plan.
Go back and get 8 (total of 16 cause it’s two to a package) Gerber baby jar foods which are 8/$10 using two $2 coupons bringing it down to $6. Then buy the two packs of cookies for $5. Use a $10 RR and only pay $1.50 plus tax and get get $3 in RR back. So would you consider I made a profit of $1.50?
Save my, now, $9 RR for other weeks in May.
If they had more Crest toothpaste I would have been so much lower – panic struck.
Here is what I learned.
The deal is not for any P&G items, only specific ones.
You can not use more than one RR per transaction. However, when you buy the 9 P&G products and you get 2 $10 RR – you can use those in one transaction. They have to print from the same deal. **Updated – you can use more than one RR – the transaction has to equal the purchase price.
Be smart – save some RR for the next few weeks before the expire and try to get other good deals for free! In the long run, my $24.10 will pay off – right???