Walgreens Breakeven Coupon Thank You Roundup

Last week, I bought something from Walgreens, and updated my Walgreens club information. In addition to my receipt, I also received a $5 off coupon my next purchase of $20 or more in the next two days. Genius. I went home, made a shopping list, and checked it twice. I’m going back in.

I buzzed around the store and stocked up on my $20 worth of goods. With taxes, my total came out to be a little over $22. I politely handed over my five dollar coupon and saw the cashier ringing out my new total as 17 dollars and change. I was happy as a clam. Why are clams so happy?

Anyway, after the euphoria wore off, I dug a little deeper. I had two items that could actually be cheaper at more specialized stores. I bought some oil because my door was squeaking. I also bought some scotch tape on sale. The 3 in 1 oil was $4.49. The scotch tape was on sale. Buy one get one free for $4.19. I checked Home Depot and was shocked to see the same 3 in 1 oil for $2.98. At Office Depot, their Scotch tape was $1.56. In the end, I only saved about $2.50. I’m sure if I took the time to go to the other items, my savings would shrink even more.

Kudos to Walgreens for making me feel ecstatic about saving $5 off of a $20 purchase. But since their items were marked up to begin with, I pretty much broke even. If you take the time to buy all clearance and on sale items, I’m sure you can stretch that $5  coupon even more. No free lunches?

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6 Responses

  1. Money Beagle says:

    I go to Walgreen’s more frequently than other drugstores, and I’ve gotten pretty good at recognizing and avoiding what products are marked up that high (most of them) and which ones are actually deals. They have pretty good weekly specials that you can actually save some money on, but whether you could piece together twenty bucks worth, I’m not sure.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      You sound like a Walgreen’s veteran MB! Do you also rack up club points too or is that another store? So confused. Funny, $20 isn’t a lot, but to specifically target clearance or sale items, it is actually a hard number to reach.

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    They’ll eventually catch you one way or another. I find that there are sometimes excellent deals at Walgreen’s but over all the best prices are at Walmart. It’s all an evil corporate conspiracy I’m sure.

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  3. Ha! I’m always skeptical of those Walgreens & CVS coupons/deals–a lot of them seem too good to be true if they aren’t for toiletries or medicine!

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