If you've looked around any other couponing blogs, you have probably seen this coupon. It's even available in my sidebar. It's a Friday-Saturday $5 off a purchase of $20 or more at Walgreens. My initial thought was, "Well that means I have to SPEND $15 to save $5."
It's true that $15 must leave my hands, but if all goes as I now have planned, I will get every cent of it back.
Let me explain.
The October EasySaver Catalog (3" x 7" pamphlet you'll find by the ads at the front of the store, take as many as you like) is good through the 25th of the month. The November one is also out and also in effect. Things purchased Saturday (and Friday) can qualify for rebates for both months.
The way Walgreens does store rebates is pretty cool. You register on walgreens.com, put in some details from your receipt(s), and request your rebate. No stamp required! They will either send you a check or you can opt for a Walgreens gift card. If you choose a gift card, they will give you an additional 10% (a $10 rebate will be $11 on a gift card). You can reuse the same gift card each month. They will "reload" it with the next month's rebates, so you don't have to wait for a new one to come in the mail. Pretty cool system.
So, they key is to spend money that you will get right back in a rebate (or Register Rewards, which are printed coupons for a given amount off your next transaction, but I didn't have any of those in my planned transaction).
If something doesn't work out, I can always grab one of the "free after rebate" items so my total is over $20 after coupons and before tax. There are 3 for October and 2 for November. If's it's really close (I imagine I'll be $.02 off) I'll just grab a candy bar.
My total will be just barely over $20, then $5 will be taken off with the coupon up above. I will pay $15 OOP (out of pocket). I will receive $15.40 ($14 + 10% for choosing gift card). We can consider all these goodies FREE!
That's my plan. The only thing I'm a little unsure of is if the M&Ms are really on sale 2/$5. Hopefully everything is stocked. I'll post an update on how it goes!
FYI- You can get the manufacturer coupons I refer to in the spreadsheet here:
Arm & Hammer click on "get coupons"
Air Wick Freshmatic tons of other coupons, too
The M&M coupon for $1 off 2 is found in the October EasySaver catalog.