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The Newspaper Coupon Contest is Over (I think)

June 6th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

OK, this past Sunday marked Week 2 of my Newspaper Coupon Contest. I think it's over, and if so, that means JustErica was right!

But I'm not sure I'm doing it right. In the Sunday circulars, I clipped a coupon for a bottle of fish oil, on sale for $10, plus you get $10 in Reward points.

Being out of work, i wouldn't normally be buying fish oil (it's not on the "permitted" list), but i bought it today since I'd get $10 in "cash" to spend at Walgreens. So it would appear I already paid for the newspaper subscription ($10 for the year) by getting the $10 in Walgreen's "cash."

But wait. I'm reading the coupon and it says, "Save $10 off your next in-store purchase over the value of coupon." So umm, does that mean I have to first spend $10 and then I get to apply the coupon for the next $10? For example, buy a $20 item and get it for $10?

Or does it just mean that I can buy a $10 item for free? I'm confused! (doesn't take much) Could someone who knows how Walgreen's rewards work please explain?

If it means I have to spend an extra $10 just to be able to use the $10 in savings, I don't consider that much of a deal at all, because it's making me spend in order to "save."

Today was a longish day. Left the house at 9:45 am and got to Yale for a 2-hour series of mostly computer exercises on my emotions and how I handle them. Walked out with $50 traveler's check (I guess they don't like to keep cash there), so net of gas to get there and feeding the meter, I netted about $40.

Stopped at Big Lots on way home but didn't buy anything cus I didn't think the prices were anything special and they didn't have Pepperidge Farm bread there. "Treated" myself at McDonald's cus i was starving. Passed a gas station with gas at $3.95 a gallon and I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED TO FILL UP, BUT DIDN'T. Dumb. Prices back home are about $4.16 a gallon.

Arrived at new riverwalk and killed an hour in oven-like car waiting for my friend Ron to show at appointed time, getting way more sun than I am used to getting. We did a shortish walk on a nice enough, paved urban-style river trail (aka "gritty"), but i did learn where a boat ramp is where I could put my kayak in. It's in a little bit of a down at the heels town, but he thinks it's safe enough in the daytime.

We drove around a little where he showed me various things, since this is near where he lives, then I headed home a different way and hit 2 different Walgreen's I passed by.

4 Responses to “The Newspaper Coupon Contest is Over (I think)”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    If I am reading it correctly, I believe the item at Walgreens has to cost more than $10.00 to use the coupon. Even it is just $10.05, I believe you can use it. Also, Walgreens will allow you to use one of their in store coupons in combination with a manufacturer coupon. I actually find the coupon section in my local paper to be mostly useful. I get really good deals at www dot couponkutters dot com for around $.01 a coupon plus whatever they calculate the postage to be. Pretty sweet.

  2. librarylady Says:

    Just watch the expiraton date on the Walgreen's coupon. I get so mad when I let one expire. They don't last very long.

  3. retire@50 Says:

    go here for how to shop at Walgreens

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    good job on the coupon shopping

  4. patientsaver Says:

    Thanks, retire@50...I've read it and have bookmarked the page, since i'm sure i'll be referencing it again.

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