This past weekend proved that you should never underestimate those little slips you get at Walgreens checkout – or those virtual coupons.
I’ve been getting “7000 bonus points when you spend $25+” the last few times I checked out. That’s equivalent to a $7 bonus!
I waited until the 25% weekend sale started Friday, then I bought six packages of toilet paper (because we’re almost out and I’m addicted to having a cache of “bath tissue” as Walgreens euphemistically calls it).
Thanks to the 25% off, I got those six packages – roughly three months’ worth – for $27 before tax. And I got 7,000 points. But wait, it gets better.
I had also clipped a virtual coupon offering the same 7,000 point offer to my Balance Rewards card. I assumed it was the same offer, but I wanted it on the card just in case I forgot the slip of paper.
I think you can see where this is going.
Whether it was a glitch or the two really were considered separate offers, I got both 7,000-point offers applied. So I got the equivalent of $14 back on a $27 purchase.
But I wasn’t done yet.
Walgreens also had a 7,000-point offer when you spent $20+ in beauty, and I was running low on a couple of items. So I went online and picked up a few items.
I was nearly out of foundation and a concealer is starting to run low. I got $2 off the foundation with an online coupon, and, since the concealer was the same brand as the foundation, I got 50% off. Because of that they only added up to $13, so I went around the house looking for other things that might be running low.
I settled on Cetaphil, since it’s down to about a third of the bottle. Granted, that third might last another couple of months yet, but it will run out. Meanwhile, there was a $2 off virtual coupon and I got 25% off thanks to the weekend sale.
The Cetaphil put the total up to $24.16, enough to get the 7,000-point reward.
So all in all, I spent $51.16 and got 21,510 points back. That pushed me from having a $10 reward, with 2,000ish to spare, to having a $35 reward with 3,000ish to spare. One more 7,000-point offer will put us squarely at the $50 reward mark! All of this on things we need to buy anyway.
The moral of the story is this: Save those register offers and always check the Walgreens virtual coupons for similar deals. You could end up saving big too.
Anyone else a big fan of Balance Rewards? Anyone take advantage of the 25% off weekend sale?