Getting prescriptions filled is kind of a love-hate thing for me. I am not happy that one of my kids (or myself or my husband) needs a prescription because that usually means they are sick. HOWEVER, I do get very excited about the fact that I can turn that prescription into money! I have posted before about how you can get a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription or bringing a new one in. Go here for the details on how you do it. I know that QFC and Fred Meyer often have promotions like this as well. I choose Albertson's because normally I would use the gift card for when "Twice the Value" coupons came out so I could stretch it the furthest.
Today I had to go fill a prescription for one of my sons. Of course I brought with me one of the coupons for a $25 gift card when you fill a new prescription. The cost of the prescription out of pocket for me was $8.65. Then I got the gift card for $25, making this transaction a $16.35 MONEY MAKER!
Albertson's is having a baby event this week where if you spend $30 in participating products, you get a $10 catalina. So, I bought a big box of Huggies diapers (size 3, 96 count) and a jumbo pack of Huggies diapers (size 3, 36 count)
Huggies big box (size 3, 96 count), on sale for $19.99
-$3/1 coupon here
Huggies jumbo pack (size 3, 36 count), on sale for $9.99
-$3/1 coupon here
Gerber 2nd foods, on sale for $0.99
Total (before tax) $30.97
-$25 gift card
Total OOP $2.58!!
Got a $10 catalina
I could have gotten these for FREE if I would have gotten 3 jumbo packs (because I could have used three $3/1 coupons instead of just two) instead of the box and one jumbo pack. However, I did end up getting 24 more diapers doing it this was, so I figured it was worth the $2.58 I had to pay (that is like at least 2 days of diapers!!).
I also needed some Easter stuff and figured that it was worth saving the hassle to just "pay" a little bit more here (rather than go to the dollar store). So, with the $10 catalina I got:
2 Egg Dye Kits, on sale for $1.79 each
5 Filler Eggs, on sale for $1 each
Pirates of the Caribbean toy, on clearance for $1.50
My son has been wanting this toy for MONTHS since we saw it in the clearance bin at Albertsons. I was so surprised they still had it!! AND it was marked down from $5.99 to $1.50. I figured he has put up with enough of my crazy shopping trips (and heard, "No, it isn't on sale and we don't have a coupon for it," more times that he can count!) to deserve a little treat. :)
Total (before tax) $0.08
Total OOP $0.09!!
Overall, I spent $11.32 OOP on all of this (including the prescription that I was going to have to get regardless) and saved $50.84!! :) AND I only brought 3 coupons with me to the store (which took me like less than 5 minutes to find, print, and clip)!!
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