Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Walgreens, will there be more mail in rebates?

I noticed in this week's Walgreen's ad there were three items that instead of getting your money back in register rewards, they were mail-in rebates.  Same concept, right?  Free.  Your money back. 

Actually yes and no.  First off, you have to mail in the form to get your money back.   And you either have to make photocopies of the recipt OR buy them on seperate orders.  How many will not do this?  It's been over 48 hours and I still haven't done mine.  But I don't want to miss out on $6.  I'm afraid this might be a trend coming in Walgreens savings, but I guess only time will tell.  Even so, it's still free, just a little more work.

My Walgreens trips have been good lately, but nothing to blog about.  My favorite cashier is always impressed with my savings.  This week, though I only had $2 in Register Rewards to start my savings, and no coupons.

For $13.70 I got a bottle of "Chestal" (cough syrup), a tube of sensitive toothpaste (that's expensive and hard to find free, and I use that once a day), and a box of Contact cold medicine.  I received $9.50 in Register Rewards, and a $5 mail in refund.  So, not bad at all.  I'm wanting to go back and repeat this order tomorrow minus the cough syrup as it's limited to one per household.  (Hmmm, a way to keep us from getting lots of items?  I hope this isn't a trend.)

Back in the early days of the Internet, I can't remember the deal I did but I can remember I had tons of free medicines for cold, flu, and allergies.  In fact, so much I never used them all. I saw one bottle of cough syrup recently from a now defunct online drugstore and it had an expiration date of last century on it!  So my goal is before cold and flu season hits to get enough cold medicine as well as cough syrup to last this season.  (I noticed on an allergy medicine tonight it had a 2003 exp. date so I think I really need to go through all the meds here at the house!)

I will admit it is nice to be able to just go into the pantry when I'm not feeling well and find something to take and not have to think about going out somewhere to buy something to help make me feel better.  Even nicer when it's free.

So, I'll be stopping at Walgreen's tomorrow and hopefully repeat my  Contact, and toothpaste buying.  Of course I can't use any register rewards I earned already without splitting it into different orders, but that's okay.  I like the thought of basically getting it free.  (Even if I do have to mail in the form, the proof of purchase from the box, and the cash register tape.)

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