Jan 04 2008

How much do you do the drugstores?

When I discovered the amazing savings to be had at CVS a few months ago (and then I discovered Rite Aid and Walgreens short after), I was so excited to shop there for my toiletries and household goods.

In the past, I’ve blogged about my savings there, but I’m wondering:

Is it relevant to you?

Do you shop at those drug stores? Do you actively try to use store deals and coupons to get free or almost free items?

How important are these drugstores to your overall household budget?

20 Responses to “How much do you do the drugstores?”

  1. Yes, they’re relevant to me. I shop at Walgreens and Rite Aid lots for free or almost free stuff. My household budget would be definitely much higher if I don’t ‘do’ the drugstore deals. It’s awesome to get lotions, soaps, and shampoos for free!

  2. I enjoy reading about your drugstore trips and I find the info very relevant!! Please keep up the good work!

  3. I enjoy reading about your trips too. I discovered them about the same time you did and have a blast strething our budget there and getting all sort of things we need or can give away! Keep posting on it as far as I’m concerned! :)

  4. I only shop for what I need and what I’m going to use. I’m single, and there is no need for me to have a stock of 6 tubes of toothpaste or a large stock of anything really just cause I can get it for free or earn extra care bucks. I enjoy reading your passion filled blog, but I have to say, I find certain elements wasteful. I think this was when you started, you bought a blood monitor with a coupon for the price of the monitor making it free and earning yourself 20 extra care buck. Woo that’s great! But what did you do with the monitor? is it junk now? I happened to be in CVS and thought I might pick one up for my dad, who does need one, and bonus for me if I made out on the deal. They were however sold out. I couldn’t help thinking that maybe there was someone in true need of that monitor who now can’t afford one because the good deal was swiped by someone who just wanted to bank the extra bucks and that desperately needed item is now sitting in someones junk draw. I buy what I need when I need it with the best possible deal out there.

  5. Amy–

    You’re exactly right. When I first started CVSing, I was being wasteful without intending to be. It was neat to get free things, but unless I really needed them, what’s the point?

    I’m adjusting my drugstore deals to buying things me and my family can use in the near future.

    In fact, I hardly go to CVS anymore–now it’s about once per month or so. Same for the other drugstores.

    No more blood glucose monitors for me, and the one I bought, I’m taking that to a crisis pregnancy center along with some extra toiletries.

    I get frustrated when the things I want to buy are sold out, so I only take a reasonable amount.

    Thanks for commenting!

  6. I find them very relevant. I am only starting to drug store shop. We don’t have a CVS near us, but we do have Rite Aid and yours was the first blog I found that really explained Rite Aid to me.

    The things that we get that we don’t “need” are donated. I don’t think it’s wasteful at all if the items are given to someone in need. A glucose monitor would probably be really prized at a senior citizen home or a local free medical clinic. I’ve donated diapers to a crisis pregnancy center before and formula to our local food pantry. It doesn’t have to be wasteful.

    I only recently (last week I think) found your blog and I think you’re doing a great job.

  7. Absolutely relevant! I’ve been using Walgreens for a very long time to stock up on basic essentials for my household (family of 4 at first, then 3). It’s a great help not to have to pay out of pocket for toothpastes, toothbrushes, shampoos, conditioners, and sometimes razors. It’s even better when bloggers like you point out deals that I hadn’t time to notice or find, and it helps a great deal. Budgets are always tight, and these little things make a big difference to my bottom line.

  8. You do a very good job on keeping everyone updated on all the great deals at the drugstores. I also see it as beneficial to dontate items that you might not use but can get for free. Our school or church is always asking for donations for the food pantry or the womens crisis center. I always donate more than the free stuff, but would not be able to donate so much if i did not get some of it for little or nothing. Please keep up with sharing of the deals.

  9. I do quite a bit of my shopping at Walgreens. In fact, I rarely go to Wal-Mart, because the “good deals” I used to find there aren’t good deals when I can get similar items for free. I’m also very grateful, because it provides me the privilege of having some things I simply wouldn’t be able to afford at normal prices.

  10. Personally I don’t visit the drug stores as much as many people do, however I do find the content pertaining to them relevant. The main reason I don’t do the drugstores very much, is that I don’t want to buy what I don’t need and I honestly don’t need very much. I find that many times the generic brand of certain items are cheaper than the name brand even with the coupons anyway. But if I can buy stuff I need for free then I am all for it!! :)

  11. I agree, the topic is completely relevant. I am a convert to the drugstore deals too. No more spending money on hba items.

  12. I LOVE reading about the drugstores! I mainly go to CVS (just did the Pepsi and the Soy Joy deals!) but if there is something I really want/need at Rite Aid or Walgreen, I will go there as well.

    Things that I get in abundance that I don’t need or use (which isn’t much, seeing as I have three kids and a husband and we are always in need of extra toothpaste or shampoo) goes to a friend in need or to the crisis pregnancy center.

    I got enough shampoo, mouthwash, feminine products, toothpaste, deoderant, etc. in October ’06 that I am STILL using it! There was no limit back then, if you can believe that!

    Keep on posting!


  13. I love the articles about the drugstores. I just started CVS-ing. It really helps when bloggers like you take the time to share the good deals that I don’t have the time to find. I go for what I need if it’s on sale – not because I’m getting it for free. Keep ’em coming!!

  14. Keep up the great work!

    Its a blessing to be able to help people who dont have the time to figure out what and where the deals are to be able to lower their household budget.

    And I ditto everyone else about being able to give to someone who needs it.

    I am going to be posting a few ideas on great ways to help others when you have more than you need!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  15. I love reading about your drugstore deals. I am a SAHM of 4 and I often miss some of these deals if I don’t read about it on someone’s blog. And let me tell ya, with 6 of us in the family we can go thru the drugstore items in a hurry!

    I know a lot of people donate their overstock of free items and that is SUPER and I plan on doing so this year, but I thought I’d share with you what my MIL does. She has 4 children, 4 children-in-laws, and 10 grandchildren. For Christmas she fills stockings with things like soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, razors, etc. Everyone loves it!The kids get pens, note pads, pencils, crayons etc. as well. I’m the only one that coupons so the others are thrilled with getting these items as gifts. This year along with the stockings, she filled huge boxes with household items and medicine that she knows the person can use.

    I “stole” her idea this year and made “goodie” bags for my brother, his wife, my grandmother and my uncle. Each gift was overflowing with useful (and none of it was more clutter to add to their lives) items and each bag was $3 or less. It was a big help with my budget and a very nice gift!

    Not everyone coupons like many of us and we can bless lots of people with our savings!

    I do agree about the blood gluclose monitors. I see people posting about these all the time and it just doesn’t add up to me. Yes you’re getting back the $$ you spent, but why spend it to begin with if you don’t need it?

    It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of saving, but it’s only a savings if you or someone you know can use it.

    Thanks for your hard work. I really enjoy your blog and I’m learning lots about money and saving from you.

  16. My store of choice is CVS because I just think their ECB program is easier & less time-consuming for my health.

    I agree with your stance on being more “simple”. I think some people hoard too much HBA stuff just because it’s low-cost or free. There’s also those that will clear off the shelves so there’s nothing left for others, or they complain because they have to pay $1 or more out-of-pocket (geesh, how cheap). It’s nice to hear of those who donate their extra, although I’m not sure that’s the norm. I am glad that CVS puts limits on their ECB items now. It gives everyone a better chance at getting something which is more fair.

    Since I’ve been hitting some deals the last few months we don’t need much, so my visits have been few. My goal this year is using up what we already have vs buying more because it’s a good deal. Bargains are helpful, but there should be a healthy balance with it all.

  17. Yes… Your posts on what is available are very helpful. I have a CVS near me but I don’t get their weekly flyer. I also have a Rite Aid and sometimes overlook the deals when I go through the flier. Thanks!

  18. Jessica,
    Just to let you know you can view the weekly CVS flyer by going to cvs.com if you need to for any reason. Just type in your zip code I believe.

  19. Sorry, forgot to add it can also be mailed to you each week if you sign up for it.

  20. I just got into CVSing this fall, and as a stay at home mom, it’s really helped out my budget. I’m able to get gallons of milk, diapers, and necessary toiletries at huge savings.

    I appreciate the deal info I’m able to pick up on websites from the hard work you gals do.


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