A lot of bloggers have discovered the wonders of drug store deals. I’ve been privy on this “secret” since October, and I think I finally have a favorite place to get my deals. I know I’m one of the lucky ones–I live close to a CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
To maximize my freebies, I tend to go to all three chains, though not every week.
My favorite drugstore is Rite Aid. It’s deals are the simplest: You look in the sales flier to see which items are free (or almost free) after rebate. The ad typically mentions that there’s a manufacturer’s coupon available for some of those products as well!
I like how I can enter my sales receipts online instead of having to mess with mailing them in. Everything is usually in stock when I visit the store.
And, since their system is pretty easy–rebate only, no extra bucks or register rewards–I find that checking out is the most hassle-free. I only mess with manufacturer’s coupons, not store coupons.
So, while better deals can often be had at Walgreens and CVS, I choose Rite Aid as my favorite because it’s the most straight-forward.
When I go to Walgreens, I never mess with “register rewards” deals. I stick to what’s free after rebate and I tend to leave it at that. I like how my rebate is put on a store gift card, so I can use that money to buy other necessities.
I have had problems checking out at Walgreens from time to time, such as when I have store coupons or if my total comes out to being $0.00.
For whatever reason, disgruntled Walgreens employees e-mail me and yell at me. An example of one:
“Just so you know, I am being FIRED from my job as an assistant manager at Walgreens because of customers like you and all the others on your site, the company believes what you are doing is ripping them off, and I am being accussed of coupon FRAUD because of one of you coupon clubbers scamming us into basically giving you stuff for free.
So, next time you think you are saving yourself a dollar or two, think of the persons career you might be ruining, not to mention their life. I am very ill, and need my medical insurance that I will NOT have any longer because I GAVE in to a customer complaining til I let them have it.”
OK? Please, if you’re a Walgreens employee, don’t e-mail me to gripe about it. I can’t help you.
CVS is probably the best drug store for getting deals on a variety of things. Since you can use your earned Extra Care Bucks on just about anything in the store, you can really stretch your budget with them. I like the deals there and I rarely have trouble with them, but I do find that my area CVS stores run out of those hot items rather quickly. And, they take the most time to plan.
Which are your favorite drug stores?