I feel like I have mastered the CVS Drugstore Game and I am ready to tackle something new. Yesterday I got my first rebate back from Walgreens on a refillable gift card. Apparently, if you have all your rebates put back on this card, you will receive the rebate plus 10%. Walgreens has Easysaver Catalogs that you can pick up when you walk in the store. In them are coupons and rebate information for that month. For the last couple of days of each month, the ending month and the beginning month catalogs are both valid (currently August 29th & 30th). Thus, you can use coupons from the August Catalog toward September's rebates, aka double dipping. Who knows why Walgreens does this but they do. So if Walgreens has a rebate that is the price of an item (making it ultimately free), you can use either (or both) a manufacturer's coupon or a Walgreen's coupon to reduce the paid price. However, the rebate will be for the full price, thus you make money. See Deal Seeking Mom for a complete list of rebates. I have noticed that these items run out quickly so if you plan to do any of these, you may want to get up bright and early and go to Walgreens in the morning. So here is my scenario (including a small money maker product to offset rebate items). If all goes as planned (and it never does), I will have spent $28.61 plus tax (and $5 in previous rebate $) and will get back $46.33 (42.12 plus 10%) to spend on next month's rebate products. Not as fun as the instant gratification that you get at CVS, but once you get the Walgreens gift card rolling, it could be fun. Click to enlarge.
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