The first installment of our story time is this awesome extreme couponing trip to Walgreens. This trip took place on 6/18/17 and featured some incredible deals. I got over $237 of stuff for free plus the trip was a small $2.99 moneymaker (not including sales tax.) I don’t have the full breakdown of this trip to Walgreens, because it was lost when we tried to move the site to a new server a few years back. However, I was able to recover the picture from our Facebook page, along with a few details of the trip.
Luckily, there was enough info to do a little story time when combined with my memory of the crazy deal that made it all possible. The picture of my haul is to the right. Also, for some reason I remember doing this trip on my bicycle (in the June Florida heat) and I went to several different stores to get it all done with a trip home in the middle to empty my huge backpack.
I found a copy of the ad scan from that week online and the Fruity Pebbles were on sale for $1.88 with a $1 off two printable coupon, making them $1.38 each. (I love Pebbles Cereal, so I didn’t mind paying that price.) The Olay products were on sale for $4.99 and there was a $12 off three digital coupon, making them $0.99 each!
But what made this trip special were the great deals on Softsoap and BIC.
I can’t seem to figure out what the Softsoap deal was, but it was probably something like $1.99 sale price with 3000 Balance Rewards points (worth $3-$3.75 at that time) for buying two. If that was the case, that made them as low as $0.11 each, even without any coupons. And if there was a coupon for extreme couponing folks like me, they were a moneymaker.
The BIC deal was a glitch monthly deal. I still remember it (but I did confirm the deal on another site before writing this up.) They were offering 3000 Balance Rewards points (value $3-$3.75) for buying two select BIC razors. It was most likely intended to generate the points when you bought two of the regular packages of disposables that were about $7-$10 each, however it was working on the trial size packages of their cheapest razors. I found a site that still has a deals list from that week published and these were priced at 2/$3 in stores and they were generating 3000 Balance Rewards points (value $3-$3.75) for every two you bought. That made them free or a moneymaker – no coupons needed!
In fact, back in these days you could buy two of them for $3 and if you had 3000 points you could redeem them to buy these. You would pay $0 (maybe a little sales tax if applicable) and you’d get 3000 points back on your receipt for buying the razors. Obviously I wasn’t going to use these crappy razors; I donated every last package of them to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.
If you’re curious why I say 3000 points is worth $3-$3.75, that’s because you could choose to redeem your points in larger increments and get a better exchange rate. For example, a redemption of 5000 points was only worth $5 ($1 per 1000), but if you redeemed 40,000 points in a single transaction, you received a discount of $50 ($1.25 per 1000.)
Ready for some more extreme couponing? Check out the next trip in our “Haul of Fame” here (or go back to our main Haul of Fame page to choose another trip.)