Last month, Rite Aid ran many great deals on natural products. If I had paid full retail price for these items, I would have spent $132.65, plus sales tax. By shopping sales, combining store and manufacturer coupons, and submitting single check rebates, I was able to purchase everything above for $4.46, plus sales tax.*
In order to assist you in understanding some of the terms used below:
SCR: Single Check Rebate, I enter my receipts online, and Rite Aid sends me a check the following month.
UP Rewards: These are essentially coupons that print at the bottom of your receipt, they may be used on your next purchase.
BOGO: Buy one, get one free.
- Tom’s of Maine Deodorant: $2.99 ($1.00 manufacturer coupon, $1.00 SCR) = $0.99
- Tom’s of Maine Children’s Toothpaste: $3.49 ($1.00 manufacturer coupon) = $2.49
- Renpure Organics Shampoo and Conditioner – $6.99/ea (BOGO sale, $3 Rite Aid coupon, Received $2 in UP Rewards) = $1.99/2*
- Bee M.D. Organic Cough Drops: $2.99 (Sale price $2.49, $2.49 SCR) = $0
- Children’s Oscilloccinum: Regular price $6.99 (Sale price: $4.99, $1 manufacturer coupon, $4.99 SCR) = +$1.00
- Children’s Chestal: Regular price $6.29 (On sale for $4.99, used $1 manufacturer coupon, $4.99 SCR) = +$1.00
- Adult Chestal: $10.49/each (BOGO sale, used (2) $1/1 manufacturer coupons, received $4 in UP rewards) = $4.49/2
- Adult Oscilloccinum: $19.99/each (BOGO sale, used (2) $3/1 Rite Aid coupons, (2) $2/1 manufacturer coupons, received $4 in UP rewards, coupled with the Adult Chestal above, I was able to use a $5/$25 coupon) = $1/2.
- NeilMed Neti Pot: Regular price $9.99 (On sale for $6.99, $2.00 manufacturer coupon, $6.99 SCR) = +$2.00
- NeilMed Sinus Rinse: Regular price $9.99 (On sale for $6.99, $1.50 manufacturer coupon, $6.99 SCR) = +$1.50
- Aveeno Stylers: Regular price $7.49/each (On sale for $5.99, (2) $1.50/1 manufacturer coupons, (2) $4/1 Rite Aid coupons, $2 in UP Rewards) = +$1.00/2
I netted a total savings of $128.19 over the course of the month on these products. I spent about two hours researching sales and printing coupons, etc., so couponing saved me about $64 per hour in this instance. At $64 per hour, I consider couponing to be well-worth my time investment!**
* I have submitted a manufacturer’s “Try Me Free” rebate for the Renpure Organics purchase, which will turn my Renpure purchase into a $5 money maker if I receive the full $6.99 rebate for the Renpure item that I purchased at full price. This would mean that my entire Rite Aid natural products purchases for October, 2010 would net a $2.53 profit (minus sales tax), rather than the $4.46 total mentioned above.
** This was a better than average month in terms of total savings, but even at a “worst case scenario,” couponing/savvy shopping saves me at least $30 per hour.