Yesterday I gave you a summary of what I bought at the Walgreens 3-day sale ($1550 worth of stuff for less than $20). Here's how that was possible:
Transaction A Transaction B
Crest Toothpaste $2.99 Robitussin to Go $2.49
Oral B Toothbrush $2.25 Old Spice Body Spray $3.99
Scunci Hairbands $1.99 Secret Body Spray $3.49
Colgate Toothpaste $2.99 Canned Oranges $0.39
Campbells Soup $0.59
Candy Cane Pen $0.20
Total: $11.01 Total $10.36
- $1 Crest Coupon
-$10 Register Rewards from Trans. B - $10.25 RR (Trans. A)
= $0.01 out-of-pocket cost = $0.11 out-of-pocket cost
These were the basic scenarios. Since I paid no sales tax (all was donated to charity, so I was able to use a tax exemption), I was paying around 12 cents for each pair of transactions. I had to make some slight adjustments along the way--when we got low on oranges, I switched to Scotch mailers at the same cost. They had clearance Degree deodorant for $0.78, which when I swapped that for the soup and the pen in transaction A, meant I paid nothing out of pocket. That was pretty cool. I did these basic scenarios about 60 times, and then I had a few others I did to "clean up" some of the special order they'd made for me. Not everything came in as expected, so a lot of adjusting was done on the fly, but overall, I felt pretty good about how it turned out.
Pictures to come tomorrow, before it all gets loaded up to be dropped off.