I had such a great time at our first Advanced Couponing Class on Sunday evening — it was so fun to see everyone’s enthusiasm for learning how to coupon at Walgreens and Rite Aid. At the end of the class, I did have to confess that I hadn’t “played” either store in over one year (it may be getting close to two years by now).
As I started the Q&A section at the end of the class, one woman jumped up and asked (a finger may have been pointed, I don’t remember), “If you don’t play Rite Aid, why should I?”
I quickly gave her all my reasons:
- I have a fairly stocked stockpile from my glory days. 2008 and 2009 were really good to me.
- Our family doesn’t use many toiletries and cleaning products, so it’s easier to just coupon at Walmart to replenish my stockpile.
- I have a part-time business and I’m too busy blogging about couponing to actually coupon.
- I’m lazy (which is probably the real truth).
But, really, the woman had a point. If I think it’s such a great way to save my family money, why have I taken such a long break?
So, I’ve decided to hop back into the game. Not at the level I started at, mind you. My children just won’t put up with that. But I am excited to see what I can score while putting in a nominal amount of time and effort. Frugal Chic Living‘s Walgreens Wednesday posts are such an inspiration to me that I think this just may work.
Here’s my strategy:
- I’m going to “play” both Rite Aid and Walgreens, just because I really enjoy both of them. I know Walgreens has a bad rap in the Portland area because of the lame-o Rewards Card program, but I want to see if it’s still worth our time.
- I’m only going to purchase what my family really uses, unless I am forced to purchase something for the sake of rolling my incentives (Register Rewards at Walgreens or +UP Rewards at Rite Aid) before they expire.
- I’m going to do it as simply as possible.
- I’m going to share my trips and loot with all of you.
My goal is to show you (an me) that one or two very quick trips to the store every week, batched with errands or trips I’m already doing, can result in a working stockpile that can serve my family for months to come.
Stay tuned for my first shopping trips!
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