Everyone knows that I am a Rite Aid girl. When I first began couponing in January of 2010, I learned how to coupon at both Rite Aid and Walgreens, but in the end became loyal to Rite Aid and actually learned to play the game quite well. And a game it is — rules and regulations, goals and achievements.
For a solid two and a half years I played the Rite Aid game and then life (two mission trips over seas and two moves over a nine month period) hit me square in the face. Not until I ran out of mousse and about fainted in the aisle of WinCo as I stared dumbfounded at the $4 price tag did I realize how truly well I played the Rite Aid game.
So ladies and gentlemen (because I know there are at least a few of you good men who follow us ladies) I am here to admit I have not done a Rite Aid deal in over six months and I am now (literally) paying for it. We are now in a new year which means we can start everything over and begin anew and you all can join me!
To begin, we must lay down some rules (as any good game has them).
Rule #1: Know the rules of the game.
Rite Aid has changed over the last six to eight months and I am in need of a tune up so that I will be confident when my coupon does not scan or my +UP Reward does not print or my children are screaming as they try to sit in those ridiculously small carts. We can review the rules here and I will be going over them more in depth each week as I play the game.
Rule #2: Have a game plan.
Now that we have moved into a much smaller house with ZERO storage, I refuse to purchase products we won’t use. At this point, I don’t even want to hassle with donating them (which is a wonderful thing to do; I simply need to keep my efforts focused on my game plan). Make a list of items you use on a regular basis from toothpaste to diapers to eye cream. Below are the products I need to have on hand for my family:
|2 Adults||3 Children||Household|
|Men’s deodorant||Toothpaste||Scrub pads|
|Woman’s deodorant||Baby bath soap||Cleaning wipes|
|Men’s 5-blade razors||Tear-free shampoo||Garbage bags|
|Woman’s 3-blade+ razors||Vaseline||Ziploc bags|
|Mousse / Hairspray||Daily vitamin||Toilet cleaner|
|Shaving cream||Baby wipes||Glass cleaner|
|Bar soap||Paper towels|
|Perfume free lotion||Toilet paper|
|Make-up||All-purpose surface cleaner|
|Mouth wash||Perfume / Dye free laundry soap|
Rule #3: Have a final goal (or two).
Your goals will be different from mine or your best friend or your sister, depending on your finances, your time, and even your space. These are my goals . . .
a. Restock my stockpile so when life hits again, I am prepared for the next six month break from couponing.
b. Reach the Gold Level on my Rite Aid card with as little out of pocket as possible.
c. Throw in a couple diaper deals for my sister who has two in diapers right now.
To succeed, I have gone to Rite Aid and purchased a $100 gift card that I will do all my purchasing with and also restock with my Single Check Rebates (more to come on that later). My plan is to see how long this will last and hopefully reach my goals before the balance reaches $0. Using the gift card will also help me stay focused and keep me accountable to the money I am truly spending.
Now comes your part. You may join me in playing the Rite Aid game this year (with your own game plan, goals, and set amount of money) or you can simply come along for the ride and see what it is like to truly coupon each week at Rite Aid with three boys and one itty bitty Rite Aid shopping cart!
Side Note: Please keep in mind I do not plan on posting a picture of the sixteen items I purchase for $.42 each week (even though I will totally post that when it does happen because one must tell the whole world about THAT shopping trip!). This will be a weekly practical post on my journey toward achieving my goals and hopefully encouraging you in yours.
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