Monday, February 3, 2020

January 2020 Drugstore recap

This has been one of the most expensive drugstore shopping months for me, no thanks to Walgreens. I can't remember the last time I spent this much at the drugstores in ONE month. This is not how I normally shop, so I decided to calculate how much it actually cost me.


OOP : $81.92
Coupons used (paper & digital) :$86.66
Rewards redeemed (points + RR) : $150.00
Rewards earned (points + RR) : $168.00

Total rewards available : $88 BR points + $9 RR


OOP $37.84
Coupons used paper & digital) $97.28
EBs redeemed : $53.50
EBs earned : $65.00

Total rewards available : $38.00

Rite Aid

OOP : $11.71
Coupons used (paper & digital) : $38.48
Rewards redeemed: $6.23
Rewards earned : $20.00

Total rewards available : $20.00 (Visa gc)

Total cash back earned (Ibotta/CK51/Savingstar/Fetch) : $10.00


OOP : $130.66 YIKES!!!!
Coupons used $222.42
Rewards redeemed : $209.73
Rewards earned : $253.00
Cash back earned : $10.00

Good heavens! I spent a week's worth of grocery money just at the drugstores this month. Crazy! I've got to plan better at WAGS.

I spent $130.66 OOP and earned back $10 + $20 Visa gc (which is as good as cash), so my total cost for the month is $103.66.

I'm very happy with the amount of coupons used. I only purchased newspapers the first Sunday of this month ($20). The coupons didn't look too good the rest of the month & since I get the RMN & P&G inserts in the mail every week, I decided to not spend any more money on coupons. So those 7 newspapers more than paid for themselves (this includes digital coupons too). Yes, it takes some work, but it's so rewarding to me.

We are now stocked up on several things that we needed (body wash, moisturiser) and we have oodles of toothpaste & shampoo. Not to mention makeup. I love being able to try new brands and products, without breaking the bank.

So I have $155 to roll into new deals at the drugstores. CVS & RA are easy. I can easily get a low OOP at those stores. I'm gonna have to do some serious planning for WAGS, because I don't want to spend so much this month again. In a perfect world, I would like to spend no more than $20 between all 3 stores. Unfortunately sales tax will cost a lot more than that. Then I have to figure in WAGS DQs that might not deduct. Oy vey. So I think $50 is a good number. Do I want to spend that much? Heck no! But I'm hoping to stay well below that number.


  1. IT got to the point that I had so much stuff stored up I had to quit the coupon game. Now that we are moving I really do not want to store more things. But it sure saves money and the kids all loved it.

    1. The same thing happened to me Kim & I ended up taking a long (like a few years) couponing break.

  2. I feel you. Walgreens destroys my budget. I spend waaayyy too much compared to cvs and rite aid, but I just can't let go of the points I get. Lol!

    1. Lol Stacie. That's my problem too. They sure know how to suck us in with those

  3. You are so organized with your coupon shopping! Way to go!

    1. Thank you Lisa! I will admit that it takes quite a bit of time & work.


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