Wednesday, December 7, 2022

WAGS for the win!

 



Whoo boy, is Wags fun this week! It's been a minute since I've posted any deals, cause I haven't done drugstore shopping in months. Last week my friend K text to ask me if I'm still doing drugstore couponing. I explained that I haven't and she mentioned that she started again and bought lots of Christmas gifts for her kids at CVS. We met through couponing years ago and now we're BFFs. I told her to try Wags too (got her linked to my Wags group. I'm such a bad influence...lol) and I checked the ad. I only saw the Softsoap b/w, so I bought that on both accounts and earned 2 x $5 RRs (per account) and 2 x $9/40 boosters. I also had $5/20 Digital boosters on both accounts.

I was out of moisturiser and decided to compare prices. My plan was to buy it at Target (it costs $5 less than the drugstores) with a discounted gc, but they didn't have any Qs or promos on it. Wags has it B1G50% off 2nd this week and I only had a $2 DQ on my account (weird). So I made my list and off to the store I went. You already know that it was a s_*&t show. This is Wags after all...lol. I went to 4 different stores and did 2 transactions per store.

Trans 1

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00


Trans 2

1 x Moisturiser  $19.99

1 x Moisturiser 50% off 9.99

2 x $25 Red Robin gc $50.00

4 x Palmolive 11.96

Less RR (Softsoap) (5.00)

Less Palmolive DQ (0.75)

Less $10 Cash - see below (10.00)

Tax 2.52

OOP $78.71 ($50 GCs and 28.71 the rest)

Earned $20.41 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $6 Palmolive)


During the first transaction the $10 Wags gc wouldn't apply. The cashier wasn't even aware of the promo, so I had to haul out my phone and scroll scroll scroll to get to that part of the ad. So the shift manager comes over and explains things to her and also brought a different Wags gc. Wags has always only allowed you to only use their white & red logo gc for these promos. This store didn't have any, so I grabbed a different Wags card that didn't work. I assumed any Wags card would work, cause that's what I read. 

With the 2nd transaction, I asked her why she was deducting $10 cash. She explained that it's for the gc. Huh?! So I figured she applied the earned gc to my order and thought that was pretty neat, cause it lowered my OOP. So I get to my car, study the receipt and see what she did. Except, I still have the Wags gc that I earned. The downside is that you can't check any balance online, so I don't know if this card was applied or if the cashier didn't know what she was doing. Oy vey. I'm not trying to rip stores off, but I don't even know if this card has a $0 balance or not. Time will tell. 

Trans 3

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00


Trans 4

1 x Moisturiser  $19.99

1 x Moisturiser 50% off 9.99

2 x $25 Red Robin gc $50.00

4 x Palmolive 11.96

Less RR (Softsoap) (5.00)

Less Palmolive DQ (0.75)

Less Loreal DQ (2.00)

Tax 2.52

OOP $86.71 ($50 GCs and 36.71 the rest)

Earned $20.41 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $6 Palmolive)

Hold it! The darn Wags gc didn't even show up on my receipt, nor did it print an activation receipt on either transaction. So we got a shift manager at this store too and the white/red logo gc wouldn't work. WTH Wags?! Grrrrr. So we tried different white/red ones and none worked. So I asked her to try the same one that I got at the previous store and that worked. Except, she had to redo both transactions. So we hauled everything out of the bags, pulled RRs and cash from register.  Then it took forever for register to download my DQs, but it finally worked. Then I asked cashier about my change, cause I paid with a $100 bill. Now she's not sure if I needed change or not. So I looked in my purse and see $13 rolled up and told her I did get change. I stayed there to make sure everything was added to my receipt and I earned all the correct points. A long line had once again formed behind me. When I left the store, I was in a daze from all the activity. Why can't Wags clearly mark the gcs that work for this deal? This has been happening for years. Their cashiers are all clueless about the weekly deals too, so you have to explain it to them. Ugh!

Trans 5

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00


Trans 6

2 x $25 RR gcs $50.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs) 

OOP $50.00


Trans 7

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00


Trans 8

2 x $25 RR gcs $50.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs) 

OOP $50.00


The last 2 stores went slick as snot (probably cause I knew which Wags gcs work). Thank goodness. I stopped at Kroger & Meijer in between too. By the time I got home, I had a monster headache. What should've been a 1-1.5 hour trip, turned into an almost 3 hour trip. I'm so glad dinner was ready, cause I didn't have the energy for anything. All we had to do was heat & eat. 

So to recap

I purchased $360.00 gcs (RR & Wayfair) and earned $80 free Wags gcs on these purchases. So $440 worth of gcs for $360.00 OOP. Here's reason #2 why I didn't feel like doing RA BF gc deals. RA offers rewards on their gcs, that are only good for 30 days. Wags gcs don't expire, so there's no pressure to use them. 

I also purchased 4 moisturisers and 8 palmolive 

OOP $65.42

Earned : $40.42

Retail value : $100.90

I only photographed one gc lot. I didn't want to mix it all up (they were in separate bags with their receipts. When I got home, I wrote the value on each gc, then stapled the activation receipts to the cardboard section of each card. I'll take the whole thing, plus receipt with me when I'm ready to use it. That way I have proof of purchase if something doesn't work. I split them all by store and placed each store into a separate ziploc bag and everything went into my gc folder. I'm such a geek....lol. I just like having my life simplified. With digital gcs, I write the date, purchase amount and balance on the back of each gc. That way I know what I spent and what's still left. I just write the date and amount spent on the physical ones (with a marker), cause there's not much room to write. 

I'm debating doing another GC run tomorrow or Friday. It's so tempting and it will be nice to have extra cash (gcs) for future Wags shopping. The palmolive is buy 2 get $3 off. I actually only had 1 bottle left and was hoping for a good Wags sale again. I didn't buy too many, cause I don't want to have too much stuff to pack. 

I need to make a CVS plan too. They have another gc deal. Spend $50 get $10 EB (limit 1 - phooey). I'm taking free money on whatever places (gcs)  we normally use. We were gonna spend the money anyway. I haven't been to CVS since that big lottery draw in July. I actually need to go cash in my ticket. I didn't win much. I rarely play the lottery, but as I walked into the store, the number 14 popped into my head. It's not a number I would choose at all. So I added that number as my 6th number (that single number - can't remember what it's called). I bought a multidraw ticket (3 draws) and only used that number on one of the 3 lines. Whaddya know. Number 14 ended up being the 6th number 2 weeks in a row. Yay me! Years ago, I played the lottery in South Africa too. I remember dreaming about the lottery numbers. I couldn't remember it all, but played what I knew. I was feeling lucky. I think 4 of my numbers were drawn. So crazy! I should probably get a new ticket when I redeem this one. Man I'd love to just win the big jackpot. A girl can dream :)

It's been a crazy busy week. I spent half the day talking to my realtor on Monday. Then the shopping fiasco yesterday. I'm staying home and trying to list today. 

Have a great day peeps! Happy shopping if you're hitting up Wags. 

6 comments:

  1. The last time I tried Walgreen's, I became so exhausted that I spent foolishly and did not gain a thing, just bought and spent too much foolishly. I had no sense of what I was doing because of exhaustion and the clerks were no help and did not understand their own ads!

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    1. Wags is exhausting Linda, even for a seasoned couponer like me. The problem is that they don't give their employees proper training, so something usually goes wrong. They have the best deals though.

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  2. Love these posts. Even though we do not get great deals like you do I enjoy seeing how you earn free money buying things you are going to use anyways. $80 free is pretty sweet.
    In 2011, my SIL was in a lottery pool at work that won 21 million. They each got 1.75 million. It would be great to win big but I don't buy lottery tickets. Unlike the U.S. lottery winnings are not taxed so there is a big incentive to play.

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    1. Thank you Theresa! Wow! That's awesome that your SIL won the lottery and the money's tax free. Count me in...lol. Heck, I'd be very happy with 1.75M. I can live very well if it's invested well.

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  3. Great shopping as is usual for you.

    God bless.

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