Ask FTM: How Are You Getting Stuff Free At Drugstores
Reader H. writes:
I’m new to couponing so I have a question.After getting UPR’s, RR’s, etc. I would have to return items & re-purchase them to actually get a great/free deal right?
No, you do not return the products to get stuff for free. I can understand how you may be confused with calculating your cost of the item after UPR/ECB/RR. When you are using FTM coupon matchups, I always take into consideration the ECB/UPR/RR when you earn them. The reason for this – everyone earns them at the same time. When you use them, is up to you – just don’t count them twice!
Here is a typical deal:
Crest Toothpaste $3.00
use $1.00/1 Coupon
Get $2.00 ECB
Free after coupon & ECB
Here is how it really works:
Your First Shopping Trip
::You go to Rite Aid/CVS or Walgreens and purchase toothpaste for $3.00.
:: You have a $1.00 coupon for the toothpaste – you give it to the cashier.
:: You pay the cashier $2.00 out of your wallet.
:: The cashier hands you a receipt that has a $2.00 UPR (Rite Aid) ECB (CVS) or RR (Walgreens). These receipts have credits on them that you can use on a future purchase. Look at them like a store credit or cash that you can use only at that store.
So when you leave the store with your toothpaste purchase, you will have paid $2.00 out of your wallet. You will have a $2.00 credit in your wallet. The $2.00 you paid and the $2.00 credit becomes a wash (meaning it ends up being zero) and is what we mean by free.
Now you may think, hmm well how is this free. The first week you go you might be paying $2.00 for toothpaste. However, you paid $2.00 instead of $3.00 because you used a coupon. Great start.
The key is, the next time you go to the store, the $2.00 credit is waiting for you. So next week you go and do this transaction:
Your Second Shopping Trip
::You go to Rite Aid/CVS or Walgreens and purchase a toothbrush for $3.00.
:: You have a $1.00 coupon for the toothbrush – you give it to the cashier.
:: You pay the cashier with the $2.00 UPR/ECB/RR that your previously earned or zero dollars out of your wallet.
:: The cashier hands you a receipt that has a $2.00 UPR (Rite Aid) ECB (CVS) or RR (Walgreens).
So when you leave the store with your toothbrush purchase, you will have paid $0.00 out of your wallet. You will have a $2.00 credit in your wallet to use for the next week.You continue this cycle each week. Some weeks you may pay more out of pocket, but leave the store with more credit to use next time.
Do you have any questions about how ECB/RR/UPR rewards work? Do you have any good tips for starting with ECB/UPR or RR?