10 Ways to Save Money in 2012- Play the Drugstore Game

Do you know what the “Drugstore Game” is?  If you don’t- let me pique your interest.  Basically it is a way you can get all (or most) your toiletries and more for free.

Tip #8- Save more money in 2012 by playing the “Drugstore Game”

CVS (Extra Care Bucks), Walgreens (Register Rewards) and Rite Aid (+UP Reward Program) all have programs set up the give you “money” back when you buy certain products each week.  This “money” is in the form of a resister coupon that can be used to purchase most anything (there are a few exceptions) at the store you got it from.

The “game” part of this involves using these resister coupons along with internet and traditional paper coupons to buy more products that give you more register coupons.

It is all a bit confusing until you start doing it and I am not going to go in more depth of how to do it because there are so many sites with good tutorials that I am going to point you to those.

Tutorials for playing the “Drugstore Game”:
::Rite Aid

I will be honest- playing the “Drugstore Game” is fun and can be a bit addicting, but it is also time consuming.  So as with all money saving strategies you have to weigh if it is worth it to you.  I did it for around a year before the girls came (almost 3 years ago)- but once they came I found it to be too stressful and time consuming so I gave it up.

Just recently I received and few Extra Care Bucks from CVS so I am thinking of doing it again- but I could also just end up spending them on something I need, I’m not sure yet. I may at least go a few weeks and get some freebies- just for old times sake.

Do you play the “Drugstore Game”?  Is it always fun for you or can it be stressful?  How much money do you think it save you?  How much time does it take?

Check out our other tips on how to Save $$$ in 2012

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  1. Anna says

    I’ve played the drug store game for years. CVS is the best. Sunday morning I scan the ads for Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS and then clip and sort the coupons from the newspaper. I match the coupons with the deals and head out first to CVS, next Rite Aid and then Walgreens where most of the time I match a coupon to their sale items and use their reward bucks to purchase their deals and many times I make money ex: Listerine $3.99, $3.99 rewards bucks, using a $2 mfg coupon I made $2. At CVS I also earn quaterly rewards buck so it’s a win win deal for me. It only takes about 2 hours of my time each week and I am able to supply by kids/grandkids with stuff too. Remember to always carry yours coupons with you, you never know when you will find a deal

  2. says

    I am getting back into the whole couponing game again after several years away from it. Thanks for the links to the tutorials as this will really give me a leg up in saving more right out of the starting gate.

  3. Anne says

    I play! I haven’t paid anything for shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash, razors, or contact solution for several years now.


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