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As you may know, we’ve been saving our Shoppers Optimum points to get an X-box for Christmas – we plan to redeem 95,000 points during the anticipated Mega Spend Your Points Event and should be able to get it for FREE!  And today’s trip to Shoppers Drug Mart has pushed us over the maximum threshold … we’re ready!

There’s a coupon to print to earn 20x’s the Shoppers Optimum Points today (October 17th) with a minimum $50 purchase of the regular eligible items.  I didn’t prepare a huge list ahead of time this time because I knew I’d reach the minimum subtotal with the Pull-Ups, milk and a few medicine cabinet items that we’re run out of.  Sometimes I do enjoy just cruising the aisle and comparing sale prices to my coupons instead of using a pre-calculated spread-sheet plan.  I found some great deals and brought home $252.92 worth of product with only $112.27 out of pocket plus I earned back $70.04 in Optimum points to use towards the X-box.

There are two schools of thought on how to calculate Shoppers Drug Mart points and savings:

  • I saved 39% on my trip today and am getting a FREE X-box OR
  • I saved 84% on my trip today and am buying an X-box

A personal peeve of mine is reading bragging posts where folks share that they’ve saved 92% and then a week later reading their post about the 100s of dollars in FREE stuff that they’ve redeemed points for.  That’s double dipping on the points savings and isn’t an accurate portrayal of their overall savings.  If people are really planning their budgets around this type of accounting, they aren’t doing themselves any favours.

Either way you calculate it, shopping on these 20x points days is an excellent way to add another layer of savings to sales and coupons.  Here are my best deals of the day (and a peek into what’s going on inside my mind while I’m cruising the aisles):

  • Almond Breeze – these were on sale for $1.99 which is about the lowest I’ve seen them and they don’t expire until April 2013 so I stocked up to get the points
  • Peek Freans – on sale for $1.99 and I used my B1G1 FREE coupon (the one that had the printing error on it for the address.  The store took it no problem, as Peek Freans advised us would happen.  Great!)
  • Crispers Crackers – on sale for $1.99 and I used 4x$.50 tear pads
  • St. Alberts Cheese Curds – these had $6 in peelies on them as they expire in 3 weeks, which for curds, means they’ve passed the point where they’ll squeak (the usual draw for us to buy curds for the kids!).  They’ll be amazing in a baked pasta dish tonight.  I paid $.49 for the bag!
  • Danone Activia – on sale for $3.99 and I used a $1 tear pad.  This isn’t the lowest price I’ve ever seen, but with the bonus points it was a good deal and we use them in lunchboxes
  • Live Clean Rinse – I LOVE this Eco-Friendly line and it was on a clearance rack for $2 and I had a $1 printable in my binder (rare – I usually only print out coupons if I know an item is on sale or if it’s a hot limited time one like some of the Smart Source ones).  I’ve just cut my hair uber short and am using all sorts of fun waxes and gels to find my new look!
  • Stiff gel – this was also on the $2 clearance rack.  This stuff lives up to it’s name …. man it’s stiff!
  • Cascade – the gel was on sale for $5.49 and I used my P&G BrandSaver coupon to get a FREE Action Pacs with each purchase. 
  • Pull-ups – on sale for $11.99.  Not earth shattering savings, but again, the points made it worth it.

I paid full price for milk ($4.29 – the cheapest in town) and the medicine cabinet items we needed.   But not really full price, if you calculate in the 40% back in points.

Today was the 2nd time that bought my gift card part way through the transaction to save some time:  it’s so easy and I will try to remember to do it every time now.  To get double the Regular Points on all of your Shoppers Drug Mart purchases, follow these steps:

  1. Grab one of the $0.00 loadable Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards from the display area (likely near the cash)
  2. Ring in all of your items including coupons and make sure your Optimum card has been scanned (it will show on the top right hand corner of the screen)
  3. Remember your Total
  4. Ask the cashier to suspend the transaction (a receipt with a bar code will print out)
  5. Load the gift card in the amount of your total and have them scan your Optimum Card.
  6. Resume your original (the cashier only needs to scan the bar code receipt … it all takes about an extra minute)
  7. Pay for your transaction with the gift card

Shoppers Drug Mart sends out their perk updates and coupons by e-mail – be sure to register on their website.  With 3 layers of savings (4 if you count that I bought my gift card with a credit card with dividend perks!), there really aren’t better prices out there on some of these items.  Now to start researching which X-box accessories and games we want to get.  FREE is fun!

Happy Couponing!

Christa Clips ~ October 17, 2012

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