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Two things to know about me: I love to shop. And I really love to save.
Kids are expensive! So now that I’m a mom, saving money is even more important. I’ve perfected my savings skills over the years, and what I’ve learned can help you out.
For starters, shop at a store that gives you multiple ways to save. Then you can layer those savings atop one another for big price reductions. Huge. It’s pretty easy to do, with a little forethought and planning.
I do most of my shopping — and savings — at Walgreens. I love this store, I trust this store. There are so many ways to save on the bottom line there that I managed to get packs of Pampers Diapers for a mere $5.25 each. Not bad, right?
Here are my 6 favorite smart ways to save at Walgreens:
- Loyalty Points: As a Balance Rewards member, I earn points for each dollar I spend. The points can be used as dollars off future purchases. Walgreens even offers bonus points with certain purchases — look for green tags that identify these extra-points items.
- Sales: Something is always on sale at Walgreens. In fact, my son — who is learning his colors — helps me find the yellow sale tags.
- Special codes: The Walgreens website is a goldmine. Just the other day I found a special code to save an additional 25 percent off beauty and personal care items. You never know what you’ll find.
- Balance Rewards: Not only does being a Balance Rewards member enable me to earn Loyalty Points, I also get member’s-only deals and offers, as well as paperless coupons (a busy mom’s must-have). I don’t have to keep track of anything, just type in my phone number at checkout and it does all the work for me.
- Free ship-to-store: If there’s something I want on the Walgreens website I don’t have to pay for shipping. I can have anything shipped to my local store, free of charge. And all my prescriptions ship to my home for free.
- Local souvenirs: This is a personal favorite tip, one I’ve shared with friends for years. Walgreens has amazing and affordable local souvenirs. When I travel it’s one of my first stops. T-shirts, magnets, you name it. All at a big savings. Okay, technically this doesn’t have anything to do with saving on diapers and baby needs. I just couldn’t resist noting it.
Now, as for that hack on Pampers…it’s real, and it was easy. Here’s how I did it:
I bought four packs of Pampers for a total of $36. They were on sale at a price of two packs for $18.
Now for the savings layering I mentioned earlier: I used a manufacturer’s coupon for $3.00 off two packs of Pampers diapers (and $2.00 off Pampers Easy Ups). I’d spent $30 on a previous shopping trip and earned 10,000 Loyalty Points, which I applied to this purchase for a $10 savings. (You can earn 10,000 loyalty points with a $30 purchase too if you shop from now through June 9.)
All told, I got an overall savings of 60 percent and the net price came out to be $5.25 per pack when I purchased four.
There you have it. Walgreens is my favorite mom hack. Unheard-of prices on diapers. Free ship-to-store online shopping. And the lowest prices on that post-vacation souvenir mug you promised to bring your dog walker. Who knew?
What’s your trick for finding the best deals on diapers?
Images by Becky Vieira
This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are truthful and my own.