Recently I declared that I hate shopping. Today’s kind of shopping was both fun and profitable.
This morning I noticed that the Shop and Earn feature on the Swagbucks rewards points site is offering double the points through Memorial Day weekend.
Although not much of an online shopper I took a quick look anyway – and found yet another Swagbucks hack, which morphed into several other money-savers.
At double the rewards, that would be 10 Swagbucks for every dollar spent at Walgreens. I also noticed the “pick up in store” option, which was crucial – the store’s “free delivery if you spend $25” offer doesn’t include orders shipped outside the contiguous United States.
So I ordered $27.99 worth of something I had planned to buy today after DF and I met his mom for lunch. The order was waiting for me at the store and I earned 279 SBs.
But wait — there’s more: I paid with a rewards credit card that’s giving quintuple points for drugstore purchases right now. So that’s an extra 140 points toward this year’s Christmas gift cards. (Some I give outright, others I use to shop for presents.)
Avoiding impulse buys
The in-store pickup was very convenient. I just walked in, gave my name and claimed my purchases.
Not only convenient: frugal. Any time I wander around Walgreens, I see things I want to put in the cart. Some of those items are great buys, especially clearance or “manager’s special” deals (love those orange tags!). But others are pure indulgences, such as Swedish fish for my great-nephews or Popcorn, Indiana kettle corn for me. (Not as good as the midnight movie kettle corn, but a tasty space-holder until the next screening.)
To be clear: I do allow for some indulgence in my budget. But this should be a sometime thing rather than an every-trip buyathon. This time I didn’t have to resist temptation because all I saw was the checkout counter.
Profiting on pop
While I was there I got help with another issue. A couple of days ago I bought three 12-packs of Diet Coke for $11. Today they went on sale at four for $11. Timing was never my strong suit.
I produced the receipt and asked the manager if I needed to bring in the three 12-packs, return them and re-buy them. He said he’d handle it.
And he tried. Oh, how he tried. But after repeated several attempts at keying in the info and receiving electronic-indigestion beeeeps from the register each time, the manager ran the discounted gift card I’d used to pay.
“You’re getting 25 cents back,” he said. Some kind of computer confusion left him unable to zero out the purchase and re-sell me the soft drinks. It also insisted on giving me a quarter’s worth of refund. Well, okay.
To recap, I got:
- The 279 Swagbucks
- The 140 rewards credit card points (instead of 28)
- An extra 12-pack plus a quarter profit
- And did I mention that from May 27 to 31 the My Coke Rewards program is offering double points for codes from Diet Coke 12-packs?
It was a good day for gaming.
Note: The 70-SB bonus for joining Swagbucks expires May 31. To join, follow this link and click the text that reads “I have a sign-up code.” Then use the code THRIVING70. The code is case-sensitive, so it’s all upper-case, no space between “THRIVING” and “70.”