March 11, 2013

How to Get the Best Deal with the P&G Rebate!

Many of you have read my shopping trip posts over the past week and know that I have been working on the P&G Mail-In Rebate that is currently available.  I want to share my strategy on what I decided to buy, where I bought the items, and why.  First of all, here's how I analyze these deals. (1) The rebate is $15 on $50, so if I can keep the purchases reasonably close to $50 that represents 30% savings (15/50).  And (2), I look at the participating products and see what other savings I can gain from coupons or store rewards.  If you think about it, using BOGO FREE coupons is an automatic 50% off so both of those options combined together represents 80% off!  Throw in some other coupon and rewards and you can see how this becomes an excellent deal.

So let's look a little closer at this particular rebate:

$15 Prepaid Card when you purchase $50 in Venus®, Secret®, Olay®, Pantene®, Herbal Essences®, Aussie®, Head & Shoulders®,Vidal Sassoon®, Clairol®, COVERGIRL®, Crest 3D White®, Puffs®, Safeguard®, or Ivory® products from 2/13/2013 to 4/30/2013. LIMIT 1 PER HOUSEHOLD

The two obvious products that I targeted were Pantene and Vidal Sassoon, since there were BOGO FREE coupons available for both.  From there, I just picked the best deals that I could find and here's what I came up with.

CVS - 3/4/13  ($28.00 toward $50.00 purchase)
Bought (4) Pantene Shampoo, 12.6 Oz. 2/$7.00
Bought (4) Pantene Conditioner, 12.6 Oz. 2/$7.00
Used (4) FREE Pantene Conditioner or Styler wyb Pantene Shampoo, exp. 3/31/13 (Pantene Insert 02/17/13) took $3.50 off each
Used (2) $2/2 Pantene Products Printable
Earned $2.80 of the $5 CVS Beauty Club Rewards

Rite Aid - 3/4/13 ($17.56 toward $50.00 purchase)
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, 25.3 Oz. $4.39 ($5.49 less 20% Wellness Disc.)
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Conditioner, 25.3 Oz. $4.39 ($5.49 less 20% Wellness Disc.)
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Hair Spray, 14 Oz. $4.39 ($5.49 less 20% Wellness Disc.)
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Mousse, 10 Oz. $4.39 ($5.49 less 20% Wellness Disc.)
Used (2) FREE Vidal Sassoon Styling Aid wyb Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 3/31/13 (P&G 03/03/13) took $4.39 off each
Used (1) $2/2 Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Products Printable
Received $5.00 +UP Rewards

CVS - 3/17/13 ($9.78 toward $50.00 purchase)
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, 25.3 Oz. $4.99
Bought (1) Vidal Sassoon Foaming Air Mousse, 5.07 Oz. $4.79
Used (1) FREE Vidal Sassoon Styling Aid wyb Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 3/31/13 (P&G 03/03/13) took $4.79 off
Used (1) $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Products Peelie (on the product)
Earned $0.98 of the $5 CVS Beauty Club Rewards


OOP: $23.64

RECEIVED: $15.00 P&G MIR + $5.00 +UP Rewards + $3.78 toward CVS Beauty Club ExtraBucks

FINAL COST: $0.14 MONEYMAKER (23.64 - 15.00 - 5.00 - 3.78)

SAVED: $75.67 (100%)

Patrick is a sales executive, husband, and father of four children; a son in college, a son in high school, a daughter in grade school, and a 3-year old son. Besides being the primary owner and contributor to A Single Coupon, he also helps oversee a 3,000+ member Facebook group called Coupon Coach, where savings opportunities and couponing techniques are shared between couponers of all experience levels.



Patrick Amrine

Patrick is a married sales executive and father of four children; two in college, one in grade school and a 4-year old. Besides being the owner of A Single Coupon, he also has extensive knowledge on shopping the drugstore chains; CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

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Bindi Shah

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Stefanie is a married stay at home mom with a young daughter, and resides in North Carolina. She is an accomplished couponer specializing in saving money at Target, Rite Aid and CVS. When she's not couponing or deal hunting, she enjoys baking, cooking, hiking, skiing and taking Zumba classes.

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