Monday, February 28, 2011

Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge: Wrapup

I'm doing the Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge (join me!), where I'm trying to build up my collection of Register Rewards from Walgreens and Extra Care Bucks from CVS.

This was the last week of the challenge - how did you end up doing?

I'm pretty happy with my results.  Although I ended up spending more out of pocket than I had hoped, it was still pretty small compared to how much I was able to get.  Plus, I have $20 in Register Rewards and $13.28 in Extra Care Bucks - again less than I had hoped but more than enough to get most free and moneymaker items without having to go deeply into my pocket.

So what challenge is next for me?  In January, it was about using up what I had.  In February, it was about replenishing.  And in March, it's about giving back.  Stay tuned for my March Challenge announcement!

Here's my latest stats for the month of February:


Total cash paid: $23.70
Total tax paid: $3.68
RRs started with: $0
RRs on hand: $20

Products purchased:
2 Natrol melatonin
4 Vicks Sinex
4 Butterfinger Snackerz
5 Royal gelatin
1 Arnicare gel
1 Blink Tears
5 Gain dish liquid
4 Skippy peanut butter
2 Ragu pasta sauce
3 Lipton tea
1 Veripur hand sanitizer
2 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
2 Reach Total Care toothbrushes
1 Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch soap system
3 greeting cards
2 RepHresh Brilliance tampons
4 Dove deodorant
3 Kleenex facial tissue
2 Applied Nutrition Anti-Aging Total Body Defense
3 Walgreens low-dose aspirin

Total cash paid: $18.99
Total tax paid: $2.86
ECBs started with: $4.99
ECBs on hand: $13.58

Total items purchased:
6 Herbal Essences shampoo
3 Rice Chex cereal
2 Quaker instant oatmeal
2 Speed stick deodorant
1 Tums
2 Colgate Total toothpaste
1 Schick Hydro 3 razor
1 Purex laundry detergent
2 Kellogg's Raisin Bran
1 Gold Emblem jelly beans
2 Kellogg's Smart Start cereal
1 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
1 Softsoap body wash
1 Revitalens multi-purpose solution

How are you doing on the Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge?  Leave a comment below!

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debi March 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

I loved it! I thought I was pretty good at the drugstore game before I did this challenge but it was truly a struggle to stay within the limits. It taught me how to really target the items that give you the reward and then use them to purchase what you need.I also never really kept track of the taxes at the drugstore-it can really add up! I was able to get what I NEEDED and lots more to donate.
Thank Laura, for sharing this with us. I'm looking forward to your March challenge as well.

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