Total Bill: $137.68 Total Savings: $112.18 Total Points: $27.14 – 101.2% in Savings.
How the heck can you save more than 100%? Easy, get them to pay you to take the stuff out of their store!
There are two different ways that I consider them paying you to take something out of their store:
1) Straight up – Today, I bought muscle cold therapy patches for $-0.81, Boom – Savings! They had $8 off of stickers on it and it only cost $7.19. That is probably because It was originally something like $9.99 and they were trying to sell it for $1.99. I killer fluked into this deal. A guy we were chatting with about how to save money at Shoppers Drug Mart, in Shoppers Drug Mart, walked up and gave me a box when he found them. This doesn’t normally happen to me, but it can be something I expect when I am with SH and JV.
2) Points Worth More than the Price – With bonus points promotions you sometimes get a bill where the total points is more than the price. Here is how this one works. Today I had a buy $50 get 12,000 points. I consider 12,000 points to be $25.20, because that is what they are worth on bonus cash in day. The interesting thing is that the $50 is before they deduct the stickers on the items. So, today my original subtotal was $$94.89, but I had $75 in stickers reducing the prices, so my subtotal was $19.89, but I still qualified for the bonus points. In total, I got 12,940 points, which I count as $27.17.
After tax, my bill was $25.50, but I got $27.17 in points. So, they paid me $1.67 to take the following out of their store:
12 Lindt Chocolate bars (normally $4.79 each, but today $1 Boom – Savings!)
1 box of cookies
4 boxes of 10-Kuerig cups of Starbucks Caramel Coffee (normally $10.99, but today $0.99 BOOM – SAVINGS!)
4 liters of Cranberry Juice
2 liters of Organic Lemonade
2 boxes of Organic Stone Wheat Crackers
1 pack muscle cold therapy patches
So you ask yourself, what do I do with all this stuff? I give the cookies to my students (but maybe this time to my kids, since they are going on a road trip) and I sell the chocolate bars and Kuerig stuff to my coworkers for my cost (excluding the points). My cost for the chocolate bars and coffee was $1 and $0.99. So, in time I will get another $16 back from the original $25.50 I spent! Boom – Savings!