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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shoppers Drugmart Mega Redemption!

These pictures were taken at 2 in the morning, so please excuse!

This weekend is Shoppers Mega Redemption. What is that you ask? Well, if you have a Shoppers Optimum card(they are free)you get points every time you buy something at Shoppers.

Last November I decided to see what all the fuss was about as I thought of Shoppers as having the odd loss leader but overall was overpriced. Thus, I decided to "study" the way of Shoppers Optimum points. My first stop was the Smart Canucks Shoppers Drug Mart Forum

I learned that Shoppers has 20X the points days that are the best time to buy things if the things you need are on sale. I also learned that you can use coupons to lower you out of pocket expenses.

I learned that it is best if you buy a Shoppers Drug Mart, preloaded gift card before you do your shop, as you get more points that way!

Long story short it works! I redeemed in Feb($200) and then carefully tracked everything I bought at Shoppers from then on.

I participated in 7 20X the points days. I made sure that the loss leaders were things I used and needed. For example, milk, eggs, bread, butter, toilet paper.

Since Feb I spent $631.00. This weekend I had enough for $625 worth of redemptions. This is what I got!

More gifts...had coupons for the deodorant.
More Christmas gifts. The yogurt had a $2 off coupon.
More Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!

Hubby picked some Christmasy treats, I had a coupon for one! I had coupons for the dishwasher detergent. The iTunes cards are stocking stuffers and had an additional 2500 bonus points.

There are presents and stocking stuffers and chips for hubby! I had a coupon for the razors.
The spatula was a fun present to me as mine fell apart a long time ago!
The Oasis came with a coupon for a free 960ml-1.75L of juice. There was a $2 off coupon attached to the juice. I had a $3 coupon for the dishwasher soap and a $1 for the cereal.

The yogurts, the juice and the creamers had coupons off attached to them. (the advantage of shopping at midnight!) The Janes chicken has $11.50 worth of coupons inside.(I didn't realize this until I got home!) I had coupons off on the margarine and High liner fish.
In the end the grand total spent(not including the iTunes) was $640.94. I had to pay the taxes on anything taxable, so my total out of pocket cost was $45.20(less than the cost of the 2 Wii contollers!).
I used $26.25 in coupons. I got another 7621 in Shoppers points, a free juice and $11.50 in coupons. Like I said my spending for the year was $634. I enjoyed this experiment! It was fun to have extra grocery and present money at Christmas! Maybe you want to do your own Shoppers experiment???


Dayna Dueck said...

Thanks for telling me about this, Sue. I shopped twice at Shoppers on 20X days and I applied for the credit card which earned me some extra points. I spent about $150 total. On Saturday, I redeemed 50,000 points for $125 worth of stuff! Not quite as good as your deal but I was thrilled! So fun to have extra $ at Christmas time. I can't wait to see how much I have next time around ...

Sue said...

You are welcome Dayna! So fun to have others playing "the game"....I am looking forward to what you will have next time too! :)