the glory of medical inconveniences.

15 03 2010

as i have mentioned before, i have been blessed with a cornucopia of excessively irritating, but non life-threatening conditions. allergies, athsma, acid reflux… and that ‘s only the As. i am insured, which is a g-d miracle, but in the last 3 years, 2 of my daily medications have gone OTC (that’s over the counter for those of you who don’t live at the drugstore). in some ways, this is good. i don’t have to fuck around with prescriptions running out or doctor visits. and in many cases, OTC medication is cheaper than its prescription counterpart. unfortunately, in some cases it is not, and there’s no insurance policy that can help defray the cost. for many years, i payed $50 a month @ full retail for my priosec (acid reflux) and zyrtec (heinous allergies). good luck finding $600 a year hiding in the couch cushions to pay for it all…

that is until rite aid and i took a roll in the hay. and this week, we’re rolling hard. 4 days, 100 pills of zyrtec (the liquid gels are the better deal), $.96.

it’s a very simple operation really, (especially if your rite aid happens to be across the street):

day one. buy one 25 count bottle of zyrtec liquid gels. using the $3/$15 coupon here. the $2/1 rite aid video values coupon here (sadly, you only get one). and the $4/1 coupon here.

day two. buy one 25 count bottle of zyrtec liquid gels. using the $3/$15 coupon here. and the $4/1 coupon here.

day three. buy one 25 count bottle of zyrtec liquid gels. using the $3/$15 coupon here. and the $4/1 coupon here.

day four. buy one 25 count bottle of zyrtec liquid gels. um… i think you get the picture…

next, go here and enter your receipts.

then, wait patiently for 6-8 weeks until you receive your single check rebate in the amount of $25 (thanks J&J), and your allergy rewards certificate in the amount of $20.

finally, enjoy 3+ months of allergy-freeness for practically no money.

for the non-believers, i present you the math:

4 bottles 25 count zyrtec liquid gels @ $18.99= $75.96
minus $16 in $4/1 coupons
minus $2 in video values coupons
minus $12 in $3/$15 coupons

= $45.96

wrap it up in a $25 single check rebate for purchasing $50 in johnson & johnson products & a $20 allergy rewards check for buying $75 worth of antihistamines…

bottom line: $.96

suck it allergies.

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17 responses

15 03 2010
Steve

Save your receipts, as I believe those are tax deductible purchases, if you itemize! Cheers!

16 03 2010
bessmarvin

you know, i actually did save all my receipts for YEARS, and never once did i ever have more to itemize than the standard deduction. this year, i finally gave up. although thanks to rite aid, it is less of an issue than it used to be.

16 03 2010
Lynn

You rock. I bow to your Rite Aid prowess.

16 03 2010
bessmarvin

thanks! on occasion, necessity forces me to get off my fat ass off the couch and go chasing after those deals. i only wish i had the gusto to get out there a little more often.

17 03 2010
Lynn

I thought of you yesterday as I was in Rite Aid and got stuck behind a family purchasing several different types of lice remedies. I’ve been itchy ever since.

18 03 2010
bessmarvin

i worked in a preschool for a couple of years, and although i never got it during that time, i had a psycho-somatic case of head lice for the entire time. i don’t know how my parents handled it when we all came home from summer camp infected! although i guess the key to parenthood is calm in the face of grossness. they start you off with spit up and poopies, and slowly work up to lice and ringworm. good times. you have much to look forward to.

16 03 2010
Nichole

I’m pretty sure there is a way to print more than one of the video value coupons…at least for me. After you click on the red print coupons button on the web page, it brings up the coupons in another screen with another print button on top. After I hit that it brings up my printer box and on the right it has an option for how many copies and I can print a bunch of copies.

16 03 2010
bessmarvin

good to know! apparently i blew it this time, but i could have made $6! i will have to be more careful next time.

17 03 2010
Winnie P.

She’s back, people….look out!

17 03 2010
bessmarvin

🙂 it started out with me just needing toilet paper… and somehow has spiraled into a mass buying spree. i’m definitely remembering the high i used to get going on my weekly cvs run. (somebody call intervention!).

17 03 2010
Michelle

FYI: The allergy rewards is in the form of a $20 Rite-Aid certificate (not gift card, but certificate). Your post leads people to believe that it’s a check. Instead it’s something that must be used in store/online for future Rite-Aid purchases.

Thanks so much for this post.

18 03 2010
bessmarvin

you make an excellent point! i should edit that post a little bit to make it more clear. although you’ll find that in most cases websites will call deal scenarios “money makers”, when really the money you’re making is in extrabucks or register rewards. i think it’s sort of a bad habit that we’re all in. 🙂

17 03 2010
Michelle

P.S. I’m fairly new to this. How did you print the $4 Zyrtec coupon 4 times when you have to register to access the coupon? Do you use four different names/emails or does it allow you to use the back button over and over?

Thanks in advance.

18 03 2010
bessmarvin

i was able to hit the back button to get 2, and then i made my nice boyfriend sign up and print me out two more. in general i only take what i can get with my one email address, but zyrtec has been taking my money for almost 15 years now, i figure they can cough up two more coupons to help a girl out 🙂

18 03 2010
Cindy

My Rite Aid usually has a limit of 1 SCR per deal. How can you do multiples?

18 03 2010
bessmarvin

the zyrtec allergy rewards program is separate (although you only have to put the receipt in once), and the products count toward both. free money from all angles!

21 03 2010
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