Today I'm joining Leigh over at Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday. Be sure to check out the bargains that other thrifty bloggers have discovered.
About a month ago my niece Mandy was singing the praises of Alice.com on Facebook. Her comment drew lots of praise from her 20-something mom friends, so I decided to check Alice out. If you've never heard of this website, Alice basically claims to have better pricing than the discount stores on stuff that you use every day—cleaning supplies, health and beauty aids, laundry products, and they don't charge shipping or sales tax.
It wouldn't hurt to see what Alice was all about. I set up my free account and then began the process of selecting my products and making note of the prices. With this information, I decided to find out if Alice really was a better bargain.
I started out at Walgreens in Lee Branch on Highway 280. I buy a lot of stuff at Walgreens. They often put their vitamins on sale at two for one, and sales tax is only 5%. I guess Walgreens sits on a parcel of land that was not snatched up by Hoover when they took in the rest of Lee Branch, so you pay only Shelby County sales tax.
As I began the process of price comparison, I noticed that not only were Walgreen's prices sometimes better than Alice's prices, but they were running some pretty good specials as well. I needed bath soap, so that went into my cart, but I decided to take advantage of some other deals as well.
Perhaps the best kept secret of the Lee Branch Walgreens is Lou. Lou often runs the register at the beauty counter, and she keeps a stash of coupons that she has filed alphabetically. If you're ever shopping there when Lou is working, it pays to check out at that register. Lou was in that day, so I headed to her register. I felt like I had won the lottery. Lou had $1 off coupons for everything in my buggy.
When all was said and done, I paid a little over $18 for all of this, and I had accumulated $5 in register rewards to use the next time I visited Walgreens.
I would have spent over $25 for the same stuff by ordering from Alice. Sometimes it pays to shop close to home.