Before we get started, let me give you links to part 1 and part 2 of this series "Dollar Tree Deals" and "Let's Go Krogering."
When one ponders which stores offers gifts at great prices, Walgreens doesn't immediately spring to mind. However, I recently hit a motherload of gifts in the clearance section of my local Walgreens.
Check out these colorful scarves!
But, wait! There's more!
Elegant "Together We Give Opportunity" coffee mugs!
Originally priced at $12.00, they were discounted to $1.20 each. Although the price was very attractive, I soon discovered that this was a cup with a cause! I love that a portion of the profits goes to support financial independence for needy women overseas. The organization is called WE and can be found at https://www.we.org/. There is a code on a tag attached to each mug. You can go to the website and type in the code to see the impact of your purchase. Once again, I depleted their inventory.
I even got an additional discount by using the points I had accumulated on my Walgreens store loyalty card. Honestly, I was so pumped by the bargains that I didn't even consider that I might have enough points to take some money off of my total. The store clerk, who was as excited by my deals as I was, asked me, "Do you want me to check the total on your loyalty card? Maybe you have enough points to discount your total even further?" I love it when a total stranger is clearly "into" my savvy shopper ways. Sure enough, I was able to take $5 off of my total!
The scarves and mugs all went into my "gift stash" to be used for Christmas gifts. Here is an example of a gift basket that I put together for under $5.00, using items that I found at incredible prices.
Here is a breakdown of the items and their cost:
Three dark green Christmas napkins: $ .75 ($.25 each - Bergner's clearance)
"Together We Give Opportunity" mug: $1.20 (Walgreens Clearance)
Oolong Organic Tea: $1.00 (Big Lots Clearance shelf)
Pampered Chef wooden spoon: $1.20 (Clearance)
Cool colorful scarf: $ .60 (Walgreens Clearance)
Note: I had the basket, the candy, and the black feather on hand already. I purchase baskets throughout the year from second-hand stores or garage sales. I try to always keep a few in my "gift stash" area. Nice gift bags are also something to look for throughout the year. Although remember that Dollar Tree has them in stock year-round for a dollar each in various sizes.
Since then, I have stopped by Walgreens two more times and taken note that although they are not a "gift shop", they do have some interesting items at fantastic clearance prices. It is certainly worth a stop while you are in the neighborhood. After all, there is a Walgreens on every corner, isn't there? 😉
How about you? Have you ever shopped your Walgreens for gifts? I'd love to hear your experiences. Comment below.
Do all to the glory of God,