Time for Free Dental Care & Happiness!

Apparently, Walgreens and CVS have decided that this is the week to get new toothbrushes and toothpaste, for cheap as almost free!

Time to get our dental care on!!!

First, head over to CVS. Go to the register with $2.
Buy 1 GUM Eez-Thru Flossers (75-150 ct) at $2, Get $2 Extra Care Bucks on your card. (Limit 2)
(Your money is basically going straight on your card.)
Free flossers, though it feels like you just paid for them, because your $2 is now on your CVS Extra Care card.

Then go back to the register for your next transaction.
Buy 1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush (1 ct) at $2.99, and CVS will give you $0.99 in Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
Use $2 coupon from the 4/3 P&G insert (Or go to Procter & Gamble Everyday Solutions and put your CVS card in there and add the Proctor & Gamble coupon there!)
Free toothbrush after coupon and ECBs!
With this one, if you don’t have the coupon, the ECBs from the flossers will pay for the toothbrush. It’s just not free then, it’s $2 – but P&G has the $2 coupon on the website and it was in papers last week.

If my CVS math is correct, you’ll be leaving CVS having spent $1, and you’ll leave with $2 on your Extra Care card. In your shopping bag, you’ll have a bag of GUM Eez-Thru Flossers and a new Oral-B Manual Toothbrush! 🙂

Next stop: Walgreens!

Go to the register with $2 and change for tax.
Buy 1 Colgate Maxfresh, MaxWhite or MaxClean Toothpaste at $2.99, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $1.00 off Colgate toothpaste coupon from the 4/3 insert
It’s like getting it free plus overage after coupon and Register Rewards.

The best part about this deal is that, like the GUM flossers at CVS, if you do not have a coupon, it’s an even exchange of money-to-Register Rewards, and if you *do* have a coupon, you’re making money off of Walgreens. If you happen to have several of these coupons, you can actually get a lot of toothpaste this way and rack up a bunch of Register Rewards.

Walgreens’s customer appreciation program is different from CVS’s in that register rewards puts the appreciation money in your hand in the form of a redeemable coupon for your next purchase, rather than putting it on a card, so it makes the responsibility of keeping up with the Register Rewards your responsibility, and it makes the “need” to spend those rewards seem much more immediate. This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. It’s good, in that it helps to remember to do discrete transactions, which is how you can really make the most of playing the pharmacy shopping game. It’s bad in that it can lead to making impulse purchases of things you don’t really need or want. Be careful of that! 🙂

Go back to the register and buy 2 Colgate Toothbrushes at $2.50 each ($5), to receive another $3 in Register Rewards.
Use 2 $1/1 coupon from the 3/27 SmartSource insert
Free after coupons and the $3 in Register Rewards from your first purchase. And you’ll walk away with a voucher for $3 off your next Walgreens purchase (Which can go a surprisingly long way…)

So it looks like, at least this week, for less than $5, you can get flossers, toothpaste, and at least two new toothbrushes. Not bad, really. 🙂

So that’s one thing that’s making me happy.

I’ve been taking time every day to think about what’s making me happy. It’s a practice that I have been doing with my friends on the Epilepsy forum of Patients Like Me. I find that by focusing on what things are making me genuinely smile, I’ve been able to help other people find the things that make them smile too. I figured, why not share it here too? More smiles = More happy, and as is widely accepted as truth, More happy = Good for everybody.

So, what’s making me happy today?

I had tea yesterday with my friend Emi. (Don’t we sound so classy and almost British? Really, it was just 2 ladies chillin out on the couch with yummy food and good tea!)

Spending time with a good friend always makes me very happy, but Emi is excellent at raising my spirits. She’s a very creative, sensitive, artistic and caring person. While she was here, she told me her newest affirmation. “I am Equal to the Challenge.” I loved it and decided to adopt it immediately.

I wrote it on my bathroom mirror (that’s where I usually put my affirmations so that I remember to think about them), and this morning, it made me smile great big because it reminded me that I have a good friend who lives close enough that I can call her to visit, and that when it comes down to it, I really am equal to the challenges that are set before me, even if I don’t always feel like it. If you ask me, that is a fantastic thing to keep me happy not only today but for several days to come.

I hope that whoever reads this chooses to take the affirmation for themselves if they have any doubts within their hearts as to whether or not they are capable of handling the weight or intensity of the pressures that life has given them. Just repeating that phrase in my mind: “I am equal to the challenge at hand” makes me feel strong and capable.

So, what’s making your Friday happy?

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