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Old 05-30-2011, 10:00 PM
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Fuzzy math

I see lots of people posting details about their shopping trips on coupon pages on FB. I keep wondering about their math.

Example - person spends $20 at Riteaid and gets $15 in up rewards. Net amount is $5 after taking the rewards into account.

Next shopping trip they spend $45 at Riteaid and use their $15 up rewards from the previous shopping trip to bring the total down to $30.

Seems to me you can't use the up rewards 2x to determine savings. You count it off initial purchase OR when you use the up rewards - you can't use the $15 to calculate the savings on both....

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Old 05-30-2011, 10:21 PM

RE: Fuzzy math

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Yes it annoys me too. I always count the RR that I use as cash and add that to my oop. I went to wags and after coupons my oop was 11.62 BUT I had 13 rr so my realized cost was 24.62 with 15 rr for my next purchase. (this was just an example)
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:42 AM

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It really depends how many times you can roll your rewards. I have been rolling my Riteaid rewards for 2 weeks now. My initial investment was $30. I get $25 to spend next time. Last week, I used $10 RR, paid $2 for tax and got $13 more RR to use so it was a money making week. They usually have some items every week that is pretty close to free after coupons. Buy those items and make your RR stretch for max value.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:30 PM

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It definitely seems like some are counting their +up and similar savings 2x... possibly without quite realizing it? I don't think rewards like that should be counted as savings until after they're used, because it's not like a cash rebate, it's a $-off q after all... IMO at least.

Just to use my recent Rite Aid trip as an example, where I rolled +up into subsequent transactions. (pre tax)

Transaction 1:
Spent $21, got $18 +UP

Transaction 2:
Spent $0.50, got $15 +up

Transaction 3:
Spent $1, no +up, but I have a rite aid Scr coming my way for 4.50.

Total spent: $22.50 - 4.50 Scr = $18 spent.

So no fuzzy math here- all savings and +up used in one transaction, though, so it's probably a little less confusing.

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Old 07-10-2011, 07:37 AM

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I agree. I count my ups, rr whatever when I use them not when I get them. I feel the same way. You can't count then twice.

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:49 PM

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When I am figuring out my savings I dont figure Ups/ RRs into it at all. My total is Cash paid OOP- Rebates back to me (minus stamps for rebates if necessary)= (hopefully, usually) Total that store/ manufacturer has paid me to shop. I try to get back at least the same amount of Ups/ RRs that I used but, to me at least, a MMer has to involve making actual money.


I have just passed my six month mark and RA has paid me about $150 above and beyond what I have paid them OOP and I still have about $40 in Ups to use.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:44 PM

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It definitely seems like some are counting their +up and similar savings 2x... possibly without quite realizing it? I don't think rewards like that should be counted as savings until after they're used, because it's not like a cash rebate, it's a $-off q after all... IMO at least.

Just to use my recent Rite Aid trip as an example, where I rolled +up into subsequent transactions. (pre tax)

Transaction 1:
Spent $21, got $18 +UP

Transaction 2:
Spent $0.50, got $15 +up

Transaction 3:
Spent $1, no +up, but I have a rite aid Scr coming my way for 4.50.

Total spent: $22.50 - 4.50 Scr = $18 spent.

So no fuzzy math here- all savings and +up used in one transaction, though, so it's probably a little less confusing.
Did you use any of your + ups on these transactions?

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Old 07-20-2011, 04:49 PM

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the last two weeks have been great at wags for rolling register rewards and looks like next week will follow suit Yay!
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:27 PM

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Did you use any of your + ups on these transactions?

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Yes - e.g. Up+ earned in transaction 1 used for transaction 2, and that's why I only spent $0.50 OOP for transaction 2.
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