Update in Robitussing Double Dipping Deal

Since I had comments and received emails questioning my integrity because I posted about this deal, I took it upon myself to call the Catalina company that handles these offers.

This is what I found out:  These are actually THREE different offers that are running at the same time.

  1. The first one is get $5 in RRs when you buy three Wyeth products.  This one ends 12/31/08.
  2. then get $5 in RRs when you buy $10 in products.  This offer ends 1/31/09.
  3. Finally, get $10 in RRs when you buy $20 in products, ends 1/31/09.

Take note that you will not get $20 in RRs after 12/31.  But you will still get $15 in Register Rewards which is still pretty nice.  So if your store runs out of product, get rainchecks because the offers run all month long.

As you can see there isn’t anything dishonest about taking advantage of this offer.  Please stop the hate mail calling me a thief and saying I am encouraging my readers to do the same. I don’t have a problem recognizing when I am wrong and have done so publicly already.  I want my readers to know that I uphold the integrity of this blog very highly.  This is why you won’t see me talking about coupons that you are not supposed to print from the internet or taking advantage of offers in a way that is not how the manufacturer originally intended.

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  • Mercedes,

    Thanks for calling the company and getting a straight answer. I had my share of the “you’re are stealing and telling others to steal” emails myself. I agree with what you already stated in your other post, even if it were not three promotions running at one time it would still no be dishonest in my opinion.

    First, we, as customers, did nothing illegal to cause the Register Rewards to print. I used legitimate coupons on legitimate items.

    Second, the register rewards are actually manufacturers coupons from the specific companies and Walgreens will get reimbursed from them 100%.

    Third, Walgreens will make money from this deal because with our 2 $5 rewards and 1 $10 Reward we will make mulitple trips back to Walgreens over the next few days/weeks to use them. I went again this morning and picked up some medication that my daughter needed and paid out of pocket for it. I could have gone to many other stores but because I had the Register Rewards I went to Walgreens.

    Last, if it were illegal/questionable/dishonest you can bet that Walgreens would have put a stop to it already. There would have been immediate emails to store managers and the system would have been corrected.

    Thanks again for your website, your deal posting, and the help that you are giving so many families.


    Angie Hopkins
    Thrifty Florida Mama.net

  • I think you’re doing a great job! Don’t let those negative people get to you…they’re just looking for others to make a mistake (so they can feel better about themselves). 🙂

  • Frugalista

    What I think is this – people HATE when you are doing something they cannot. They will make fun of you, call you names, and accuse you of things you are not guilty of. The best you can do? Keep on doing what you are doing for the people who understand and APPRECIATE what you are doing. I’m one of them. Press “delete” on their emails and keep on trucking on!

  • Its so funny how people make you out to be a thief but I’m sure they did the same deal themselves. I glad you go the situation straightened out and I hope those emails stop. I just hope that those who had the nerve to do such a thing have the heart to send you an apology.

  • Julieann

    I appreciate all your hard work and know from reading your blog that you would never allow dishonest postings or comments from readers. I have seen plenty of “comment removed” entries to know you watch out for things like that.

    I certainly agree that whoever was sending you those kinds of emails should apologize now that you went out of your way to prove your honesty and integrity.

    God bless you and have a wonderful 2009.

  • Mercedes, Thank you for the clarification – this is not stealing and anyone of the people that sent you the hate mail could have done what you did and reported back to you what they found out but chose to take the accusatory way – I feel sorry for them.

    Thank you for your posts – you will never know and words will never be able to explain how you have helped. Hopefully you will read my post on your looking back in 2008 to see how much I appreciate what you do!

    Would love to find out the information regarding how you find out about these Catalina/register rewards so I can check if I’m unsure.

    Thanks again Mercedes!

  • Melissa

    Mercedes, I just started reading your blog recently (through moneysavingmom) and I want to let you know that you are helping many, many people with the information you post. Please don’t let negative people get to you; you are providing a valuable service to all of us trying to save our family’s resources. I really appreciate everything that you post!

  • I don’t think you are doing anything wrong. You are working the system and stores. Walgreens does those catalina things in hopes that you will purchase more items while shopping and that you will forget to use the RR, which I have in the past forgotten about them. Thanks for all your deals and the people that question you are just jealous of your awesome couponing/dealing skills!

  • jenny m

    Serioulsy- thanks for the info- you are helping us save lots of money and that is fabulous!

  • Melanie

    I frequent your blog, and even before you posted this read your original post and the comments by the person thinking it was dishonest. From the get go I didn’t think so. EVEN IF it’s a mistake on Wag’s part–that doesn’t make it dishonest. If you are using VALID coupons in the legal manner, you can’t help what spits out of those RR machines.

    Keep up the great work, and don’t let those people make you feel bad!

  • wendy

    Just wanted to let you know that I went to Walgreens today and bought 3 Robitussins and 2 Dimeataps at $4 each. I used 4 of the $2/1 coupons. I only received a $5 RR in return. It’s not the first time my Walgreens has disappointed me! It was still a pretty good deal and I’m armed for cold season!

  • Kerri

    I did this deal this afternoon in Iowa. I got 5 medicines with the 5 $2 off coupons and got the $20 back. Thanks for alerting us to the amazing bargain…ended up with 4 transactions, $52 worth of stuff for less than $5 when it was all said and done! WOWZA!!!!

  • Tiffany

    Thank you for posting the deals they are appreciated!

  • Amy

    I think you’re doing an awesome job with this website. I read the post you’re referring to, and no where did I get the impression that you were trying to encourage people to get out there and “steal.” You were simply stating that “this is what happened to me.” I figured it was somehow legit anyway. There was another time something similar came up, and it wasn’t a mistake – there was a reason for it. I just assumed that was the case this time. Thank you for going to all the work to confirm everything.
    Just thought you might appreciate some “like” mail!!

  • Joy

    Love your blog!! Love your honesty!! Love the detail and clear explanations!! Keep it up and always remember that you have many, many, many more readers who value your time and appreciate you so much ~ than you do those jealous ones who don’t have anything better to do than type ugly things on the computer.

    Keep those deals coming ~~ and we’ll keep reading, saving, and encouraging…

  • Sorry you are receiving hate mail, I have heard that means you are popular LOL. When I read about the deal I was wondering what was going on, but figured it was a glitch in the system. But even if that were the case the customer has done nothing wrong by buying the product. Thanks for pointing out the great deals for us!

  • I can’t believe you are getting hate mail!! Don’t let it get you down. You are awesome, and thanks for all you do!

    ~Leah Rockwell
    metroplexsavers . blogspot . com

  • Mercedes, I can’t tell you how much you have changed my life and budget. I appreciate you finding out the whole deal. I think it speaks highly of your character! Also, a note to other readers, when you have multiple RR printing out sometimes it takes awhile. My cashier was already moving onto the next order and mine were still printing out. Be patient and ASK if you don’t get something you should. If the manager can’t get it to work they can at least comp the price so that it “evens out”.

  • Deb H.

    Thanks for your post. Sorry you got all the negative mail. I LOVE your site and visit nearly everyday. I tried to get this deal yesterday, but the RR’s didn’t print and I got a manager who was less than hospitable to me and I ended up returning the medicine and losing the coupons in the deal! Uff da! Say, you are from WI, right? If you are anywhere near the Watertown area, I’d love to get the scoop on shopping there. We’ll be moving to that area this summer. Keep up the good work!

  • Kathleen

    Can you clarify the #2 point…”Get $5 RR when you buy $10 of products”? Is the $10 of products Wyeth cough and cold meds or just $10 of merchandise in general?

    Thanks so much!!!!

    • Hi Kathleen,
      They are all for buying Wyeth products. So that one is for buying $10 in Wyeth products you get $5 RR back.
      I hope that helps,

  • Kathleen

    Thanks so much for clarifying. I thought that was it, but wanted to make sure 🙂

  • Wow, I am really disappointed to hear people saying negative stuff when all you’re trying to do is help!

    As a fellow blogger, I know you went above and beyond by calling the Catalina company – something anyone could have done but you chose to do. I appreciate that and would never ever question your integrity.

    Thanks, Mercedes!

  • charlene

    Hi Mercedes, Sorry for the nasty feedback you got– I bought the energizer energi to go cell charger for $4 today and submitted for the $5 rebate. I guess I am a thief too (or is it just smart? hmm…)

    On another note do you have a suggestion for how to get into a coupon train?

    Thank you!

  • Cathy

    This may be a silly question but couponing is a whole new world me. In the Robittin/dimetap deal, what does this mean?

    -6 three $2/1 robitussin coupons

    does this mean you have to use six robitussin coupons? What does the three stand for?

  • Sue

    I subscribed to your blog ages ago and I Love it! Thank you so much for posting this deal! I did it successfully yesterday and am planning to go out and do it again today!! Since my family of 3 doesn’t need ALL that cough medicine (haha), I am going to keep one of each and donate the rest to the shelter. I feel so good about doing this, and about being able to teach my son great shopping habits and the joy of helping others. Thank you!!

  • Gina

    Thanks for all your hard work that you provide to help families like us to get out of debt, and try to live well below our means. I found your site through momeysavingmom, which a lady from my Dave Ramsey class told me about. I cannot even express how much of a blessing the 2 site have been, and how there have helped us to stay in our budget and still have lots to share! I really like to 2 sites, becase of your honesty. Thanks and keep up the good work.
    God Bless!

  • Tonya

    I appreciate all the hard work you do so much.Don’t let what those others say upset you.We all know you are an honest person and you take the time to do all these because you care.Thank you for all your time and hard work:)

  • Alisa Ricketts

    Oh My Gosh! I can’t believe that people are leaving you negative comments! Your blog is an absolute treasure trove of great deals! During these economic times, it is the smart (and thrifty) person who will survive. I grew up with my Grandma telling me stories about the Great Depression, and how people would stand in line at soup kitchens to get a handout and how housewives would swap their ration cards to get what they needed. Were they thieves? No Way! And, this is no different. So, take heart, Mercedes, you are doing a great job, and a lot of us appreciate it!

  • Sienna

    Because of deals like this I was just able to drop off 9 bottles of Robi, 15 tubes of toothpaste, 4 diabetes monitors and numerous other toiletry and food items to my local food bank. I see nothing wrong with using information like what I find on your blog to make some RRs go to good use. Thanks for your hard work!

  • Thank you guys for your support. It really means a lot to me. I want my readers to know that I understand why they visit my blog. It is because of the information I provide. I want that information to be as accurate as possible. I would feel awful if my readers were to be embarrassed at stores because I gave them the wrong information. I am not infallible though and make mistakes. But I have no problem correcting my mistakes and letting my readers know about it.


  • Laurie

    I was just wondering if anyone knows — when they put the Robitussin on sale, how do you know which bottles are on sale and which aren’t? They never clarify in their ad and my parents went last night and bought three 4 oz. bottles and they rang up full price. Now I have to take them back to the store to exchange for the $4 bottles. Does anyone know what the difference is?

  • Hey Mercedes,

    What an excellent gal you are to call and clarify! That says a lot about you! I appreciate at that and hope that we didn’t get off on the wrong foot.

  • Julieann

    My store has tags on the ones that are on sale; that’s the only way I knew.

  • Julieann

    As an additional note, I purchased 5 participating products and only got a $5RR too. I asked the cashier about it and she wrote in $10 (based on what the ad said) on the RR itself (we’ll see if that works). However, I didn’t get the other two RR’s. I emailed the company to ask them what’s next. Mercedes also told me I could go to the store and ask the cashier for a form to submit to the company to get them.

  • Stephanie

    I purchased 5 Robitussin and only received a $5 RR as well. I did not realize it until I got home (it is hard to shop with 4 kids in tow!). Now I do not know how to “prove” I did not get other RR’s; any ideas? When Juliann says she emailed the company, is that Walgreens or Wyeth?

  • I bought 5 robitussin and only got a $5 RR. I immediatly noticed and got another $5 RR printed out for me by the manager. So I only got back the $10. Check your receipts before you leave the store to make sure you get at least get what the ad says!

  • GREAT blog, GREAT job and a lot of integrity! Don’t let people put you down, you’re doing a great job!

  • Hi Guys,
    For those of you who didn’t get your $20 in RRs you can contact the Catalina Company at 1-888-8 coupons and explain that you didn’t get the Register rewards that you expected. They have a way to find out why a catalina didn’t print out in a particular catalina machine. So they should be able to help you find out why your RR didn’t print at the register at the store where you bought it. Most importantly they will help you get the rest of your RRs by mail. So take some time to call them.

  • Gidget

    I just got my 2- $5 RR catalinas and 1- $10 RR catalina. I bought 3 Dimataps (I know it’s spelled wrong) and 3 Robitussins, the majority of which will be donated. I used coupons for all of them. Thanks so much for letting us know about this awesome deal! I also found you through MSM and love your posts.

    I saw that awhile ago you posted a PnS deal. For those of us in WI, can you continue that?

  • Hi Gidget,

    I will continue doing the PnS coupon matchups. I am just taking a break for the holidays since the sales circulars are very repetitive. But I intend to pick it up again the first week of the year.


  • Glor

    Hey Mercedes! Thanks for all the hard work – please don’t mind the wackos!! (Why should they care, regardless?) Glor

  • Mercedes,

    I can’t believe people were being so mean! Thanks for calling the catalina company and getting all the details! I did the deal today and it worked great! Thanks for posting this awesome deal!

  • Julieann

    I emailed the Catalina company and they promptly e-mailed me back and asked me to call 888.826.8766. The lady said she thought that there was only one coupon per transaction, but she took my information (have your Walgreens receipt ready) and sent it to the dept that deals with Walgreens. She said that if it is determined I should have received the rest of the coupons that they will mail them to me in 6-8 weeks. Not bad for a 5 minute phone call. Even if I don’t get the other $10, at least I got the items for free with the coupons and asking about adjusting the $5 coupon that did print out.

    Hope this helps anyone who had troubles.

  • I am so glad I didn’t go to Walgreens yesterday and came across your post this morning! I am going to head up there right away. Thanks a bunch.

    Happy New Year,


  • I didn’t have to read each one of these replys to know that they are all positive. Just know that for every one of those negative people there are 100 people that appreciate everything that you do. With a income 1/4 of what it was 6 months ago and a growing toddler in the house we need to save every penny we can and without your blog we would be in a much worse situation. Thanks so so much!

  • Thanks so much for all you do! You have helped my couponing immensely in 2008, and I am looking to even more deals in 2009! This deal worked for me yesterday and when I got home I practically forced the entire family to listen to my play-by-play. But sorry I didn’t let them know you were the one to credit. I just let them think Mom is a genius. LOL

  • Mae

    Thank you for calling. I wasn’t going to do it if it was a glitch but since it was legit- I did it. We needed some cold medicine so the timing was perfect. I was only able to use 4 coupons at my store but it printed the 3 Register Rewards to the delight of my cashier.

  • heidi

    Thanks for all the info. I just wish I could get access to enough coupons to do all these deals I read about at Walgreens. I clicked on your links and could only get one coupon to print. I’m glad so many of your were able to get the deal. I am now trying to teach my nieces all about the ways to save money using these blogs.

  • Jem

    Hi there,
    I was at Walgreens yesterday (12-31) and bought 5 Robitussins on the first transaction and 4 Robitussins and 1 Dimetapp on the second. I only got a $10 and $5 catalina per transaction. The other $5 did not print out. Any suggestions on what I should/could do?


    • Hi Jem,
      It seems the third RR offer ended around lunch time yesterday. That’s why you only got $15 in RRs.


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  • Lisa

    Thanks for the information about this deal. I went today to get 5 Robitussins and was expecting $15 in RR, but only got $10. I tried to explain it to the employees before I left, but didn’t remember the exact details. Unfortunately I hadn’t printed this page, but after reading it again I’m not sure that it was intended that you get $5 for spending $10 and $10 for spending $20 in the same transaction.

    I’m greatful to have only paid $3.50 and to now $10 to go back and buy more stuff. Should have gone to Walgreens on 12/31 to get $20 though!!

  • Effie Cassa

    Hey Girl: Ignore, the stupidy hate mail! Number ONE! You have an honest site! And leads anyone to help! NUMBER TWO! When you have printed up your limit on your paper,your ink, and your time! THEY ON THE COMPANY FROM THE SITE LET YOU KNOW! AND the stores, the COMPANY POLICY, WHICH anyone can go and PRINT up thereselves, can go and PRINT IT UP! SO PLEASE SEND MY EMAIL YOUR HATERS!!!!!!!!! And let them write me. I would love to know if any of them go to church ask them???????????? Also ask them is there ever a time that they grumbled to there cars, about the prices of things at these stores? Are is it that someone finally took the time to understand how to save and then shared it with others so they could do so also! And as far as i can see, since coupons are something to even get them hardly where i live is something you must print in the devastasting part of lousianna. Tell them i have not been to church in a while. SO they can bite me. I appreciate an honest site with good people, and someone showing me, how to save, where when you go in, They are not going to help you understand how to do it. Nine times out of ten, the clerks themselves, and people there did’t even know you could save that way. Now isn’t that a nice place to shop and so honest with everyone in there home towns?? Dont’ play feel sorry for me, these companys have been making money and taken advatage with markups for years of people.. And never one day have they shared my company is offering these deals, and this is the way you do this. No they expect you to figure this out. And when you tell them, i didn’t do this right. No and i cannot help you with that. That is what you get.. So tell you haters. There is other sites what are you doing here!!!!!! Sincerely A lover of this place.. A handicap lady who has shopped at all of them, and has used most of them for pharmacy and alot of money for years> and Not one time have they helped me with this issue are savings.. EFFIE