The Science Nerd

Get Paid to Shop

March 4, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post about a coupon for a free 2 liter Coke at Lowe’s Foods.  The coupon came from Aisle 50 (affiliate link), an online coupon site that puts deals directly on your Lowe’s Rewards card.  Most of the deals offered on Aisle 50 have to be purchased.  For example – a buy one get one coupon off Folgers Gourmet coffee.  You pay $5.98 at the Aisle 50 website and a coupon for 2 bags of coffee is added to your rewards card.  When you get the coffee and swipe your card, $11.98 is discounted from your order (the price of both bags).  There are not many deals on the website yet, but there were two free ones that I took advantage of.

The first deal was the 2 L of Coke that I discovered on Facebook.  The other was a coupon for a free box of Martha White muffin mix.  I loaded both deals on my card. The next day, i was out running errands and decided to stop by Lowe’s and get my free items. It didn’t hurt that we had people coming over for dinner and I knew the Coke would be good to have that evening.

I picked up my Coke and a Lemon Poppy Seed muffin mix and headed for the Self Checkout aisle.  The Coke rang up at $1.79 and the muffin mix was a dollar.  What I didn’t realize was that the soda was on sale and the coupon discounted the regular price.

So, here is a summary of the deal:

2 L Coke $1.79

Muffin Mix $1.00

Tax $0.16

Total $2.95

Coke coupon -$2.00

Muffin Mix coupon -$1.00

Total cost (-$0.05)

The register was not too happy that my total was negative, and I needed a cashier to help.  Even the cashier wasn’t sure what was going on and had to call a manager.  The manager was able to give me my groceries and a nickel.

I knew my two items were going to be free, but I assumed I was going to have to pay tax.  I was thrilled to find that the coupon was for more than the sale price of the soda which made this deal a money maker for me.  I was pleasantly surprised!

I can see, with careful planning how buying some of the deals would work out the same way.  For example, the coffee deal.  If you paid the $5.98 for two bags and they were on sale or BOGO the deal would be even better and possibly free.

If there is a Lowe’s Foods near you, check out Aisle 50.  (It works at a few other stores, but I didn’t recognize any of them.)  At the very least you can get a free soda and some muffin mix.

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