Don't forget about the Walgreens / Dove RR deal Here. I mentioned in that post that it might be possible to get back RRs with trial sized items. Today the manager and I gave it a try and it actually does not work on trial sized items. Your best bet it to go with the Dove Beauty Bar soap (which is heavenly.)
Since I mentioned customer service in the previous post and knowing your stores (who likes couponers and who does not) let me tell you about the wonderful customer service experience I had at my local Walgreens today. First, I know this particular Walgreens if friendly and welcomes my coupons. The manager approached me today and asked me if I could give him a heads up of sales (he knows his sales but of what WE are buying) so he can go ahead and stock his shelves. While we were talking I asked him if our coupons upset him and he said no because the manufacturers ARE giving him back the money. He actually helped me check out and we tried the Dove deal, which we both discovered did not work with trial sizes. We continued to talk and I showed him the wonderful thing about stores who welcome couponers...we also buy things that are not matched with coupons. The two examples I showed him were my toilet paper and diapers. He got over $20 from me because I happened to be in this store (due to couponing) so I bought my toilet paper and diapers with him (using no coupons - great Walgreens sales, though.)
So over time, I have come to know those that work in the Walgreens stores and those that appreciate couponing. If your managers/cashiers truly understand the coupon process they will see that it is a win/win for everyone.
The managers win because we go in their store, use our coupons (which the manufacturers repay them for) and we also buy other items while we are in their store.
The manufacturers win because we are trying their products (often new products on the shelves) and are inclined to stay with their brand or stay with their product.
We win because we save money.
The community wins, because we bring home a lot more items for a lot less and are able to give back.
It is a win/win for all!