Friday, March 13, 2009

Save Money and Time - Walgreens Online

Shopping online can save money and time. "Save Money and Time" blog posts are where I share my experience with online businesses and such.

Save Money and Time

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Walgreens Online

During a time when I did not have reliable transportation, was a life saver for me. I couldn't consistently get a ride, or pay for a taxi cab, to the grocery store. There were days when I ran out of food. provided a way for me to get basic food stuffs, and necessary personal items. After being accepted by the DART Paratransit program, I had a way to get to the grocery store, but I still use on occassion because the shipping charge for orders weighing 10 pounds or less - $5.49 - is cheaper than the fare I pay to ride paratransit. Also, many items ship free by themselves, or when combined with a $50 or more order of other qualifying items.

The Good

Many items stocked in the brick and mortar Walgreens can be purchased online.

Save money and travel time on free shipping, or 10 pounds or less, orders (compared to cost of riding paratransit).

Ability to get people and pet food, personal items, as well as some OTC medicines, delivered to your door.

Delivery is via UPS, which for me is faster and often more reliable than USPS.

The Mediocre

Walgreens shipping department doesn't always pack items properly, but items damaged due to Walgreens improper packing can be replaced or refunded with a toll free call to Customer Service.

The Bad

Items from the weekly sales ads may not be at sale price when purchased online.

Outside of the 48 contiguous states, shipping charges are high.

Prescription delivery. Standard shipping of prescriptions is free to all 50 states, but Standard shipping prescriptions can take two weeks, or more, before they are shipped (then add the time it takes the carrier to get the prescription to you). Two day and overnight delivery of prescriptions are available, but are very costly.


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