Pet Scribbles: Completing my Halloween Mantel #BalanceRewards

Monday, October 22, 2012

Completing my Halloween Mantel #BalanceRewards

Completing my Halloween Mantel #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Yesterday was a gorgeous Fall day, and after cleaning up from our weekend Oktoberfest party, I decided to finish my Fall decorating. I needed a few things to complete my Halloween-themed mantel, and decided that I wanted some fun candle holders to balance everything out. I decided to check out Walgreens for Halloween ideas.

Walgreens has a new Loyalty Card program called Balance Rewards. By signing up for this card, participants receive Walgreens Savings and also earn points towards Walgreens Rewards. I'm lucky to have a Walgreens just a few minutes drive from our home. Being that I wanted to go to Walgreens to check out their Halloween decor items, I decided to save time and just sign up for the Balance Rewards program using the Walgreens app on my iPhone.

Walgreens app for iPhones #BalanceRewards #Cbias


First step? Ignore the stray cat hair on the iPhone screen. Step two? Click on the Rewards icon: 

Walgreens app for iPhones #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Click on Join Now. If you sign up in the store, you can simply add your Balance Rewards card info to your existing account information using your iPhone.

Walgreens Balance Rewards signup #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Enter some basic info about yourself and choose a password. Simple stuff!

Walgreens Balance Rewards signup #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Voilá! I'm now a member of the Balance Rewards loyalty card program at Walgreens! Took about 3 minutes tops.
  
Walgreens Balance Rewards signup #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I clicked on the options at the bottom of the Balance Rewards screen. (See below.) Clicking on the bottom left (Card) will bring up your card that can be easily scanned right from your phone during checkout. Points so far? Zero! And the Activity tab keeps track of your purchases for you.

Walgreens Balance Rewards on iPhone #BalanceRewards #Cbias



One of the first signs I saw when I entered the store was the Balance Rewards sign, which just happened to be at the end of the aisle I was looking for! How convenient to have all of the Halloween-themed merchandise in one area.  

Walgreens Halloween Ideas #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Halloween Peeps! Who knew? Not me!

Halloween Peeps at Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Cap'n Crunch goes green! I would have loved this as a kid. Green milk? Definitely!

Halloween Crunch Cereal at Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Halloween decorations? Check! Halloween candy? But of course!

Halloween Candy and Decorations at Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I adored this giant Casper the Friendly Ghost smiling at us as we were leaving Walgreens! I dressed up as Casper when I was about 4-ish years young. I have a picture of me from back then somewhere. If I start looking for it now, I might find it around Valentine's Day to share with you.

Casper the Friendly Ghost at Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


To see more of my shopping trip to Walgreens, click here.

When I got home, I checked my Balance Rewards info to see if it was updated on my Walgreens app. I'm always interested in how fast these kinds of things actually work. All my info was already uploaded into my account. I spent under $25, receiving Walgreens Savings on some of my items with my Balance Rewards card.

Walgreens Savings #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I earned 1000 points in just this trip. I'm on my way to redeeming my first $5 reward, which is a nice extra to a successful Halloween shopping trip!

Walgreens Loyalty Card Points #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I bought these plastic Halloween Potion bottles at Walgreens. I kept them together near one end of my mantel. The skeleton heads light up with tiny LED lights, and each bottle has a glitter spider in it. Perfect, if you ask me!

Halloween Decorations from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Here's my not-so-fancy camera work trying to capture the bottles in the dark:

Halloween Decorations from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


Now. Let's talk about these skull candle holders, also found at Walgreens. I love the two shades of glass, and I really love how heavy they are. This is thick glass. Thick. This is the kind of quality item that I'd expect to find in specialty decor stores for probably twice what I paid. Seriously. These candle holders were the score of the day!

Glass Skull Candle Holders from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


How heavy are these? I just had to weigh them. (I'm a bit crazy like that.) Each skull weighs almost 2.5 pounds. I chose the pale teal and dark green shades of glass. Walgreens also had them in magenta and red.

Green Glass Skull Candle Holders from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I placed battery-operated, flickering tealights in each skull, and placed them on each side of my Trick or Treat sign, as you can see in the pictures above and below.

Teal Glass Skull Candle Holders from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


And here's a shot of the mantel. This shot is cropped to avoid having to show you the TV and the various other components that are definitely not part of the Halloween display. Yes, we're one of those homes that has the TV mounted above the fireplace. This makes decorating the mantel a bit difficult, as I have to stick with shorter items that still pack a punch.

Halloween Mantel using decorations from Walgreens #BalanceRewards #Cbias


I hope you enjoyed my little tour of how I completed my Halloween mantel. To get more info and details on Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty card program, visit them on the web here, or on Facebook and Twitter.

With just a little over one week to go, I'm finally decorated for Halloween!

~Laura

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Walgreens. All ideas and opinions are my own.  #CBias #SocialFabric

22 comments:

  1. OOh Love those light up bottles! Iwas just at my local walgreens yesterday but they did not have a Casper! Good to know you can sign up for the rewards program via app. I am always in a rush when I stop there and I've seen many a disgruntled customer mad about having to sign up in store. Have iphone will save $$ on Halloween Candy!

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    1. Amy - yes, you'll definitely save money on their Halloween candy if you have their Balance Rewards card! (And yes, signing up took maybe 3 minutes tops...partly because I was pausing to snap some pics for this post!)

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  2. Me too love the light up bottles think I need to get some!!! Great Job!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Each of the three styles of potion bottles are offered in quite a few color choices, at least in my Walgreens they were. Definitely check them out!

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  3. Great information. I need to do the rewards program.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! Definitely sign up - easy, quick, and then you'll save! :)

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  4. Love the mantel and this new program!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I'm just glad I finished my Halloween mantel before Halloween! :) Glad you like the new Walgreens program too!

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  5. Thanks for the info! I'll have to check out this program. Looks like they had lots of cute Halloween stuff!

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

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    1. You're welcome Erin! yes, they did have lots of cute stuff for Halloween - I've got more shots of Halloween merchandise in my Google+ albums if you're interested! (And definitely get their loyalty card before you shop!)

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  6. I wouldn't have thought of Walgreens for Halloween decor. Thanks Laura. Your mantel is spook-tastic!

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    1. Thanks for the spook-tastic compliment Johnnie! (And yes, now that I scored such cool stuff at Walgreens, you bet I'll be checking back there for future holidays!)

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  7. Bought some decorations from Walgreens recently and LOVED them! Cute setup!

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    1. Glad to hear you found some decorations you love at Walgreens too! And thanks for the compliment too, Amy!

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  8. Those skulls are a fun find! Great tips, thank you!

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  9. LOVE those skulls! It's great when you find fun items at convenient places like Walgreens! :)

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    1. Thanks Sara! I totally agree with you! I'm not sure if I would be carrying on about the skulls if I had purchased them for more money at a more expensive store. It's the fact that Walgreens sold these - so awesome!

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  10. I love Walgreens. I go there all the time! Awesome finds and thanks for telling us about the new Walgreen's features!

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  11. Walgreens is one of my favorite places to shop ~ believe it or not, my husband and I go there when we have some time just to have fun looking around ~ and we always end up buying a few things. Thanks for the info ~ I'll be checking it out!

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