Walgreens 101

Walgreens Logo 1Walgreens takes some getting used to and is very different than it’s competitor CVS when it comes to using coupons and Register Rewards. I will try to make this as easy and simple as possible so that you can save some serious money at Walgreens.

The Facts:

  • Walgreens ads run Sunday through Saturday
  • Accepts coupons at face value (no doubling)
  • Allows stacking of store coupon with a manufacturer coupon
  • Offers rainchecks unless stated otherwise in ad, except on Register Reward items.
  • Register Rewards are considered manufacturer coupons
  • Cannot use Register Reward for an offer to get same offer again. Must be used for other offer or it will not print.

Weekly In-Ad Coupons

They are usually in every weekly ad and look like the image above. You can use a manufacturer coupon with an in-ad coupon, this is referred to as “coupon stacking”. So if dish detergent was regularly $1.59 the in-ad coupon would make it $1.19. If you had say 25¢/1 off coupon for the dish detergent you could stack the coupon with the in-ad coupon making it 94¢ out of pocket.

Monthly Instant Value Coupons (IVCs)

The Instant Value Coupons are store coupons as well and are commonly referred to as IVC coupons. They come out once a month and are usually located in the front of store at the bottom of the weekly ad rack. If you don’t see any; ask the cashier for one. These can generally be stacked with the weekly in-ad coupon and with a manufacturer coupon.

Register Rewards

Register Rewards are considered the same as a manufacturer coupon and are commonly referred to as RR or RR’s. All Register Rewards are a limit of one, meaning you cannot get two of the same offer in the same transaction. Register Rewards generally expire 2 weeks from the date you purchased specified item.  The rule for using them is that you have to make sure that you have the same amount of items as you do coupons. So if you are buying the dish detergent mentioned above you will need to purchase another cheap “filler” item for each item over the amount of coupons.

Earning Register Rewards

You get a Register Reward when you purchase a particular item that generates a Register Reward after purchase. See example below:

You can buy Colgate Toothpaste or Toothbrush for $3 each and when you buy 2 you will earn a $4 Register Reward. Now add coupons to the mix and the deal just got sweeter! See example below…

Colgate Total Dental Care $3, Buy 2, Earn $4 RR
Gum Defense or Advanced Toothpaste; Toothbrush
– (2) $1/1 Select Colgate Toothpastes Coupon (ALL YOU Apr ’11)
= $4, Earn $4 RR
= 2 FREE

Sometimes Register Reward offers will be for multiple items like the following example:

The example above pictures a variety of items, where when you purchase $20 worth of participating items, you will earn $10 RR. In this case you would buy the items you need that will get you the most for your money.

Rolling Your Register Rewards

This is the term for when you take the Register Reward you’ve earned and apply them towards your next shopping trip. Here is an example for you.

Transaction #1:

Colgate Total Dental Care $3, Buy 2, Earn $4 RR
Gum Defense or Advanced Toothpaste; Toothbrush
– (2) $1/1 Select Colgate Toothpastes Coupon (ALL YOU Apr ’11)
= $4

Transaction #2:

(1) Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor System $9.89, Earn $5 RR
(1) W Candy 49¢
– $5/1 Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor Coupon (P&G BrandSampler)
– $4 RR from 1st transaction
= $1.38

You will then have a $5 Register Reward from the Gillette Razor to use towards your next purchase.

Remember, with Register Rewards you are NOT able to use the Register Reward you received for the Gillette Razor to purchase another Gillette Razor. It has to be for a completely different offer otherwise your RR will not print out.

Coupon Rules

  • When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer. (This is commonly referred to coupon “stacking”.)
  • The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (Example: a $5 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
  • Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction.

Read Walgreen’s Official Coupon Policy for further info.

Presenting Coupons at Register

Below is the best way I have found to present my coupons to the cashier to avoid coupons “beeping”.

  1. All manufacturer coupons
  2. All IVC coupons
  3. All in-ad coupons
  4. All Register Rewards

Then you will pay balance, if any, plus any applicable sales tax your state may require. Stores generally do not allow for overages, so be sure to do the math before you get to the store to avoid holding up the line.

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