Walgreens Coupons & Couponing 101
If you are new to shopping at Walgreens you’ll want to familiarize yourself with their Register Reward program, the Balance Rewards program, Walgreens coupons and their coupon policy. You can see the Walgreens Coupon Policy HERE. Print it out and keep a copy in your coupon binder or coupon clutch. Have the address saved on your phone, iphone or on your ipad, whatever! Just have it ready at a moments notice! If you haven’t shopped at Walgreens in a while, there were some recent changes to their policy (May 2014) that you can read about HERE.
Walgreens Balance Rewards Program
Walgreens has a new Balance Rewards shopper loyalty program as of September 2012. You can sign up for the card in store or on-line HERE. You will need to use your card or the phone number associated with your card to get the sale prices at Walgreens.
You earn points for making purchases on select items. The items that offer Balance Rewards points vary from week to week. These items will be noted in the Walgreens Weekly Ad. Some points offers are monthly and will be noted on signs in the store. You can also find all the Walgreens Monthly Offers on my Monthly Deals page.
When making a purchase you can choose to either redeem earned Points or continue saving Points to use on a future purchases. The more you allow points to accumulate the more points will be worth.
Each 1,000 Walgreens Balance Rewards points is equal to a $1 up until you reach 18,000 points. Once you reach 18,000 points the value of each point increases. So for example 18,000 points redeemed in one transaction will be worth $20 where 5,000 points redeemed in one transaction will be worth $5.
If you redeem points in a transaction you will not earn points on that same transactions. So, do not redeem points on a transaction where you should earn points. You can however redeem points on a transaction where you will earn Register Rewards. Points do not impact your Register Rewards and visa versa.
Manufacturer’s coupons do not impact earning points. So for example if an offer is spend $15 and earn 3,000 points (like the Garnier offer pictured) you will need to hit the $15 before manufacturer’s coupons. Walgreens coupons however, do impact your amount. So you would need to reach $15 BEFORE manufacturer’s coupons but AFTER Walgreens coupons. This also applies to any special bonus offers like earn $5 in points when you spend $25 in store.
Redemption Dollars may not be used for the purchase of the following: dairy; liquor; tobacco; stamps; phone/pre-paid/gift cards; money order/transfers; transportation passes; charitable donations; prescriptions; pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products;immunizations, health tests or other healthcare items or services; Prescription Savings Club membership fee; Take Care Clinic services.
Cash back apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 can also be used in conjunction with manufacturer’s coupons, Walgreens coupons and Walgreens Balance Rewards deals. They are an excellent way to layer or stack even more savings when shopping at Walgreens. These allow you to easily earn cash back for purchasing items you were going to purchase anyway. You can learn more about Checkout51 HERE and more about Ibotta HERE.
WALGREENS BALANCE REWARDS TIPS
- You can check your points on-line, using the mobile app or on the bottom of your receipts.
- If you signed up on-line you can still attach your account to an actual card in the store.
- If you pay with points you still will get your Register Rewards.
- Do not pay with points for a transaction where you should earn more points. If you do this you will not earn additional points.
- Manufacturer’s coupons do not interfere with any points earned.
- Points earned show up on your receipt, making it easy to keep track!
- If the points don’t show up, call Walgreens Balance Rewards customer service & they’ll be credited.
Register Rewards (RR) are similar to Catalina coupons, they print out of the Catalina machine after you have purchased certain qualifying products. They are manufacturers coupons intended to be used only at Walgreens (even though I have heard of other stores accepting them). They are just another way for the manufacturers to incentivize shoppers to purchase their products. They are not Walgreens coupons they are actually manufacturer’s coupons.
They are cost effective for the manufacturer because they won’t have to pay on every one since many of them won’t be redeemed. For example if Crest is $3 and you get a $3 RR for purchasing one but never use the Register Reward, the manufacturer doesn’t have to pay the $3 on that Register Reward and you have purchased the item they wanted you to buy anyway.
Here are some basic FAQ about Register Rewards. If you have another question, leave a comment or e-mail and I’ll be sure to answer it and add it to the list!
There are RR deals that vary weekly, others that only last for a few days (like a 4 day sale) and still other deals last all month long. I will post all of those deals here, either in the weekly ad or under “monthly deals”.
How long are Register Rewards valid?
Generally they are good for 2 weeks from the date they are issued. Occasionally I have received a RR that was good for only 1 week. That is why you’ll want to learn how to best “roll” your register rewards.
What does “rolling” mean?
Rolling is using RR you received from buying one item or group of items, to purchase other items that give RR. So for example if Crest is $3 giving a $3 RR and Glade is $3 giving a RR then I can use the Crest to pay for Glade, Glade to pay for Crest and I can just go on “rolling”. The other benefit of “rolling” is you can extend the expiration date of a RR, giving you more time to use it towards something that you need.
Can I use a RR I received from one item to buy another of the same item?
You can but then another RR will not print. So if you want 4 Crest in the example above you are better off rolling into Glade and then using the Glade RR to buy another Crest. You could then get the 4 Crest you need. If you use the Crest $3 RR to buy another Crest another RR would not print out.
Each RR will tell you what manufacturer it’s from. In the Crest example the RR would say Proctor and Gamble or P&G on it. Each RR will tell you what company it came from. If you have 2 RR from the same company but they are for different amounts you can usually roll between them.
What does it mean when you say a RR or a product is “Rolling”?
If a RR is rolling, it means it’s rolling on itself. So for example let’s say the Gillette razor RR is for $4, if it’s rolling it’s allowing you to buy another Gillette using the Gillette $4 RR and it’s producing another RR. This is unusual but occasionally it happens.
How many RR can I use in one transaction?
You can’t use more coupons in a transaction at Wags then you have items. RR are considered coupons. So if I’m buying 5 items I can only use 5 coupons or RR combined. Wags Qs don’t count towards that total.
What are fillers?
Fillers are inexpensive items that you buy so you can use more RR. So if I have 5 items I want to buy and 5 manufacturers coupons (MQ) that I want to use but I want to pay my balance with several RR I will need to get some fillers (usually items under $.50) for each RR I want to use.
Can I use a RR and a Wags Q on one item?
Yes, you can. You can stack a manufacturer coupon or a Register Reward and a Wags Q on the same item.
Is there an order in which I should hand in my RR?
I have found that the most important thing is to hand in your Wags Qs after your MQs. So MQs are always first, then RR, then Wags Qs. I have also handed in my MQ, then Wags Qs and then RR and that will work too. What you NEVER want to do is hand in your Wags Qs first!
What if my Register Reward doesn’t print?
Check out my post HERE for some tips on what to do if your Register Reward doesn’t print.