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Couponing at Walgreens Updated

walgreenslogoBefore I started couponing I would have never believed someone who told me I could get great deals on toiletries, cleaning supplies,  diapers etc at Walgreens. I have since learned that you can get most of those items very inexpensively or free if you know the system.

The system changed a few months ago when Walgreens changed their coupons and promotions so I thought I would update my Couponing at Walgreens post to reflect those changes and help new readers.

1. Register Rewards

When you buy certain items at Walgreens coupons will print out of the Catalina machine next to the register- Register Rewards. Depending on the promotion going on they will vary in value but can be used like cash on your next purchase.

2. Coupon Stacking

Walgreen’s weekly ad not only lists their sales it is often full of Walgreens store coupons. You can also find store coupons in various free coupon booklets Walgreens will release and display in their store through out the year.

Here is the great thing- you can stack (or use both) manufacturers coupons and store coupons on the same items. This can lead to some great deals- just remember one thing you must have as many items as you have coupons.

3. Combine Register Reward Deals and Coupon Stacking

By stacking a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon when buying a Register Reward item, you can often get items free or even make money on items you purchase.

Important “Walgreens Rules”

You must have as many items as you have coupons. I often refer to this as the coupon to item ratio. Register Rewards count as coupons so this is important to remember when making your Walgreens plan.

Often buy one get one deals, 2 for $1 deals or clearance are great ways to add “filler items” and get the correct coupon:item ratio.

Catalina machines are generally programmed to print one RR coupon for one qualifying item. If you purchase more than one of the same qualifying items per transaction, you will only receive one RR coupon.

If the store is not busy and you really want to buy more than one of a qualifying item you can request to do separate transactions and RR will print each time. (I often do this.)  If you purchase different qualifying items in the same transaction you will receive one register reward for each item.

The order in which you use your coupons can be important. Don’t ask me why it matter but I find this order usually causes less problems and keeps me paying the least out of pocket. H Register Rewards then Manufacturer’s coupons then  Store coupons.

You cannot “roll over” Register Rewards to do the same deal again.For exampleDiapers are on sale for $9.99 and you get $3 RR. You will not earn another $3 RR on diapers if you use the RR earned on the previous diaper purchase to pay, they must be used on a different item.

So, if there are two RR deals going on that work for you alternate between deals. This way, you can keep rolling the RRs over and over and paying very little out of pocket.

Comments

  1. I've found all of these rules to work very well. I know people who don't like Walgreens because of how complicated it can be, but these rules help. I also recommend immediately asking the cashier to void an item or the entire transaction if necessary if things don't work the way you expected (doesn't print RR, won't take coupon, etc.) Returns are a big hassle and require a manager.

    Thanks for your site!

  2. I agree with Sarah. Sometimes if I'm unsure about a deal, I tell the cashier. This way they will hold out my manufacturers coupons so I don't lose them if I need to void or return an item. Most of them are nice enough to do this.

  3. I've found all of these rules to work very well. I know people who don't like Walgreens because of how complicated it can be, but these rules help. I also recommend immediately asking the cashier to void an item or the entire transaction if necessary if things don't work the way you expected (doesn't print RR, won't take coupon, etc.) Returns are a big hassle and require a manager.

    Thanks for your site!

  4. I agree with Sarah. Sometimes if I'm unsure about a deal, I tell the cashier. This way they will hold out my manufacturers coupons so I don't lose them if I need to void or return an item. Most of them are nice enough to do this.

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