My Big Plans for the Week (and Walgreens and CVS match ups)


Hope you all had a great Holiday. We had a wonderful time full of family, friends and traveling.

Now that we are home I plan to get back into my regular blogging, but I also have some other big plans for this week.

1.Play in the snow with the boys.
2.Getting my house under control. Now that we are home I have more unpacking and laundry to do than I even want to think about!
3.At least making a list of all my organizing goals for 2011. That is right I have declared 2011 the Year of Organization at the Van Dyke house. Stayed tuned for some posts and updates on how that will happen.
4.Detoxing my kids from all the treats they had this weekend.

That being said I am not planning on doing any shopping this week. (other than a quick run for some bread and fresh produce.) So, with limited time I did not put together a list of Walgreens and CVS coupon match ups this week. I wanted to link you to a couple sites that do have the match ups. Keep in mind not all the deals/coupons that are mentioned will work locally but it will give you a good place to start.

To find Walgreens deals here or here.

You will find CVS deals here or here.

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Walgreens Store Guide-Start Saving Money

Here is an updated Walgreens store guide. If you are new to couponing and wondering how people keep getting all this free stuff?  This post is for you.

Walgreens is a great place to save on toiletry and cleaning items. Learning this system can help you make a lot of room in your overall grocery budget.

Read all of these tips but also get familiar with the Walgreens Coupon Policy. It is sometimes even good to print it and have it on hand in case you run into an issue at checkout.

Register Rewards

Register Rewards (RR) are manufacturer coupons that print from the Catalina machine next to the cash registers at Walgreens. 

Example: You buy a package of Pampers and get a $2 RR. When you use this on your next purchase Walgreens will submit it to Procter & Gamble (the manufacturer of Pampers) and get reimbursed $2.

Register Rewards will print when you buy participating sale items that are advertised in Walgreens’ weekly ad. Depending on the promotion going on they will vary in value and can be used on your next purchase.

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.

You can purchase different qualifying items in the same transaction and receive one Register Reward for each item.

You cannot “roll over” Register Rewards to do the same deal again.

Example:Diapers 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.

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.

Example: Use the $3 RR from  diapers  in the example above to buy toothpaste that will give you a $1 RR.

You must have as many items as you have manufacturer coupons. I often refer to this as the coupon to item ratio. Only one manufacturer coupon can be used per item purchased.  Register Rewards count as manufacturer coupons -this is important to remember when making your Walgreens plan.

Walgreens store coupons do not count in your item to coupon ratio. Walgreens store coupons can be found in their weekly ad and in various free coupon booklets Walgreens will release and display in their store through out the year.

Tip: 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.

**If a Register Reward does not print you can speak to a manager, if that does not get you anywhere you can call the Catalina company at 1-888-8COUPON. In my experience they have been very helpful and will mail you the RR or a check for the correct amount.

Coupon  Use at Walgreens

You can stack (or use both) manufacturers coupons and store coupons on the same items. This can lead to some great deals(just remember your time to manufacturer coupon ratio.)

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.
Example:Colgate Toothpaste on sale for $2.49 and you get a $1.50 RR for buying it
-$1 manufacturers coupon from newspaper
-$1 coupon from Walgreens Store Coupon Booklet
Out of pocket=$.49 (+ tax)
Get Back=$1.50 RR for your next purchase
Final cost=Free + $1 overage after coupon and RR

The order in which you use your coupons is  important. Don’t ask me why it matters, but I find this order usually causes less problems and keeps me paying the least out of pocket.

$ off a $ purchase coupons (example $5 off $15 purchase)
Register Rewards
Buy One Get One Free Manufacturer Coupons
Any other Manufacturer Coupons
Walgreens Store Coupons

Don’t be overwhelmed by all this information. Start slowly and if you have questions- ask here or on Coupon Katie Facebook page. I would love to help and I am sure other readers would to.

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Walgreens Deals Week of 12/19/10

We have had several family members in town visiting this weekend so these match ups are a little later than usual. If you are planning on a Walgreens trip this week these are the best deals I see. If you have a favorite or come up with a deal idea I did not post leave a comment and let me know.


Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste, Wave toothbrush-$2.49, Get $1.50 RR
-$.35/1 coupon from 12/5 SS or $.75/1 printable Colgate coupon
-$1/1 coupon from Walgreens Diabetes and You mag.
Final cost=Free + overage after coupon and RR

Vanity Fair plates (14 pk), napkins (100 pk) or cups (10 pk)-2 for $4, Get $1 RR
-$1/2 coupon from Oct/Nov or Der/Jan 2011 issue Taste of Home mag or Oct Family Circle or Nov Cooking Light
Final cost=$1 after coupon and RR

Bauch & Lomb Biotrue multi-purpose solution (10 oz), Soothe XP (0.5 oz) or Boston Simplus (3.5 oz)-$8.99, Get $2 RR

Deal Ideao #1
Buy Soothe XP Xtra Hydration-$8.99
-$3/1 Walgreens coupon from Walgreens December coupon booklet
-$3/1 coupon from 10/24 SS or Dec All You Mag.
Final cost=$.99 after coupons and RR

Deal Idea #2:
Buy one Biotrue Solution-$8.99
-$2/1 Biotrue coupon from 12/12 SS
Final cost=$4.99 after coupon and RR

Purex Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets (20 loads)-2 for $9, Get $1 RR
-2 $1/1 printable Purex coupon
Final cost=$3 ea after coupons and RR

Dunkin Donuts Coffee (12 oz)-$5.99, Get $1 RR
-$1.50/1 coupon from 10/31 RP
Final cost=$3.49 after coupon and RR


Gain dish liquid (11 oz)-$.89 w/ in ad coupon
-$.50/1 coupon from 11/28 PG
Final cost=$.39

Wonka Exceptionals Bars (3.5 oz)- 2 for $4
-Buy One Get One Free Wonka Bar  coupon  here
-$1/2 Walgreens coupon from Walgreens December coupon booklet
Final cost= $.50 each

Lifesavers Gummie Wreaths-2 for $3 (if included in Lifesavers sale)
-$1/1 printable Lifesaver coupon
Final cost=$.50

Halls Drops (20-80 ct)- $1 off  in ad coupon
Buy 2 30 ct bags-$1.99 each
-$1/2 coupon from 11/7 SS
-$1/1 in ad coupon (will deduct $2)
Final cost=$.49 per bag

Similac Advanced or Sensitive (32 oz)-Buy 1 at $4.99 Get 1 50% off
-2 $3/1 Similac printable coupon here
Final cost=$.74 ea

Spinbrush power toothbrush, replacement brush heads (2 pk)-$4.99
-$3/1 from 12/5 SS or $2/1 coupon found printable Spinbrush coupon
Final cost=as low as $1.99

Lubriderm Skin Care (1.75-16 oz)- on sale Buy One Get One 50% off
-2 $1/1 printable Lubriderm coupons
Final cost = will vary, look for least expensive lotion

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Walgreens Deals Week of 12/12/10

Here are the best deals I see this week at Walgreens. If you come across any clearance or see any deals you like leave a comment and let me know.


Activ-On Joint and Muscle or Arthritis Pain Relief (2 oz) $7.99 ,Get $7.99 RR
Final cost=Freeafter RR

Goody Hair Accessories Bobby Pin Slides or Barrettes (6-12 pk), Ouchless Elastics (12 or 17 pk) $2, Get $2 RR
Final cost=Freeafter RR

M&M’s Holiday (9.9-12.6 oz) 4/$10, Get  $5 RR
-2 $1/2 coupons from 11/14 RP or use the $2/3 coupon from 12/5 RP
Final cost=$.75 each after coupon and RR

Listerine Mouthwash Cool or Soft Mint, Original or FreshBurst 1 liter, Whitening (16 oz) $3.99, Get $1 RR
-$2/1 Listerine Whitening coupon
Final cost=$.99 after coupon and RR

Electrasol (20 pk) or  Jet-Dry (8.45 oz) $3.49, Get  $1 RR
-$1/1 Electrosol coupon here
Final cost=$1.49 after coupon and RR

Olay Total Effects Body Wash (15.2 oz) $6.99, Get $3 RR
Buy Olay Body Wash-$6.99
Buy Olay Hand & Lotion
-Buy Olay Body Wash Get Olay Hand & Body Lotion Free coupon from 11/28 PG
Final cost=$1.99 each after coupon and RR

Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, or Aussie shampoo or conditioner (23.7-33.8 oz) $5.99, Get $2 RR
Buy 2 Pantene products-$5.99 ea
-Buy One Get One Free coupon from  11/28 PG
Final cost=$2 each after coupon and RR (not bad for large bottles)

Energizer Max Batteries AAA or AA 10 pk (includes 2 Free), C or D 4 pk, 9-volt 2 pk $5.99, Get $1 RR
-$1/1 coupon from 10/3 SS, 11/21 SS or 12/12 SS
Final cost=$3.99 after coupon and RR

Huggies Jumbo Pack Pull-ups -2 for $18, Get $3 RR
-2 $2.50/1  Huggies Pull-Ups coupons here (login or register)or use two 2/1 coupons from 12/5 SS
Final cost= as low as $5 per pack after coupons and RR


Bic Comfort 3 disposable razor (4 pk)-on sale Buy One at $3.99 Get One Free
-2 $2/1 coupons from 12/12 SS
Final cost=2 packages for Free after sale and coupons

Mars Candy (1.3-2.17 oz)- $.39 w/ in ad coupon(Skittles and Snickers are pictured)
-$.50/2 Skittles coupon here or use the $.50/2 Milky Way coupon
Final cost=$.14 each after coupon

Ajax Dish Liquid (16 oz)-$.89 w/ in ad coupon
-$.50/1 coupon from 11/14 SS
Final cost= $.39 after coupons after coupons

SoftSoap liquid hand soap (7.5 oz) or Ivory bar soap (3 pk)- $.99 w/ in ad coupon
-$.50/1 SoftSoap coupon found in November All You magazine
Final cost=$.49 after coupon

Renuzit Odor Neutralizer (13 oz) Buy One at $2.99 Get One Free
-2 $1/1 Renuzit coupons here
Final cost=$.50 each after coupon

Glade Relaxing Moments Spray 9.7 oz Buy 1 at $2.99 get 1 Free
-2 $1/1 coupons from 12/5 RP or September All You magazine
Final cost =$.50 each after coupon

Finesse Hair Care (7-13 oz)-$1.99 w/ in ad coupon
-$1/1 coupon from  10/24 SS
Final cost=$.99 after coupon

Huggies Wipes (64 or 72 pk)-2 for $5
-$.50/1 coupon from 11/14 SS
and -$1/1 Walgreens coupon from Walgreens December coupon booklet
Final cos= $1 per tub after coupons

Covergirl Cosmetics- on sale Buy One  Get One 50% off
Deal Idea
Buy 2 Eye Enhancer Eyeshadow-$2.99 ea
– 2 $1/1 coupons from 11/28 PG
Final cost=$1.24 each after sale and coupons

Brita Pitcher 48 oz $14.99
-$5/1Brita Pitcher coupon here (Take pledge ) or use the $4/1 coupon from 12/12 SS
Then submit for the $5 Mail-in Rebate printed out at checkout
Final cost=as low as $4.99

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Walgreens $.50/1 Wrapping Paper Coupon=Better Than Free Wrapping Paper!*Update*


**I have gotten a few emails and comments that the RR is no longer printing. Hope you got some while you could! **

I told you about free wrapping paper at Walgreens earlier today. Well, they just released a $.50/1 wrapping paper coupon that makes this deal even better!

Buy 2 Hallmark Wrapping Paper for $1.99 each—on sale Buy One, Get One Free
-$.50/1 Walgreens Hallmark wrapping paper coupon (should deduct $1)
Out of pocket=$.99
Get Back=$2 RR (Jingle Cash)
Final cost=Free + overage after coupon and RR

or if you also need tissue paper

Buy 2 Hallmark Wrapping Paper for $1.99 each—on sale Buy One, Get One Free
Buy 4 Hallmark Tissue Papers—$.33 each w/ in-ad coupon
-$.50/1 Walgreens Hallmark wrapping paper coupon (should deduct $1)
Out of pocket=$2.31 (plus tax)
Get Back=$5 RR (Jingle Cash)
Final cost=Free + overage after in-ad coupon, printable coupon, sale and RR

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Walgreens:Free Wrapping Paper


If you didn’t get enough free wrapping paper with the Hallmark coupons that have been available lately then this deal is for you. It appears that the Hallmark Card Register Reward (Jingle Cash) this week is working not only on Hallmark Cards, but also on Tissue Paper and Wrapping Paper as well!

This week at Walgreens Hallmark wrapping paper is on sale Buy One Get One Free and tissue paper is $.33. Here is how to get some for free:

Buy 2 Hallmark Wrapping Paper for $1.99 each—on sale Buy One, Get One Free
Out of pocket=$1.99
Get Back=$2 RR (Jingle Cash)
Final cost=Free after RR

or if you also need tissue paper

Buy 2 Hallmark Wrapping Paper for $1.99 each—on sale Buy One, Get One Free
Buy 4 Hallmark Tissue Papers—$.33 each w/ in-ad coupon
Out of pocket=$3.31 (plus tax)
Get Back=$5 RR (Jingle Cash)
Final cost=Free + overage after in-ad coupon, sale and RR

Thanks, Passion for Savings

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Walgreens Candy Deals:Cheap Hershy’s Kisses & Free Snickers


Here are a couple great candy deals to grab if you are headed to Walgreens this week.  I cannot verify that we recieved the $2/3 Mars candy coupon in the second deal here in Knoxville. My Sunday paper was a mess, it had half of a SmartSource insert but no RedPlum, I am trying to get that situation figured out! So, if we did get it yahoo, free chocolate, if we did not maybe an out of town friend can send it to you.

Hershey’s Holiday Candy (7.8 to 8.5 oz.) — on sale 2 for $5
Buy 3 bages
– Buy Two, Get One Free Hershey’s Candy coupon from the 12/5 SS
-$1/2 Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate printable coupon
-$1/2 Hershey’s Chocolate Walgreens coupon in Walgreens December Coupon Booklet or printable Walgreens coupon here.
Final cost=$.83 each or just 2.50 for three bags

Snickers Nutcrackers Singles-$0.33 each
Buy 6
-$2/3 Mars Holiday products from 12/05 RP
Final cost= 6 for Free!

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