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Couponing 101: Walgreens

March 5th, 2014 9:42 am by Amanda Arnold-Drinnon

Couponing 101:  Walgreens

Drug stores offer numerous ways to stack savings. On the couponing blogs, such as http://www.wildforwags.com Walgreens is sometimes referred to as “Wags.” “Wags” is one of the places that can save you the most money. It can also be one of the most confusing. There are a couple of “tricks” that can make your trip a lot easier.

Walgreens will accept all manufacturer coupons (printable, inserts, and mobile), plus they will let you use a store coupon WITH the manufacturer coupon. Walgreens (in addition to Target, CVS, Family Dollar, and Dollar General) will let you use two coupons (store + manufacturer) on one product.

Store Coupons 

Walgreens has store coupons located in the weekly newspaper ad and in the Walgreens’ coupon booklets. Both of these are typically located on a rack at the front of the store. Walgreens also has coupon booklets throughout the store, for example, in the “Cold Medicine” area there are booklets on the shelves with coupons for cold/flu items. New booklets are available each month Checkout at Walgreens can be tricky. You can not have more coupons than you have items when you check out. If you do, the register will beep and it will not accept all of your coupons. Your manufacturer coupon-to-item ratio has to match. If you find you have two or three coupons over your ratio, simply add “filler” items. Grab a couple of clearance candies, pencils, or some of the nickel caramels to meet your item ratio. Walgreens’ coupons do NOT count towards your coupon-to item-ratio. The register will not beep if you use more Walgreens coupons than items. The coupon policy for Walgreens can be found at: http://www.walgreens.com/topic/generalhelp/coupon_policy_main.jsp Also, in the back of the monthly coupon booklet, there is a list of available rebates for the month.

Register Rewards 

Register Rewards print out at the register after you complete a transaction for a participating product. Register Rewards work like gift cards. They are a great way to recycle money and spend the same five dollars several times. Register Rewards are usually advertised in the weekly ad, but there are also some throughout the store that are unadvertised. The basic rules for these are: • Register Rewards are manufacturer coupons. • If you purchase more than one of the same Register Reward participating item in a transaction, you will only receive one Register Reward–NOT two. o Tip: Divide your purchase into multiple transactions to receive multiple rewards for the same item. • You can purchase different Register Reward qualifying items in the same transaction, and you will receive a reward for each item purchased. • Register Reward deals do NOT roll for the same item. In other words, if you receive a $3RR for purchasing Purex laundry soap, you cannot use this same RR to purchase more Purex and expect another $3 reward. • You CAN use Register Rewards from a different deal to pay for another Register Reward deal–and roll rewards by alternating the different items. • Register Rewards do count in your coupon–to-item ratio. • Some people do multiple transactions and use their rewards before they leave the store. This is a good idea if you tend to forget and/or lose them. Some couponers roll their rewards each week.

Loyalty Program 

Walgreens has a points based loyalty/rewards program entitled “Balance Rewards”. You can enroll in this program in-store, online or via the mobile app. You can register on-line at: www.walgreens.com Balance Rewards members earn points by purchasing specific products and/or services during promotional periods. These are advertised in the weekly newspaper insert. You can also receive points by having your prescriptions refilled. Per www.walgreens.com, you can receive 500 points per prescription or 1,500 points for 90-day prescriptions. Earned points will be equal to the following rewards: When you choose to redeem your points, they will be converted into redeemable dollars. To use rewards just let the cashier know as you complete your transaction. Walgreens offers several opportunities to stack discounts. It is also stackable with Ibotta (http://www.ibotta.com ).

Next week, we will begin a series on stacking coupons and discounts at the local grocery stores. Get ready to go Krogering! Please send all questions, comments, and/or tips to aarnold@timesnews.net. I look forward to hearing from you!

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