Walgreens 101

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For those of you new to all the ins and outs of Walgreens, this is the place to start! Here are some tips on how to save money at Walgreens.

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BALANCE REWARDS

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STACKING COUPONS

One of the great things about Walgreens is you can stack coupons. Meaning, you can use both a Walgreens coupon and a Manufacterer’s Coupon on 1 item to really maximize your savings!

REGISTER REWARDS

Ahh, the fun of Register Rewards (RR). These seem a little complicated at first, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. It will save you a lot of frustration down the road if you understand how RR’s work right off the bat.
RR’s are Catalina Coupons that print out at the Register after you’ve completed your total transaction. They have a set expiration date (usually 2 weeks) and they can be used on any future Walgreens transactions like cash. Be sure and use them before they expire or you won’t maximize those savings!

RR’s print out 1 item per transaction. So, can’t buy multiples of the same item in one transaction and get a whole bunch of RR’s for the same items.
HOWEVER, you can purchase different items that have different RR’s offered in the same transaction. Example: Walgreens has a RR for vitamins and they also have a RR for toothpaste. You can buy both the vitamins and toothpaste and get both RR’s after your transaction. Last week, I had 7 RR’s print out in one transaction. That was FUN!

Here’s a tip that newbies miss a lot in the beginning, I did it myself a couple times before I caught on. You cannot use a RR from a previous transaction to pay on the same product on a current transaction. If you do this on your current transaction, the RR will NOT print out. Example: say you bought toothpaste at the store on Monday and you got a $2 RR. You go to the store on Tuesday and buy the same exact kind of toothpaste again and you use the RR you got on Monday. Result: RR does not print out on Tuesday! Here’s what you CAN do. You can Roll RR’s. Meaning, you can use RR’s for different items. Example: you bought toothpaste & vitamins on Monday & you got a $2 RR for the toothpaste & a $2 RR for the vitamins. You go to the store on Tuesday and buy the toothpaste. Use the RR you got for the vitamins and BINGO, you get the RR for the toothpaste to print out for your current transaction.

FILLERS

Here’s another crucial thing you need to know. You can only use as many Mfr. Coupons and RRs as you have equal to the TOTAL NUMBER of items you have. Note: You can use as many Walgreen weekly store ad coupons as you want, they don’t count in the equation here. Example: You bought toothpaste & vitamins, you use mfg. coupons for both items. You cannot use a RR reward in this case because you already have 2 Qs and only 2 items. You’ll want to add a filler item to use the RR. I look for the lowest priced items in the ad or watch for clearance items for fillers. I especially like the Back to School sales when they often have things like folders & pencils as low as $0.09. You want as little out of pocket as possible to keep maximizing those savings.

NO OVERAGE- You can’t have any overage at the end of your total transaction, so once again, you’ll need filler items to cover if you have a profit at the end of your transaction.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or problems, you can always call Walgreens. Their regular number is 1-877-250-5823 and their corporate customer service 1-847-914-2500. If you have a RR that didn’t print out that was supposed to, customer service can help you with that and mail you one. If you have any issue like a cashier not taking a coupon, they can help with that. And if you have praise they like to hear that too!

If you have any further questions about Walgreens, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can either leave a comment in any post or email me.