Things You Need to Know…..
Walgreens can be difficult to get the hang of at first, but once you understand the “rules” you can really get come awesome deals there. I made my fair share of mistakes in the beginning, but I have to say it’s definitely my FAVORITE store! There are some things you should familiarize yourself with before you enter a Walgreens. I do weekly Walgreens deal matchups to help you maximize your savings. I give you money saving scenarios using the coupons available and all the tools below. Hopefully this information will get you started off on the right track!
Walgreens Coupon Policy
I always recommend becoming familiar with a store’s policies, programs, rebates, promotions, etc. Walgreens has released a very clear Walgreens Corporate Coupon Policy addressing many coupon issues, including the use of internet coupons, store coupons, and BOGO (buy one get one) coupons. Print it and take it along with you in case you ever have a problem with a cashier or a manager.
What are Register Rewards?
Register Rewards (RR) are Walgreens specific coupons that print from the Catalina machine (white box next to register) after you make a qualifying purchase and can only be used at Walgreens. Register Rewards are actually coupons given by the manufacturers of the qualifying products. Most RRs are “On Your Next Order” (OYNO) which can be used like a coupon on your next order. (Sometimes you may receive a Catalina for $ off a particular item or an advertisement for an RR deal.)
Earning Register Rewards
Register Rewards will only print for in-stock eligible product (no substitutions) during the promotional period. There is a limit of one Register Reward (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
If you complete more than one register rewards deal in one transaction, one reward for each different RR deal should print, but you will not receive more than one RR for the same deal. You may have to split your order to receive multiple rewards, if not limited by your store.
If you purchased the right items and didn’t get RR, you can return the items on the spot or call the Catalina Company @ 888-322-3814. Have your receipt in front of you, they need some info from it, and they’ll be able to see if the machine was working and if you bought the right products. It does tend to take a few minutes for the call, and then you have to wait to get the RR, which takes 6 – 8 weeks.
Redeeming Register Rewards
Generally, you can use your RR like cash on your next purchase, but of course there are exceptions: Prescriptions, Tobacco products, Alcoholic beverages, Dairy products, Lottery tickets, Money orders/transfers, Transportation passes, Special event/entertainment tickets or passes, Postage stamps, Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green Dot cards, Prescription Savings Club memberships, Health care services, including immunizations, and any items prohibited by law.
The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law. This is called coupon to item ratio.
As long as you are buying as many items as you have RR & manufacturer coupons, you should be able to use more than one RR without exceeding the total. Store coupons do not affect how many manufacturer and RR’s you can use. If you don’t have enough items, grab something for a quarter or less and use your RR for that item. The amount doesn’t matter.
You cannot “roll” RR’s into the same deal 99% of the time. For example, if you use an RR from Kellogg’s to purchase more Kellogg’s items; you will NOT get another RR. The best way to “roll” is to use your Kellogg’s RR to complete a different RR deal. You can then use the RRs from the 2nd deal, to purchase more Kellogg’s.
About Using Coupons
When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer. The registers will not accept more manufacturer coupons/RR than items, so if want to use RR, but already have a manufacturer’s coupon for each item, you can add a small “filler” item for each RR. Use the cheapest items you can find (single pencils are good).
The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $2.00 coupon for a $1.99 item will be reduced to a $1.99 coupon value).
When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock and management limits.
BOGO FREE Coupons
When items are featured in a BOGO FREE promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased. Sales tax must be paid for any BOGO Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.
Walgreens computers are programmed not to accept coupons for an item if the coupon is over the price of the item. In order to reduce problems at the checkout present your items in the following order:
1. Scan merchandise
2. Total Purchase Coupons
3. Register Rewards
4. BOGO FREE Manufacturer Coupons
5. Regular Manufacturer Coupons
6. Walgreens Store Coupons
This order is the opposite of other stores but there are good reasons for it. One, because Register Rewards are really manufacturer coupons the register will reject them if you have already used a coupon from that manufacturer. So if you have a higher valued register reward, it’s better to use a higher valued reward as opposed to a smaller value printed/paper manufacturer coupon. Secondly, your cashier will usually want to scan the Walgreens store coupons first but keep them tucked away until the end because the Walgreens store coupons alter the price of the item rather than actually taking money off so you want the register to think the item is full price when you use your manufacturer coupon. Cashier will sometimes keep the store coupon next to the register so keep an eye out.
This is just a guideline and so if a store coupon gets scanned first it won’t be the end of the world.
Additional info
Walgreens puts out at one coupon booklet per month. It can be found at the beginning of each month near the front door where you pick up the weekly ad. The coupons contained within are called Instant Value Coupons (IVC). They also put out a few extra coupon booklets throughout the year. Many of these you have to request at the Pharmacy.
Keep in mind that you can stack Walgreens coupons with Walgreens coupons as long as they have different bar codes. Check out this post to prove it.
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frances

July 19, 201112:35 pm

Been shopping at Walgreens for my whole life (long Time) and I think it is my favorite store also. I go there weekly for the sales and usally end up getting all my paper goods there. I just read about shopping there and learned 3 new things.thank you sooo mmuch for all your info and resereach and time you put into this. The only problem I have at my local Walgreens is the mangement sucks. No help with anything on more than one occasion.

Christina

May 10, 201101:41 pm

I recently went to a walgreens to purchase the items with manu. coupons and walgreens coupons and was told that i could not use both because they are both manufacturer coupons. I noticed that alot of your deals feature this...how do i make this possible?

Katarina

May 10, 201104:14 pm

Christina, be sure to take the Walgreens corporate coupon policy with you - it specifically states that you can use both. Whoever you are dealing with is uninformed. Here's a link to the policy: http://couponkatarina.com/2010/08/walgreens-corporate-coupon-policy/