When I first started looking into shopping at Walgreens, I was a bit overwhelmed! But, after a bit of researching I found out that is was not as hard as it looked. Did I manage to do it perfect the first time? No, as a matter of fact it took a few trips before the register stopped beeping at me, and I walked out of the store with a bag full of free stuff. I also learned that it was one of those things that you had to learn while doing!
So, my advice to you is to do your research, then head out and shop! Don’t expect it get it perfect the first time, just keep on trying! 🙂
Below I have listed the most important things to know before you start playing the “drugstore game”. If you still have any questions after going through this info- please let me know & I will be glad to answer any questions you may have!
First off, Here a few terms you will want to become familiar with when shopping at Walgreens:
Register Rewards (RR): This is a catalina coupon that prints out for a certain dollar amount off your next purchase.
Coupon Stacking: At Walgreens you can stack a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon.
Fillers: These are small, inexpensive items that will come in handy when using register rewards.
Instant Value Coupons (IVCs): are found in the Walgreens monthly booklet or in any other coupon booklet available
Store coupons: These are found in Walgreens weekly sales circular.
What you need to know:
Make sure you have as many items as coupons.
Walgreen’s register is programmed not to accept any more coupons than you have items. Register Rewards count as a coupon, so be sure to go through your items and coupons before checking out. You don’t want the register beeping at you.
If you have too many coupons, you can always grab a filler to make it add up.
Be sure you hand your coupons in a certain order:
- Manufacturer coupon
- Store coupon
- Register Reward
Again, you don’t want the register to refuse your coupons, so this is the best way I have found to avoid that.
What you should know about Register Rewards:
- You can you use a manufacturer coupon on an item offering a register reward.
The use of a manufacturer coupon will not prevent the register reward from printing
- Register Rewards cannot be rolled.
That means you cannot use a register reward you received from purchasing one item to buy more of the same item on a future transaction. If you do this the second register reward will not print.
- Register Rewards are one per transaction.
Which means if there is an item that offers a register reward, and you purchase (2) of the same item only (1) register reward will print.
- Register Rewards are manufacturer coupons.
- Register Rewards expire 2 weeks after purchase date.
Here are 4 ways to get something for free:
1. A register reward deal:
Let’s say an item is on sale for $4.99, and you will receive a $4.99 register reward for purchasing the item. Yes, you would have to pay $4.99 out of pocket, but you would receive $4.99 to spend in the store. That is like getting the item for free!
2. A register reward deal + coupon:
Let’s say an item is on sale for $7.99, and you will receive a $4.99 register reward for purchasing the item. Also, you have a $3.00 coupon to use on the item- you would have to pay $4.99 out of pocket, but you would receive $4.99 to spend in the store. Again, you have gotten the item for free!
3. Stacking a store coupon & manufacturer coupon:
Let’s there is an in-ad store coupon that makes an item only $2.00, you could use a $2.00 manufacturer coupon and get the item for free!
4. Clearance section + coupon:
This one is easy! Let’s say an item is marked down to $0.99 and you have a coupon for $1.00 = Free!
Last, but not least-
If a coupon deal does not go through for some reason, do not forget to have the cashier remove that item from your purchase. I know sometimes in the past I have just left the item in the purchase, so as not to be a bother to the cashier, but I regretted it later.
Also, be sure to check your receipt & register rewards to make sure you were credited as you should have been. It is much easier to correct any problems right after the transactions than later.
Remember to print the Walgreens Coupon Policy, and bring it with you to the store to avoid any difficulties.