How to get started with Walgreens
Shopping at Walgreens is very similar to shopping at CVS, but there are some key things to remember.
- When coming up with deals for Walgreens, you can not have more coupons than items in your order, even though you can use a manufacturer coupon & a Walgreen’s coupon per item. You must maintain a 1:1 ratio of coupons & items.
- Any x/xx coupons (usually a $5/$25 purchase), must be AFTER all other coupons (CVS lets you use it before), so your out of pocket (OOP) expense when using these coupons will be higher.
Walgreens has in-ad coupons for certain sales. In order to get the sale price, you must remember to show the ad to the cashier. I like to cut these coupons out of the ad and hand them in with my other coupons when checking out, so that I dont forget them. These in-ad coupons can still be combined with manufacturer coupons, but make sure to get the order of your coupons right (see below).
The Register Rewards program is similar to CVS’s ECB program. When you buy certain items, you will get Register Rewards (RR) back. Details of the program include:
- Register Rewards deals are not tied to a loyalty card, so you can do as many as you want!
- Register Rewards (RR) can be used like cash basically – you can use them to buy anything (except alcohol, tobacco, prescriptions, lotto, and stamps).
- RR count as manufacturer coupons, and count towards your item-to-coupons ratio
**Because of this, it is sometimes necessary to purchase “fillers”, or small, inexpensive items to even out your coupon-to-item ratio**
- You can only do one register rewards deal per promotion per transaction. For example, if Edge shave gel is producing a $3 RR when you buy one can, you will only get one RR even if you buy more than one can per transaction.
- You can not use a RR from a specific promotion to buy more products from that same promotion. So if the Edge shave gel gives you a $3 RR, you cant use that to buy more Edge & still get another RR to print.
- You can use RR from one promotion (Edge) to buy items from a completely unrelated promotion (ex: Ragu) and still receive RR.
- RR usually last for 2 weeks before they expire (in comparison, ECB usually last for 1 month).
- Unlike ECB, RR can not be adjusted down if your coupon value exceeds the item value. You will need to purchase a filler to make up the difference.
And finally, there is also a monthly ad called the Easy Saver. There are small booklets in the store near the weekly ads. These booklets contain special Walgreens coupons that can be used all month long. Often times the Easy Saver coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons in order to get items for free, or even make money on them!
When shopping at Walgreens, it is important to remember the correct order in which to give the coupons. I like to organize my coupons in the order that I want them scanned, and hand them to the cashier by type:
Manufacturer Coupons – Walgreens Coupons (including in-ad coupons) – Register Rewards
If coupons are scanned in this way, you can often benefit from “coupon overage” – the lovely thing that happens when the amount of your coupons actually exceeds the amount of the items that you are purchasing. Overage needs to be applied to something else in your order though, so make sure you have other items or fillers to use it up.
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