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Walgreens Store Guide

>> Thursday, February 18, 2010

Walgreens accepts one store specific coupon plus one manufacturer coupon per item.

  • Walgreens published a monthly in-store coupon book as well as other periodic in-store promotional coupon publications. You can also find "bonus" printable coupons on-line. Just go to Walgreen.com and click on weekly ad. In the upper right corner of the ad page you'll see "extra coupons".
Walgreens accepts internet printable coupons.

Walgreens offers a customer rewards program in the form of Register Rewards. This program does not require a loyalty card.

Follow these steps to see how it works.

Step #1 Purchase Promotional Items to Receive Register Rewards
Register Rewards are linked to the purchase of specific products advertised in the weekly sales circular and on displays in-store. Sometimes you only need to buy one item, sometimes you receive them for buying a certain quantity or dollar amount of specific products.

Register Rewards (RRs) are $ off coupons that are printed using the small Catalina Marketing printers located next to the register. Register rewards are received as a promotional “perk” from manufacturers to entice you to buy their products. For example: You buy a Gillette Fusion razor and a $4 Register Reward (RR) prints – this register reward is provided by Procter and Gamble. It is good for $4 off your next purchase at Walgreens. When you use your Register Reward, Walgreens will then submit that coupon to Procter and Gamble and get reimbursed.

Let's say Gillette Fusion razors are on sale for $8.99 with a $4 RR. If you bought the razor for $8.99, you would receive a $4 RR. Your final cost on this item is $4.99. (Please keep in mind that you still pay sales tax).

Let's say Crest Pro-Health Rinse was also on sale that week for 2/$7 with a $2.50 RR when you bought two. Your final cost is two for $4.50.

Here's the math:

8.99 Gillette Fusion Razor
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse
15.99 Total (plus sales tax)
6.50 Earned RRs
9.49 Final Cost

By spending $15.99, you have accumulated $6.50 worth of RRs to be used like cash on your next shopping trip.

(For the sake of this outline I applied the RRs to the Total of this transaction to show you how RRs can save you money, however, RRs are usually applied to each transaction at time of use to get a more accurate out of pocket figure)

Step 2 - Purchase Promotional Items w/ Coupons
Walgreens allows you to purchase promotional items (those offering RRs) with coupons which brings down your out of pocket (OOP) and stretches your dollars even further. Let's view the above trip summary again but this time add in coupons.

8.99 Gillette Fusion Razor - $4 coupon
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse - $2 coupon
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse - $2 coupon
15.99 Total (plus sales tax)
-8.00 amount of coupons
7.99 Subtotal
6.50 Earned RRs
1.49 Final Cost

You now have accumulated $6.50 in RRs but have spent only $7.99 OOP.

Step 3 - Roll Those RRs
This is the KEY! Many people stop short at Step 3. They earn RRs and then turn around and spend them on just anything. The REAL deal is to use your RRs like cash on other promotional deals to generate more RRs and then use those RRs to do more promotional deals to get MORE RRs all the while matching up your coupons to the deals to bring down your OOP and make the deal even sweeter. Get the picture? We call it ROLLING.

Follow the four steps listed above and before you know it you'll have gotten more stuff for free than you ever imagined. Your cupboards will be overflowing....and at this point, don't forget those less fortunate than you.....give, give, give.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when rolling RRs. Here are afew FAQs that will help us put it all together:

Can I use a Register Reward to purchase items from the same promotion it came from and receive more RRs?
No, if you go in and buy a Gillette Fusion razor that generates an RR and then use that RR to buy another Gillette Fusion razor, your RRs will not print on the second trasaction.

If I do two of the same Register Reward deals in one transaction, will I receive double RRs?
No. Only one RR per promotion per transaction will print. This is Walgreens way of limiting the deals. However, if you repeat the deal, but in a separate transaction, you can earn more register rewards.

If I have an RR from the Gillette Fusion deal, can I use it toward the Crest Pro-Health Rinse and receive RRs?
No, both Gillette and Crest are made my Proctor & Gamble. If the manufacturers are the same, the deal will not work. If you are using a Register Reward coupon from one offer to pay for another promotional offer, make sure the offer is not by the same maker who issued the Register Reward being used as payment. You may, however, use a Register Reward from one manufacturer toward the balance on a different promotion by another maker and receive the RRs from that promotion.

Two more tips:
  • Register Rewards are considered coupons. You may use one coupon per item in the same transaction. So if you are using RRs toward your balance, you will need to purchase an item to stand in the gap for the RR. Try to find something super cheap to act as a “filler”. You will need one filler for every RR you intend to use in a single transaction.
I have A $4 and a $2 RR and I am doing this deal:

8.99 Gillette Fusion Razor - $4 coupon
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse - $2 coupon
3.50 Crest Pro-Health Rinse - $2 coupon
15.99 Total (plus sales tax)
-8.00 amount of coupons
7.99 Subtotal

I am already using one coupon for each item I'm buying. So if I want to use the two ($4 & $2) RRs toward the $7.99 balance, I will need to add TWO more items to my order. Then my coupon to item ratio will be equal.
  • Register Rewards are only applicable to the amount of the sale before tax. They cannot be applied towards tax. When using RRs, you will need to make sure your before tax amount is equal to or more than the value of your RRs, otherwise the register will beep and not accept the RR.


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