How to Shop (Make Money) at Walgreens!

Walgreens coupon dealsLearn How To Shop Walgreens Tip One – The Ad
Walgreens sends out their ad every Sunday. You can get this ad in your Sunday newspaper, at the front of any Walgreens store, or online. It will run from Sunday to the following Saturday. In the ad they will display the sale prices for the week and they will have 7 day coupons for some items. The 7 day coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons. 

Learn How to Shop Walgreens Tip Two – Register Rewards (RR)
Walgreens Register Rewards are coupons that print at the register when you buy specific items. For example, if there is a sale “buy 4 general mills cereals get $2 RR” and the cereal is on sale 4/$10 then if you buy $10 in cereal you would get a $2 register reward that will print out after you pay. You can use that $2 towards anything except the brand that gave you the RR. You can only get one RR per deal per transaction, but the number of times you can do the deal is unlimited.

For example, if I were to buy 8 cereals and the deal was a $2 RR for every 4 cereals then I would get one $2 RR If I split them up into 2 different transactions, then I could get the $2 RR both times.

Walgreens register rewards will expire so make sure to pay attention to the date (they usually give you 2 weeks to use them although I have gotten a few that give you a month). You can use coupons on the register reward items and still get the full value of the RR. Register Reward’s cannot be used to pay sales tax so make sure the cost of your products is higher than the value of the RR when you redeem it!

You cannot “roll” Walgreens Register Rewards.  If you use a register reward that is from the same deal you are purchasing then you will not get another one!  One other thing to keep in mind is that these are considered manufacturer coupons so you cannot use more than one per product.
Walgreens register reward coupon
Learn How to Shop Walgreens Tip Three – The W Card
The W card costs $20 a year for one person. By joining this program you will get an extra 10% on all Walgreens brand products put on a card that you can spend at Walgreens. If you buy more than $200 a year in Walgreens brand products than this will save you money. It will also work on your rebate and coupon items! You scan your card before you pay and it will automatically add 10% of your Walgreens items and take off whatever credit you already have on the card.  If you would rather enter your receipts online then you can do that at the Walgreens W Card site.  You can save up your credit that way.  You are not eligible for a Walgreens W card if you are on medicare.

Learn How to Shop Walgreens Tip Four – Extra Coupons
Occasionally Walgreens issues coupons through the pharmacy and other locations (in one case coupons were found in a coloring book).  Generally there will be an extra monthly coupon book at the front door of the store as well.  Pick up all those books when you can and save the.  You never know when they will come in handy!  Those are walgreens coupons and can also be combined with manu coupons.

Each week I will post the best deals and you can just make your own shopping list off of that! Check out my most recent Walgreens Deals post!

RR – Register Rewards
7 Day Coupon – found in the weekly ad, only good at walgreens
OOP – Out Of Pocket (what it costs you in actual cash at the store). Coupons and gift cards reduce your OOP. RR reduce your next trip’s OOP.

Now that you understand the basics you can learn what this program can really do for you in the Advanced Walgreens post!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Treighsie November 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Wow! That is cool!
I love how you described everything in such detail!


2 Barbara November 25, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I like how you explained how RRs work.
barbara_powella@yahoo dot com


3 Ronni November 26, 2008 at 4:30 am

I didn’t know about the W card.. I will have to go to my local store and ask about it. Thanks!


4 Zulema November 27, 2008 at 7:11 am

Love all the tips! My favorite…#6!


5 mamasandflea December 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Nicely wrote. Good Job-Thanks for sharing.


6 MPwifey December 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I wanted to add that sometimes they offer a coupon book with the W card that can give you discounts on many Walgreens store items, such as diapers, medicines, lotions.


7 Andrea March 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Have you come across an “order” that you have to give the coupons like at CVS?

Yesterday I was at WG and trying to do the Huggies RR deal. I had 3 pkg Huggies, 3 coupons (print-at-home), and 2 RR from last week. The 1st time she rang it up, she did the 3 Huggies coupons and then the reg wouldn’t accept the RRs, but another employee was standing there and voided my coupons, re-scanned my 2 RRs first and then my 3 coupons and it went thru. So $30 in product – 2x$3.50 RR -$5-$5-$3 coupons =$10 plus tax and it gave me the $10RR.

I did read on the RR after I got home that total # of coupons plus RR cert must not exceed total # of items, but somehow the 2nd employee made it work yesterday by doing the RRs first and then mfg coupons.



8 LittlePeopleWealth April 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Hmm, I’m not sure about the coupons before the RR thing. My guess is that it was because you had more coupons than items. I think what happens is the RR ring up and don’t actually “attach” to an item since it isn’t for anything in particular. Coupons attach to a specific item so you can’t use two coupons on one thing.

If you ring the coupons first then according to the register you have nothing else that you can use the RR’s for.

If you ring the RR first then the register takes them for the order, but still has the 3 huggies that you can use specific coupons for.

Registers can sometimes be tricky!


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