Friday, April 10, 2009

Walgreens 101

Besides normal store sales, Walgreens has a couple of different types of deals to take advantage of:

1) Coupon Stacking - The EasySaver catalog and the weekly store fliers always include a number of store coupons which are good all month or all week, depending upon which flier they came from.

Since these are store coupons, they can be stacked with manufacturer's coupons. Often, you'll be able to get a really great bargain by stacking a store coupon, a manufacturer's coupon, and a store sale.

2) Register Rewards - The Register Rewards program is a program that Walgreens has that is similar to the CVS Extra Care Bucks Program. When you buy a certain item, you will get a printed coupon after you checkout called "Register Rewards", which you can use like cash on your next purchase. By adding on a store coupon and/or a manufacturer's coupon, you are often able to get the item for free or almost free after the Register Rewards.

The Register Rewards (RR) are not tied to a store card. Instead, they print out on a particular item for that week. Because of this, there is no limit on how many of one you can do. The only thing you cannot do is use the RR you earned on an item to purchase that item again. (to get another RR) You can buy as many of the item that has the RR being offered as long as they are on separate transactions.

Very Important:

1) You must have as many items as you have coupons. The computer is programmed not to accept any more coupons than you have items. So, make sure and tally up your items and coupons before you check out. The Register Rewards count as a coupon as do any of the store coupons, so count those, too. If you have more items than coupons, add on a few cheap items so that you have the same number of items as coupons. I always play it safe and try to have at least one more item than coupons. This just guarantees the register doesn't have issues.

2) In order to get your total down to the lowest amount possible and for the register to accept all of your coupons, the order you give your coupons in is very important. That's why it's important that you have as many items as coupons and that you hand your coupons over in the correct order.

Here's the best coupon order to present to the cashier:

-Register Rewards first
-Then manufacturer's coupons
-Then store coupons

I give my coupons to the cashier in batches split up in the groups mentioned above.

3) If for some reason they cannot get a coupon to go through, request that they void the item right then off of your order. Voiding it off is a very simple process.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Sherri... I had coupon issues at Walgreen's on my last trip... I was doing 2 separate transactions and it wouldn't accept my RR's... she said I had too many coupons and that I should use my RR's first. So on my next transaction I did... and then it wouldn't accept my manufacturer's coupon's because they would make Walgreen's owe me money back... I ended up feeling I had wasted my RRs and my coupons on the transaction. So am I supposed to add up before I get to the register what I should owe after MCs and Store coupons and give that amount in RRs first... then the MCs.. and then the SCs? I've been doing SCs, MCs and then RRs... completely backwards and not always working for me.

    I'm still learning a lot about the do's and don'ts.... and I learned quite a few last trip...lol Still got some great bargains though :)

    Thanks!!!

    A Lil Enchanted,
    ~LaShan~

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  2. Hi LaShan, I'm sorry that you had that happen. It is a little system...always give the RR's first, then Manufacturer's coupons, and lastly the Store coupons. And another very important thing to remember is that you can't have more items than coupons. For example, if you have an item that you have a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon for then you need a little filler item to use so that both coupons will go thru. I always grab a pack of gum or candy bar at the register if that happens. If you have 6 coupons, you have to have 6 (or more items) for all the coupons to work. And sometimes you may have to do a little math to make sure you will be paying at least a few cents if you have lots of RR's and coupons to use. Also, you can not use a RR to purchase another of the items that you earned the RR from. Does that make sense? So, you can't use the $7 RR from the Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion that is available right now to purchase another Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion.

    I hope this helps. It is so worth it:)

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