Walgreens Couponing 101

Walgreens Couponing 101
We've had some readers ask about how to coupon at drugstores so I'm going to start with Walgreens and share some tips and examples to hopefully help y'all out! Please know that this will not be a complete list and I'll probably miss a few things as I'm still learning too! I'll share other drugstores as I get the chance, but drugstores have a lot of information that you need to know to get the most savings so it will probably take a while! Walgreens is probably one of the most difficult, of the drugstores, to coupon at. Once you get the hang of it though, you're sure to get plenty of great deals! It will take a lot of practice and patience, but so does couponing in general, no matter what store you go to. An important tip is to know the store's coupon policy (keep a copy with you at all times if possible!). Learn it and remember it...It's not as hard as it sounds, I promise! lol List making is also important! Know what you're going in the store for, the quantity of each item you're getting, the coupons you're using for each item and the price you should pay. This makes it so much easier. Sometimes you get overwhelmed and everything starts to run together so you need that list to look back on! I'm going try to keep this as short as possible so I'll just dive right in now!
  • Walgreens offers Register Rewards (RRs). These print out at the checkout counter and can be used toward your next purchase. These Register Rewards are not linked to a specific account, like at CVS, so you can purchase as many Register Reward items as you need/want.
  • With lots of practice, you will soon learn to 'roll' your rewards so that you pay the least amount out of pocket as possible. This basically just means that you're using an in-store credit to pay for another item that will generate a new in-store credit.
  • You have to have as many items as you have manufacturer coupons for. Register Rewards are counted as manufacturer coupons. This is why you get 'filler' items that are inexpensive.
  • Look for Walgreens store coupons! These are found in the weekly ad, "The Monthly Savings Book" located in the store and occasionally in Sunday inserts. These coupons can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon giving you the most savings. Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens store coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item.
  • You can NOT 'roll' your register rewards towards another item that's the same as the item that gave you the reward in the first place. Register Rewards are considered manufacturer coupons so if you use them to purchase the same item that gave you the reward, then the register will not be allowed to print another register reward. You can, however, use your Register Rewards from one transaction on a different Register Reward offer and it would then allow the register to print another Register Reward. Here's an example...
Transaction 1:
Buy 2 Scope Mouthwash 2/$6
  • Use (2) $1/1 Scope Mouthwash Coupons
Pay $4.00 plus tax out of pocket and get $4.00 back in RRs
Transaction 2:
Buy 1 All Laundry Detergent - $6.89
Buy 1 'filler' item (something inexpensive, such as a pencil, so that you have as many items as you have coupons for)
  • Use (1) $2.00/1 All Laundry Detergent
  • Use $4.00 Register Rewards from 1st transaction
Pay $0.89 plus tax out of pocket and get $5.00 back in RRs
Transaction 3:
Buy 2 Scope Mouthwash 2/$6
Buy 1 'filler' item
  • Use (2) $1/1 Scope Mouthwash Coupons
  • Use $5.00 Register Rewards from transaction 2
Pay nothing out of pocket, get $4.00 back in RRs

I will probably be adding to this list, but hopefully this will help everyone, at least a little! If y'all have any tips for me to add or see anything that I may have missed or messed up on, please send an email to southerncouponjunkies@gmail.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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