Shopping Walgreens for Newbies

I’ve heard from some people that they’re not sure how to get the best deals at Walgreens.  Hopefully to clear things up, I’ve written up a little primer to help you understand how it all works.

 

What Are Register Rewards (RR)?

 

Walgreens offers money saving bonuses called Register Rewards (RR).  RRs are coupons that print out with your receipt after you’ve bought a particular item.  These coupons can then be used towards the cost of your next purchases at Walgreens.  You can find these offers each week in the Walgreens flyers.

 

Often times, Walgreens offers items that are free after your RRs.  For instance, this week Walgreens has Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrushes on sale for $3.  When you purchase this item, Walgreens will give you $3 in RR which is like cash towards your next purchase.  Effectively, you get the toothbrush for free.

 

These offers get even better when you combine them with manufacturers coupons that you can get in your Sunday Democrat & Chronicle.  For instance, this week, there was also a $1 off coupon for the same Oral-B Advantage toothbrush.  Therefore, you only pay $2 for the toothbrush and you still get $3RR like cash towards your next purchase.  Effectively, you are getting paid $1 to purchase this toothbrush.  How can it get better than that?

 

Tip

  • You cannot use more manufacturer’s coupons and RRs than the number of items that you are purchasing.  In other words, just be sure that the number of manufacturer coupons + RRs that you have >= the number of items you have.
  • If you don’t have enough items to use all of your manufacturer’s coupons and RR, find some inexpensive items to use as fillers.  Look through the Walgreens ad for ideas.  This week you could use chicken broth 2/$1, Hunt’s tomato sauce $.39, or Halloween pens 4/$1 as filler items.
  • Sometimes Walgreens has in-ad coupons - you can use an in-ad coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item.  Just be sure that you give your coupons to the cashier in the following order – All manufacturer’s coupons first, then Walgreens in-ad coupons, then RRs.
  •  Don’t forget that RRs have expiration dates.  Be sure to use them by their expiration. 

 

Local Tips

  • The Walgreens on Elmwood Ave has started placing items that are free after Register Rewards on a display right when you walk in the door.  This is so much easier than searching the entire store for the specific item you’re looking for.
  • Many of the cashiers/store managers at the local Walgreens are very friendly to repeat customers.  If you’re very nice, they might even let you use expired RRs.

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