We continue the Tell Me How Tuesday series of Coupons 101. Check out previous posts:
This weeks topic: Drugstores – Walgreens (WAGS) 101
Walgreens used to have an Easy Rebate program that was discontinued and rumored to be coming back, but nothing yet, so we will skip that. Their “new” program is Register Rewards (RR) and is very similar to CVS Extra Care Bucks program in that when you purchase certain items/$$ amounts, a coupon (catalina) will print out for you to use on your next purchase at Walgreens.
HOWEVER there are also some BIG differences, which frankly make using the Register Rewards a BIG PAIN IN THE BUTT!! There are still some GREAT deals to be had if you understand how to do it. I hope this will help.
In-Ad Coupons (IVC – instant value coupons)
These are STORE coupons found in the weekly circular you receive in the sunday paper OR can be found in the front of the store. They are good for the week and typically set the price (vs. save $1, etc). They sometimes limit the number you can purchase and you only need ONE in-ad coupon and it will apply to all your items. Since this is a STORE coupon, you can combine it with a manufacturer coupon for the same item. It is best to give the mfg coupon first, then the store coupon.
(photo courtesy of KrazyCouponLady)
Register Rewards (RR)
Different from CVS, there is no store loyalty card needed to earn Register Rewards. That means that RR are not tied to a specific person. Anyone can use anyone elses RR.
You can only earn Register Rewards ONCE per deal per transaction. For example, the recent buy Chapstick for $2.99 and receive a $2.99 RR. If you buy 3 Chapsticks in the same transaction, only ONE Register Reward will print. If you want more Chapstick, do separate transactions.
You CAN earn more than ONE Register Reward per transaction on DIFFERENT products. If you buy Chapstick and Purell in the same transaction, both of which have RR deals this week, both RR will print.
Register Rewards (RR) are manufacturer coupons and treated as such by the registers. What does this mean?? You are only allowed to use 1 manufacturer coupon per item. The number of mfg coupons/RR cannot exceed the number of items. If you are purchasing items that you also have manufacturer coupons for, you will need “filler” items in order to be able to use your RR to pay. A “filler” item is the cheapest thing you can find in the store – I have been using $0.08 seed packets on clearance – check out clearnace for anything around $0.25. This is necessary to make sure your number of mfg coupons (which included your RR, BUT NOT store coupons) does not exceed the number of items. EXAMPLE: When I bought the Bengay today 2/$10, I had 2 $2 Bengay coupons I was using. In order to use RR to pay (since I had 2 items and already had 2 coupons) , I had to add in candy bars. I had small value RR that were expiring, that is why I added 3 candy bars to use 3 RR. If I had one larger value RR I would have only added 1 candy bar.
Register Rewards cannot “ROLL” like ExtraBucks. This means you cannot use the RR earned from buying X to buy another X. Sometimes the RR notes on it what company it is from, but sometimes it does not. In order to avoid confusion, I always take a second to jot down on the RR what it came from. In the earlier example with Chapsticks, you cannot buy 1 chapstick, get the $3 RR and then use that to buy another Chapstick. Well you can do that, BUT you will not get another RR. The BEST way to minimize your out-of-pocket expense is to find 2 items that are offering register rewards of similar value and use them to alternate back and forth buying each other. So say that Colgate is also triggering a $3 RR, you would buy Chapstick, get $3RR and use that to buy Colgate and so on…
Register rewards are like CASH, but are manufacturer coupons. There is no record of you receiving them, so if you lose them, they cannot be replaced! They also EXPIRE 2 weeks from when you get them and Walgreens DOES NOT accept expired RR.
Register rewards cannot beused to purchase cigarettes, prescriptions or gift cards (bummer) – still working onother exclusion… I will be back.
OTHER COUPON BOOKS:
Best Order to give Coupons for possible overage
MONTH LONG Register Rewards:
As always, if you have issue contact Consumer Relations: Contact InformationPhone: toll-free (800) 925-47337:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday thru Friday
Any other questions, please ask so I can make sure this post is as accurate as possible.
Have you found any great deals?? I would love to hear from you!! Post a comment & share your thoughts!! If you like this post, share with a friend or Subscribe to Maven of Savin’ by Email or feed!! THANKS!