Walgreens Coupon Policy

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I heard this was coming and was waiting…  After many years of confusion and no consistent policy from store to store, Walgreens has finally published a coupon policy and posted it online!!

Let’s here a WOOOO HOOO!!

I still do not like the Register Reward counting as a mfg coupon, but hey, at least it is documented…  If you have a tough coupon store, I would suggest printing it out to carry with you – Walgreens Coupon Policy

Here are the details:


  • All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier at the time of checkout.
  • Walgreens does not accept expired coupons.
  • Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted at Walgreens.
  • Walgreens cannot accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register RewardsTM manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines will be accepted at the discretion of Walgreens management.

Sale Items

  • Walgreens will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
  • In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons

  • When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
  • The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.

Buy One, Get One Free Coupons

  • When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
  • Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons

  • Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons.

Register RewardsTM coupons

Earning Register RewardsTM

  • Register RewardsTM will only print for in-stock merchandise during the promotional period.
  • Register RewardsTM can only be earned for eligible items. No substitutions.
  • There is a limit of one Register RewardsTM (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.

Redeeming Register RewardsTM

  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
  • Refer to Register RewardsTM coupon for expiration date.
  • The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including RR manufacturer coupons, must not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
  • Register RewardsTM must be forfeited if the qualifying merchandise is returned.
  • Register RewardsTM cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards and pre-paid cards.
  • Register RewardsTM can be redeemed for eligible items only.

So there you have it… what do you think?


  1. “The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.”

    Does this mean that there will no longer be any moneymaker opportunities?

    • Steve – not necessarily. That is referring to when you pay using a RR. You can potentially still “make money” when you earn RR – say you buy a product that is on sale for $3.99, get $3 RR and you use a $2 coupon. You would pay $1.99 and get a $3 RR. Does that make sense.

  2. How can they say the RR are Manufacturer’s coupons? manufacturers dont issue them, they do.. the issueing agency is the manufacturer of the coupon.. they do not return them to the manufacturer for payment as in manufacterers coupons.. They are the issuing agency. How can they say its a manufacturer’s coupon? Its clearly not.. like ECBs are not manufacturer coupons nor are +UP rewards. Manufacturer’s coupons are transferable store to store, can be used anywhere. If they are saying RR are manufacturer’s coupons then they also must be redeemable at any store, ie – CVS, Rite Aid, etc.! This is an outrage!

    • Ellen B says:

      Actually Diana, I believe they are issued by the manufacturer. If you look at the bottom of RRs, they will say “thank you from ______ (insert the name of the manuf on them). If it is a Proctor & Gamble item, you won’t be able to use the RR you received for it on another Proctor & Gamble item on your next purchase. It is ridiculous, but another quirk of shopping at Walgreens!

    • Diana, RR’s ARE redeemable at Krogers, Meijers and probably anywhere that accepts manufacturers coupons. It’s great! I just learned this recently. Even cashiers at Krogers didn’t think they could take a “walgreens” coupon, and I pointed out to them that it’s not a walgreens coupon, it’s a Manufacturers coupon. Then they scan it with skepticism and it works. Then they say, “wow, I didn’t know that”. Interesting. It’s like a game. Now I don’t have to try to figure out something to spend my RR’s on at Walgreens. It’s like cash at other stores! Hope you are encouraged. see note below from Ellen too.

    • RR are put out by manufacturer through the catalina program and they are sent back and redeemed just like your regular coupons, and you can use they anywhere they take competitors coupons

  3. When it says one RR per person per transaction, does that mean I can only buy one Colgate toothpaste this week in one transaction or could I buy 5 and use 5 coupons? Would it print (5) RR for 3.49 ea?? Appreciate the help!!


    • Alyssa – sorry just found your comment – You can only buy one per transaction. If you buy 2 in the same transaction, only 1 RR will print.

  4. sarah peters says:

    you can use 1 coupon per item purchased…example: buy a razor Proglide…use a coupon in P&G ad for $4.00 off get $5.00 rr back making the razor seem to be 89 cents with the same purchase buy the toothpick stick fro $2.00 getting arr back for $2…do another transaction for toothpicks again coming to be free…total rr rewards $9 on 3 rr. THEN buy a gallon of milk 2 Lysol bottles (bogo free this week) 2 Kit Kat candy bars total $9.75…give all 3 rr your total = pocket change from it all…after its all said n done go home n see what you got n compare it to walmart…you doubled your purchases. we buy milk on rr for the 6 kids in our home. I focus on the higher rewards to make it worth it then search for coupons for that item.

  5. sarah peters says:

    it says 1 rr per item per transaction so you have to do multiple transactions if doin it more than once. I have about 12 of those toothpick packs cuz each one gave the rr for the price i just paid if you print 1 out then buy another on a seperate transaction n buy a 25 cent pencil…you pay 25 cents n get th e$2.00 rr again n again. my walgreens calls me the crazy coupon lady cuz they all swear I oursmarted the system…

  6. question.. if body wash is on sale for b1g1 and you have a b1g1 coupon do you get both free..does walgreens allow this

  7. I can use my RR wherever their is a cat machine, so I can’t use it at cvs? Or is it everywhere that takes mf coupons. Using these rr everywhere would really make my life easy.

  8. sarah, i know this is an old posting, but i just read the may 9th comment re: buying milk with R.R.’s. just tried to spend my R.R.’s on things i actually NEED and when it came to the milk it would not cover it, the clerk and i read the fine print on the R.R. and sure enough it stated that, amongst other things, it could not be used to purchase milk. So, im wondering, did something change? Does anyone know? Does it depend on where you live? (oregon) Please respond , ifin ya know- peace

  9. cheryl, maybe it’s different depending on the manufacturer that issues the RR, because I’m looking at one and nowhere on it is there an exclusion for milk. Mine excludes cigarettes, transportation passes, lottery, alcohol, stamps and some other things. I haven’t been brave enough yet to try using a Walgreens RR elsewhere but this is certainly VERY interesting and I’m going to try it next time out.

    Does anyone know how Walgreens counts BOGO coupons? I have a BOGO cpn and I want to pay with a RR. That should count as two items and two manufacturer’s coupons but I seem to recall someone saying they split the mfgr coupon and apply it to both items of the BOGO…so I would need fillers if that’s the case. Anyone know?

  10. Also, slightly off the Walgreens RR topic and more onto Catalinas in general….Lynn can you confirm whether or not you can use a Cat issued in one store in another store? I’m not talking about “free gallon of milk at your next purchase” type of Cat, just the typical $X.XX off coupons. They say they are manufacturers coupons, but then they include “Redeem at Shaws” or whereever. I’ve often wondered whether this is just courtesy advertising and I can use my Shaws coupons at Stop and Shop and vice versa – this would save me a lot of hassle!

    • Sandy – it depends on the store. MOST stores do not accept CATs from any other store – they consider them competitor coupons. SO if your store takes competitor coupons then they will. However, some recently have been saying their stores will take them.

      • Thanks Lynn for the answers, and thanks for all your work. You’ve saved me lots of money and introduced me to Walgreens RRs and I’m ridiculously addicted to trying to score free stuf from them now!

  11. Christy Dube says:

    I had a quick question…I was wondering if Walgreens accepted other stores catalina coupons as long as they said manufacturer coupon on them? I thought they did, wondering if I was mistaken. I was in my Walgreens tonight trying to buy formula with a Shaws catalina for Enfamil which said manufacturer coupon on it and they said they didn’t do that. And of course it was a “Oh my god; I need formula before I head home; 30 minutes away,” kind of stop and I didn’t have my policy on me and baby in arms. I just bought the formula anyways w/o coupon and left. Could you clear this up for me. Thank you!

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