While Walgreens is not quite the favorite that CVS is, Walgreens still has a lot to offer in the way of sales and rewards.
1. Roll your register rewards. Unlike CVS, you do not have a rewards card to keep track of but you can still earn register rewards. Once you start building up a few register rewards you can roll them over from transaction to transaction so that you are out very little cash just like with CVS’s ECB’s. However beyond that there’s a lot of differences. Here’s the lowdown:
- Where CVS’s register rewards are usually good for a month, Walgreen‘s register rewards are usually only good for two weeks so you have to stay on your toes and make sure to use them before they expire.
- Register rewards act as generic manufacturer’s coupons. This is different than CVS in that CVS’s rewards act as cash. Since Walgreen‘s register rewards act as a manufacturer coupon, you have to keep track of how many items you have in your cart. At Walgreens you may only use the same number of manufacturer coupons as items (even if the manufacturer coupons are just register rewards).
- Only one register reward can be printed per like item per transaction. This means if you think you need seven deodorants and the seven $1 register rewards in return, you will need to visit Walgreens seven different times to get each of the rewards. Otherwise, if you buy all seven deodorants in one transaction, you will only get a total of $1 in register rewards.
- Register rewards may not be used towards the same type item in which the reward was redeemed from. So, if you get a $1 register reward back for a deodorant, you cannot use that reward towards the purchase of another deodorant during your next visit. It would have to be used for diapers, or toothpaste or some other product. This also means that if you use the register reward for a different item (aka diapers) but you also purchase the redeemed register reward item again (aka deodorant), the register will not print out another register reward because it was still redeemed in the same transaction as the redeemed register reward item (the deodorant). So, make sure you do not redeem your register rewards at the same time you are purchasing a like item for which the register reward was redeemed to obtain maximum savings.
- The full amount of a register reward must be redeemed in one transaction. So, if you have a $10 register reward, there must be at least $10 worth of stuff in your transaction before tax in order to use it.
2. Get a monthly Walgreens coupon book. These books are usually located near the front of the store next to the store ad. In this book there will be lots of store coupons which can be used in conjunction with a manufacturer coupon. You can also get coupons online at their website. Pair these with a sale, a manufacturer coupon, and register rewards and you may not even have to spend a dime (well…except for tax).