Walgreens 101

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Walgreens 101

Couponing at Walgreens is a bit more complicated than doing so at CVS.  They have several types of coupons and a coupon to product ratio and a register that loves to BEEP. 

Weekly Ad Coupons –
These coupons are found in the weekly ad in your Sunday paper or at the front of the store.  They will advertise the price for the item and the limit.  You have to use the coupon to get the advertised price and that one single coupon will cover multiple items.  For example, if the coupon has a limit of 3 and you buy 3 of the item that 1 coupon will cover all 3 items.  These coupons can be stacked with other coupon.

Walgreens Easy Saver Coupons –
The Easy Saver Catalog can be found at the front of the store.  Inside you will find Instant Value Coupons (IVCs)  Even though they say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” Walgreens treats them as store coupons making it possible for you to stack them with Manufacturer’s Coupons.  Like the Weekly Ad Coupons they will have a price and a limit.

Register Rewards(RR) –
These are manufacturer’s coupons that print out at the end of a transaction.  These can be used on your next purchase in conjunction with other coupons.  You can use the RRs to purchase other items that earn RRs but you cannot use it on the same deal. For example, if you purchase Colgate Toothpaste for $2.99 and earn a $2.99 RR you cannot purchase the same item again and earn another RR when it is paid for with the original RR.  Using the RR will cancel out the one that you should be earning – however you can use this RR to buy other items that earn RRs.  In other words you cannot “Roll” RRs like you can ECBs

Coupon to Item Ratio –
Here is where the register starts beeping.  You cannot use more coupons than items purchased.  The Weekly Ad coupons and IVCs do not count toward this ratio.  If you are purchasing 2 items and using 2 Manufacturer’s Coupons and a RR you will get the beep.  This is because Walgreens sees the RR as a Coupon and not a Catalina (like ECBs a CVS).  You will want to find a filler item (a pencil or cheap candy) to make the ratio 3 items to 3 coupons.  If you are using 2 IVCs in the same transaction they will not count towards the ratio.

Confused yet?  Coupon Order –
Never just hand over your coupons to the cashier (major beeping will occur).  Hand over the Manufacturer Coupons first followed by IVCs, then Weekly Ad coupons and finally the RRs.  If you do not do it in this order you will not get any possible overage deducted from your total. 

What if your RR does not print?
First make sure the machine is on (blinking green light on the machine). Next make sure that you purchased the correct items, there is no leeway for error, the combination has to be exact or the RR will not print.  If you are positive that you have not made a mistake then ask for the manager and if all else fails call the Catalina company at 1-888-8coupon.

Walgreens just recently release a much needed Corporate Coupon Policy.  You can print it HERE – take this with you when you are shopping!  You can also ask for a rain check if the deal you are after is sold out.  These are good for 30 days.
Walgreens, more so than CVS should be attempted in baby steps.  Just start with a few items one week and then try for a few more the following week.