You can see some of my favorite Walgreens Coupon Posts here, but if you are new then you should read the tutorial below before you start. Walgreens runs some great deals, but some of them can be complicated to do. Some degree of success depends on your specific store. Walgreen’s recently adopted an Official Coupon Policy, but many cashiers still don’t understand it and many will refuse any coupon that beeps at the register. Make sure you read over this policy and understand it. Some people even like to print it out and take it with them to show the Cashier if there is any problem.
The Walgreens Ad starts on Sunday and you can look at it on their Website. In addition to the sale, they offer 3 other promotions that you need to be aware of in order to get the best deals:
1. In Ad Coupons: These are the store coupons that run in their sale circular. These coupons can ALWAYS be stacked with a regular Manufacturer’s Coupon to boost your savings. For example, the Walgreens Ad might offer a store coupon to get a box of Kleenex for $0.89. If you also had a Sunday Insert (Manufacturer Coupon) for $0.50 off the same size Kleenex then you could stack it with the Walgreen’s one and pay $0.39 for the Kleenex. It is perfectly “ok” to use both coupons on only 1 item, but…. Let’s say your manufacturer’s coupon was for $1.00 off a box of Kleenex. Can you still stack them? Technically, yes you can and the Kleenex would be free. This is Walgreen’s however, and they are pretty fussy about beeping coupons, which this would certainly do because your coupon is 11 cents more than $0.89. There are a number of ways around this problem and I’ll cover some of them later. Just keep in mind for now that you can always stack a STORE Coupon with a MANUFACTURER’S Coupon for the same item.
2. Instant Value Coupons (IVC): These are the Store Coupons that Walgreens puts in their Monthly Coupon Book. This book is usually at the Register or at the rack with the Weekly Ad. These coupons follow the same rules as the In Ad Coupons above. They are STORE Coupons and you can stack them.
3. Balance Rewards: Walgreens recently adopted a Rewards Card (you can sign up in store if you don’t have one). Most everything you purchase there accumulates some sort of points. Every 1,000 Walgreens Balance Rewards points are equal to $1.00 up until you reach 18,000 points. Once you reach 18,000, the point value increases.
4. Register Rewards (RR): A Register Reward is a Catalina Coupon that prints at the register when the conditions of a particular offer are met. This system is very similar to the ECB program at CVS, but with stricter rules. Walgreens typically treats them like a Manufacturer’s Coupon, but not always. You can use them on just about anything other than tobacco and alcohol, but they are not as easy to roll as the CVS Extra Care Bucks are.