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Walgreens Coupons 101: How to Coupon at Walgreens

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UPDATED July 2014

Walgreens can be an overwhelming place to shop with coupons. Once you understand the ins and outs, though, you’ll have a hard time staying away!

Sign up for Balance Rewards Program

Before shopping at Walgreens, sign up for the Balance Rewards Program. It is free and easy to sign up. You must be a Balance Rewards member to receive any Walgreens sale prices or Balance Rewards Points. Sign up in a Walgreens store or online. Every time you check out, be sure to swipe your card or enter the phone number that is attached to your Balance Rewards account.

In-Ad Coupons

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Every Sunday, Walgreens releases a weekly ad. This weekly ad contains all the weekly sale prices, promotions and “in-ad coupons.” Find the ad in the Sunday newspaper or in the front of the Walgreens store. The ad typically contains a handful of Walgreens store coupons. An in-ad Walgreens coupon can be used with a manufacturer coupon on the purchase of a single item. We call this “stacking coupons.” The Walgreens coupon policy explicitly allows coupons to be stacked:

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.

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Walgreens in-ad coupons typically state a limit on the number of products you can purchase using the coupon. This limit is not attached to your Balance Rewards account. If you’d like to purchase more items than the stated limit, ask your store if you can go back for more items on another day of the week.

Monthly Savings Book

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Each month, Walgreens issues a monthly coupon booklet. Find the booklets in the front of the stores with the weekly ads. These coupon booklets are filled with Walgreens coupons. The Walgreens coupons can be stacked with manufacturer coupons to maximize savings.

Walgreens coupons do not need to be clipped or handed over. Just have the cashier scan the applicable coupon(s) and the savings will be applied. The Walgreens registers will automatically apply the Walgreens coupon to every corresponding item purchased; only one coupon is needed.

Register Rewards

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One of the best ways to save money at Walgreens is to take advantage of Walgreens Register Rewards! A Register Reward is a long, receipt-like coupon that prints at checkout after you make a qualifying purchase. To find items each week that are producing Register Rewards, look through the weekly ad. Look for products that state you’ll “receive a Register Reward” with purchase. These items are also tagged accordingly in stores! After purchasing the advertised item, you will receive the Register Reward. It is good as store credit on a future Walgreens purchase. Use it to buy almost anything in the store!

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Register Rewards are good for a dollar amount off your next in-store purchase. They typically expire two weeks from the date they printed. Here is an example of a Register Reward deal:

Vitamin Water Energy Drink, 11.5 oz $1.00, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward
Pay $1.00, Receive $1.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

Rolling Register Rewards

Register Rewards have a limit. You can only earn one Register Reward per offer per transaction. If a Vitamin Water energy drink is producing a $1.00 Register Reward, and you want to buy two, you must do two separate transactions. If you purchase both energy drinks in a single transaction, you’ll only receive one $1.00 Register Reward. Stores have the right to limit the quantity of promotional items you purchase. If you want to do more than one transaction, ask your store beforehand. Some stores limit the number of transactions you can do in one day. Be respectful and abide by the store and coupon policies.

Register Rewards do not “roll.” Let’s say you want to purchase two Vitamin Water energy drinks. Again, to earn both $1.00 Register Rewards, you must do two separate transactions. Do not use the $1.00 Register Reward produced from the purchase of drink #1 to purchase drink #2. If you do, you will not receive a second $1.00 Register Reward from the purchase of drink #2. In other words, when you hope to earn a Register Reward in any given transaction, do not use a Register Reward as payment that was earned from the same product or manufacturer as the Register Reward you hop to earn.

To maximize Register Reward savings, there are two options.

1. Alternate between different products. If there are two or more Register Reward promotions generating similar or same-value Register Rewards, go back and forth between those promotions.

If you receive a Register Reward generated by the purchase of product X, you cannot use it to buy a second product X if you want another Register Reward to print. Find two different products that trigger similar value Register Rewards and alternate buying those items in separate transactions. Pay for product Y using the Register Reward earned from product X. Then use the Register Reward earned from product Y to pay for a second product X and so on. (Now go ahead and reread this paragraph a few times until you’re no longer scratching your head!)

Here is an example:

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Transaction #1:

Buy 1 Sunsweet Fiber Supplement, 10.9 oz $10.00, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward
Pay $10.00, Receive $10.00 Register Reward

Transaction #2:

Buy 1 Florax Ready-to-Drink Probiotic, 0.17 oz $10.00, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward
Use $10.00 Sunsweet Register Reward from Transaction #1
Pay Nothing, Receive $10.00 Register Reward

Transaction #3:

Buy 1 Sunsweet Fiber Supplement, 10.9 oz $10.00, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward
Use $10.00 Florax Register Reward from Transaction #2
Pay Nothing, Receive $10.00 Register Reward

Repeat as many times as you’d like!

2. Roll Register Rewards week-to-week. I prefer to roll my Register Rewards from week to week. On my very first Walgreens shopping trip, I paid quite a bit out of pocket. But I also walked away with a wallet full of Register Rewards, which I saved for the next week. Then, during Week Two, I used all my Register Rewards earned in Week One and I didn’t have to pay as much out of pocket or worry about rolling conflicts.

Balance Rewards Points

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Each week, Walgreens offers Balance Rewards Points with qualifying purchases. Check the weekly ads and the sale tags in stores to find products generating Balance Rewards Points.

To Earn Points

Purchase qualifying products and earn Points! It’s as simple as that! Be sure to scan your card or enter your phone number at checkout to earn Points.

You can earn multiple Points in a single transaction. There is not a limit on how many times you can receive Points from the same promotion. In most cases, you do not even need to do separate transactions to earn multiple Points from the same promotion!

Manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards do not interfere with any Points earned. In other words, you will still earn Points when using manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards. The monthly Walgreens Savings Book coupons are the exception to this rule. They do count against your total. If you are doing a “Spend X amount of dollars, Receive X number of Points” promotion, you need to meet the specified total before manufacturer coupons but after the monthly Walgreens coupons.

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Your Balance Rewards card does not track purchases. If you need to spend a certain dollar amount to receive Points, you need to reach that dollar amount in a single transaction.

At the end of your transaction, the earned Balance Rewards Points will show up on your receipt right away! If they don’t, call Walgreens Customer Service, and they will credit the Points to your account.

To Redeem Points

Once you reach at least 1,000 Points on your account, you can redeem them. 1,000 Points are worth $1.00. 40,000 Points are worth $50.00. Save your Points until you have 40,00 to get the most bang for your buck! Points can only be redeemed in the following increments:

(1) 1,000 Points = $1.00
(2) 2,000 Points = $2.00
(3) 3,000 Points = $3.00
(4) 5,000 Points = $5.00
(5) 10,000 Points = $10.00
(6) 18,000 Points = $20.00
(7) 30,000 Points = $35.00
(8) 40,000 Points = $50.00

To redeem Points, follow the prompts on the debit card pad or ask your cashier.

If you are redeeming Balance Rewards Points as payment in a transaction, you cannot earn Points. In other words, Points cannot be earned when you are paying with Points. However, you can earn Register Rewards even if you pay with Points.

Shop at Walgreens and use your card at least once every six months and your Points will not expire for three years.

You cannot redeem or earn Points on purchases of: dairy, stamps, prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, phone cards, lottery tickets, charitable donations, transportation passes or money orders. To read more, visit the full Balance Rewards Terms and Conditions or read the Walgreens Balance Rewards Q&A.

Balance Rewards Points Summary

  • You will not earn Points in a transaction in which you redeem Points.
  • You will earn Points in a transaction in which you use Register Rewards as payment.
  • You will earn Register Rewards in a transaction in which you redeem Points.

Coupon-to-Product Ratio

The Walgreens cash register will not allow the cashier to accept more manufacturer coupons than total products purchased. This gets tricky because Register Rewards used as payment are considered manufacturer coupons. If you are purchasing five items and using five manufacturer coupons and a Register Reward, the register will beep and reject the sixth coupon. Every manufacturer coupon contains a barcode, which the register pairs with one of the products in the transaction. When the cashier attempts to scan too many coupons, the register cannot find a corresponding product and rejects the coupon.

To solve this problem, purchase what we call a “filler” item. A filler item is any inexpensive product in the store that you can add to your purchase so that the register will accept an additional coupon (the Register Reward). The filler item can be any item, but it makes most sense for it to be inexpensive. Check the local ad for items priced less than $1.00. Make sure you have at least as many items in your transaction as you have manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards used to pay. The total number of Register Rewards + the total number of manufacturer coupons cannot exceed the number of products purchased.

Every week, we publish a post that contains filler item ideas from the weekly ad.

Paperless Digital Coupons

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Visit Walgreens.com from your computer or from the Walgreens mobile app to find and clip digital coupons. If you are not logged in, you will need to sign in with your username and password. Click on the “Clip” button on each desired coupon to add it to your account. Up to 100 coupons can be clipped to your account at one time. After clipping, buy the products that correspond with the coupons. Be sure you have scanned your Balance Rewards card or input your phone number at checkout. The coupon will automatically deduct from your total. Each paperless coupon can only be redeemed one time.

Paperless coupons are manufacturer coupons. Each one can be stacked with a Walgreens in-ad coupon or a Walgreens coupon from the monthly savings book. Each paperless coupon cannot be stacked with another physical manufacturer coupon on a single item.

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24 thoughts on “Walgreens Coupons 101: How to Coupon at Walgreens”

  1. sophie maziarz says:

    another point If I missed it on your site I apologize.

    Don’t combine government paid (like Medicare or Medicaid) with paid out of pocket or private insurance paid prescriptions, in one transaction. If you do, you won’t earn prescription points.

    Have each prescription rung up separately. ( I pick up mother’s Medicare and my private insurance prescriptions. This is how I found out.)

    The government rules dictate no points for government paid prescriptions.
    Walgreens employees don’t tell you about this rule.

    Call customer service as to why I hadn’t received points.
    Customer service referred me to the Walgreens web site.
    Several minutes of searching, I found a link to “details”. In the midst of 5 pages of information was the piece on government paid prescription restrictions. Still not sure how it affects non government paid prescriptions.

    Part of the “be well” promotion is to build a positive profile. “Be well” by transparency in reward programs.

    thank you for mentioning
    you can not earn and redeem points in the same transaction. I believe I am not alone when I say I didn’t know this.


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  2. kissingfrogs2003 says:

    I have 40,000 Balance Rewards which equals $50. Anyone know if I can purchase a $50 gift card with these points?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Never mind. I should read the whole the thing first. filler item Thanks

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ok is the RR a manufacturer’s coupon? I was told I can only use one Manufacturer’s coupon per item?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this, you’ve explained it so clearly. I used to feel so discouraged couponing at Walgreens, and I refused to shop there until now. I had to read this once, went couponing once (made some couponing mistakes), and then reread this twice to completely understand everything. Thank you!

  6. Crystal Gray says:

    So with register rewards can you use them on a different item the next week and get more register rewards.. Wags has me confused

  7. Anonymous says:

    So with register rewards can you use them on a different item the next week and get more register rewards.. Wags has me confused

  8. Jmillican78 says:

    Can someone please explain to me what went wrong at my Wags? Today I purchased 1 pack of paper towels for $5 and 4 butterfingers for $.39 each. I used a $.50 MQ for the butterfingers plus 4 RR, 2 @ $1.50 and 2 @ .99. I had one item per coupon, however the last .99 RR would not take. I had to buy another candy bar to make it go through because my RR expire today. Any ideas?

  9. Klcmyztique says:

    I am new to all this and have a question regarding the register rewards. If, during a transaction, you pay out of pocket $2,00 but receive a $2,00 register reward, ultimately, it is free. Then when you use the same $2,00 register reward in the future, you also count the item(s) purchased as free or discounted. I don’t understand this logic? Aren’t you counting the register reward twice to imply more discount than you actually received?

  10. I am getting very frustrated with Walgreens, I’ve only tried to shop there a few times and every time they completely contradict everything I’ve learned from here about shopping at Wags. Yesterday they told me if I am buying items that will give back RR, I have to do each one in a separate transaction because it will only print 1 RR even if it is different items (such as $2 for Suave products and $2 for Gillette products). Then I had a transaction with many items, one of which would give me a RR, and she told me “if I use a RR to pay for part of my purchase, it will not print out a RR for the item in my tranaction. Last time I tried to buy 2 Gillette Body wash, I wanted to use a BOGOF coupon for one and $2 off cpn for the other, she told me the BOGO goes with 2 items, so I couldnt use both.

  11. Beth says:

    First, a couple of things:
    At Walgreens, you CANNOT combine a BOGO instore coupon or special with a BOGO manufacture coupon.

    Second, you guys forgot a tiny gem: the monthly IVC (instant value coupons) that can save you TONS. When an ad tag or a store flyer says Sale price-In Store Coupon=Final price, they are talking about the IVC monthly coupon book.

    Third, when a RR says you have to buy X amount of dollars to get the reward, it is AFTER coupons. While I don’t quite agree with it, that is the way it is.

  12. Paulette says:

    I’m hoping you can help me before I contact Walgreens directly. Walgreens by me is so tricky. Sometimes coupons work fantastically, others it’s horrible. This weekend I bought $15.94 in Garnier (before tax). The deal was buy $15, get $5RR. I bought 6 products, used 2 $1.00 manufacturer coupons and a $5 P&G RR and $1.00 P&G RR. The total came to 7.94 before tax. My register reward didn’t print. The cashier told me I didn’t spend $15.00 because of the coupons. The manager came over and said the same thing. I explained that nowhere in the ad does it say before coupons and nowhere in their coupon policy does it either (I brought it with me!). They would not give me the reward. I complained that now I had lost all of my coupons. She allowed me to return everything and gave me back the coupons. Before I knew it she rang it all up again and charged me. I was so confused and there was a line…so I just took it. The RR didn’t print again! And I used no coupons. She gave me a gift card. Is there anything that says that register rewards are the total amount spent after coupons? I haven’t had this problem before.

    • sophie says:

      another point
      Don’t combine government paid (like Medicare or Medicaid) with paid out of pocket or private insurance paid prescriptions, in one transaction. If you do, you won’t earn prescription points.

      Have each prescription rung up separately. ( I pick up mother’s Medicare and my private insurance prescriptions. This is how I found out.)

      The government rules dictate no points for government paid prescriptions.
      Walgreens employees don’t tell you about this rule.

      Call customer service as to why I hadn’t received points.
      Customer service referred me to the Walgreens web site.
      Several minutes of searching, I found a link to “details”. In the midst of 5 pages of information was the piece on government paid prescription restrictions. Still not sure how it affects non government paid prescriptions.

      Part of the “be well” promotion is to build a positive profile. “Be well” by transparency in reward programs.

  13. Donna says:

    Hi I’m fairly new to couponing. I have had success at CVS and Rite-Aid but Walgreens is another story. I just got back from another unscusseful trip and am totally frustrated and think I will forget Walgreens. I had earned $6.00RR and tried to used it a couple of weeks ago. Was told I couldn’t use it on items that would produce another RR. This time I tried again was buying 1 dove and Oral B toothbrush. Had a manf coupon for dove and a B1G1 free on the toothbrush. This time it took the $6 RR but didn’t produce the new RR and Oral B reward. I questioned the cashier who called over the cranky manager he said I’m already getting a discount buy using manf coupons so none will print. I had him void the transaction got my original $6 RR and told my husband to go spend it on anything he wants in the store because I’m done. Thanks for listening

  14. dawn says:

    FYI – I used my Walgreens register rewards at Target yesterday and they accepted it. Figured since they say “manufacture coupon” on them I should be able to use them anywhere and it would work and it did.

    • nichole says:

      Wow, wow, wow. Has anyone else tried to use RR at any other stores? You’re right it is a manufacturers coupon. Huh?

  15. Roirith says:

    Excellent site. It was pleasant to me.,

  16. norma says:

    Lisa, you cn pull up Walgreens weekly flyer on the internet. If you go to iheartwags.com it will give you a preview of what’s coming up. I noticed at our Wags the shelf prices aren’t always changed, so I have to go by what’s in the paper i.e. the jello. Don’t forget you can also get coupons for the jello and save another 0.50/2 in addition to the add. The same with the soup making it free. Not sure why your paper didn’t have the $2 off on the visine. It was on pg. 13. There’s also coupons available for that as well as the wheat thins that you mentioned.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you so much! I printed the ad from this website and plan to take it in to my store tomorrow.

  17. Lisa says:

    I am new to shopping coupons at Walgreens. I noticed several great deals for this week (10/4) and thought I’d try it. I found that none of the sales given in the “Krazy this week” blog that I wanted were on sale at my store when I got there!!! (i.e. Jello 2/$1, WheatThins 3/$3) Also, it was mentioned that there was a $2 in ad coupon for Visine, but my add didn’t have it and when I asked at the store, they didn’t know anything about a store coupon for this product. I live in Colorado Springs. Am I missing something? Do these specials vary in different areas??? Thanks for your help.

  18. norma says:

    I’m still new to shopping with coupons/Walgrees, but I found that the in-ad “coupons” do not count in the number of coupons/items you have. They’re more of a discount or sale price which is why they don’t have to be cut out. The cashier just keeps one at the register to use to scan. For instance, today I bought 6 filler items that were the same and she just scanned the sale price each time.

    I just found a Healthy Savings book, so I’m not sure if the same thing applies to those items.

  19. natalia says:

    I have a question about the Walgreens coloring book with coupons. the coupons state that can only be used off regular retail price. My walgreens does not accept them if they have something in special like the diapers HUGGIES this week. I tried to combined manufacturer coupon + the instant walgreens coupon and they did not accepted.

  20. lisette says:

    hi i just recently found out that also is discretion of the mannager to accept printed coupons or not.there is one near by my house that opens 24h and doesnt accept them..called corporate and told me they do accept them but they will call the store to find out what happened, so when they got back to me the manager from the store told me they corporate left it up to her…so we aware of this..she said she wont even accept the ones printed from their own website.crazy right? now i know we are talking about walgreen hetre but i was wondering hot to use a store coupon for b1g1 with a manuf. coupon b1g1..do i get both? free wich one i present first?.thanks

  21. Constance says:

    I am new to shopping with coupons and just came across your site on Friday. I love it! The Albertson’s double coupon thing ends on Tuesday, but I wanted to let you know of the good deal I found. On the tops of the Bumblebee brand tuna are coupons for a dollar off if you buy 5. You also have a post already on your site where you can print one coupon off, but since they are on top of the can you can just buy them and have as many coupons as you buy cans of tuna, instead of just printing off one coupon. Anyway you can buy up to 15 cans at a time and use 3 Bumblebee coupons and three double your coupons from Albertson’s and the tuna rings up at 4.35 for 15, or .29 a can. These coupons can also be found at Walmart on the tops of Bumblebee tuna, but the tuna is .72 a can at Walmart and they are not doubling coupons like Albertsons. Anyway I stocked up on tuna and thought I would share, sorry it is kind of late, but you still have a day or two.