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Filler Items & Register Rewards at Walgreens!

Joanie.Demer

Some of you may be wondering what a filler is and when exactly you need one. Hopefully I can clear some of that up as Walgreens can be a confusing drustore to shop.

What is a Filler Item?

A filler item refers to any inexpensive product in the store that you add to your purchase so the register will accept all of your coupons.  This might be a small candy caramel ($0.39) or pencil ($0.05) near the register, or my personal favorite, an extra copy of the Sunday paper.  It doesn’t matter what the product is or even what it costs.  You just need to ensure that you have AT LEAST AS MANY ITEMS AS YOU HAVE MANUFACTURER COUPONS.

When Do I Need a Filler Item?

You must NOT have more manufacturer coupons (including Register Rewards) than items. Let’s say you are buying 2 items and you are using a manufacturer coupon for each item, then you would like to pay with a Register Reward. You would need to add in a filler item to give that 3rd coupon (your Register Reward) something to attach to in the transaction.

EXAMPLE:

Buy 2 DiGiorno Pizza, 12 inch $5.00
Use 2 $2.00/1 – Digiorno Pizza – (facebook.com)
Also use $5.00 Register Reward from Previous Transaction

Remember, Walgreens in-ad coupons and Instant Value Coupons (IVC) do NOT count against your coupon to item ratio. So now your transaction could look like this:

Buy 2 DiGiorno Pizza, 12 inch $5.00
Buy 1 Royal Gelatin, Regular or Sugar Free $0.20 (with in ad coupon)

Use 2 $2.00/1 – Digiorno Pizza – (facebook.com)
And Use $5.00 Register Reward for payment
Final Price: $1.20

Another situation in which a filler item is needed is when you are trying to use a Register Reward for payment on a transaction and the subtotal is LESS than the amount of your Register Reward. Register Rewards can NOT be adjusted down.

EXAMPLE:

Buy Hefty Trash Bags, 18 pack, 39 Gal., 28 pack, 30 Gal., 40 or 45 pack, 13 Gal. $5.99 

Now let’s say you want to pay for them with a $6.00 Register Reward. You would need to add in a filler item so that your total equals or exceeds the amount of the Register Reward. So now your transaction would look like this:

Buy 1 Hefty Trash Bags, 18 pack, 39 Gal., 28 pack, 30 Gal., 40 or 45 pack, 13 Gal. $5.99, Through 10/29
Buy 1 Royal Gelatin, Regular or Sugar Free $0.20 (with in-ad coupon)
Use $6.00 Register Reward for payment
Final Price: $0.19

Now for the sake of another example, let’s say you were buying the same thing but had (3) $2.00 Register Rewards you wanted to pay with. Now your transaction would look like this:

Buy 1 Hefty Trash Bags, 18 pack, 39 Gal., 28 pack, 30 Gal., 40 or 45 pack, 13 Gal. $5.99, Through 10/29
Buy 2 Royal Gelatin, Regular or Sugar Free $0.20 (with in-ad coupon)
Use (3) $2.00 Register Rewards for payment
Final Price: $0.39

I hope that clears up some of the confusion with fillers and Register Rewards and how they all work together. If you have more questions or need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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