Shopping at Walgreens can be tricky, especially with the new Walgreens Balance Rewards Program. One of the best ways to minimize your out-of-pocket expense is to roll Register Rewards transactions with Balance Rewards transactions. Keep in mind, you cannot earn Balance Rewards Points in a transaction in which you are redeeming Balance Rewards Points. However, you can earn Points when you redeem Register Rewards, and you can earn Register Rewards when you redeem Balance Rewards Points!

This post shows you how to earn and redeem Balance Rewards Points and Register Rewards given this week’s sales. Be sure to ask your store how many transactions they will allow; many stores allow three.

 

From now until 12/15, Walgreens is offering bonus Balance Rewards Points:

  • Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points when you spend $25.00
  • Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points when you spend $50.00
  • Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points when you spend $75.00

You must reach the spending requirement after sale prices and Walgreens coupons are considered but before manufacturer coupons are deducted.

TRANSACTION #1 (Earn Register Rewards)

If you already have Register Rewards or Balance Rewards Points, you can use those to pay for the first transaction for a lower out-of-pocket expense! Remember that you may need to add filler items. You must have as many (or more) products in your transaction as you have manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards used as payment.

Buy 1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz $3.00
Buy 1, Receive $2.50 Register Reward
Use one $0.75/1 – Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste – (colgate.com)
Pay $2.25, Receive $2.50 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Revlon Nail Color $4.99
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 Register Reward
Pay $4.99, Receive $3.00 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Colgate Optic White or 360 Toothbrush $3.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Use one $0.50/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush, excludes Plus and Extra Clean from SS 12/2 (exp 12/22)
Pay $2.99, Receive $2.00 Register Reward 

 

Total: $11.48, Receive $2.50, $3.00 and $2.00 Register Rewards

 

TRANSACTION #2 (Redeem Register Rewards, Earn Balance Rewards Points)

Buy 2 Nestle Toll House Morsels, 12 oz $1.99
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 3
Buy 2, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points
Use one $0.75/2 Nestle Toll House Morsels Packages from SS 11/4 (exp 12/31)
Pay $3.23, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points

 

Buy 1 Hershey’s Pot of Gold Chocolates, 8.7 or 10 oz $4.99
Buy 1, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points
Pay $4.99, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Buy 2 EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, 7 oz $3.00 each, when you buy 2
Buy 2, Receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points
Pay $6.00, Receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points 

 

 

Buy 1 Blink Drops, 0.34 or 0.5 oz $5.99
Buy 1, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points
Use one $1.00/1 – Blink Tears Lubricating Eye Drops or Blink Gel Tears Lubricating Eye Drops – (coupons.com)
Pay $4.99, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Buy 4 Hershey’s Holiday Candy, 7.8-8.5 oz $2.50 each, when you buy 4
Buy 4, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points
Use two $1.10/2 – Hershey’s Chocolate Bags, 7.8 oz or Larger – (coupons.com)
Pay $7.80, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Total: $30.00
Use $2.50, $3.00 and $2.00 Register Rewards
Pay $22.50, Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points (9,000 Points plus 1,000 Points for spending over $25.00)

 

TRANSACTION #3 (Redeem Balance Rewards Points, Earn Register Rewards)

Buy 1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz $3.00
Buy 1, Receive $2.50 Register Reward
Use one $0.75/1 – Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste – (colgate.com)
Pay $2.25, Receive $2.50 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Revlon Nail Color $4.99
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 Register Reward
Pay $4.99, Receive $3.00 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Colgate Optic White or 360 Toothbrush $3.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Use one $0.50/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush, excludes Plus and Extra Clean from SS 12/2 (exp 12/22)
Pay $2.99, Receive $2.00 Register Reward 

 

Total: $11.48
Use 10,000 Balance Rewards Points (10,000 Points = $10.00)
Pay $1.48, Receive $2.50, $3.00 and $2.00 Register Rewards

GRAND TOTAL: $35.46, Receive $2.50, $3.00 and $2.00 Register Rewards, so $27.96 for $57.91 worth of products at sale prices!

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34 thoughts on “Walgreens: How To Roll Balance Rewards Points”

  1. kwhitney79 says:

    OK.. I believe I just got clarification on this from another Customer Service Representative at Walgreens. IF you are trying to get points from a Balance Rewards points item that is simply “buy this item, get these points” you CAN use a RR as payment and still get your points. Where you run into trouble is when you are buying a product with a dollar amount restriction i.e. “spend $15 get 5000 points” If you use a RR that puts your total below $15 you WILL NOT receive those points. You guys might want to updated this information in your posts about Balance Rewards and possibly do another video to explain all of this! It’s so confusing!

  2. kwhitney79 says:

    I believe the information you have in this post is incorrect… I pulled this directly from the Balance Reward Program Terms and Conditions from Walgreens website…. “Points will not be earned in a transaction where Redemption Dollars or Store Credit is used.” This is also what I was told by customer service… that you WILL NOT receive Points when you use a Register Reward. I hate this stipulation!

    • Cindy says:

      From what I understand is that if you use Register rewards it rolls over to points. Paying with points will not earn you points, but you can earn Register rewards from paying with points. Here’s a scenario I have done in November 12… there was a sale on dove bar soaps, spend 15 dollars get 5000 points on those dove products. I got 3 of the soaps for 6.79 so it came up to 20.37 not including tax. I used a $10 in Register rewards and received the 5000 points. So it worked out fine.

  3. kwhitney79 says:

    I had an issue where I was not receiving points for products I had purchased even though I had reached the amount I had to spend in order to get the points. When I called Walgreens Balance Rewards Service line, they told me that if you use a Register Reward as Payment for your selected Points products, you WILL NOT receive the points for that product purchase. Has anyone had this happen?

    • Cindy says:

      One of the things that might happen if you are trying to get the spend 25 get 1,000 points…spend 50 get 5,000 and so on… if you use the $10 off a purchase of $35 dollars or more it would actually take down your total and not count it as a register reward.

  4. iFloyd says:

    If I have 6420 points, if I choose to redeem them, would that equal $6.42, or would I be wasting 1420 points (because I understand that points don’t roll over)? Do I have to reach the next tier of 10,000 points in order for all of them to be counted?

    • Cindy says:

      It goes by redeeming either 5,000 points, 10,000 points…and so on it can’t be 6,420 unless you want to use up 10,000 points and lose out on 3,580 points.

  5. jen says:

    im so freakin confused! im new to all this couponing stuff, and up untill now ive never even attempted to use a coupon, but i want to save money. so im here and on you tube trying to study but i just dont understand. is that bad? i dont know what coupons mean on them which can be paired with which. “limit one coupon per person. no more than 4 coupons (of any kind)for the same product in the same transaction” what?!? then on top of that i dont step foot in walgreens unless i need an eyebrow pencil hahaha i have no idea about rewards and so on.ive heard cvs is easier to deal with but in my area (knoxville il) we only have a walgreens so i need to learn.

  6. reginam83 says:

    i have 2 $10/$30 but they are going to exp tomorrow trying to use them with as little of oop i can!!!

  7. 2VavaIvanova22 says:

    Is there a limit on how many sets of items where you receive points?? Like if I buy 3 sets-12 bags of candy, will I get 6,000 points??

  8. lynn says:

    do the balance have the same limitations as RR? can’t use on rx’s, dairy, alcohol etc?

  9. I’m confused. After some purchases I get a print out along with my receipt. The print out is a coupon for one of the items that I had just purchased. I don’t see any “free” money that I can use towards the next transaction…just the printed coupons from the 1st transaction. Does this vary by state? I’m in Iowa. Are some of you receiving a print out with just $1.00 off your next purchase?

    • Anonymous says:

      We call those printouts Register Rewards! Click on the Walgreens “101″ tab at the top of our Walgreens page to learn more about those. Also, the Balance Rewards Points will accrue at the bottom of each receipt when you shop at Walgreens. Eventually, you’ll be given the option to redeem those Points. That’s what we did in Transaction #3 above.

      • Yes, I’m signed up for the Balance Rewards points and I understand those. I just want to confirm that the print outs that people mention on this site are just printed coupons for a specific item (probably one you just purchased in that transaction). I can turn around and use that printed coupon on my next transaction. ? right?

  10. Deelvs2sve says:

    Can u get 2 $2.50 RR on 2 separate Colgate purchases but w same Rewards card?

  11. Katsense says:

    I went to walgreen’s today and bought six Colgate toothpaste individually (in separate transactions). For each transaction, I used the $.50 off colgate coupon from sundays paper. After each transaction I was given the $2.50 compliments of Colgate Catalina coupon. After my six transactions, I then turned around & bought other necessities- using my (6) $2.50 compliments of Colgate catalina coupons up. The only cost after redeeming the catalina’s was tax. There were, according to the clerk, no limits on my card. I wish I had bought more papers Sunday ;)

  12. cwalker82 says:

    Also, does anyone know if I can buy 2 of the same item that gives Reg. Rewards in the same transaction and get the reward twice? Or do I need to seperate them into 2 different transactions. I want to get the Colgate Toothpaste 2 times because I have 2 coupons. My second transaction will be purchasing diapers with the rewards I got from the first transaction, coupons and also getting points. Then do I need to do a 3rd transaction for my toothpaste and keep the rewards for my next visit or can I purchase both in my first transaction and use the $5 for my second transaction?

    • amandalz says:

      If you buy two in the same transaction you will only receive one RR. Also, I believe there is a limit of one on this deal.

      • Anonymous says:

        All Register Rewards deals, including that one, have a limit of one per offer per transaction (when earning Register Rewards). You can do multiple transactions and earn multiple Register Rewards.

    • Anonymous says:

      You can only receive one Register Reward per offer per transaction, but you can do as many transactions as you want (provided your store will allow them). If your second transaction contains the same item that earned you a Register Reward in an earlier transaction, you cannot pay for that second transaction with the Register Reward from the first transaction. If you do, the second Register Reward will not print. Click on the “101″ tab at the top of our Walgreens page to learn more about how to shop with Register Rewards.

  13. cwalker82 says:

    So if I am reading this right, you also cannot get Reg. Rewards on transactions where you redeem Reg. Rewards?

    • amandalz says:

      You cannot use a RR to purchase the same item that produced the first RR. So, if you did the Colgate deal, for example, you cannot use the RR from that transaction to pay for another Colgate. Well, you can but you will not receive another RR. Plus, as I mentioned above, I believe there was a limit of one on that particular deal.

      • cwalker82 says:

        KCL shows the above transactions and shows using it twice. I’d like to see what KCL has to say about that. I won’t be going until Friday, so Ive got some time :) Thanks for the info @kcl-5f96f2be34ff0c1efc8d5542153e68fe:disqus !!!

        • Anonymous says:

          The Colgate toothpaste, like all Register Rewards deals, has a limit of one per offer per transaction. You can do multiple transactions as shown above if you want.

      • Joel Putz says:

        in the online ad there are no limits for the Colgate toothpaste

        • Anonymous says:

          The Colgate toothpaste, like all Register Rewards deals, has a limit of one per offer per transaction. You can do multiple transactions.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Colgate toothpaste, like all Register Rewards deals, has a limit of one per offer per transaction. You can do multiple transactions if you want.

    • Anonymous says:

      You CAN earn Register Rewards on a transaction in which you redeem Register Rewards, as long as you are not using a Register Reward to pay for the exact same item you earned it from. You cannot earn Balance Rewards Points when you are paying with Balance Rewards Points.