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Walgreens: How To Roll Balance Rewards Points

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.

 

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 2 in 1, 4.6 oz, Max Fresh, Clean or White Toothpaste, 6 oz, 360 Clean or Max White or Fresh Toothpaste $2.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward through 12/22
Use one $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit of 4 coupons for the same product in the same transaction from SS 12/2 (exp 12/22)
Pay $2.49, Receive $2.00 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Tums Freshers, 25 ct 2 pk $4.50
Buy 1, Receive $4.50 Register Reward through 12/22
Use one $1.00/1—Tums, any 24 ct or larger—(tums.com)
Or $1.00/1 Tums Freshers, 50 ct from RP 11/11 (exp 1/11)
Pay $3.50, Receive $4.50 Register Reward

 

Total: $5.99, Receive $2.00 and $4.50 Register Reward

 

TRANSACTION #2 (Redeem Register Rewards, Earn 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 through 12/22
Use two $2.00/2 - Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Nuggets, Hershey’s Miniatures, Rolo or York, or Hershey’s Bliss Bags, 7.8 oz or Larger - (hersheys.com)
Pay $6.00, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Buy 1 Aquaphor Lip Repair, 0.35 oz $4.99
20% Off through 12/22
Buy 1, Receive 1,500 Balance Rewards Points through 12/22
Use one $1.00/1 – Aquaphor Product – (bricks.coupons.com)
Pay $2.99, Receive 1,500 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Buy 1 Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 1.5-2.7 oz $1.99
Buy 1, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points through 12/22
Pay $1.99, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points

 

Buy 2 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip, 30 ox $2.99
Buy 2, Receive 500 Balance Rewards Points through 12/22
Use two $0.50/1 Kraft Mayo Or Miracle Whip Dressing from SS 12/9 (exp 1/9)
Pay $4.98, Receive 500 Balance Rewards Points 

 

Total: $15.96
Use $2.00 and $4.50 Register Rewards
Pay $9.46, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points

 

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

Buy 1 Colgate 2 in 1, 4.6 oz, Max Fresh, Clean or White Toothpaste, 6 oz, 360 Clean or Max White or Fresh Toothpaste $2.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward through 12/22
Use one $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit of 4 coupons for the same product in the same transaction from SS 12/2 (exp 12/22)
Pay $2.49, Receive $2.00 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Tums Freshers, 25 ct 2 pk $4.50
Buy 1, Receive $4.50 Register Reward through 12/22
Use one $1.00/1—Tums, any 24 ct or larger—(tums.com)
Or $1.00/1 Tums Freshers, 50 ct from RP 11/11 (exp 1/11)
Pay $3.50, Receive $4.50 Register Reward

 

Buy 2 Home Elements Money Holders or Other Cheap Filler Items $0.25
With In-Ad Coupon through 12/22, Limit 8
Pay $0.50 

 

Total: $6.49
Use 5,000 Balance Rewards Points (5,000 Points = $5.00)
Pay $1.49, Receive $2.00 and $4.50 Register Rewards

GRAND TOTAL: $16.94, Receive $2.00 and $4.50 Register Rewards, so $10.44 for $38.44 worth of products!

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

  1. ddebritto says:

    KCL…I
    Love Love the format of this post, it was fun and so easy that I did it several
    times. I have to say, I’m a new Walgreens fan, I never thought I’d be, but with
    the rewards and points I’m hooked! Thank you so much it was a blast!

  2. MPelkey says:

    Hello KCL. I am a new user to coupons and I have looked over your website and find it amazing. I am an Army veteran and a father of two. I reviewed my local grocery store’s coupon policy (Price Chopper, NY) and mostly understand the rules, but I was wondering if it is possible for you to explain it to me in layman’s terms? I appreciate your assistance and can’t wait to save my family money.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t shopped @ Walgreens ever since this balance rewards card was implemented.

  4. kimberleem says:

    I gave up on WAGS, I tried when they first started this program and have not gone back into the store unless it was a freebie without points…..I can’t be bothered…The funny thing is I barely shopped at rite aid and CVS but now I go there and not to WAGS…oh well, I am sure they saw a loss of customers

  5. Jo says:

    Since starting this new program, I am done with shopping at Walgreens. Their rewards never credit and the cashiers weren’t properly trained either. Overall, things become more expensive (and time consuming to figure out) than to shop at Rite Aid or CVS.

  6. KW13 says:

    question: anyone know if you can mix items that have RR (reg rewards) and items that have Balance Points and pay with either Reg Rewards or Bal Points—–will the system know to apply one type of payment to the opposing type of product or do you have to always keep the two item types separate? Alternately if you buy 2 items that have RR on Monday and repeat the deal on Friday– can you use those RR to pay (will it apply the RR from item A to Item B and item B to Item A) or again– must you always keep like items separate in every sense? Been avoiding Walgreens because despite couponing for over 20 yrs- this program seems needlessly complicated– particularly when there is a coupon/customer friendly CVS less than 100 yards away. However they have a couple things this week that look promising so I”m just trying to plot out how to manage it. thanks

  7. Anonymous says:

    re: “Keep in mind, you cannot earn Balance Rewards Points in a transaction in which you are redeeming Balance Rewards Points.”

    Thanks for posting this. I have been losing out on points and not understanding why. I am hating Walgreens new program. It is too complicated and seems to promise benefits but has loopholes for them not to give you what they promise. I am finding that even the cashiers can’t explain the program. All they can do is hand me a brochure and say they aren’t sure themselves. Last week I bought something that was only a good price because of the points promised. I didn’t intend to use any Balance Reward Points to pay for my purchase but was encouraged to do so by the cashier. I ended up not getting the points promised. Now I understand why.

  8. Mohio says:

    Ugh! Why is Walgreens so complicated!? They make saving so difficult that I avoid going there. I only go to Walgreens if there is a deal I absolutely need, so I have not been there in almost a year. CVS is so much easier.

    • fleurdelizzie says:

      Same here. I also hated getting the filler items. It usually made my purchases more than it would have been without them so I wouldn’t get my max savings.

    • babySOL says:

      I totally agree. they are expensive to begin with and the points they award sometimes are nothing. rather go to CVS since I have one right across the street from the other one :)

  9. Jackie Smith says:

    Can someone tell me is it best to save points until 40000 or use them when you can to save money now.

  10. n00bcouponer says:

    I have a question: for how long are registered rewards valid before they expire? I dont really shop at walgreens as its bit far from my place ( i only go there if they have really good deal ). Also, do I have to save and keep the receipt with printed registered rewards with me ? ( does it works as katalina ? )

    • Anonymous says:

      It is similar to a Catalina, but with some differences. They generally expire about 2 weeks after you earn them. For the whole scoop, click on the “101″ tab at the top of our Walgreens page!

  11. LEAWE1974 says:

    I did this deal today and didn’t get my points. Not sure why. Should I call C/S?

    Buy 3 Downy Fabric Softener, 21 or 40 loads, Sheets, 80 ct or Bounce Sheets, 17 or 80 ct $3.99
    Buy 3 Charmin Ultra Bathroom Tissue Double Rolls, 6 ct $3.49
    Buy 3 Dawn Dish Liquid, 9 oz $0.99

    Spend $25.00, Receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points

    Use one $1.00/2 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Downy or Bounce,
    excludes pods and trial size, Limit 4 like coupons per household per
    day from PG 11/25 (exp 12/31)

    And use one $0.40/1 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Downy or
    Bounce, excludes pods and trial size, Limit 4 like coupons per household
    per day from PG 11/25 (exp 12/31)

    And use two $1.00/1 Charmin Product

    • Yukta says:

      Did you use any balance rewards Booz if you use ur balance rewards you don’t get any for that transaction

      • LEAWE1974 says:

        No I didnt. I specifically asked the cashier/manager that was ringing me up so we made sure to not use them.

    • Amber says:

      I had the same problem. I spent over $50 and didn’t get my 10,000 pts. Called them and they said that the holiday point promo ended on Sat. the 15th. :( Boo!!

    • LEAWE1974 says:

      Learned
      something today by calling C/S. In order to get this deal you must
      purchase $25 of eligible product AFTER coupons. So if I had bought one
      more package of Charmin I would have gotten my points. As it was I
      explained to the c/s rep that I was a new member and still learning and
      she awarded me 1500 (half) the points I would have gotten.