Shopping at Walgreens can be tricky, especially with the Walgreens Balance Rewards Program. One of the best ways to minimize the out-of-pocket expense is to roll Register Rewards transactions with Balance Rewards transactions. Keep in mind, Balance Rewards Points cannot be earned in the same transaction in which Balance Rewards Points are redeemed. However, Points can be earned when redeeming Register Rewards, and Register Rewards can be earned when redeeming Balance Rewards Points! This post shows 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.

(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

TRANSACTION #1 (Earn Register Rewards)

If you already have Register Rewards, 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 2, Receive $4.00 Register Reward
Spend $1.00, Receive 50 Balance Rewards Points with In-Ad Coupon through 3/1

Use two $2.00/1Mitchum Product from SS 1/12

Pay $2.00, Receive $4.00 Register Reward and 300 Balance Rewards Points ($0.30)

Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward

Pay $1.00, Receive $1.00 Register Reward

Pay: $3.00
Receive: $4.00 and $1.00 Register Rewards and 300 Balance Rewards Points

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

Buy 1, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points

Use one $1.00/1St. Joseph Low Dose Aspirin from SS 2/9

Pay $1.00, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points ($1.00)

Buy One Get One 50% Off
Buy 2, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points
Spend $1.00, Receive 50 Balance Rewards Points with In-Ad Coupon through 3/1

Use one $3.00/2Nivea Lip Care Products: Tin, .59 oz, Stick, .17 oz or Tube, .3 oz from RP 2/9

Pay $1.49, Receive 2,200 Balance Rewards Points ($2.20)

Buy One Get One 50% Off
Buy 2, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points
Spend $1.00, Receive 50 Balance Rewards Points with In-Ad Coupon through 3/1

Use one $2.00/1Nivea Men Face Care Product OR (2) Shave Gels or Foams, .33-8.7 oz from RP 2/9

Pay $3.24, Receive 2,250 Balance Rewards Points ($2.25)

With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 6

Pay $0.66

Total: $6.39
Use: $4.00 and $1.00 Register Rewards
Pay: $1.39
Receive: 5,450 Balance Rewards Points

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

Buy 1, Receive $1.99 Register Reward

Pay $1.99, Receive $1.99 Register Reward

Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward

Use one $1.00/1Scope Classic Rinse, 1 L or larger (coupons.com)

Pay $2.49, Receive $2.00 Register Reward

Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward

Pay $1.00, Receive $1.00 Register Reward

Total: $5.48
Use: 5,000 Balance Rewards Points (5,000 Points = $5.00)
Pay: $0.48
Receive: $1.99, $2.00 and $1.00 Register Rewards

GRAND TOTAL: $4.87 with $1.99, $2.00 and $1.00 Register Rewards remaining, so a $0.12 moneymaker for $29.10 worth of product! (Plus, save those extra 750 Balance Rewards Points for next time!)