Yesterday Walgreens rolled out some new changes to the Balance Rewards Points program. I know “changes” can be a scary word, so let me set your mind at ease–these changes are GOOD NEWS for couponers!

Here’s the deal: In most cases, you can use and now earn Balance Rewards Points in the same transaction!

Here’s when you CAN use and earn Points:

  • In promotions in which you earn Points for buying a certain number of products.
  • Example: Buy 2 Simple Skin Care Items, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points.

Here’s when you CANNOT use and earn Points:

  • In promotions in which you earn Points for reaching a certain dollar amount threshold.
  • Example: Spend $20.00 on Neutrogena, Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points.

If you DO use Points to pay for a threshold transaction, you still can earn Points, but you’ll have to spend more to earn the Points. For example, if you need to spend $20.00 on Neutrogena to earn 10,000 Points and you decide to use 5,000 Points to help pay, you’ll have to spend $25.00 on Neutrogena to also earn the 10,000 Points.

Here is one example for how to roll Points this week:


Buy 2, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points through 4/30

Use two $2.00/1Garnier Fructis Style from RP 4/24

Pay $4.00, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points ($2.00)

Total: $4.00
Receive: 2,000 Balance Rewards Points ($2.00)


Buy 2, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points through 4/30

Use two $1.00/1Mars M&M’s Chocolate Candies Bag, 9.4 oz or larger from RP 4/3

Pay $3.00, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points ($1.00)

Total: $3.00
Use: 2,000 Balance Rewards Points ($2.00) from Transaction #1
Pay: $1.00
Receive: 1,000 Balance Rewards Points ($1.00)

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.

Click here to read more about Walgreens Balance Rewards Points.