Learning how to use Walgreens coupons and store loyalty points to save the most money possible at Walgreens requires patience and practice, but you can totally nail it.
You’re going to learn how to maximize Walgreens Cash and Register Rewards so you can get free money, plus the one thing you need to do to feel confident couponing at Walgreens. Oh, and what kinds of savings you can expect to get (spoiler alert — it’s up to 90%!).
To get started, download the KCL app and look through a few Walgreens deals to get familiar with how our boots-on-the-ground team writes deals. I’ll explain a lot more about how to use the KCL app below.
You’re in for a treat because there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you walk out of Walgreens with dirt-cheap laundry detergent, diapers, toilet paper and more — thanks to coupons!
1. Access the Walgreens weekly ad through the Walgreens app.
Once you get the Walgreens app, you’ll see the weekly ad on the home screen.
The Walgreens weekly ad is where you’ll find coupons and sales that run from Sunday through the following Saturday. (The ad shows up online on Wednesday evenings.)
Best part about accessing the weekly ad through the app? The ad is interactive, not just a static picture. So, you can tap any coupons you see in the ad, which “clips” them (adds them to your account) to use on purchases.
KCL has a team of deal-hunters that match up what we see in the weekly ad with current manufacturer coupons. This is how the magic of huge savings happens! But, in order to take full advantage of KCL’s Walgreens deals, you’ll need to become a MyWalgreens member.
2. Sign up for MyWalgreens to start earning Walgreens Cash.
MyWalgreens is a loyalty program that recently replaced Balance Rewards. Don’t be overwhelmed — while the wording is different, the basics haven’t changed. You’ll earn “Walgreens Cash” based on how many points you’ve earned. Your MyWalgreens account is tied to your phone number (your phone number acts as your “loyalty card” when you’re shopping in-store).
You’ll earn one point per dollar you spend and you can redeem points in increments of one thousand. So, 1,000 points gives you $1 Walgreens Cash to spend and so on.
And yes — you’re reading that right. If 1,000 points equals $1, you’d have to spend $1,000 at Walgreens to earn $1 in Walgreens Cash. At this rate, you’d probably reach your grave before redeeming anything. That’s why you need to take advantage of Walgreens Cash promotions to accelerate your earnings.
You’ll see two types of Walgreens Cash promotions: purchase-quantity thresholds and purchase-spend thresholds.
- Purchase-quantity threshold: “Buy 2, Get $3 Walgreens Cash” — this just means the promotion is focused on how many items you buy in order to get the Walgreens Cash. With this promotion, you can get $3 back in Walgreens Cash, or store credit, if you buy two things. Much better than spending $3000 to get those $3 back, I’d say.
- Purchase-spend threshold: Spend $15, Get $5 Walgreens Cash — this has to do with how much you spend to get the Walgreens Cash.
These promotions, combined with coupons and sales, are your ticket to dirt-cheap household goods and groceries.
Walgreens Cash promotions are listed in the Walgreens weekly ad. You can also find them advertised on shelves in-store, right next to the products.
TIP: Did you know you can donate your Walgreens Cash to designated charities? This is a new feature that showed up with the MyWalgreens launch.
3. Earn 5% back when you buy Walgreens brand items.
With MyWalgreens, you’ll earn 1% back on everything you buy, which we covered above — 1,000 points equals $1 Walgreens Cash, or 1%.
But here’s a new perk with MyWalgreens — when you buy Walgreens brand items, you can earn 5% back. I’m sure you already know that if you see “Walgreens” on the label, that’s a Walgreens brand. But there are other Walgreens brands too, like Nice! and Complete Home.
Here’s everything that falls under Walgreens brand items.
4. Get access to 30-minute Walgreens pickup when you’re a MyWalgreens member.
MyWalgreens members get another cool perk: You can place an order at Walgreens.com and pick it up at the store in as little as 30 minutes.
5. Learn three key Walgreens Cash rules:
- Walgreens Cash promotions don’t have limits. That means if the promo is: “Buy 2 Softsoap body washes, Receive $3 Walgreens Cash,” you can buy four Softsoap body washes and receive $6 Walgreens Cash.
- Walgreens Cash is calculated before manufacturer coupon discounts, but after store coupon discounts. This means if the promotion is “Spend $20, receive $5 Walgreens Cash” and your total is $20, but you also have coupons you want to apply, the cashier will apply your *Walgreens store coupons first. If your total drops to $18.50 after Walgreens store coupons, you no longer qualify for the $5 Walgreens Cash because technically, you didn’t spend $20. Plan ahead for this if you want to use store coupons! (Don’t worry about manufacturer coupons, they come off your total after you get your Walgreens Cash.)
- Walgreens Cash expires one year from the date you earned it.
*I promise I’ll explain more about the different types of coupons soon. Hang in there!
6. Tell your cashier when you’re ready to redeem your Walgreens Cash.
When you’re ready to pay with Walgreens Cash, your cashier will tap a button, prompting a redemption screen to pop-up on the pin pad. Then, just select how much Cash you want to redeem.
You have to redeem a minimum of $1 in Walgreens Cash and can redeem a maximum of $50 Walgreens Cash, per transaction.
7. Roll Walgreens Cash to your next transaction and keep the savings going.
“Rolling” Walgreens Cash means that you are earning and spending Walgreens Cash in the same transaction. This is totally a thing at Walgreens!
Here’s how it works: You can pay for your Walgreens purchase with the Walgreens Cash in your account, and earn it for your purchase at the same time. How a wormhole doesn’t not open up in space and time when I do this, I do not know. All I know is that this is a thing.
However, this only works for purchase quantity thresholds like “Buy 2, Get $2 Walgreens Cash.” So, if you bought two toothpastes and used $2 Walgreens Cash to pay for one (essentially getting it for free), you’d still earn $2 more Walgreens Cash on that purchase. Then you could roll that Cash you just earned on a separate identical transaction for another two toothpastes, (again getting another for free) and earn $2 more in Walgreens Cash and keep going until they kick you out. Follow me?
It’s not possible to roll Walgreens Cash on a purchase spend threshold like “Spend $20, Get $5 Walgreens Cash,” because if you pay with Walgreens Cash, you aren’t actually spending $20. You’d never reach the spend threshold that’s required to earn Walgreens Cash when you redeem Walgreens Cash to pay.
8. Types of coupons Walgreens accepts: manufacturer coupons, in-app digital coupons and more.
In addition to Walgreens Cash promotions and Register Rewards (don’t worry, we’ll cover that very soon!), Walgreens also accepts these coupons:
Paper manufacturer coupons
Walgreens accepts manufacturer coupons from the Sunday paper and from printable coupon databases like TheKrazyCouponLady.com. You can only use one manufacturer coupon per item you’re buying.
TIP: A manufacturer coupon is marked with the words “Manufacturer’s coupon” or the letters MFR (digital coupons).
Digital manufacturer coupons (in the Walgreens app)
You can also load manufacturer coupons to your MyWalgreens account inside the Walgreens app. When you see a coupon in the Weekly ad, if it has a (◊) icon next to it, this means it’s a digital manufacturer coupon, and it can only be redeemed once, no matter how many of the item you’re buying.
Walgreens paper store coupons (in the Walgreens coupon book)
Full disclosure, the Walgreens coupon book is on hiatus in some stores, thanks to the pandemic. This applies if and when the coupon book returns to your store. When you see this (‡) icon next to a Walgreens coupon in the coupon book, it means this is a paper store coupon and can be redeemed an unlimited amount of times. These coupons use wording like: “$X off with card” in the title and can only be used at Walgreens.
Walgreens digital store coupons
You’ll also find Walgreens digital store coupons in the weekly ad on Walgreens.com and in the Walgreens app. Often called “Load to Card” coupons (L2C), these are coupons meant to be loaded to your store loyalty account by tapping on them in the app or clicking on them on the website.
Catalinas are the long, skinny coupons that look a little like a receipt. They spit out at the end of your transaction. They’re often manufacturer coupons, but they can also be another type of coupon, known as Register Rewards (RR). If it’s a RR, it’ll have a Walgreens logo on the top and say “$3 off” or “$6 off” and if it’s a Catalina, it’ll be brand-specific like “$3 off Tide.”
9. Stack coupons and promotions for 50 – 90% savings.
One of the best ways to save 50 – 90% at Walgreens is by stacking Walgreens store coupons and manufacturer coupons. Walgreens coupon policy allows one each per item.
When you can stack a manufacturer coupon, a store coupon and a Walgreens Cash promotion, the magic happens. This is what I’ve been building up to.
Here’s an example of a deal that combines a sale price, a store coupon (Walgreens L2C coupon), a manufacturer coupon (clipped from the RetailMeNot newspaper insert, or “RMN” in a deal breakdown) and a Walgreens Cash purchase quantity promotion. Check out the savings — 83%!
Buy 2, receive $2 Walgreens Cash
Use $5/$12 – Total Purchase Coupon, Walgreens L2C Coupon (Walgreens.com)
And use two $1.25/1 – Dove Body Wash 22 ounce from RMN
Pay $4.50, receive $2 Walgreens Cash
Final Price: $1.25 each, when you buy two
10. Let the KCL app do Walgreens coupon matchups for you.
If your head hurts it’s time to pause and take a breath. The free Krazy Coupon Lady app is your secret weapon for getting the best couponing deals while saving the most time.
Our team matches coupons to sales in order to find all the Walgreens deals for you, saving you hours of time trying to match current manufacturer and store coupons with Walgreens sales.
The KCL app tells you which coupons you need in order to do each deal, with links to get those coupons or tells you where to find them! So easy.
Set “Walgreens” as a favorite store inside the KCL app to see current deals.
11. Clip coupons inside the Walgreens app right when you see them.
Why? Because even if a coupon may not expire for a few weeks, you only get a small window of time to clip it and add it to your account.
Let’s say you clip a $3/1 Tide coupon that doesn’t expire for 30 days and a week later, you tell a friend about the coupon so she can clip it, too. She tells you that the coupon isn’t there anymore. But you still see it in your Walgreens app coupons and it’s not expired. What the heck, right?
That’s because the app doesn’t tell you how long you get to clip coupons. You gotta lock those deals down ASAP.
RELATED: Use the Walgreens App and Save Like a Pro
12. Bookmark the Walgreens coupon policy to help you troubleshoot any issues.
Walgreens’ coupon policy changes often and no way does every employee you’ll interact with know it by heart. How could they?
So, be sure to read over the policy yourself and then bookmark it on your phone in case you need to politely refer to it during checkout. If you have any trouble, just ask for a manager. I’ve found Walgreens employees to be super helpful and patient, but sometimes the coupons just don’t apply like they should at the register and you may need an override. Which is not fun if the line is long and hostile.
Knowing the policy will give you a lot of confidence in your new couponing skills. Bookmarking it will get you away from an angry mob faster.
13. Scan items with the app to see if there are available Walgreens digital coupons.
If you want to check to see if items you’re interested in have available coupons, scanning items in-store will take out all of the guesswork.
Open the Walgreens app, click the “Search” icon (or magnifying glass), and the barcode scanner will appear and help you find coupons by product.
To use it, just line up the scanner with the barcode of the item and the available digital coupons and deals will appear in-app.
14. Walgreens doesn’t pay overage, or mark down the value of your coupon.
What’s overage? It’s that glorious instance when the total amount of savings from coupons exceeds the price of your item(s). If that happens to you often, then you should be writing this guide. You are a couponing boss.
According to Walgreens policy, if your coupon’s value exceeds an item’s selling price, they won’t adjust the coupons down to match and give it to you for free. Meaning, they’ll hand you back your coupon and you’ll lose out on the deal. So lame.
This also means Walgreens doesn’t pay overages (what we at KCL call a moneymaker). If a coupon is worth even a penny more than the item you are using it on, it won’t be accepted.
15. Combine Walgreens sales (like BOGO offers) with manufacturer coupons, but watch out!
Walgreens allows you to use manufacturer coupons with BOGO sales, so long as the final price doesn’t go below zero (like I explained in the last tip).
Here are two things to watch out for when using MFR coupons with BOGO deals:
- You can’t use more coupons than there are items in the “Buy” portion of a BOGO offer (i.e., Buy 3, Get 1 Free and you try to use four coupons), Walgreens will reject that fourth coupon, whatever it’s for.
- BOGO offers can’t be combined with percent-off total purchase store coupons or other customer discounts like: Seniors’ Day, Friends and Family, and Military Day.
- You can only use one dollar-off coupon with a BOGO deal. Period.
16. Use manufacturer coupons on Walgreens clearance items.
Not to belabor the rule, but I will say it again: As long as the coupon value isn’t higher than the clearance price, you can use manufacturer coupons on clearance items. But, you can’t use Walgreens Cash or Register Rewards (explanation coming up next!) on clearance items.
Use one $4/1 – Schwarzkopf Hair Color product from RMN
Final Price: $1.49
17. Walgreens Register Rewards are credits you can spend on almost anything in store.
Now it’s time to talk about Register Rewards. Here we go:
When you shop at Walgreens, you’ll occasionally get a paper coupon with your receipt if you’ve purchased a certain promo item — it spits out from the gray machine near the register (aka the Catalina machine). These are called Register Rewards (RR) and you can spend them on whatever you want in the store. You can’t keep track of these in your MyWalgreens account, so don’t lose them!
Each week, Walgreens advertises Register Rewards promos in their weekly ad. This is where you can earn $1 – $5 off, and sometimes even $15 or more. These deals vary each sales week (Sunday – Saturday), with some lasting a few days (i.e., four-day sales), while others last all month long.
Buy 1 Oral-B Pro 3000 3D White Rechargeable Toothbrush (reg. $109) $54.99, sale price
Buy 1, receive $15 Register Reward
Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste $3, sale price
Buy 2, receive $2 Register Reward
TIP: If your Register Rewards don’t print, ask for a manager. If it’s an advertised deal and the Register Reward doesn’t print, your cashier or the store manager should be able to award you the value in Walgreens Cash.
18. Register Rewards are treated like manufacturer coupons at Walgreens.
At Walgreens, Register Rewards are free money, but Walgreens counts them as manufacturer coupons. This is because they get reimbursed by the manufacturer of whatever product you have to buy to get the reward. Register Rewards are also subject to Walgreens coupon policy, just like any other manufacturer coupon.
For example, if you have to buy an Oral B electric toothbrush to get $15 in Register Rewards from Walgreens, Walgreens doesn’t sweat it, because just like a normal manufacturer coupon, the store gets that $15 they gave you right back from Oral B.
19. Learn four key Register Rewards rules.
- Register Rewards can only be redeemed for eligible items. You can use a Register Reward to buy anything except alcohol, lottery tickets and other things listed in the Walgreens coupon policy.
- Register Rewards are not infinite. This means that if you got an Oral-B RR after you bought that electric toothbrush, then tried to use it on another Oral-B product in a separate transaction, you’re not gonna get more RR from that purchase. One and done. (But don’t worry; I’ll show you a workaround.)
- Register Reward coupons expire anywhere from three days to two weeks. Take note of the expiration date printed on the coupon.
- Walgreens reserves the right to limit your coupons and deals. While you can do multiple transactions with different Register Rewards, the store manager can stop you at any point. They can limit coupons and the amount of times you can do a deal.
20. “Filler” items are the workaround to Walgreens’ MFR coupon rule.
You can’t have more manufacturer coupons than items — remember my BOGO example?
Let’s say you want to take advantage of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer, which also earns you $3 in RR. You’ve got $3 in RR to spend from a previous purchase and you also have two manufacturer coupons, one for each item in the “Buy” portion of the offer. That’s three manufacturer coupons total.
One of your coupons, whichever you hand over last, will get kicked back out because you’re only buying two items.
Here’s the workaround: Add another qualifying item to your transaction — it could be anything other than what’s in rule #1 above. This is what I call a “filler.” It can be the cheapest thing you find, for example, a lollipop for $0.33. Now, you’ve got three items and can use all three coupons (and you’ll get more RR.)
Boom! Take that, Walgreens!
21. Separate transactions to get more Register Rewards.
When it comes to Register Rewards coupons, you can separate your transactions to get even more Register Rewards. This is the work around to rule #2 above.
Here’s how it works:
If the promotion for Crest toothpaste is “Buy 3, receive $5 Register Rewards,” but you buy six toothpastes thinking you’re gonna get $10 in rewards, you’re wrong. You’ll sadly only receive one $5 Register Reward.
To work around this, you’ll want to separate your transactions. Buy three Crest toothpastes in the first transaction and another three in the second. That way you’ll earn two $5 Register Rewards coupons and get the most savings! Again, you can keep doing this until the manager stops you.
22. You can roll Register Rewards in the same visit, but it’s not easy.
Just like with Walgreens Cash as I explained above, you can roll Register Rewards. As a reminder, “rolling” is when you earn and redeem Register Rewards at the same time. The reason why this is tricky is because once you redeem your RR for the same item you purchased to earn them, they stop. I mentioned separating transactions above, but what happens when you want to take advantage of more than one RR promo? It gets complicated.
I recommend you use your RR on your next visit, but if you’re low on cash, you can do it on the same visit. It’s possible, but be warned — this is probably the single most confusing thing about couponing at Walgreens. Let’s jump in.
Let’s say Crest toothpaste has a “Buy 3, receive $5 Register Rewards” promo, and a Pampers has a “Buy 1, receive $5 Register Rewards” promo in the same week. Your plan is to roll both.
In the first transaction: Purchase three tubes of Crest toothpaste and get your $5 RR.
In the second transaction: Use the $5 RR you just earned to purchase the pack of Pampers and earn another $5 RR.
In the third transaction: Use the $5 RR from Pampers to purchase another three tubes of Crest toothpaste and earn $5 more RR.
This could go on forever, or until a manager stops you — and someone eventually will.
23. Use Ibotta, Fetch and Checkout 51 apps for rebates at Walgreens.
The best part about rebate apps is that you can scan every receipt with each app — helping you save money after your purchase without having to clip coupons.
In couponing language, any time you layer more than one type of discount this is called stacking coupons. Using rebate apps is one of the best ways to stack coupons at KCL.
These rebate apps can be used to help you save more after your Walgreens purchase(s):
RELATED: Your Ultimate Guide to Rebate Apps
24. Earn 3% back on your Walgreens purchase when you pay with your Apple Card through Apple Pay.
When you use Apple Pay on eligible Walgreens purchases, you’ll earn 3% cash back. No matter if these purchases are in-store, in-app, or on Walgreens.com, you’ll get the 3% cash back.
You can also add your MyWalgreens account to your Google Pay account and earn rewards points for eligible purchases.
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