Walgreens uses Register Rewards (RR). They are coupons that print when you purchase certain items. They are cash off coupons for purchasing most anything on your next purchase (see coupon for exclusions like alcohol, gift cards, prescriptions, etc). There are a few things to make sure you understand ahead of time.
- The limit is always one RR per deal, though sometimes they require you to purchase multiple products.
- They usually expire in two weeks
- They can't be used to pay tax.
- Don't use the RR you earned to buy the same product again, in another transaction. The RR will not print. It is fine to use a RR that you earned from another product. (It rarely comes up, but products from the same manufacturer might also give you problems. For example, if you received a RR for Crest, you might not be able to use it to get at RR on Scope.)
- The number of items you are purchasing can't be less than the number of manufacturer's coupons and RR you are redeeming. (If the manufacturer's coupon is "off 2 items," count that coupon as two.) Store coupons don't count. So, if you have a manufacturer's coupon for each item you are purchasing, you need to throw a "filler" item(s) in if you want to use the RR.
- Sometimes a store will let you ring items separately, if you want two deals, but it's up to each store. The ad usually states that there is a limit of one. If you do, make sure you don't pay with a RR you just earned for the same product or the new RR won't print.
- It's often wise to ask the cashier to ring up multiple transactions so you aren't stuck with a bunch of expiring RR. I feel better doing it in Cosmetics or Photo so I don't hold up a big line. Or, consider stepping back in line, if it's busy. (So, split your order up to use the RR that you just earned for the following transaction.)
- Shop early in the week. Sunday is best. They often run out of items and they don't give you rainchecks for the RR portion, just the sale price.
Another coupon tip for Walgreens: If you are getting an item for free or slightly below the cost (even 1¢), make sure to hand them the manufacturer's coupon before the store coupon or the register will beep and, quite likely, your cashier will not know what to do. (Ex. If there's an in ad coupon, making a product 99¢ and you have a $1 manufacturer's coupon, make sure they scan the store coupon last.) If the register does beep . . . their policy says they'll adjust the coupon down!! I've just found that it saves a huge hassle to do it this way.
Link to full coupon policy. (Might want to print and carry it with you in case you encounter a problem, like I mentioned above.)
** They have now added a Balance Rewards Program. It's a separate program from this and it seems like Register Rewards will be phasing out and this will take its place???