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Couponing with Walgreens

Updated on July 16, 2011
Walgreens Stores
Walgreens Stores
Monthly Coupon Books at front of store
Monthly Coupon Books at front of store

Saving money with Walgreens

Walgreens is a wonderful place to save money and here I can show you how.  Lets start with some terminology you will need to learn.  I encourage you to find a local site that will do a coupon match up or mash up.  This means that someone else like Mary with Couponers will post the most valuable deals for you a day before the sale ad comes out and tell you where to find the coupons you will need to get the best price.  It really takes the work out of saving money for you.  Couponers United is based out of Central Florida.  In some of these sites Walgreens is referred to as WAGS.  Walgreens (Wags) offers REGISTER REWARDS.  These register rewards are considered wags money and is referred to as RR in some couponing sites.  Register Rewards (RR) print out at the end of your transaction and have an expiration date printed on them.  They can be used on anything except the item that you bought to get them.  For example, I got 2 RRs for buying a specific brand of toothbrushes.  I could not use them to earn more RR's on that item.  I did, however, use them to buy some candy bars that earned some more RR's.  I did this on the same day by separating transactions.  This is often referred to as rolling.  Walgreens except manufacturer coupons.  They also offer coupons in their weekly sales ads, in their monthly coupon book, and in seasonal coupon books.  You are able to use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon on each item.  This is called STACKING!  

One very important thing to know is that the RRs are considered a manufacturer coupon.  If you have 10 products and have already used 10 manufacturer coupons, the system will not allow you to use the RRs.  You are able to get around that using FILLER ITEMS.  A filler item is a very cheap item that is thrown in at the end to be able to use your RRs.  Let say you want to use 3 different RRs certificates on the 10 item example above.  You can purchase 3 single chocolate cherries at .15 cents each or maybe 3 .10 cent pencils in order to use the 3 RRs you have with you worth $8!  While Register Rewards are used the same as cash is, they are not cash.  No change can be given.  Make sure you use the entire value.  It won't be accepted for anything less.  Finally, I want to discuss MONEY MAKERS (MM).  Lets say, you stop in Walgreens for Milk in a hurry.  On your way you see that a bag of candy costs $3.99 and gets you $3 in RRs.  Since they are basically handing you $3 back, you are really only paying .99 cents for the candy.  You happen to have a coupon for $1.50 off that candy.  Now you pay nothing, in fact you have a .51 cent credit that you can use on another product.  This is called a money maker (mm).  While you will never get the .51 cent difference in cash, you can use it towards whatever else you get in that transaction, in this case it would be your milk.

Using these methods, I was able to purchase $130 worth of stuff for only $30!  I was able to get 4 banana boat sunscreens, 4 hawaiian tropic sunscreens, 6 deoderants, 2 toothpastes, 2 to go first aid kits, 1 first aid builder with $15 in first aid coupons, 3 jellos, and 1 coffee. It does take some time especially when you are new.  I have only been at this for about 5 weeks.  I know that I was uneasy about holding up the line in order to do my separate transactions.  Here is some great news.  The Wags cashier at the cosmetic desk is very coupon and multiple transaction friendly.  She is trained to be and is rewarded for being patient by Walgreens.  I go directly to her/him and leave their regular lines clear.  I know that I once felt bad about using coupons.  I felt that maybe the store was loosing money on me.  I am happy to report that the store is making a little bit more on me because of coupons.  They actually make a handling fee when they turn in their coupons. 

Here are some things you should not do!  Don't expect credit for expired RRs.  Don't get caught returning the items that earned you rewards.  Don't copy printable coupons.  These things can bring you problems.

Happy Couponing and Many Blessings!

Interested in Couponing in Central Florida? click here. 

Learn about couponing at Publix by clicking here.


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      leann2800 5 years ago

      My husband is a manager for Walgreens. I love Walgreens and their employees :)

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Still loving Walgreens!

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      Lissette 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love Wags! They keep me happy and so well groomed!

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      Go Walgreens!

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      Mary 6 years ago

      Great article Lissette! You have a talent for writing AND for saving big $$$ :-) Thanks for the shout outs for Couponers United.