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Walgreens Balance Rewards Discount Card

Updated on October 17, 2015
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Dr. Penny Pincher founded the popular personal finance blog Penny Pincher Journal in 2013 and has published two books about saving money.

Walgreens Balance Rewards card is required to get the special deals
Walgreens Balance Rewards card is required to get the special deals | Source

Walgreens Balance Rewards- A Nice Surprise

Today, I was picking up a few items at Walgreens. I like Walgreens- the prices are good and they carry high quality items. I found a great deal on Nice! brand trail mix. The regular price was $3.99 for an 8-pack. It was on sale for $3.39 for an 8-pack. That's only 42 cents per bag of trail mix. This is the high quality stuff with almonds, raisins, and chocolate. Bags of trail mix sell for $1 or more at convenience stores or vending machines, so I like to keep some on hand for breakfast or afternoon snacks.

When I checked out, the cashier asked if I would like to save even more money. There is only one way that I would answer to that question. She explained the benefits of the Walgreens Balance Rewards card. I signed up for a card and got started with 450 points. Here's how it works...

Walgreens Balance Rewards card and Nice! brand trail mix
Walgreens Balance Rewards card and Nice! brand trail mix | Source

Get Sale Prices with Walgreens Balance Rewards Card

Walgreens has sale prices that can only be obtained if you have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card. Notice the picture above of the Walgreens sign advertising Ocean Spray juice 2 for $5 with card. In order to get the sale price, you need to have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card. In the weekly advertisement from Walgreens, there are coupons for some items that state you need both the coupon and the card to get the sale price.

Walgreens store- I'm a Card-Carrying Walgreens Rewards Member Now
Walgreens store- I'm a Card-Carrying Walgreens Rewards Member Now | Source

Accumulate Walgreens Rewards, Get Cash

As you use the card, you can accumulate points if you buy certain items or get prescriptions filled. I ended up with 450 points on my visit today. When you reach 5,000 points, you can get $5 in store credit toward a purchase at Walgreens. If you like, you can keep accumulating points to reach $10 at 10,000 points, $20 at 18,000 points, $35 at 30,000 points, or $50 at 40,000 points.

Walgreens Balance Rewards points for cash
Walgreens Balance Rewards points for cash | Source

How do you sign up for the Walgreens discount card?

It takes about a minute to sign up for the Balance Rewards card at the store. At the check-out, the cashier or pharmacist will collect information including your name, address, and phone number to set up your account. You'll get your card right away and can start accumulating points and getting the special deals.

I don't think I'll save tons of money with the card, but over time I'm sure I'll get some store credit and save some extra money by getting the best sale prices. If you get a lot of prescriptions filled at Walgreens, you could get a lot of points and in turn save a lot of money on Walgreens purchases using the rewards points. It sounds like free money to me!

For further information, see Walgreens Balance Rewards website.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      We don't have Walgreens in Canada but we have the equivalent with a point and money system as well. So it's very good. Some days you can double your points or redeem your money for the double it's worth. So if you play it well you can really get more for your money :-)

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      Kate Rolands 4 years ago

      I got the Balance Rewards card a couple of months ago and while I only use it with my prescriptions I know I'll use it a lot more in the near future. It's a get place to start for those becoming self-sufficient or just want to save a buck.