I’ve done these kind of posts before, but I think it’s important – particularly for my new-to-coupon users – to understand that it truly is OK to use coupons with sales!
I sometimes get questions or comments about drugstore shopping such as:
“Can I use a coupon on a Register Reward deal?”
“My cashier wouldn’t let me stack a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon.”
“Do the stores think this is OK?”
I found some great illustrations in this past Sunday’s paper that I thought I’d share with you in response.
Exhibit A: Walgreens
Right in the middle of the ad, Walgreens invites you to bring your Sunday insert coupons and use them on their items!
This should solve the ‘ol “you can’t use a coupon on a Register Reward deal” dilemma, shouldn’t it? Yes you can! In this scenario, you’d pay $1.74 out of pocket, and then receive a $1.50 Register Reward. Sort of like getting it for $0.24. Now one thing to note, you should not solely rely on the ads to tell you where the best coupons are for their sales (that’s why you read this blog, right?). While it’s true there was a $0.75/1 coupon in this Sunday’s paper, there was a $1/1 coupon a couple weekends before.
And should you have any problems stacking a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon, you could simply point out to the cashier “your ad made me do it!” (I jest, you’d use more tact than that, of course!)
Exhibit B: Rite Aid
Here’s a simple example of how you can use a coupon and still get an UP Reward at Rite Aid. Rite Aid’s ad is littered with examples such as these. As with Walgreens, don’t simply use the ad – there are additional savings you’ll likely miss (another reason to read my blog). I’ve also sometimes seen their ads notate “additional savings in Sunday paper!” only for there to be NO savings for that particular item, or savings from a previous week.
What Have We Learned
Taking the time to thumb through the ads can help build your confidence in shopping at these stores. I also recommend bringing your ad with you to checkout, along with these coupon policies: