You might have noticed that Walgreens is doing more and more Register Rewards deals. If you’re wondering how these work and how to take advantage, I’m here to help! While I’m still learning how to maximize my trips at Walgreens, I do have some key tips I can share with you.
Register Rewards are tricky little things. You have to pay attention to the details and not go too fast – especially at first. I think it’s worth it to take some time up-front to educate yourself a bit so you’ll ensure the most successful shopping trips possible.
Here are some easy rules to follow:
1. Try to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. This is rule number 1 for avid Walgreens shoppers. Generally, you start with a simple transaction that involves only a single Register Rewards deal. For instance, let’s say there is a toothpaste on sale for $2 and you get a $2 Register Rewards for buying it. Let’s suppose you happen to have a $1-off-1 coupon for this product. This would be a good entry transaction because you are spending $1 to get $2. Now that you have $2, you could apply that towards a Register Rewards deal with a higher value – maybe an item that is $3 and that you don’t have a manufacturer’s coupon for. If you have additional items to purchase besides Register Reward deals, I’d personally hold off until your last transaction. That way, if you’ve profited from the Register Rewards deals, you’ll be able to drive down the other costs further. Make sense?
2. Pay attention to the product details. Make sure you are purchasing the correct product, items, quantities, sizes, dollar amounts, etc. Stick to the rules. If it says you must purchase $20 worth of items, understand that $19.99 won’t cut it. If it says cherry flavor mouthwash, don’t try and substitute mint. Don’t deviate.
3. Don’t try to “roll” Register Rewards. You cannot take a Register Rewards you just received for an item and attempt to purchase the same item for another Register Rewards. Look at your Register Rewards to see who the participating manufacturer is. If it says “courtesy SC Johnson,” for instance, you might not be able to roll it into another SC Johnson deal – even if it’s entirely different from the one you just did. Bottom line: I wouldn’t mess with attempting to use your Register Rewards on the same item OR same manufacturer/brand.
4. Multiple transactions necessary! In most cases, the ads will tell you “only one coupon printed per transaction.” So if you want to buy 2 toothpastes and get 2 Register Rewards, you’ll have to ask the cashier to split your transaction up. I recently spoke with a local store manager and he said that they were fine in doing this for customers (at least that store is – each store might differ in how they view these deals). Asking a cashier to do a couple transactions back-to-back for you is one thing, but please don’t be obnoxious. I recently read about a customer who asked for something like 25 transactions at a time. If you really want that many transactions, consider breaking it up across stores or trips.
5. You CAN use coupons! You most certainly can use a manufacturers coupon towards the purchase of a Register Rewards item. There has been some debate over this by store staff mainly, but a quick call to Walgreens corporate should clear the matter up. I’ve personally never had an issue with this.
6. Register Rewards are considered manufacturers’ coupons. Because these are the promotional offerings of manufacturers, Walgreens treats these as manufacturers’ coupons. Therefore, you cannot use a manufacturer coupon AND a Register Rewards coupon in the purchase of 1 item. You must have at least as many items as manufacturer coupons. Sometimes you might need to purchase a small filler item to make the transaction work (such as a pencil, candy, etc.).
7. There is help if your Register Rewards don’t print. Of course, if your Register Rewards should have print and it doesn’t, your best bet is to try and correct it right then and there with store staff. However, if you’re still unable to resolve it, you can contact the Catalina company for assistance. They can be reached at 1-888-8coupon, option 3 or via this website.
If you’d like to do a little further reading on this topic, here are some recommended reads I’ve pulled together for you:
- Hot Coupon World Register Rewards FAQ
- Money Saving Mom Walgreens 101 (see #3)
- Hip2Save (on using multiple Register Rewards in a purchase)
- Surviving the Stores (an illustration on how to do multiple Register Reward transactions for profit)