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WRAL SmartShopper

Walgreens rewards and coupon policies 101

Posted May 8, 2014

There are many ways to save money at Walgreens every week! They have multiple rewards programs, store coupons, Senior Savings Day and more! In addition, Walgreens offers some very good deals on food each week. Some weeks they have the best price on milk, eggs, spices and more!

Balance Rewards Program

Sign up for the Balance Rewards program in stores and get the rewards card. If you forget your rewards card, you can enter your phone number at the register. Then head to and create an account so you can track your savings and points balance.

There are 3 main ways to earn rewards with the Balance Rewards Program.

1. Points for buying qualifying products in the store: Earn points on items featured in the ad and in stores every week. The qualifying deals in the ad and on store shelf tags will specify which item(s) you have to buy and how many points you will earn when you buy them. The points accrue on your Balance Rewards account. The Balance Rewards points add up and then you redeem them for money off your purchase at the register.

You are basically getting a rebate on the item that you redeem when you earn enough points.

Important: You cannot earn and redeem points in the same transaction. If you are going to earn 2,000 reward points from buying a product, do not request to use reward points you already have in your account to pay for that product or you won’t get the 2,000 reward points for buying it. Save your reward points to use on items that do not offer a Balance Reward.

You can redeem a maximum of 40,000 points in a single transaction (which equals a $50 reward).

Redeem 1,000 points for $1 off
Redeem 2,000 points for $2 off
Redeem 3,000 points for $3 off
Redeem 5,000 points for $5 off
Redeem 10,000 points for $10 off
Redeem 18,000 points for $20 off
Redeem 30,000 points for $35 off
Redeem 40,000 points for $50 off

You can also use manufacturer’s coupons on the deals that offer Balance Rewards. When you are ready to redeem your rewards, you just let the cashier know that you want to use your points for the transaction and the discount will come off, depending on the number of points you have.

Points expire 3 years after they are earned or if your account has been inactive for 6 months (which means you have not used your rewards card for 6 months).

2. Prescription points: Get 500 points for every prescription and immunization. There are some restrictions so you will want to read the fine print at You can even earn points on prescriptions for your pet!

3. Steps with Balance Rewards:  Earn points for healthy activities including walking, cycling, running, tracking weight management, tracking blood pressure or blood glucose levels and more! You can even link your devices and apps to the program for easier tracking.

You earn 20 points for each mile you walk, run or cycle, 20 points per logged in weight, 20 points per logged blood glucose or blood pressure and 20 points for logging other activities like yoga or swimming. You also get 250 points when you set your first goal and 250 points for syncing a device.

You can earn a maximum of 1000 points per month with the Steps program (which equals a $10 reward).  FOr more details, see their website.

Register Rewards Program

Register Rewards (also known as RR) are basically rebates for buying qualifying products that are issued in the form of a coupon that prints out at the Catalina coupon machine next to the register after you make a purchase. Register Reward deals are listed in the ad each week and on the tags on store shelves. You can use the Register Reward coupon immediately on your next transaction or hold on to it to use on a later date. The Register Reward does have an expiration date so make sure you don’t wait too long to use it.

Here are additional details from their website about Register Rewards:
• Register Rewards will only print for in-stock merchandise during the promotional period.
• Register Rewards can only be earned for eligible items. No substitutions.
• There is a limit of one Register Rewards (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
• Customers redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR. (so make sure that you don’t pay for an item that is supposed to generate a Register Reward with another RR)
Redeeming Register Rewards
• Customers redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR.
• Refer to Register Rewards coupon for expiration date.
• The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.
• The number of manufacturer coupons, including RR manufacturer coupons, must not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
• Register Rewards must be forfeited if the qualifying merchandise is returned.
• Register Rewards cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards and pre-paid cards.
• Register Rewards can be redeemed for eligible items only. Ineligible items include but are not limited to:

Tobacco products
Alcoholic beverages
Dairy products
Lottery tickets
Money orders/transfers
Transportation passes
Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
Postage stamps
Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green DotTM cards
Prescription Savings ClubTM memberships
Health care services, including immunizations
Any items prohibited by law

Register Rewards are manufacturer’s coupons and some other stores will also accept these as long as they scan. Harris Teeter stores usually accept these.

If your Register Reward does not print, you can ask the manager to manually issue one, If they will not, call the Catalina Marketing company that issues the coupons at 1-888-8COUPON and they should be able to mail the Register Reward to you.


Walgreens Coupons

Monthly Coupon Booklet: Walgreens offers a new in-store monthly coupon booklet every month. You can usually find the booklet at the front of the store in the rack with the sale flyers. You are allowed to “stack” these Walgreens store coupons from their monthly coupon book with manufacturer’s coupons on the same product. These coupons usually have a limit as to how many of the product you can purchase per transaction.

In-Ad Coupons: There are Walgreens store coupons in the ad each week. These coupons usually have a limit as to how many of the product you can purchase per transaction.

Coupon Policy

Here are the main coupon policy points from their website. See the entire policy at for more details.

• Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons with a clear and scannable barcode.
• Competitor coupons are not accepted at Walgreens.
• The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. So if you have a coupon for each item and a Register Reward that you earned last week, you cannot use all the coupons unless you get another item so the number of coupons equals the number of products.  Sometimes you can find a cheap "filler" item in the store like a 10 cent pencil or eraser so you have enough products to use all the coupons.
• The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.
• In the event that any item's selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
• The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
• When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased. Customer and employee purchases of excessive quantities of advertised items is not permitted. An excessive quantity is any quantity above and beyond normal household usage.
• When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.

It is usualyl a good idea to give your coupons to the cashier in this order:
1. Any $ off your total coupons like $4 off a $20 purchase
2. Register Rewards
3. Manufacturers coupons
4. Store coupons


Senior Savings Days

Walgreens offers a Senior Savings Day every month for customers who are 55 years or older and to all AARP members with a valid AARP card. save 15% - 20% on products at Walgreens.  When these events are offered, I post the details in the Walgreens deals post for the week.

Seniors receive a 20% discount on all Walgreens, W Brand and Nice! Products during these events. All other items in the store will receive a 15% discount. Discounts not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Also not valid toward Prescription Savings Club membership fee. You can even link your AARP membership card to your Balance Rewards account to get exclusive benefits.

Please share any other ways you save at Walgreens!


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