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Walgreens 101: Learning The Game

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 4, 2009 · 114 comments

walgreens-register-rewards-101I've never formally written a post on how to play the "Drugstore Game" at Walgreens, so I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to their Register Rewards program.

In many ways, this program is very similar to the CVS ExtraCare program. When you purchase certain items and/or a certain dollar amount of items, a coupon will print out that is good on your next purchase at Walgreens.

Much like CVS, to maximize your savings the key is to combine a Register Rewards producing deal or a great sale price with a manufacturer's coupon and possibly even a store coupon. This allows you to purchase items at the lowest possible price so you can build your stockpile at a minimal cost.

However, there are some important differences that you need to be aware of to take advantage of the program to its fullest:

  • Walgreens does not require the use of a store loyalty card to earn Register Rewards, aka RRs.
  • You will only earn RRs once per deal per transaction. In other words, if Excedrin is producing $2 in RRs in a given week, you must purchase each bottle in a separate transaction to earn the Register Rewards. If you purchase 3 bottles in one transaction, you would only receive $2 in RRs.
  • RRs cannot be "rolled" on like transactions. Using the Excedrin example again, you could not purchase one bottle of Excedrin and use the RRs received to purchase a second bottle. The Register Rewards will not print out when the second transaction is completed. Instead to roll RRs, you need to alternate it with another deal. So if Pantene was producing $2 in RRs as well that week, you could purchase the Excedrin, use the Excedrin RRs to purchase your Pantene, and then turn around and use the Pantene RRs to purchase the Excedrin again and so on.
  • While Register Rewards are essentially cash, the Walgreens registers treat them as manufacturer coupons. The problem with this is that Walgreens only allow you to use as many manufacturer coupons as items on the transaction. This creates a need for "filler items" if you have a coupon for every item you're purchasing and wish to pay with a Register Reward. Filler items are inexpensive items that you add to an order so you have a non-coupon item that will allow your Register Rewards to be processed.
  • There is some debate about the best order to hand over your RRs and coupons at checkout. The method that I've found to work best personally is Register Rewards first, Walgreen's store coupons second, and manufacturer's coupons last. Feel free to change it up if it's not working well for you.

Finally, a word to the wise – treat your RRs like cash. They cannot be replaced if lost. Generally Register Rewards expire two weeks from when they are generated, so watch those expiration dates!

Ready to try your hand at shopping Walgreens? Check out the Walgreens Weekly Deals where I lay out the best deals for each week along with the coupons you need to maximize your savings.

Questions? Comments? Leave them all. I'd love to create an FAQs page to help guide readers through the process of learning to shop at Walgreens, so I welcome your input.


Earn EasySaver Rebates Online at

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 20, 2009 · 5 comments

As of May 1st, 2009, the Walgreens EasySaver Rebates program has been cancelled.


Did you know that can earn Walgreens EasySaver Rebates on online purchases?

Maybe you did, but I sure didn't!

If you still haven't purchased your Walgreens free after ESR items for January, Claire from Choyster Cash emailed me with the scoop on how you can earn purchase them with $5 off!

Note that you won't be able to submit for your rebate online if you purchase online. You'll have to mail in your invoice to receive your rebate. They're working on fixing this issue!


Walgreens 101: EasySaver Rebates

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 18, 2008 · 56 comments

As of May 1st, 2009, the Walgreens EasySaver Rebates program has been cancelled.

If you're like many people (myself included), you may have been passing Walgreens by in lieu of the great deals at CVS. However, lately as the deals at CVS have waned, Walgreens seems intent on picking up their slack.

So if you're a seasoned drugstore game player looking to expand your horizons or a Walgreens newbie altogether, this series is for you!

There are three different ways to create deals at Walgreens. Today I'll outline the Walgreens EasySaver Rebates program and how you can take advantage of it to actually earn money on your purchases. Yep, you read that right. If you plan your deals carefully, you can actually earn money on your purchases!

The key to the EasySaver program is the EasySaver catalog. You can pick one of these up at your local Walgreens, where they usually can be found with the weekly flyers. The deals run monthly, and generally there are a few items that are free after rebate in each catalog, as well as a number of items with lesser rebates. Be sure to check your weekly flyers regularly. Often items will go on sale throughout the month and will become free after rebate when the sale is factored in.

Look for coupons to pair with the free after rebate items to get the most for your money. It's absolutely that simple. You'll receive the full price of the item back as a rebate, so any coupons you use in conjunction with a free after rebate item will actually allow you to earn money on your purchase!

Watch for periodic $/$$ coupons. Walgreens often issues $5 off a $20 purchase or $10 off a $40 purchase coupons to spur sales. In the past these were typically found at month end. However lately they've been releasing them throughout the month, almost always on a Thursday. Stack one of these with your item coupons on free after rebate purchases and your earnings will go through the roof.

Submit your rebate(s) online. Walgreens recently simplified their rebate submission process. You just have to register online, enter the information from your receipt, and submit it. You can even enter your purchases throughout the month and wait to submit everything until the end. There are no UPC codes to fuss with, and you don’t even have to pay for postage. Talk about convenient!

Have your rebate savings put on a Walgreens gift card. Walgreens will generously add an additional 10% bonus to your rebate if you choose to have it put on a Walgreens gift card. You can then use this gift card to pay for the following month's free after rebate items or anything else you might need. (Diapers anyone?) And Walgreens can reload the same card every time you submit for future rebates allowing you to receive your payments even faster. So it's a convenience and earns you more!

Now that you're armed with the basics, go hunt down those free after rebate items, or better yet, just check back here at Deal Seeking Mom to find them all conveniently paired up with money-saving coupons as applicable!

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