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!