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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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1 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hi Tara... I was just checking the ESR online redemption. I purchased 3 glade products this month... So i am eligible for a rebate of $3 ($ 1 each). But the online ESR form just allows u to select & not enter the qty or amount... That would make a rebate of $2.. How do we go abt that?
Secondly, wat are "fillers"? I keep reading these words in all these sites?

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2 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hi Tara... I was just checking the ESR online redemption. I purchased 3 glade products this month... So i am eligible for a rebate of $3 ($ 1 each). But the online ESR form just allows u to select & not enter the qty or amount... That would make a rebate of $2.. How do we go abt that?
Secondly, wat are "fillers"? I keep reading these words in all these sites?

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3 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hi Tara... I was just checking the ESR online redemption. I purchased 3 glade products this month... So i am eligible for a rebate of $3 ($ 1 each). But the online ESR form just allows u to select & not enter the qty or amount... That would make a rebate of $2.. How do we go abt that?Secondly, wat are "fillers"? I keep reading these words in all these sites?

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4 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hi Tara... I was just checking the ESR online redemption. I purchased 3 glade products this month... So i am eligible for a rebate of $3 ($ 1 each). But the online ESR form just allows u to select & not enter the qty or amount... That would make a rebate of $2.. How do we go abt that?Secondly, wat are "fillers"? I keep reading these words in all these sites?

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5 Erica September 19, 2008 at 12:46 am

Thanks for takin the time to post a Wags informational. I am a loyal CVSer, but I'm willing to branch out, especially since CVS has been less than stellar with their sales lately.

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6 Erica September 19, 2008 at 12:46 am

Thanks for takin the time to post a Wags informational. I am a loyal CVSer, but I'm willing to branch out, especially since CVS has been less than stellar with their sales lately.

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7 Baby Orr Decor September 19, 2008 at 1:31 am

Tina- you don't have to mess with that page. I just skip to the page where you enter in your receipt, and I punch in the numbers, and it will automatically tally it for you. I enter in all my receipts, just to be sure that I don't miss something. Then I get an email a few days later with the summary of what I was eligible for.

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8 Baby Orr Decor September 19, 2008 at 1:31 am

Tina- you don't have to mess with that page. I just skip to the page where you enter in your receipt, and I punch in the numbers, and it will automatically tally it for you. I enter in all my receipts, just to be sure that I don't miss something. Then I get an email a few days later with the summary of what I was eligible for.

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9 Paula September 19, 2008 at 2:17 am

Thanks so much for your blog. It has great information and the 101 on Walgreens is a great help to many. I have a link to your site and encourage my following to check in with you regularly. Knowing the ins and outs of the drug store game are an important part of saving money and having fun doing it. Thanks again.

savingmoney101.blogspot.com

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10 Paula September 19, 2008 at 2:17 am

Thanks so much for your blog. It has great information and the 101 on Walgreens is a great help to many. I have a link to your site and encourage my following to check in with you regularly. Knowing the ins and outs of the drug store game are an important part of saving money and having fun doing it. Thanks again. savingmoney101.blogspot.com

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11 Beth September 19, 2008 at 3:12 am

Thanks for the Walgreens 101. I'm moving soon to a non-CVS area, so if I want to continue to get free shampoo, deoderant, lotion, toothpaste, etc., etc., I need to learn the tricks of the trade for Walgreens!

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12 Beth September 19, 2008 at 3:12 am

Thanks for the Walgreens 101. I'm moving soon to a non-CVS area, so if I want to continue to get free shampoo, deoderant, lotion, toothpaste, etc., etc., I need to learn the tricks of the trade for Walgreens!

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13 Tara September 19, 2008 at 4:04 am

Happy to help out! Tina, fillers are inexpensive items that you add to your purchase to get it up to a certain subtotal. An example of when you might need to do this is when you need to meet a certain threshold in order to use a coupon. Say you have a $5 off $25 coupon, but your purchase only comes to $24.56, then you could toss in a pack of gum or an inexpensive sample item to bring your total above $25.

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14 Tara September 19, 2008 at 4:04 am

Happy to help out! Tina, fillers are inexpensive items that you add to your purchase to get it up to a certain subtotal. An example of when you might need to do this is when you need to meet a certain threshold in order to use a coupon. Say you have a $5 off $25 coupon, but your purchase only comes to $24.56, then you could toss in a pack of gum or an inexpensive sample item to bring your total above $25.

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15 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Thanx for ur help katie... u solved my confusion :)

Thanx Tara... For a newbie like me ur blog is a real blessing.. It's pretty difficult for me to track all the deals & the coupons. Ur blog really makes this situation easy for me... Thanx again...

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16 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Thanx for ur help katie... u solved my confusion :)

Thanx Tara... For a newbie like me ur blog is a real blessing.. It's pretty difficult for me to track all the deals & the coupons. Ur blog really makes this situation easy for me... Thanx again...

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17 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Thanx for ur help katie... u solved my confusion :)Thanx Tara... For a newbie like me ur blog is a real blessing.. It's pretty difficult for me to track all the deals & the coupons. Ur blog really makes this situation easy for me... Thanx again...

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18 Tina Jennifer D'Silva September 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Thanx for ur help katie... u solved my confusion :)Thanx Tara... For a newbie like me ur blog is a real blessing.. It's pretty difficult for me to track all the deals & the coupons. Ur blog really makes this situation easy for me... Thanx again...

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19 Ross October 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Im realativly new to the Walgreens rebates, but wanted to share a tip. For the last 3 months Ive noticed a trend. The last 2 days of the Easy Saver catelog overlap with the first 2 days of the next month's. This has occured on a Fri and Sat. These 2 days also have had the $5 off $20 or $10 off $40 internet coupons. What this means is on these days there are more Free After Rebates items to push your total up so you can capitalize using the internet coupons.

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20 Ross October 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Im realativly new to the Walgreens rebates, but wanted to share a tip. For the last 3 months Ive noticed a trend. The last 2 days of the Easy Saver catelog overlap with the first 2 days of the next month's. This has occured on a Fri and Sat. These 2 days also have had the $5 off $20 or $10 off $40 internet coupons. What this means is on these days there are more Free After Rebates items to push your total up so you can capitalize using the internet coupons.

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21 Deal Seeking Mom October 3, 2008 at 1:49 am

Thanks for the tip, Ross. This does seem to be becoming a trend, so if your stores seem to be pretty well stocked on sale items, you may want to consider holding off your purchases until Thursday to see if a new coupon is released.

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22 Deal Seeking Mom October 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for the tip, Ross. This does seem to be becoming a trend, so if your stores seem to be pretty well stocked on sale items, you may want to consider holding off your purchases until Thursday to see if a new coupon is released.

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23 Deanna March 5, 2009 at 1:16 am

Can you roll over your $ off next trip catalinas? For instance I have a total of $18 from my visit today to use on my next shopping trip. Can I roll those over next week on the Huggies deal and have the $ off catalina print for the Huggies?

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24 Deanna March 4, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Can you roll over your $ off next trip catalinas? For instance I have a total of $18 from my visit today to use on my next shopping trip. Can I roll those over next week on the Huggies deal and have the $ off catalina print for the Huggies?

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25 Deal Seeking Mom March 5, 2009 at 1:39 am

Deanna, you can usually roll over catalinas provided you're not rolling them on the same deal.

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26 Deal Seeking Mom March 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Deanna, you can usually roll over catalinas provided you're not rolling them on the same deal.

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27 Camille March 31, 2009 at 1:55 am

Ok, today I went to use my RR that exp 3/30/09. I went thru the circular and made my list:
2/$5 Chewy Granola Bars w/$2 RR
$1.99 Chapstick LipBalm w/$1.99RR
$3.99 Bic Disposables w/$1 instntCP
2/$3 Pringles
Approx. OOP 13.98 Before Savings
- RR 4.00
- Manuf CP 1.00 Granola Bars
- Manuf CP 2.00 Bic Disp
- Manuf CP 1.00 Pringles
- Walgrns CP 1.00 Bic Disp
Expctd Total 4.98 Aft Savgs

However, when I went to check out I was told I could not use my RR with the coupons.

What did I do wrong?

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28 Camille March 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Ok, today I went to use my RR that exp 3/30/09. I went thru the circular and made my list:
2/$5 Chewy Granola Bars w/$2 RR
$1.99 Chapstick LipBalm w/$1.99RR
$3.99 Bic Disposables w/$1 instntCP
2/$3 Pringles
Approx. OOP 13.98 Before Savings
- RR 4.00
- Manuf CP 1.00 Granola Bars
- Manuf CP 2.00 Bic Disp
- Manuf CP 1.00 Pringles
- Walgrns CP 1.00 Bic Disp
Expctd Total 4.98 Aft Savgs

However, when I went to check out I was told I could not use my RR with the coupons.

What did I do wrong?

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29 Deal Seeking Mom March 31, 2009 at 2:51 am

Gosh, I don't know, Camille! You've got more items than coupons even including the RR, so that makes no sense. I would definitely question it next time.

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30 Deal Seeking Mom March 30, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Gosh, I don't know, Camille! You've got more items than coupons even including the RR, so that makes no sense. I would definitely question it next time.

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31 Katie April 6, 2009 at 3:39 am

Hope someone can answer my question. Went to Walgreens today and purchased an item that was $5.99 with a rebate of $2 making it (eventually) $3.99. I used a $3.50 RR (catalina) to pay for my purchase. And the other $2.49 I payed with a credit card. The employees at Walgreens said they thought I might not get my rebate because I didn't pay the $3.99 with my own money but does anyone know if I'll get my whole rebate? I would be really disappointed if I forfeited it by using my RR. RR ought to be the equivalent of cash since I used cash to pay for the item I got the RR for.

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32 Katie April 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Hope someone can answer my question. Went to Walgreens today and purchased an item that was $5.99 with a rebate of $2 making it (eventually) $3.99. I used a $3.50 RR (catalina) to pay for my purchase. And the other $2.49 I payed with a credit card. The employees at Walgreens said they thought I might not get my rebate because I didn't pay the $3.99 with my own money but does anyone know if I'll get my whole rebate? I would be really disappointed if I forfeited it by using my RR. RR ought to be the equivalent of cash since I used cash to pay for the item I got the RR for.

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33 Tara Kuczykowski April 6, 2009 at 3:59 am

You'll get your rebate, Katie. It sounds like the employees at that store weren't very well informed.

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34 Tara Kuczykowski April 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm

You'll get your rebate, Katie. It sounds like the employees at that store weren't very well informed.

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35 Anonymous April 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs. I am purchasing it with RRs from a previous transaction through a different item. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush even though I am paying with RRs?

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36 Anonymous April 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs. I am purchasing it with RRs from a previous transaction through a different item. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush even though I am paying with RRs?

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37 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs. I am purchasing it with RRs from a previous transaction through a different item. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush even though I am paying with RRs?

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38 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs. I am purchasing it with RRs from a previous transaction through a different item. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush even though I am paying with RRs?

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39 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Can I buy a product with RRs from a different transaction and type of product and still get the RRs coming for that product? For instance, I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs but am paying with RRs from a different transaction when I bought toothpaste. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush?

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40 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

sorry so many duplicates, it didn't look like they were going through

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41 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Can I buy a product with RRs from a different transaction and type of product and still get the RRs coming for that product? For instance, I am buying a toothbrush that has $3 RRs but am paying with RRs from a different transaction when I bought toothpaste. Will I still get the RRs for the toothbrush?

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42 Kristin April 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

sorry so many duplicates, it didn't look like they were going through

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43 Tara Kuczykowski April 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm

No problem, Kristin. If the RRs were generated from a different deal, they should be okay to pay with. To be safe, I generally try to use RRs produced from deals with different manufacturers because occasionally there's some overlap.

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44 Tara Kuczykowski April 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

No problem, Kristin. If the RRs were generated from a different deal, they should be okay to pay with. To be safe, I generally try to use RRs produced from deals with different manufacturers because occasionally there's some overlap.

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45 Anonymous April 21, 2009 at 4:32 am

Okay I'm slightly confused about the RR's. I bought two products today that had RR's (the chapstick & scrunchis) and paid with a previous RR from the Skintimate deal & with a credit card for the balance. Only one of the RR's printed (the chapstick). The cashier and the manager told me it was because I paid with an RR. Is this correct? Can you buy more than one product in a transaction that will print an RR?

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46 Anonymous April 21, 2009 at 12:32 am

Okay I'm slightly confused about the RR's. I bought two products today that had RR's (the chapstick & scrunchis) and paid with a previous RR from the Skintimate deal & with a credit card for the balance. Only one of the RR's printed (the chapstick). The cashier and the manager told me it was because I paid with an RR. Is this correct? Can you buy more than one product in a transaction that will print an RR?

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47 Tara Kuczykowski April 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hi Anon! The scrunchis were a weekly deal and would have ended on Saturday, 4/18. If you purchased them on 4/20, the RRs would not print on them.

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48 Tara Kuczykowski April 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

Hi Anon! The scrunchis were a weekly deal and would have ended on Saturday, 4/18. If you purchased them on 4/20, the RRs would not print on them.

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49 KateM April 27, 2009 at 6:58 pm

So I've been a long time Walgreen's ESR-er and stack coupons, RRs, rebates, etc. I've gotten lots of great things for free over the years, and generally don't have issues. However, I'm extremely disappointed that ESR is being cancelled and the RR program seems to be ramping up. I went on my Sunday rounds, got the free after RR stuff and stuff with coupons, and then, upon presenting my coupons and RRs from last week, was told that if I pay with an RR, I won't get any. I asked since when and was told that policy had been in place for about 2 weeks (this is all from a cashier I've never seen before). So, I split my order and and paid separately OOP for the items that I would get RRs for. But here's the thing: I've been to Wags about 4 times in the previous 2 weeks and got RRs even if paying with one like I always did before (I don't use RRs to buy RR-generating products from the same manufacturer). So, do you or anyone know if this is in fact a change? If so, I'm super upset and will probably call corporate and complain.

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50 KateM April 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

So I've been a long time Walgreen's ESR-er and stack coupons, RRs, rebates, etc. I've gotten lots of great things for free over the years, and generally don't have issues. However, I'm extremely disappointed that ESR is being cancelled and the RR program seems to be ramping up. I went on my Sunday rounds, got the free after RR stuff and stuff with coupons, and then, upon presenting my coupons and RRs from last week, was told that if I pay with an RR, I won't get any. I asked since when and was told that policy had been in place for about 2 weeks (this is all from a cashier I've never seen before). So, I split my order and and paid separately OOP for the items that I would get RRs for. But here's the thing: I've been to Wags about 4 times in the previous 2 weeks and got RRs even if paying with one like I always did before (I don't use RRs to buy RR-generating products from the same manufacturer). So, do you or anyone know if this is in fact a change? If so, I'm super upset and will probably call corporate and complain.

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