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Walgreens: $5/$25 Coupon + Money-Maker Scenario

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 27, 2009 · 44 comments

Woohoo! As if they Walgreens deals weren't already fabulous enough this week, now you can use this $5/$25 Walgreens coupon on Tuesday 9/29 and Wednesday 9/30 to make them even better!

Note the fine print: Purchase amount of $25 or more must be before taxes and after all manufacturer and Walgreens coupons and discounts. Limit one coupon per customer per offer.

Not all stores enforce the $25 total after coupons, but it pays to be aware of this beforehand!

Here's a suggested money-maker transaction that takes advantage of both the weekly and monthly free after Register Rewards offers. This is based on spending $25 after all manufacturer coupons.

Buy Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush, $3
Buy Dentek Floss Picks, $2
Buy Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion (6.8-oz.), $6.99
Buy Halls Refresh Sugar Free (20-ct.), $1
Buy Chapstick Fresh Effects, $2.99
Buy Robitussin DM To Go (2-pk.), $2.49
Buy Emergen-C Booster, $3.49
Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System, $8.99
Buy Herbal Essences Hair Care, $2.99
Use $5/$25 Walgreens coupon
Use $0.75/1 Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction or Advantage, exp. 10-31-09 (P&G 9/27/09)
Use $1/1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion printable
Use $0.75/1 Halls Refresh Hard Candy, exp. 11-7-09 (SS 9/27/09)
Use $1/1 Dentek Floss Picks printable
Use $4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor, exp. 10-31-09 (P&G 9/27/09)
Use $1/1 Herbal Essences Product, exp. 10-31-09 (RP 9/13/09)
Pay $20.40 + tax OOP and get $29.96 in RRs back!!!

Check out the Walgreens weekly deals and monthly deals to create your own scenarios. What are you planning to buy?

(Thanks, $30 Weekly Grocery Challenge!)

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The SoCal Mom September 27, 2009 at 11:29 am

I HEART you for posting this! I was going to go shopping today, looks like I am waiting till TUES. THANKS!


2 Dizzy Mommy September 27, 2009 at 11:50 am

In my P&G there is a $1/1 coupon for Oral-B Advantage including the 1-2-3. It worked fine this morning without a beep. Unlike at Rite Aid where the guy wouldn't scan half my coupons (new guy) and I was just like forget it left him pretty shocked when I just grabbed my coupons and left.


3 Rachel K September 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I'm not clear on these RRs. Are these coupons you can use to purchase anything on your next shopping trip to Walgreens?


4 Dizzy Mommy September 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Anything but giftcards , alcohol, tobacco, lottery, prescriptions, that type of thing. At Walgreens with RRs (or WAGS) you must have at least the same number of items as coupons (WAGS plus manufacture). So then you need filler items cheap stuff... lately I've been using these pencils that are .10 in the clarence area.


5 k-clip September 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I just found your website recently and LOVE it. Thanks for the post on Walgreens and what to buy, coupon to use and how much register rewards you'll receive. My question is when you purchase everything that you listed and use the coupons. How will the RR print? Will they print 1 at a time or all on one RR?


6 Tara Kuczykowski September 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

K-clip, they will print individually for each deal, so you should receive 9 different Register Rewards.


7 Rebecca September 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I heard you can use register rewards at Jewel. Does anyone know if that is true? Where else can I use my register rewards?


8 ashley September 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I have been twice this morning and the Gilette Register Rewards didn't print out either time. Just a heads up! When I let the manager know they ended up giving me $6+ in cash, which was even better than a RR.


9 Becky September 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The Robittusin To Go coupon EXCLUDES the 2-pack/count ones. Yes, it will ring up, but that store will not get their $1 back! The honest thing to do is not use it. :)


10 Dizzy Mommy September 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm

My store has a ruling that only one RR item per household per week.... I was like since when is this the rule its always been per transaction or per person. My teenager was upset that I had woken her up in the morning to go with me. Normally she does one and I do one then every few months when Im in the city (Detroit) I swing by salvation armys rehab center and drop everything off.


11 Julie @ Frugal Shopping With Julie September 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Tara! Oh, there are going to be some marvelous savings this week anyway, so this coupon is icing on the cake :)
Great scenario you've got posted here...I linked back to you!


12 Victoria September 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I printed out the walgreens coupon and no numbers are below the barcode. Is it supposed to be like that?


13 Kim September 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I have a love/hate relationship with Walgreens.. ;-)
They have some great RR deals, but its really tough to roll your RR's over and keep them going, though I seem to have done better lately, especially with the cold & flu products. (Cold & flu season, here we come armed & ready!) :P
Its much easier to turn around and just use them like cash, but then again, the bad news is that you can only use one RR per transaction according to my store. Im assuming thats the same everywhere?
The good news to that is that I have 2 local Walgreens and I pass by one twice a day and if I need to I can detour less than a mile for the other. ;)
Thanks for sharing!! <3


14 Tara Kuczykowski September 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Kim, you should be able to use more than one per transaction as long as the total amount used is less than the total of your transaction. You also have to make sure that the total number of coupons used including RRs is equal to or less than the number of items in the transaction. Does that make sense?


15 Laura September 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I thought the Robitussin DM, Emergen-C, Chapstick, Vaseline, Gillette Fusion, and Halls deals were monthly deals beginning 10/1 through 10/31? If so, how do we include these deals in the $5/$25 scenario if the $5/25 coupon is only good on 9/29 and 9/30?


16 Teresa September 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I have the same question as Laura! Thanks!


17 Tara Kuczykowski September 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I was under the impression that they start today. It's rare for Walgreens promotions to start in the middle of the week.


18 Jan September 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Laura and Teresa-- Those monthly deals began today, Sunday, September 27! So you don't have to wait until October 1st for those offers. I picked my stuff up this morning at my Walgreens and had no trouble.


19 Ashley September 27, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Ok. Today was the first time I tried to work these RR deals. I went to one Walgreens this morning and the catalina was down. Well, I had to go ahead and buy my Fiber One cereal b/c every store that has put it on sale in the last few weeks runs out pretty quick. So then I go to a different Wags this afternoon. When I tried to use the 1.50 off coupon on the Vaseline she told me if I used it then the RR would not print. Is this true? I ended up spend way more than I hoped today and now I have coupons I probably won't be able to use, i.e. the lotion. I would normally never spend that kind of money even with the 1.50 off. Help please!


20 Tara Kuczykowski September 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I'm not sure why so many people are being told lately that their RRs won't print if they use a coupon, but this has never been the policy, and as far as I know it has not changed. Walgreens customer service is very responsive, so I recommend contacting them so they can clear up the store's misconceptions.


21 Laurie September 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Today, I had a very hard time with 2 Walgreens in the Ft. Lauderdale area. At one, I was only allowed to use one manufacturers coupon per item, and one register rewards coupon towards my whole transaction--I couldn't use all my RR coupons. PLUS, the cashier said since I used a MF coupon on the items, my NEW RR wouldn't print out because of it! I wrote Walgreens a long letter, and will let you know their response. It's really not a "reward" if they limit how many of your own rewards you can use. It's also false advertising if they say you will get an RR, and it doesn't print out. CVS is so fair--you can use as many extra bucks as you have saved up, plus use MF coupons, plus you always get the EB back for the week. Walgreens will never compare to CVS if they don't do the same! :o)


22 Kim September 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for your answer Tara.. Im going to be asking another manager from the more friendly store re: using more than one RR at a time as I was told it was not permitted by 2 managers of one store..
And yes, you made perfect sense concerning the number of coupons (including RRs) must be equal to or less than the number of items purchased and the $$ amount.
I appreciate your help! :D


23 Becky September 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Some of the registers have apparently been "rigged" (couldn't think of a better word!) to not print a RR if you are just buying that item with a coupon. In other words, if I just buy the Vaseline and use the $1.50 Q it may not print out the RR. BUT, if I buy the Vaseline, and something else I am going to use a coupon with (plus a filler so I can use an RR) it should print out the RR b/c it doesn't "know" what you used the coupon for. Does that make sense? Hope it helps.

From now on I always buy more than one item so I always get my RR. And yes, both my stores have told me I can only use 1 RR per transaction. But I still manage to get good deals. Not sure if it is corporate or just the stores.


24 Anna-Marie September 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I am so lucky here in NC! I NEVER have these issues at Wags. I use coupons for every item I buy (if I have one) and pay with RR's and receive all my RR's due. The cashiers are very nice too.


25 Denise September 28, 2009 at 1:22 am

Today when I went to Walgreens I tried to do multiple transactions to get the different deals and use my RR right away. It took some time and some fillers but my cashier was patient and helpful... the thing she told me (sorta makes sense) is that if you get a P&G RR (says on the bottom of the coupon), you can't use it to buy more p&G stuff. Also you can't use a RR for sales tax. So for instance, my subtotal was 3.44 and my $3 RR wouldnl't work. I added some dawn dish soap for .99 for a filler and then my RR worked. I hope I wasn't scammed - but always need dish soap! And had a .25 coupon for that anyway.

One other thing-- I used the coupon from a P&G mailer for $5 off an olay body wash when you buy a venus razor system (7.99 in the ad). Had to get the big body wash (was on the shelf for 8.99 but rang up 5.50) for it to work, and got 4 RR. Later I realized I probably could've used a coupon for the razor as well. The coupon I got in the mailer was a little confusing, but it's for free body wash, not for $5 off the razor, so a razor coupon could have worked. oh well, next time! And maybe some of you can benefit. :)

None of the RRs were labeled on the shelves. Is that normal? The girl told me they didn't label them but I'm pretty sure I've seen them stickered before... and a lot of the sales prices weren't marked on the shelves either. Maybe someone just falling down on the job.

Coupon roulette! you never know what you're gonna get.


26 Tommy September 28, 2009 at 2:03 am

I had a bad day with Walgreens today too.
Manager was sooooo rude .
I don't know why Walgreens treat custmer so nasty when we try to use coupons.
I agree with Raurie, I love shop at CVS.


27 Amanda September 28, 2009 at 2:04 am

It seems like a ton of people were told they couldn't use coupons and still get a RR today!! .It even happened to me at store I don't shop at alot. I already know this is not true in my area so voided my whole transaction. Turns out their Catalina system went down nationwide for a bit this afternoon when they tried to fix the oral-B toothbrush RR. I felt bad because the Asst Mgr was trying to tell a newbie couple that they couldn't use q's and get the RR's also. I tried to tell them quietly this wasn't true but they looked a bit confused. I wish they wouldn't tell this mfg Q/RR story when they're just ignorant to the actual situation.


28 Trisha September 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

I went to Walgreen's last week and purchased some of the RR reward deals - the roots of nature hair care product (they didn't have a label for that with the RRs), carefree item, and toothbrushes, plus a couple sharpies on clearance for .25. The person looked like a manager who rang me up and he mentioned he didn't think the RRs would print up for the carefree item since I had the coupon with it, I just figured we'd see since I paid less than $2.00 OOP (with other register rewards - $5 for the One-A-Day drink mixes and $2.50 for the thermapatch I got from another Walgreens earlier). Well, they did all print out - $6 for the Roots of Nature, $2 for the Carefree (they must not like to make them $1.99), & $2 for the toothbrushes. I was happy they did and I think he was a little surprised.


29 Jennifer Laxson September 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

Tara....I'm very PO'ED!!! I was also told by my Wags that if you use a coupon the rr will not print, so I went to another store...Well guess what...I used a coupon on something and the rr DID NOT print!!! If this is their new policy they will lose my bussiness for sure!!!


30 Ashley September 28, 2009 at 9:25 am

I called corporate and they told me that if you use a manufacturer's coupon when purchasing an item that is supposed to generate a RR it will not print. She also told me that how RR are used is really up to each store's manager. For those of you who were able to use a coupon and still get a RR that's great. I guess I'll have to get more creative next week and see if I can have more success.


31 Jennifer Laxson September 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

I'm still sooooo MAD about this...When did the policy change? After my last bad trip to Wags I may never go back if this is the way it is!!! Does it generate a RR if you use a RR to purchase a different item, because RR are a man. coupon!!! This is all sooooo STUPID!!


32 Janel September 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

Ashley, you should tell corp that if this is true, then they are guilt of false advertising because in this past Sunday's ad it plainly states that additional coupon savings are in most Sunday papers right under the razors that are on sale and giving the register rewards. Not only is this illegal but poor in taste on Walgreens behalf. I understand that some people misuse the RR system, but for people like me who actually only get 1 of each deal, it is completely unfair!


33 Jennifer Laxson September 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

Janel...I seen that too...And it's not just this past paper either...It's a a couple times a month that they do that Walgreens price match thing in the papers...I'm calling corp on my lunch break!

Tara seems to get to the bottom of things real quick...I wish if you could find some time in your day that you could call and get us some answers...Please.


34 Melinda September 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Is it possible for them to program all their catalina machines differently. Yesterday I went to 2 different Wags and used coupons on all my products and gott all my RR's......and the cashiers are all great. I feel so lucky!! In fact my normal CVS has a new manager and he has been so unpleasant, I don't like going there anymore!!

By the way, I usually use my RR's for my newspapers(4) to eat them up when they are no great deals!!


35 Norma September 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

i also had the same thing happen to me today but... i bought 1 razor with the qp, got an RR... got a Vaseline with QP got an RR, next I tried it again... and guess what.. no RRs for both item. MY store manager went back and gave me the $6.99 + $6.00 on a gift card. this was great however I was stumped because all my transactions and my game plan was screwed from that point on. I got home and i felt like maybe some of my other items may not have printed an RR. To sum it all up I got everything that was free after RRs -
Halls, dentek, toothbrushes, gillette, vaseline, chapstick, Emergency-C, Robitussin DM, got all these itemsTWICE. Plus, 1 herbal essence, 2 ponds creams, 2 Trop50, 2 ivory soap packs (packs of 3 ), 2 packs of english muffins, and Filler items : 4 buterball chicken broth, 1 can tomato sauce, I spent $15.00 plus change (cash OOP). Now I know I got a good deal for all these items HOWEVER, i used RR's for all these transactions + Manuf QPs so i started losing track at some point if i got all my RRs since I kept rolling them over.....Ugh! It was just alot of work this time and I came home with $11 in RR's. Again, I know I got a good deal since my OOp was much less then the items are actually worht but i just hate that WAlgreens is changng something in the system, it makes it much difficult for those whore are buying more items on one trip. I don't like to have to come back because it seems when I do everything is gone. I hear also from the Employees that they buy alot of the items themselves especially since they have the 15% discount everything is pretty much a money maker for them on the free arfetr RR items, so when the deals come out they snag a good portion. So in mys tore you are not only competing with other customers for the itmes, aslo with the staff. I had the manager tell me yesterday that I got the last 2 gillettes, and his look was of disappointment. I kept having to ask him for Halls also and he kept taking the big box of stock back to the back, and would not put them on the shelves either, as with the robitussisn. Maybe he was saving for the next shift change to grab their share.


36 Christine September 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

good scenario IF they have everything in stock but I'd rather make more smaller purchases to roll the RR than be stuck with $29 in RR --


37 Michelle H September 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I just started doing Walgreen's since I have one close to me now and it seems that their RR's expire pretty fast. A lot faster than ECB's at CVS. Has anybody else noticed that? Does anybody know if they'll take expired ones?


38 Donna September 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I was thinking about trying Walgreen for the first time this week...doesn't look like the week to do that!


39 Michelle H September 28, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I just went to Walgreen's to check it out here in So. Cal and I bought the Herbal Essence and Venus Razor, used the coupons on both and got both RR' all seems good at my store.


40 Angela September 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Someone asked earlier about using the RR at Jewel Osco... Yes you can! I have and it is wonderful!!! It's actually a good idea to always use the RR at Jewel instead of at Walgreens so that you don't accidentally use the RR to pay for a transaction that includes an item that earns a RR. Reason I say this, is because if you do use a RR to pay, you will not get the next RR.


41 Save At Home Mommy September 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Awesome! I went this morning before they were out of everything and made $6.58 PROFIT on my purchase! I love the look on the cashier's face when the RR's just keep printing out:)


42 Jan September 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Took my $5/$25 to 3 stores, got to the register with all the items and all my coupons. 2 stores wouldn't use the $5/$25 saying that your total has to be $25.00 or more AFTER all your coupons are used, as the coupon stated. 3rd store rang in the $5/$25 as my FIRST coupon and didn't give my any trouble and then deducted all my regular coupons. Go figure! It just seems to be hit or miss with Walgreeens. Also, I used coupons on many of the RR items and all of my RR printed out just fine, I'm in St. Louis.


43 mamanard September 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm

It looks like there are A Lot of comments about the RR's and Q's. I must say it all depends on the store and the people. I spent an hour or more figuring out how to do the 5/25 scenario included diapers. But then they were out at the first store of some other things and so I had to scramble to make the 5/25 work...I ended up paying 23 oop but got the lotion and diaper RR and some others (I got all I was owed, and used mq's just didn't do the figuring right in the store) Frustrated I went to the only other Walgreens in my small town who was also out of the razors. This store was awesome!!!!!!!!!! They had an entire endcap with all the free items...Still wish I had seen your post first.... With store #1 and #2 I paid 41 oop - after all RR's total cost was $17 I did about 15 transactions all together and the Cashier actually helped me figure out which RR's to use so that I would still get an RR, and actually used the word FILLER when I needed a little more. Also I new which RR's rolled (herbal essence)...but I blew all my q's and now that I've seen your post I wish I had just one more Sunday paper !


44 Ashley September 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

I filled out a comment on-line at Walgreens. Yesterday the manager from my local store called me. He did say that you should be able to use a mq and still get the RR. Of course he and I went round and round at first b/c he kept saying you couldn't use a RR to get another RR. I did ask if I came back in with my coupons that I wasn't allowed to use if they would take them now and he told me he would try. I think I'll just wait and see if next weeks ad looks as good.


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