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Walgreens Deals Week of 5/3/09

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 2, 2009 · 40 comments

The EasySaver Rebate program is officially over now, but Walgreens appears to be stepping up the Register Rewards offers. They can be a little trickier, but the savings are worth the effort to figure out how to use them effectively!

Scroll down to share your Walgreens Deals and Scenarios!

:: Wednesday, May 6th only

FREE 8×10 Photo Enlargement w/ in-ad coupon or when you use code MOTHER online.

:: Register Rewards Deals

Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste, $4.49
Get $4.49 RRs

$1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste printable
Better than FREE after coupon and RRs!

Right Guard Deodorant, $2.99
Get $2 RRs

FREE Right Guard Fast Break printable (no longer available)
$1/1 Right Guard Fast Break printable
$1/1 Right Guard, Dry Idea or Soft & Dri, exp. 6-30-09 (SS 4/19/09)
$1/1 Right Guard, Dry Idea, or Soft & Dri, exp. 5-31-09 (SS 3/8/09)
Better than FREE to FREE after coupon and RRs!

Pert Plus for Men, 2/$5
Get $2 RRs wyb 2

$1.50/1 Pert Plus for Men (SS 5/3/09)
$1/1 Pert Plus printable
$1/1 Pert Plus printable
As low as FREE after coupons and RRs!

Listerine Total Care Mouth Wash, 2/$9
Get $4.50 RRs wyb 2

$2/1 Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash, exp. 12-31-09 (V 4/26/09)
$0.25 ea. after after coupons and RRs!

7Up 12-pks., 3/$11
Get $5 RRs

$1/1 7Up printable
$1 ea. after coupons and RRs!

Slim-Fast Shakes (6-pk.), 2/$12
Get $2 RRs wyb 2

$2/1 Slim-Fast 6-pk. printable
$3/2 Slim-Fast 6-pk. printable
As low as $3 ea. after coupons and RRs!

Thermacare Heat Pads, $5.99
Advil Tablets or Caplets (100-ct.), $9.99
Get $3 RRs wyb one of each

$3/1 Thermacare printable
$1/1 Advil printable
$8.99 after coupons and RRs!

:: Other Deals

V8 V-Fusion Juice, 2/$6
$2/1 V8 V-Fusion Juice printable
$1 after coupon!

Aveeno Products, 20% off
Buy 3 Aveeno products and get a FREE travel essentials kit

Suggested Deal

Buy (3) Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion (2.5-oz.) at $2.62
Use (3) $2/1 Aveeno printable
$0.63 ea. + get free travel kit!

See all Walgreens deals for the week of 5/3/09-5/9/09 here.

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deanna May 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Freebieblogger has a link to get a rebate on the Pert plus when you send in the try me sticker on the bottle, they also have another link for $1/1 coupons as well!!!


2 Kate May 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Great listing.

Does anyone know if the trial size Aveeno will work for the free Travel kit? It would be so perfect if it does ...

Kate´s last blog post..Walgreens Deals for 5/3 through 5/9


3 fran May 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Just wondering...How do you know how much the Aveeno lotion is?
The ad just states 20% off. Is the one you mention any of the ones in the ad? I might call my Walgreens to ask them to put these aside for me...I have RRs to use by next Saturday. I'm not liking the register rewards much...I much prefer the ESR over RRs...just my opinion. Now, not only do I have to keep track of ECBs, I will also have to keep track of RRs...oh my.


4 dk May 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Are the right guard coupons supposed to print without a barcode?? This doesn't seem right, but it does that to me from Firefox or IE.


5 Tara Kuczykowski May 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Fran, the price on the Aveeno lotion is $3.29 online, and those prices are usually pretty close to the in store price. So they'd be $2.62 after the 20% off sale.

DK, the coupons should have a barcode on them. I recall someone saying in another thread that having your security settings too high can affect how the coupons print, but I have not been able to test that theory.


6 CC May 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I am not seeing in the ad where Thermacare is giving RRs?

I know there is a monthly deal where you get $3.00RRs wyb Advil (80 or 100 ct) AND Thermacare, but nothing that has the Thermacare by itself giving RRs.

I would love to confirm that Thermacare *alone* is giving RRs, because I really love their heat wraps.


7 Tara Kuczykowski May 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Bummer – you're right, CC. Not such a great deal after all. Thanks for pointing that out!


8 Julia May 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

I agree about the RR being a bit of a pain, maybe someone has some advice for me. Often I can't even use my register rewards because I have already used manufacturers coupons. I read somewhere that there is a limit at walgreens as to how many total coupons per total items you can use, is that true? Does it work better to use your RRs first then your manufacturers coupons? I would just hate to have them not accept my manufacturers coupons and have to also eat my RR's. Whew! Long comment :) I have something like $50 in RR right now but I have to use them so slowly because I almost always have coupons for the items I also want to buy with my RR.

Julia´s last blog post..Breaking News on the Frugal Front!


9 Tara Kuczykowski May 3, 2009 at 12:10 am

Julia, the problem is that the total number of RRs and coupons cannot be more than the number of items you have. So the way to circumvent this is to purchase inexpensive filler items that you don't have a coupon for. Look for items such as pencils, erasers, gum, trial sizes, clearance items, etc. to add to your purchase to equal out the number of items versus coupons and RRs. Does that make sense?


10 Julia May 3, 2009 at 12:22 am

Got it, thanks. I kinda thought that's what I needed to do, and usually I find some really good things in the clearance area too, you're right. Sometimes though I even have coupons for those! It's easy when I have my kids with me because they always spot something extra they have to have.

Julia´s last blog post..Breaking News on the Frugal Front!


11 Jenneen May 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

Can you use Reg. Rewards to buy prescriptions at the pharmacy?


12 CJ May 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

If I have a lot of RRs to use up, I use them in place of a low MQ. Today I used a $5RR instead of a .75 MQ for Colgate. Much better to get $5 off than just .75! I can always use the .75 MQ later if I dont have any more RRs to use.

The Pert RR is also good on regular Pert, not just the Pert For Men.


13 Tara Kuczykowski May 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

No, Jenneen, unfortunately they're not valid on prescriptions.

Good tip, CJ!


14 Shannon May 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Woohoo! I love my Aveeno travel kit - so cool! I had to ask at the cosmetics counter about the deal because there weren't any travel kits on display. I actually had 4 $2/1 Aveeno coupons - used 3 today - and got one more in the travel kit today. I might try to do this again later this week if they have some left. This would make a neat gift item too (just don't tell the recipient you got it for free!)


15 Stella May 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I'm new to this whole coupon thing...if I use my RRs to purchase something that gives RRs, will it actually give me the RRs at the end of the transaction?


16 Tara Kuczykowski May 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Stella, yes, you will earn RRs, but only if the deal you use the RRs is different from the deal you earned them from. So you can't buy the Colgate toothpaste and then turn around and use the RRs earned from it to purchase another Colgate toothpaste. The RRs will not print again if you do that.


17 Jennifer C. May 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Good to know. I thought I heard you couldn't use a register reward to pay for an item you were going to get a register reward back on. Thanks for the info. That helps at times when that situation comes up.


18 Laurie May 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Julia, if you have kids, I've found that Spaghettio's are a fantastic filler item. They are on their "affordable essentials" list and only 99 cents ea!


19 patcheepoo May 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm



20 Katie May 4, 2009 at 5:20 am

I have a couple questions: My first question is for Tara and other people who make multiple purchases every week? Where on earth do you put all the stuff you buy? I am running out of room. And some of you get 10+ of each of these free with RR items? Do you sell them online? SEcond question is this: if there is an item with a try me free peelie and it's a MIR are they going to send me the money is I used a RR and it looks on the receipt as if I used a MQ that made it free? Anyone ever tried this? Thanks.


21 CJ May 4, 2009 at 8:57 am

Katie - I do lots of MIRs and have never had a problem getting the full price back when I've used a coupon or RR to pay. Some rebates specify that if you do use a coupon they will take that value off the rebate, but it usually specifies that on the form. I usually try to pay rebate items along with several other items. That way the rebate company can't really tell if a coupon or RR was used for that item. But I have heard that some people have been refused rebates for blood glucose monitors if they use a coupon that makes it free.


22 Jeff May 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

There is a printable $2/1 coupon at that you can use for the listerine deal above if you don't have the ad coupons. You can hit back on your browser and print a total of 2.


23 Tracy K. May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Julia: at Walgreens, I have found by trial and error that if the cashier runs the RR thru 1st, all manufacturer coupons will come off! If they ring them in with the manuf. coupons first and you then the RR, and the total number of coupons exceeds number of items, the RR will beep! I've had cashiers redo my transactions in these instances and it works everytime!

Patcheepoo: Extracare Bucks can be used with a manufacturer's coupon. I frequently use multiple coupons (CVS+mfg) for an item and then use my ExtraBucks to "pay" the balance. I would consult a manager if you have this problem in the future! I have been to many CVS stores in several different states and never once had a problem using more coupons and EB than I had items.


24 whimygirl May 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I'm feeling pretty frustrated about it as well. Lots of $2 RR, they can be hard to use up.

Still good deals to be had - but I'll have to think more carefully about which ones are really worth it. If I have to buy a $1 filler, a $2 RR isn't worth as much.

Hopefully I can come up with a lot of multi item/coupon trx.

I also use milk as a filler because it's something I would be buying anyway and it's usually pretty much the same price as my grocery store.


25 whimygirl May 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm

CJ - good idea about using them like coupons. Why didn't I think of that??

whimygirl´s last blog post..heed those little warnings


26 Debbie May 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I made my weekly trip to Walgreens , I had several orders figured out, like I have in the past. Things have changed. I couldn't use coupons on items that I got RR's, or I wouldn't get the RR's. I couldn't use RR's to pay for any item that you got RR's for, or you didn't get the RR's. I wasn't just paying for 1 item with another RR, I had several items that didn't have RR's with them. It can't be in the same order. I had a really nice cashier and the store manager. We tried different ways and it just wouldn't work. The manager said the manufacters of the RR's and the coupons are the ones making the change. No one else has mentioned this happening to them.


27 April May 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Tracy K - putting the RR's first instead of last must not work at all locations. I always give my RR's first and sure enough, if I don't have the same number of items as coupons and RR's I'm using, the register beeps. They did have $0.03 pencils in the clearance section today though so that's not too bad for a filler item!

I was wondering if anyone knew how to get the Aveeno Travel Kit? I asked the cosmetic counter and they said they didn't have them and that a receipt would probably print out on the Catalina machine. Well, it didn't. I'm thinking my store hasn't gotten the travel kits yet and they are supposed to give them out? I hope they'll believe me when I take my receipt back in to show I made a purchase of 3 Aveeno products and didn't get a travel kit.

April´s last blog post..Walgreens for 5/4


28 Laurie May 5, 2009 at 4:23 am

WOW- IS ANYONE ELSE REALIZING THAT ALL THE WALGREENS SEEM TO HAVE DIFFERENT "POLICIES" and "RULES"?!?! Has anyone ever emailed Walgreens corporate office to find out the "whole story" on their coupon/RR policies? I would love some IN WRITING FACTS, some RULES for this game! I'm really sick of hearing what worked for one person did not work for others. Seriously, does anyone have some concrete FACTS?


29 whimsygirl May 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

I used coupons and RR without problem yesterday. Many, many of each. Did you try to use them or did the manager just say you couldn't? I've had them tell me things several times and I always reply with "well let's just try one and see how it goes"

My Wags is very Q friendly and I am thankful.

whimsygirl´s last blog post..heed those little warnings


30 Debbie May 5, 2009 at 7:30 am

I have been doing the deals at Waga for a while & never had any problems using coupons with the RRs. The cashier & the manager even voided out one order to try it another way to try & get the rrs. The manager said at the meeting they were told the manufacters were the ones who stopped the use of using the 2 together. My husband works at Wags, & he had the option to go to the meeting & he didn't, now I wish he had. He is going to find out more about it today. I guess people were getting to good of deals. I was told the rrs are just another coupon and can't be used anymore as cash, so if you use it with another coupon, it gets voided, or you don't get the rrs for the item you are buying, if it has rrs. It was very disappointing. I looked forward to getting all my deals.


31 Julie May 5, 2009 at 11:21 am

I went in the other day and got 2 of the 2.5oz aveenos and had to get something else because they didn't have another one. I got some revitalize thing I thought was 5.99 it ended up being in the wrong spot and was 15.99, but with all three items it rang my travel kit up free. I told her to void that because I thought it was a different price and I went and got and aveeno baby for 3.99 and then the travel kit wouldnt ring free for some reason, so the manager came and adjusted it. No questions asked. So I think they are just suppose to ring them up with your three purchases. And by the way the travel kit was on one of the end caps at the front of the health and beauty section.


32 Julia May 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Tara this blog was linked at MSN MONEY! Congrats :) It was fun to see in my Google Analytics some incoming hits from MSN.

Here is the link for everyone...

Julia´s last blog post..So it’s official, Walgreens ESR’s have ended and I’m FAMOUS!


33 Samantha May 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Just a couple of notes and forgive me if I am repeating someone else's comments! I purchased 8 of the Hunt's Snack Pack puddings for $10 and received my $3 RR. The register also printed out a MQ for .75 off 3 or more snack packs. I took a chance and used that MQ (not the RR, though!) to pay for 8 more packs and it worked and still printed out the $3 RR for the 2nd set! Now I have $20 worth of product for the Conagra Rewards also .

Another FYI: the MIR for the Bayer Meters is expired, but according to their toll free number they have extended it indefinitely. I bought a meter without a coupon to get the MIR and still "made" $5 from the RR!


34 CJ May 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm

whimsygirl, I only thought of it myself the other day! I was stressing about how to use up my fistfull of RRs when I already had coups for everything and it dawned on me, why only use a .75 MQ when I had big RRs? I'll try to do it that way more often now.


35 whimsygirl May 5, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I think I'm gonna use some of my $2 on Breathe right strips, (i'm out of Q's on the already)

Of course I'd rather use Q and RR, but I'd rather discard a 50 cent Q than buy a 75 cent filler.

whimsygirl´s last blog ahead - Italian Meatball Subs


36 Samantha May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I have learned to think outside the box when it comes to filler items! We all make mistakes (sometimes with each weekly sale!) but if you attempt to plan down to the penny you will not be tempted to spend close to $1 on a filler item at the register. I usually park my cart on a deserted aisle and plan out my transactions/coupons. As Tara and others have mentioned, there are a lot of great clearance items in the clearance section and markdowns in cosmetics. I have also found discounted feminine products for .50 and other items throughout the store so don't be limited in your thought process. My husband and I got some really neat tiny yellow highlighters for .17 each and I was able to use a $5 RR for each one!


37 whimsygirl May 6, 2009 at 5:52 am

Filler items are definitely going to be something I need to concentrate on. My last trip I wandered and wandered and couldn't come up with much of anything. There wasn't anything on the clearance racks I could use and I couldn't find any pencils. I did find bubbles 2/$1 and my kids always enjoy those. I also bought some microfiber cloths for $1 because some of mine are ready to move on down the rag food chain.
*crossing my fingers for good filler this trip*

whimsygirl´s last blog ahead - Italian Meatball Subs


38 angie May 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I have been buying plastic bowls as fillers at $.29 each or 4 for $1.00. Just an FYI, my friend has some expired register rewards she was able to use last night. They scanned just fine.


39 Jan May 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

The Pert Plus for Men is not on sale at my Walgreens. boo hoo...


40 angie May 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

i had a store associate tell me i could use the pert plus mens coupons on the regular pert plus. they work without a beep!


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