Walgreens 101

Besides normal store sales, Walgreens has a couple of different types of deals to take advantage of:

1) Coupon Stacking – The Walgreens Instant Savings Couppon booklets and the weekly store fliers always include a number of store coupons which are good all month or all week, depending upon which flier they came from.

Since these are store coupons, they can get used ALONG WITH manufacturer’s coupons.  This helps you to get a really great bargain by using a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon during sale!

2) Register Rewards – The Register Rewards program is a program that Walgreens has that is similar to the CVS Extra Care Bucks Program. When you buy a certain item, you will get a printed coupon after you checkout called “Register Rewards”, which you can use like cash on your next purchase.  By adding on a store coupon and/or a manufacturer’s coupon, you are often able to get the item for FREE or practically free after the Register Rewards.

The Register Rewards (RR) are not tied to a store card.  They print out on a catalina machine on a particular item for that week. There is no limit on how many of one you can do.  But you cannot do is use the RR you earned on an item to purchase that item again. (to get another RR).  You can buy as many of the item that has the RR being offered as long as they are on separate transactions.

Very Important:

1) You must have as many items as you have coupons. The computer is programmed not to accept any more coupons than you have items. So, make sure and tally up your items and coupons before you check out. The Register Rewards count as a coupon as do any of the store coupons, so count those, too. If you have more items than coupons, add on a few cheap items so that you have the same number of items as coupons. I always play it safe and try to have at least one more item than coupons. This just guarantees the register doesn’t have issues.

2) In order to get your total down to the lowest amount possible and for the register to accept all of your coupons, the order you give your coupons in is very important. That’s why it’s important that you have as many items as coupons and that you hand your coupons over in the correct order.

Here’s the best coupon order to present to the cashier:

-Register Rewards first
-Then manufacturer’s coupons
-Then store coupons


  1. A Lil Enchanted says

    Hi Sherri… I had coupon issues at Walgreen's on my last trip… I was doing 2 separate transactions and it wouldn't accept my RR's… she said I had too many coupons and that I should use my RR's first. So on my next transaction I did… and then it wouldn't accept my manufacturer's coupon's because they would make Walgreen's owe me money back… I ended up feeling I had wasted my RRs and my coupons on the transaction. So am I supposed to add up before I get to the register what I should owe after MCs and Store coupons and give that amount in RRs first… then the MCs.. and then the SCs? I've been doing SCs, MCs and then RRs… completely backwards and not always working for me.

    I'm still learning a lot about the do's and don'ts…. and I learned quite a few last trip…lol Still got some great bargains though :)


    A Lil Enchanted,

  2. Sherri @ Luv a Bargain says

    Hi LaShan, I'm sorry that you had that happen. It is a little system…always give the RR's first, then Manufacturer's coupons, and lastly the Store coupons. And another very important thing to remember is that you can't have more items than coupons. For example, if you have an item that you have a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon for then you need a little filler item to use so that both coupons will go thru. I always grab a pack of gum or candy bar at the register if that happens. If you have 6 coupons, you have to have 6 (or more items) for all the coupons to work. And sometimes you may have to do a little math to make sure you will be paying at least a few cents if you have lots of RR's and coupons to use. Also, you can not use a RR to purchase another of the items that you earned the RR from. Does that make sense? So, you can't use the $7 RR from the Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion that is available right now to purchase another Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion.

    I hope this helps. It is so worth it:)

  3. Aletha says

    Hi, I was wondering if there is a deal of buying $10 of certain products to get $2 RR does the total have to be $10 after any other coupons are used to get the RR?

  4. Deirdre-top Foreclosure Institute of Madison says

    Hi. I went today and was purchasing the U by Kotex. I had $3 in RR and the $2 store coupon from the monthly ad and $1 manf. coupon, I also had fillers. The cashier I tried to use the above order, cashier told me that I had to use the store coupon, manf. coupon, then RR maybe because of the dollar amounts that I was using. Unsure but she voided and did it her way it worked.

  5. Jessica says

    Why is it that RR should be used first, then manf coupons, then store? I’ve been just handing them all over and the checker rings them in however. I’m still new to couponing as well so learning the best ways to save the most is worth knowing!!

    • says

      Hi! That order is the best to afford any register confusion or the dreaded beeps. We don’t like beeps :)

      You would want to hand over your RR first when you total is at it’s highest. Sometimes if you present your coupons first, the balance due would become lower than your RR value and therefore the register would beep!

      If you use the manufacturer coupon after the Walgreens store coupon, the register might beep to indicate that the value of the coupon is greater than the value of the item. BUT, handing over the manufacturer’s coupon first, the register will deduct that amount and the Walgreens coupon will go through without any beeps.

      Sometimes there is a overage amount that can be applied to other items purchased.

      Walgreen’s does have a coupon to item ratio. You can only use 1 manufacturer coupon and /or RR per item purchased. So what that means is that if you are purchasing three items, you can use up to a combination of three manufacturer coupons and/or RR’s ). Walgreens coupons do not count toward that ratio.

      I hope this helps a little more. Feel free to ask any questions!

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