How to Coupon at Walgreens: Tips, Coupon Policy, and more

Walgreens is a fantastic place to save money by using coupons and sales to get what you need for your family.  Here’s what you need to know to make the most of shopping at Walgreens.

  • Check our Weekly Matchups.  These will tell you what’s on sale, and what coupons are available for the sale items.  The Final Price in the matchup is the best possible price after sale, coupons, and RRs.
  • A Walgreens Balance Rewards card is required to get sale prices and earn Register Rewards.  The card tracks limits for RR offers and keeps track of Balance Rewards points earned.
  • Register Rewards (RRs) are coupons that print from a machine at checkout when you buy qualifying items.  They are good toward your next purchase, and usually expire in about two weeks.  If you use RRs to pay for the purchase of the same item that earned the RRs, you won’t get another RR for the second item (for instance, you can’t use a Colgate RR to pay for another tube of Colgate and have a second Colgate RR print out).  But you can use a toothpaste RR to pay for a diaper purchase, and you’ll receive the advertised diaper RR.
  • Balance Rewards is the other program Walgreens uses to reward its loyal customers.  You earn points with each purchase, and you can earn bonus points with many items in each week’s ad.  Balance Rewards points can be redeemed like store credit.  Bonus points are valid for up to three years, as long as you make a purchase with your Balance Rewards card once every six months.  Here’s how Balance rewards points can be redeemed:

  • You will not earn Balance Rewards points on a purchase where points are redeemed.  So it’s best to use Balance Rewards points to pay for items that generate RRs, and use RRs to pay for purchases that will earn Balance Rewards points. 
  • When you do a “Spend $25, Receive a $5 RR” deal (or a “Spend $25, Get 5,000 Balance Rewards points deal), the $25 is before coupons!  The more coupons you use, the less you pay out of pocket, and the better deal it is. 
  • You can stack manufacturer’s coupons (like those from the newspaper or internet printables) with Walgreens store coupons.  These coupons include in-ad coupons, in-store coupon booklets (found by the doors near the weekly flyer) and coupons from any other Walgreens publication.  When you stack coupons, you may use one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon on a single item to increase your savings.
  • Walgreens requires that you have no more coupons than items in your transaction.  So if you have a coupon for each item you’re purchasing, plus you want to use RRs to decrease your OOP cost, you may need to find a “filler item.”  There are usually cheap nail files, candies, pencils, gelatin, clearance, or seasonal items that can fill this role, and you’ll still come out ahead if your coupons are high-value.
  • Walgreens’s coupon policy has a few other highlights: if a coupon is greater than the amount of an item, the cashier may adjust the coupon down.  You may use two coupons for a B1G1 Free deal, provided the total of the two coupons doesn’t exceed the cost of the paid item.  You can use a B1G1 Free coupon with a B1G1 Free sale to get two items for free.  Find out more about the coupon policy here.
  • Always double-check your receipt for correct prices and be sure you got the right RRs and Balance Rewards points.  Sometimes cashiers or managers can make things right before you leave the store.  If not, call the store’s Customer Service number, found on the receipt.

If you’re just getting started at Walgreens and have questions about how to use coupons there, please ask in the comments.  We’ll do our best to help out, and get you on your way to big savings.  There are lots of little details, but you’ll get the hang of things quickly!