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The following scenarios are for those who have few, if any RR to start with:
Buy 1 Reach floss
Buy 1 Reach Total Care toothbrush
Use $2.50/2 Reach toothbrush/floss coupon
Spend $2.50 OOP, get a $3 RR
Buy 1 Revlon nail enamel – $3.99
Buy 1 Royal gelatin – $.20
Use $1/1 Revlon coupon
Use $3 RR
Spend $.19 OOP, get a $3 RR
Buy Pert Plus – $3.99
Buy 1 Royal gelatin – $.20
Use $1/1 Pert Plus coupon
Use $3 RR
*You can “roll” the Pert Plus and Revlon RRs back and forth or move on to this transaction
Buy Colgate Sensitive toothpaste – $4.99
Buy 1 Royal gelatin – $.20
Use $1.50/1 Colgate sensitive coupon
Use $3 RR
Spend $.69 OOP, get a $3 RR
Buy 2 Lady Speedstick – 2/$5
Use $3 RR
Spend $2 OOP, get a $3 RR
FAQS: (Check out Walgreens new coupon policy here!)
Do you do multiple transactions at one store on one visit?
It just depends. Several stores in my area have gone to a “one RR per item per day” rule, which means I can’t do more than one transaction where I’m earning RR for the same product at the same store. Some of the stores in my area also will not let you use the RR you earn from one transaction on another transaction in that same visit. I’m fortunate to have several stores within a few minutes of my house, so I usually try to break up transactions at different stores and on different days to stay in the good graces of my stores.
What is Walgreens policy on using BOGO free coupons with a BOGO free offer, adjusting down coupons, etc.?
The new coupon policy does not really using a BOGO free coupon with a BOGO free promotion, but it does say you can use up to two coupons as long as the total doesn’t go below zero, so, you SHOULD be able to do this!!
Walgreens coupon policy is now to adjust the value of coupons down – YAY!!
Some helpful tips:
*At Walgreens, you can use ONE manufacturer’s coupon and ONE store coupon per item (always give the store coupon last to avoid problems)
*At Walgreens, you cannot do a promotion more than once in a transaction and earn Register Rewards. (for example, if you buy 2 Gillette razors at one time, you will only earn a RR for one)
*You also typically cannot use the Register Rewards earned from a promotion on the same promotion and earn Register Rewards again. For example, if you buy the Gillette razor and use the RR from that to buy more, the RR will not print
*Register Rewards are considered to be “manufacturer’s coupons” and you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon per item. You will have to add “filler” items if you are using a manufacturer’s coupon and a RR. The in ad coupons often have good, inexpensive filler items. (check out the weekly match-ups for ideas)
*If you are using more than one RR in a transaction, always give the RR with the highest value FIRST. Sometimes strange things happen with coupons and taxes and even if you think you have planned out your scenario very well, you will end up with more overage than you planned for.
*If you are buying items that would result in a “free” item or “overage” when combining a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon, give the manufacturer’s coupon FIRST, and the store coupons LAST to avoid beeping/issues at the register! Make sure that you are purchasing enough items in your total transaction to “cover” the overage. You will not get cash back and you will have to add items to cover the overage or they will not take the coupon.
*If your Register Reward doesn’t print for some reason and you have fulfilled all of the obligations for the “deal” (including not using RR from the same parent company to pay) DO NOT let them tell you it is because you used coupons! Chances are they didn’t print because the catalina machine is not working. You have two choices: you can return your items and try again or you can contact the catalina company by doing the following:
*The store will give you a form to fill out and mail in to catalina
*Call 1-877-210-1917, option 1
This post is part of Becentsable’s Grocery Gathering.
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I love the way u break the transactions down for us. I was just going to say, there’s a Walgreens in every corner where I live so I see no problem going to different stores. Thank you Melissa!
Thanks so much Rosa! I’m so glad I can help! We have Walgreens almost on every corner, too!
the scenario is awesome. thanks so much. im that good with fillers. would have never thought of the jello.
Glad I could help Nicole! I always try to buy the cheap “filler” items that we would use around the house and we can always find a use for Jello!
I went by there tonight and they said all the Walgreens were having problems with the machines not printing the RR for the Revlon Nail polish and the Pert. They gave me a store card with the money on it instead. I then had an issue with them trying to tell me that you can’t earn a RR if you used a RR to pay for part of the transaction (regardless of where the RR came from). WHAT?!? She told me that if I purchased the nail polish and got a $3 RR and then used that to purchase 2 Glides (generates a $2 RR) that I shouldn’t get the $2 RR. She said the reason I was getting around this was because they were having the malfunction with the Revlon RR’s. I told her that the way I understood the policy was that I could use RR from a previous purchase and would get RR on the new purchase AS LONG AS IT IS A DIFFERENT DEAL AND A DIFFERENT PARENT COMPANY. For example, I can’t purchase back to back Revlon Nail polish and continue to get the $3 RR, but if I throw in a different purchase in between (like the Colgate or Scope RR deals) my Nail polish purchases, It wouldn’t be a problem. Am I wrong??? If so, then PLEASE explain it to me as I have been shopping this way for over a month now (and have watched TONs of youtube videos of people doing transactions this way) and this is the first time I have had someone say I can’t do this.
You know, it’s so frustrating. I’m in the Richmond area so I’m affected by the “test area” point system (WHICH STINK) and there is FINALLY a week were I can get some really good deals and now I end up cutting my shopping short because I have some manager that I think was just telling me this to get me out of the store. If you confirm what I say is accurate, I think I am going to give them a call in the morning. I only had 2 transactions left… 🙁
How frustrating!!! I know someone else reported earlier this week that their store wasn’t allowing them to earn RR on items if they used a RR (even from a different manufacturer). I actually had this happen to me at one of my stores, too. The manager actually came out, took my RR out of my hand, and tore it up and said “You’re not allowed to earn that!” I called corporate and they said as long as the RR prints, you should get it. I don’t go to that store anymore. I REALLY hope that they aren’t going to start keeping us from rolling RR altogether. I don’t think that would be a very smart business move on their part!
They’re really shooting themselves in the foot if they do. ESPECIALLY with the new points system which I hear is going nationwide soon. If it wasn’t for the fact that they don’t have limits on the RR like the other stores do, I probably wouldn’t shop there at all since I have a CVS and Rite Aid just as close.
I like Walgreens SO much better than CVS (don’t have Rite Aid sadly). How does the points system work – do you know?
The points stink. I don’t completely know how they work but basically you earn points for every $ you spend and there are lots of items that earn extra points. For example, Bic pens were on sale (using wags Q) for $.99 but you also get 10x the points. I also had 3 $1.00 off bic Q’s so they were free. I probably could have used the Q’s at target and gotten free bic pens there but at least I earned points that I can trade in for $’s off. The problem is the points (just like the RR) expire and quickly too and when comparing the value of the points into $’s to the folks that are still getting the RR for the same item, the points are worth less. 🙁 I already have points that I need to cash in by the end of the month if I don’t want to loose them. I guess I should go online and figure out all the details and cash in those points before I loose them.
Hmm….it sounds kind of complicated! So do the points take the place of RRs?
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