Informally known as Wags, Walgreens can prove a little intimidating to new couponers. Their couponing rules are the most confusing compared to other drugstores in the country. Between monthly coupon booklets, Balance Rewards, in-ad coupons and Register Rewards, you can be pretty sure that your head will be spinning before adding manufacturers’ coupons to the mix.
So how should you coupon at Walgreens?
The first thing you should know is that Walgreens offers two rewards systems i.e. Register Rewards (RR) and Balance Rewards (Points).
This is the older of the two rewards systems and doesn’t require a membership card to participate. Register rewards are dollar off coupons that are printed at the register in return for buying certain products. The items and values that RR prints vary from one week to the next.
Perhaps the best advantage offered by RR coupons is that they aren’t tied to a specific item. If you get a $2 coupon, it means that you will receive a $2 off your purchase and not $2 off Crest toothpaste. Register Rewards coupons have to be used within 14 days of printing otherwise they expire.
Balance Rewards or Points are associated with the customer account, and one can earn points and redeem them in future. You have to sign up as a Balance Rewards member if you want to start earning points. It is quite easy and one can sign up online, through the Walgreen app or in stores.
You can redeem your points for as little as $1 (1000 points) or save them up to earn a $50 reward (40,000 points). To be eligible, you have to be at least 13 years (14 years in Puerto Rico) or older.
Walgreens requires that you provide your phone number at checkout to earn points. The barcode for your card on the app or the physical card also work. Associating your phone number with your account is the quickest way to gain access.
The best thing about Balance Rewards is that they have a long validity period of 12 months. The catch is that you have to shop at least once every six months to keep the account active. Your points disappear if the account becomes inactive.
The points you earn during each transaction and your total point balance are indicated at the bottom of the receipt.
In addition to shopping, you can also earn points for living a healthier lifestyle. This is known as Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices. Simple things like tracking walking, weight management, Nicotine Replacement Therapy or blood pressure will earn you points. One has to be a Balance Rewards Member to join and you can register here. It is important to note that these points are subject to daily and monthly limits, some of which are mentioned below.
• 20 points limit per sleep log, one log per day
• 20 points limit per daily weigh-in logged
• 20 points limit for logging NRT
• 20 points limit per mile
• One-time reward per device, up to 500 points per month
• 1000 points limit per month
Walgreen’s reward systems are governed by the following rules.
• There is a limit of 1 RR per item per transaction
• RR cannot be used to pay for the same product that produced the RR
• You cannot earn Points in a transaction if you redeem Points to pay for threshold offer
• The number of coupons you use cannot exceed the number of items bought
• There is no limit on the points earned
• You cannot use a coupon on free items
• Value of coupon cannot exceed that of item