Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Trying to find a good Walgreens deal to cash in on. Always a struggle for me.

Just like CVS, Walgreens pays you back for purchasing certain items each week. Unfortunately Walgreens has much more restrictions on their rewards program. Walgreens does not have loyalty member cards so no need to run out and sign up, their rewards are available to everyone. Each week Walgreens selects certain items to print out a "register reward" when the required amount is purchased. For example this week if you buy 2 Pantene products either shampoo, conditioner, or styling products it is $7. After your purchase, a $2 off your next purchase register reward (RR) will print out on a seperate receipt. Sounds like a good deal right? Well this is where Walgreens RRs get a little sticky. The RR that prints out after your purchase is from the makers of Pantene- Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and will have restrictions that your $2 RR cannot be used on another P&G product. Also if that wasn't hard enough on the gal who wants to shop for free Walgreens has a rule that your coupons (manufacturer and RRs) cannot exceed the amount of items you are purchasing. So say you had $1 RR from a previous purchase and 2 coupons for $2 off each Pantene item and you thought you could get your bill down to $2 and snag the $2 RR at the end of the transaction you are out of luck because you are trying to use 3 coupons (2 coupons and your RR) for only 2 items. In this case you will either have to throw another item into your order like some cheap gum or candy of forfit using one of your coupons (one of my worst nightmares! If I have coupons they are gonna get used dang it!) So one of the deals I am going to cash in on this week is an advertised item: Thermacare pain relief for $2.50 get $2.50 back in RR, so its technically FREE! I have a $1 RR that I am going to use as well as purchasing a Carefree item that after my coupons comes down to $0.49. So my items will come to a total of $2.13 after tax and all my coupons and they will give me a RR for $2.50. Thats a money maker! Its much harder to shop for free at Walgreens than it is at CVS but it can be done. Happy shopping!
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