Friday, February 11, 2011

About Frugal Living:: How to Save Money at Walgreens 1/28/11

How to Save Money at Walgreens

By , Guide
Master all the ways to save at Walgreens, and walk away with tons of free and cheap loot. Here's what you need to know to start saving today:

Take Advantage of Register Rewards

Register Rewards are coupons that print at the register when you purchase certain products. They can be used like cash on your next purchase (but there are rules1 about how they can be used). Check the weekly sales ad to find out which products are eligible for rewards this week.

Important Things to Know About Register Rewards:

  • Register Rewards (RRs) have expiration dates, so you don't want to hang on to them for too long
  • If you want to buy multiples of an item that qualifies for RRs, you'll have to do multiple transactions – ringing everything up in one transaction will cause you to only get one reward
  • If you buy a qualifying item in one transaction, and then buy the same item in a second transaction, using the RRs from the first transaction will cause you to forfeit your rewards from the second transaction (they simply won't print out)
  • The number of coupons and RRs that you're using cannot exceed the number of items that you're purchasing. So, if you're buying five items, you can only use five coupons
Sound confusing? Once you give it a try, it won't be.

Use Instant Value Coupons

Check the weekly sales circular for Instant Value Coupons that you can cut out and use on your next trip. If you don't get a Sunday paper, you can find them online:

Become a Newsletter Subscriber

Sign up for the Walgreens e-newsletter4 to receive special coupons and promotional offers that you can't get anywhere else.

Match Coupons to Sales

Buying on sale is good, but buying on sale with coupons is better. Use a coupon matching site like couponmom.com5, and someone else will even do the legwork for you.
Combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards to maximize your savings.

Print Manufacturers Coupons

Before you head to the store, check to see if there are any manufacturer coupons on the Walgreen's website that you could use. You'll find plenty of store brand coupons on there too:

Pick Up the Monthly Coupon Book

Walgreens puts out a monthly coupon book with all sorts of coupons and rebate offers. Look for it at the front of the store, near the sales circulars.

Look for Free After Rebate Offers

Walk up and down the aisles in search of products with "Try Me Free" peelies. Pay special attention to the hair care aisle, where shampoo and conditioner rebate offers abound.
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Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Save even more by buying discounted Walgreens gift cards through Plastic Jungle8.

Check the Clearance Endcaps

Endcaps are those shelves that "cap off" the ends of aisles. Some of them hold sales items, some of them are used to showcase new items, but the very best ones hold clearance merchandise. Take a lap around the outer perimeter of the store to figure out where your Walgreens puts its clearance goodies. Then, check back regularly.
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