Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shopping Drugstores: Walgreens 101 Part 3 of 3

Well, here's the last installment of my three part series of Shopping Drugstores 101. The final drugstore I'll talk about is Walgreens, which in the coupon world is sometimes known as Wags.

Now, Walgreens does not have a reward card here in the Southeast. However, I have heard of them testing a card in some areas, so you would need to check your local Walgreens.

Walgreens does have something called Register Rewards, or RR's. These are separate coupons that print from a Catalina machine. So after your transaction you will get a receipt, and Catalina coupons, or RR's printed separately. (That's if you bought something that qualifies for a Catalina of course.) These RR's can be used as cash on your next order.
There are a few things you need to know when shopping with RR's, and coupons at Walgreens. You can not have more coupons (RR's are considered coupons, even though it says $? off your next order) than items. So, if you have a RR for $5 off your next purchase, and a manufacture coupon for a razor, you will have to purchase at least one more item other than the razor to be able to use both coupons.

These "extra" items are called "fillers" in the coupon world. There are different strategies for fillers. Some people try to find the least expensive item they can find to use as a filler. That is one thing that Walgreens has ample plenty! You can always find orange clearance tags all throughout the stores for items dirt cheap. Normally you can find something as you peruse through the aisles for $.25 or under. Other people would just rather get an item that they are out of, or low on know matter what the cost. Either one is perfectly fine, just have the same number of items to ring up as coupons.

Another very important tidbit......Most RR's can not be used again for the same item. For example, if you buy a certain razor that generates a $5 RR, then you take that RR to purchase another of the razors, it will not print another RR. There are exceptions to this rule....Sometimes the RR's will "Roll". The coupon term "rolling" refers to the really fun occasions when you can in fact use the same RR for the item again, and generate another RR. It will let you use them for a different item that generates RR's, and they will print just fine. It can be confusing, I know. I hope I have made it clear. If not please leave a comment, and I will do my best to explain this better.

I think some people just try to see if it will roll. I'm not one of those people. I normally just read about it somewhere else. :) One of the places I will usually read about it is at A Full Cup. This is a great website, to learn some wonderful couponing tips.

Next week Walgreens ad 8/8/10 - 8/14/10, has Dial Nutri Skin Body wash 16oz on sale for $3.99, there is a coupon for $1 off Dial Body wash you can print here , which brings the total to $2.99 before tax. After you pay it will print a $3 RR to use on your next purchase. Now don't can use it for another Dial body wash, but you will not get another RR for that.

Again, I need to credit i heart wags , which is where I go to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Walgreens sales.

I hope this helps answer your questions on shopping at Walgreens. As always, I love to hear from you, so feel free to leave questions or comments.

Happy Shopping!

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