Tips and Resources for Walgreens 101:
Walgreen reward program is called Register Rewards (RR). RR (a.k.a. Catalina coupons) is manufacturer coupons printed from a Catalina machine at the register. These are generated when you purchase certain products that are offering RR for the purchase. The ad shows weekly RR deals. Monthly RR deals are not generally printed anywhere, usually notification is on the store signage by the product ~or a complete surprise when one pops out on an item you purchase! Some stores will honor Catalina’s with any store name on them. For example, the military commissary accepts Catalina’s (see here), our local Vons accepts them, too.
RR expire 2 weeks from print date.
RR is a manufacturer coupon good toward just about ANY item purchased.*
RRs are savings which can be used “like cash” on your next order. Exceptions are tobacco, alcohol, tax, lottery tickets, money orders, prescriptions, stamps, dairy, or any gift cards or pre-paid cards. However, some stores still allow RRs to be used on some of these items, so ymmv.
There is no “store card” necessary to receive RRs.
Coupons print out from the Catalina machine also.
Registers will not accept more manufacturer coupons/rr than items. See Fillers section below.
Pay close attention to the ad. Buy the exact items advertised to receive RR. Using coupons on these items should not affect whether your RR prints. Unfortunately, it seems a few stores have their registers programmed so RR will not print if coupons are used – but if this is true, it is VERY rare.
If you complete more than one register rewards deal in one transaction, one reward for each different RR deal should print. But you will not receive more than one RR for the same deal.
i.e.: If a Crest toothpaste purchase generates a $3rr, and you buy 3 in one tractions. Only one RR will print. Conversely, if you purchase 3 Crest toothpaste, one at a time in separate transactions, each transaction will generate a RR. There is no limit of transactions at Walgreens. BUT you can purchase the Crest deal & a Razor deal and as many individual deals on one transaction and receive the appropriate RR for each item.
If you are planning on buying a mass quantity of a RR deal that is coming up contact the store, they will work with you to pre-order for you. Personally, I do not like clearing out a shelf. Coupon etiquette applies, I believe.
ROLLING REGISTER REWARDS:
You cannot “roll” RRs into the same deal 99% of the time. For example, if you use a RR from Kellogg’s to purchase more Kellogg’s items; you will NOT get another RR. The best way to “roll” is to use your Kellogg’s RR to complete a different RR deal.
i.e.: If you have a $3 RR in hand generated from your Crest deal, use it to pay for an different deal (say Kellogg’s) that will generate another RR for you.
Then, take the Kellogg’s RR to purchase your Crest deal. You could continue alternating the purchases again and again, without limit.
Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and a Walgreens store coupon for each item = stacking.
BUY ONE GET ONE COUPONS:
Direct from Walgreens corporate policy: When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
GIVE COUPONS IN SPECIFIC ORDER:
Walgreens cash registers are sensitive to the way coupons are applies. So, to make a transaction smoother give coupons in this order:
- manufacturer’s coupon, first
- Wags Store/Ad coupons, second
- RR are last
Direct from Walgreen’s corporate policy: The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. Store coupons do NOT count toward the total number of coupons.
If you are purchasing 5 items and are using 5 coupons AND a RR toward your final price, you will need 6 items (one for each coupon/rr). Use the cheapest item you can find to use as filler. Look for clearance items or single pencils are great.
WHAT IF MY REGISTER REWARD DOESN’T PRINT?
First, make certain you purchased the correct product (we have a mistakenly purchased a wrong product) Second, you can return the product on the spot. Third, call the manager. Sometimes, I have been given a Walgreens Gift Card for the amount the RR should have been.
OR, contact Catalina Marketing with your receipt in hand and they will send the RR if one was deserved.
1-888-8COUPON (1-888-826-8766. Option 3 is for consumers)
Go HERE for Walgreen Coupon Policy
GO HERE for Walgreen Instant Value Coupons
*read the fine print on the RR & the official Walgreen Coupon Policy, there are the basic exclusions that pertain to most reward type programs. Some exclusions include, Prescriptions, Tobacco, Alcoholic, Dairy, Lottery tickets, Money orders, postage, Gift cards, etc.