Walgreens has many shopping rewards programs available and Register Rewards are one of the most confusing. Let’s talk a little about how to use Register Rewards at Walgreens so that you can make your savings as smooth as possible.
Register Rewards are a manufacturer’s coupon that are awarded for purchasing participating products. These offers will change each week, but here is what you will see in the ad:
This means that you’ll buy two Irish Spring Bar Soap 6 pks or Body Wash 15 or 18 oz for $7 and get $2 Register Rewards (also known as “RR”) in return. You can also use coupons during this purchase to get even more savings! Check the Coupon Database for any coupons that you may be looking for.
An example of how to use coupons along with your Register Rewards is below:
In a situation like this, your Colgate Toothpaste is priced at $3. You would use the $.50 coupon available in the upcoming newspaper (per the ad) to pay $2.50 out of pocket and get $2.50 RR back. That’s like getting some for free!
Once you have your Register Rewards, you need to know how to redeem them. Register Rewards are a bit confusing for two reasons:
First, Register Rewards are manufacturer’s coupons. There is a limit of one manufacturer’s coupon per item, so you cannot redeem a Register Reward if you have a coupon for every item in your order. This is the perfect opportunity for you to purchase an item that requires no coupon upfront, but where you’ll get money back through Ibotta, SavingStar or Checkout 51 after your purchase. If that isn’t something you’re interested in doing, you can also use a filler item. A filler is anything that you purchase specifically so that you can use that Register Reward. Great filler items include caramels by the checkout (usually $.39), pencils, anything on clearance for $.50 or less or cheap candy.
The second thing that you need to know about redeeming Register Rewards is that you cannot use a RR from a brand (i.e. Colgate) to buy another item from the same brand (i.e. Colgate). What you CAN do is use them to buy a different brand. You are able to get a RR from Colgate and then use it to buy a Crest item. Let me be clear, you actually ARE able to use the RR to purchase anything you want, but if you attempt to use it on the same brand (i.e. buying more Colgate), the new Register Reward that you are expecting will not print. Don’t do it!
Hopefully this has answered most of your questions about how to use Register Rewards at Walgreens and your next shop there will be a great one! Find Walgreens deals here, coupon lingo here and how to shop at Walgreens here.
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