Walgreen’s Coupon Policy

Jun 16 2010
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Walgreen’s Coupon Policy

Ever seen the coupons that print out of machines after you make a purchase? These are what will turn you into a cuckoo coupon lady – at most places these are called Catalinas, but at Walgreen’s they are Register Rewards.

At Walgreens, you can get a “Catalina” coupon called Register Reward. A Register Reward is a coupon that prints after you make a qualifying purchase. It is typically good for “X” amount off of your next transaction. Pictured below is what the ad will look like in the Walgreen’s Circular. When you buy the advertised item, after paying, you will receive a coupon (Register Reward) to use on your next purchase.

Register RewardHere are the rules for using Register Rewards (commonly referred to as RR’s) at Walgreen’s:

1. You can only get one Register Reward per promotion in a single purchase.  You can buy 2 of the same item, but they would have to be rung up separately. You can get multiple Register Rewards in one purchase when you buy products from different promotions.

2. You cannot use the exact Register Reward on the same promotion in a following transaction.  Ie.. if you buy Olay and get a RR (Register Reward) you cannot use that RR to buy another Olay.  If you do so, you will not receive a second RR.  You either have to pay for the soap and accumulate the catalinas for a different purchase, or you’ll need to use the catalinas from a different promotion to pay for the second Olay.

3. FILLER ITEMS: You have to have as many items purchased as coupons (RR is considered a coupon)!
If you bought one Olay and tried to use a coupon and a RR to pay, it would not be accepted.  You would need to buy one more item – called a “filler item” so you have 2 products and 2 coupons. The extra item you buy doesn’t have to match up with any coupons!

I receive this question a lot: if a RR is going to print at Walgreens, do you need a filler item for your coupon ratio? The answer is no, the RR that is supposed to print has no bearing on your coupon ration.  This means if you are purchasing 2 products with 2 coupons, you can still expect RR’s to print (no filler items required!) However, if you want to pay for the 2 products with 2 coupons and an RR, then get a filler item.

4. Register Rewards and coupons can not be applied towards sales tax.  You will always have to pay the full tax amount for every purchase even if the products were free.

5. Walgreens coupons from their weekly ad and/or coupon booklets (learn more about those here) available throughout the store, from the pharmacy, or even from a $0.99 Children’s activity booklet do NOT count towards your coupon to item ratio. (In other words, the register will not beep if you are using more Walgreen’s coupons than items. Remember though, that Register Rewards and other manufacturer’s coupons can only be used once per each item purchased).
Common question: Can you use or stack a walgreens in-ad coupon with walgreens monthly coupon booklet coupon? The answer is yes!
Common Question: Do i need to tear out each in-store monthly coupon and give it to the cashier when i check out? or do they just scan it and i keep it in there? if i keep the coupon, i can only use it once per transaction right? and can i use, for example, one shampoo coupon and one makeup, or is it one coupon total from the booklet per transaction? The answer is: If you use a Walgreens Coupon, it will take off up to 4 of the item with just that one coupon! So you can get 4 items and use the coupon once and it will take it off 4 times. You could buy 4 shampoos and 4 makeups, and use just one in-store coupon for the shampoo and 1 for the makeup! They would each come off 4 times.

6. Walgreen’s offers a 15% discount to military personnel/dependents on Tuesdays: The days might be different depending on locations in Yorktown Va it’s every Tuesday – so ask you local Wags!

7. Rolling Register Rewards: If an RR is “rolling” that is rare. It is an exception to the rule. It also could be rolling at the time I post the deal, and stop at any time. What it means, is you can use a RR to pay for the exact same item as the RR was triggered by, and another RR will print. All deals are NOT rolling and I will indicate otherwise if they ever are.

Register Rewards can save you a lot of money but are somewhat complicated.  Make sure you understand how they work before you get started!

Walgreen’s Coupon Policy: I recommend that you print a copy of Walgreen’s coupon policy and bring it with you while you shop. If any issues should arise, this coupon policy should definitely help clear things up!

  • Walgreen’s will take all manufacturer coupons, and you can stack it with a Walgreens in-store coupon, but you must hand them the Walgreen’s in-store coupon FIRST!
  • will take printable Internet coupons
  • you must have as many products as coupons. If you are stacking an in-store coupon with a MFR coupon, make sure to have “filler” items. These items don’t have to match up with any coupons, they just make it so that you don’t have more coupons than products purchased.
  • BOGO:
    • You are no longer allowed to use 2 x/x coupons on a BOGO FREE sale. You’d only be able to use one.   For example, buy 2 items that are BOGO FREE.  Then you could use one $1/1 coupon, not 2.
    • No BOGO FREE Coupons can be used on a BOGO FREE Sale (You can still Buy 4 in a BOGO Sale and Use ONE BOGO Coupon – essentially Buy 1, Get 3 FREE)
  • do not match competitors ads or prices
  • do not take other stores in-store coupons
  • do not take other stores catalinas
  • They will no longer be adjusting coupons down
  • Rain Checks: Walgreens does issues rain checks! Rain checks are good for in-store purchases only and valid for 30 days. You won’t get the RR, so if it’s just for a sale item with no RR, get the raincheck, but if you’re looking for the deal with a RR, you won’t get it.

Walgreen’s Coupon Policy on their site.

Important reader update:

1. Register Rewards are now to be scanned first, then MFG coupons, and WAG coupons/in-store coupons last. This way it is easier for the register to accept the MFG coupons because it will take off according to the amount left on the item for the WAG coupons and therefore the coupons won’t have to be modified.
2. Coupons can no longer be modified for a lower price. Ex: An item is on sale for 3.99 and you have a $4 off coupon. In order to use it, you must buy two items: One will be free and the other will cost 3.98. Because the coupon applied to both items, a second coupon cannot be used for the additional item.

Walgreens Balance Rewards

Most of you know about this, and so I put a video above released by Walgreens.

Basically, now that you will have a card, there will likely be limits on deals, like at CVS.  That is the biggest difference I see.

Here are some of the points on the new program:

  • If you buy multiples in one transaction (like 4 Mitchum & 4 Stride ID Gum) you can and will NOT earn points for all of them. You must do separate transactions
  • IF you pay for things with points, you can still get Register Rewards! If you pay for things with Register Rewards, you can still get points! If you pay for things with points, you CAN NOT get points!
  • Shoppers will need to have the “Loyalty Savings Card” to receive sale prices
  • Certain sale items will have “Bonus Points” attached to those items – this may or may not be in all markets.
  • Say for example Nivea is $5.00 as a sale item – you’ll earn 5,000 Bonus Points on your rewards card – the equivalent to $5 (1,000 points per $1 spent, $10 for 10,000 points). So it would be equal to obtaining the item FREE – you can then use that $5 to apply towards your next purchase towards regular items as long as they are not one of the items prohibited to be purchased with points.
  • Note: if you redeem any points in a transaction, no points will be earned on purchases in that transaction… so you are best to save those points to other items i.e. gifts, etc.
  • Bonus points will expire 36 months after the date you earn, or after SIX months of no activity.
  • Register Rewards will still be in place……….but, they will be reduced.
  • Walgreens (like other retailers) is in a contract with the Catalina Company – so until that changes, RR’s will still be there, but they may not be as giving as they are now.  Likely it will just be the ones on CouponNetwork.com
  • Your “Loyalty Card” will be monitoring your shpoping habits – the catalina machine will then use those habits to present you new coupons for items you buy most frequently.

Sign up is now open online.

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  • Renee

    I love Walgreen’s!!!

  • Amy Juhasz

    I really need to start shopping at Walgreens and using the RR program!

  • Nicole

    Im gettting better at walgreens!!

  • Amy (catchu777)

    I did super at walgreens a few weeks ago on the cereal and hand soap I think.

  • Eileen

    Oh my gosh…they have certain names for coupon categories? My husband and I are SO missing out on savings here. We need to sit down and study this at length.
    So it sounds like you need both to go in to the store to ring up some things separately?
    How much money have we wasted for years of raising 6 kids and not couponing correctly? aaarrghh!
    thanks for the lesson!

  • Amy (catchu777)

    Eileen, Walgreens is much easier to catch good deals than CVS. Walgreens are pretty straight forward with coupons unlike CVS. I need to study up on CVS more myself.

  • Shanna Bailes

    I love Walgreens….Thanks!

  • Jadie

    Deidre I NEED HELP… i am new to couponing only have been going for about a month but in one month i have cut my grocery bill from 400 $ to $200! so thank you i am learning so much from you. I am super confused about rite ad and walgreens. i have watched your videos and I think they will help me alot more so thank you. My question is about BOGO’s for example if walgreens has old spice for B1B1 50% off and i have a coupon for B1G1 free how does this work? In your written walgreens explaniation i got confused… If i purchase 2 items have 2 coupons but one has a RR do i have to buy a 3rd item??? also at walgreens can i use a simple 25 cent pack of gum as a filler item? I am sorry its alot… thanks alot you are amazing and some day i am going to be just like you :)

    • deidre

      If you purchase 2 items and have 2 coupons, your RR will print. I re-worded my explanation because it’s important to understand using manufacturer coupons and/or paying with a gift card should have no barring on whether the coupon prints out. HOWEVER if you are using a RR to pay for your items, this counts towards your coupon total. So if you purchase 2 items and have 2 coupons, but want to pay with a RR, you’ll need to get a filler item because it counts that RR as a coupon. Even gum will work as a filler item!

  • Christi

    In speaking with the manager at my local WalMart today about their new coupon policy, I was informed that the word is that Walgreens (the only other store in our area that has great sales) is changing their policy on RR and won’t be offering them any longer coming in the near future. Have you heard this rumor and do you know if there’s any validity to it?
    Love your explanations about RR and how Walgreen’s coupon policy works. I normally have no issue there, and our local Walgreens associates are fantastic. If only all Walgreens stores could be so wonderful :)

    • deidre

      I hope not! I haven’t heard that.

      • Erin

        I am so lost with Walgreens. I moved from Texas to Utah and find in my area there is no CVS. I was queen at CVS. I went to Walgreens and handed them my card. She told me they no longer use the card. I asked her how I would get my RR. She informed they dont do RR’s anymore. Is it true? Whats going on with that? Any help is so appreciated.

  • anne conover

    I’m not sure of the date of this tutorial, but my Walgreens considers RR as a coupon so it has to be tallied in the one coupon per item deal. It stinks, but once you get used to it it’s fine ;)

  • Angela S.


  • Kim

    I work for the Walgreens by my house, and we recently updated our coupon policies.

    1. Register Rewards are now to be scanned first, then MFG coupons, and WAG coupons/in-store coupons last. This way it is easier for the register to accept the MFG coupons because it will take off according to the amount left on the item for the WAG coupons and therefore the coupons won’t have to be modified.
    2. Coupons can no longer be modified for a lower price. Ex: An item is on sale for 3.99 and you have a $4 off coupon. In order to use it, you must buy two items: One will be free and the other will cost 3.98. Because the coupon applied to both items, a second coupon cannot be used for the additional item.

    Some stores may still use the old policy, but I expect that they will be coming around soon enough. Hope I helped!

  • Christi

    If our Walgreens near me adopts that policy, I will quit shopping at Walgreens for pretty much everything. That’s ridiculous to expect me, for a 1 cent difference, to spend double the money. As in the example of a item on sale for 3.99, if I use a $4 off coupon, Walgreens gets the full $4 back from the manufacturer for the coupon used, even if I only get credit for 3.99, so to expect me to have to buy another item and pay 3.98 is not acceptable. Maybe the won’t care if I don’t shop there anymore, but I’m willing to bet there are a lot of other customers who would feel the same way.

  • yanickm

    Do you need a Walgreen cards like you need a CVS card to claim your RR?

    • Angela

      No card is needed at Walgreens. Which I actually like better cuz I’m always leaving my CVS card in the truck when I shop. However, since Walgreens doesn’t keep track of your household purchases like CVS does with the card, you don’t get the added perks that CVS sometimes gives when using your card (like the coupon maching in the store that you can use to scan your card and it will give you extra store coupons or the beauty rewards you receive for buying a certain dollar amount of beauty products over a period of time).

  • Kimberly

    Hi Everyone! Has anyone made a spreadsheet to use when shopping at Wags to keep track of multiple transactions, RR expected back, RR to be used and fillers?

  • mimi

    If Walgreens has a B1G1 free store promotion and I have a B1G1 manufacturers coupon what should I be paying?

    • Angela

      My understanding is you should get both items free and only have to pay the tax for both items. :)

  • Landon

    To get around the fact that Walgreens can’t mark down a coupon, I had them mark up the item price. Ex. I wanted to use a $1 off coupon for a $.99 toothbrush. The cashier insisted I buy two of the toothbrushes but I asked the manager to make the toothbrush $1 instead.

  • Angela

    Thank you for your website. I am new to couponing and never knew how wonderful the deals could be at my local CVS and Walgreens (Houston area). I used to be the shameful type that didn’t really pay attention to prices I was paying, but the recent economy woke me up to my irresponsible shopping habits! I have saved several hundred dollars just in the past 2 weeks by being a “smart coupon” shopper. I kinda get a little bit of a “high” when doing it! :)

    I do have a question tho, I seem to get better deals at Walgreens (as a whole) than I do at CVS. I’m wondering if this is the case with others, or am I just not utilizing the CVS deals correctly? I scan my card, use store and MFG coupons, but the bulk of my purchases seem to be at Walgreens.

  • Rob

    I’m new to couponing so I have a question with store policies:

    Walgreens has a sale this week for some B1G1 50% items. Do I buy 3 items to have both of the coupons I have work or can I buy 2 and use 2 coupons if one is a B1G1 coupon?

    For example: Axe body wash is on sale this week for B1G1 50%
    I have a B1G1 free coupon (From a P&G insert from a diaper purchase a couple months ago) and a $2 manufacturer’s coupon from Kroger. Can I buy 2 and use both coupons to get it close to free or do I need to buy 3?

  • Kate

    Thank you for your video. I have never shopped at Walgreen, but now i love it. I have gotten so many items from walgreen for free or very over cheap and its thanks to you.Just got 2 colgate toothpaste with $1 money maker. cant beat it

  • ivette

    Thanks Deidre this video is awesome, it’s too easy learn with your tutorial even if you dont speak spanish like me (I learning English), thanks a lot

  • Tina

    This was awesome. it helped me understand a little better about the fillers too.

  • Regina S

    I have got Rain Checks for items that you get RR with and on the Rain Check they will write name of product,price,and X amount on a gift card because it will not print a RR. Not sure if it will work at all Wags,but hey its worth a shot to get it. I hope this makes sense to everyone!! Happy Couponing

    • Carla

      Yes, this is how my Wags works on rain checks. If I get a rain check for an item that has a RR with it, I will get the RR amount in the form of a Wags gift card when I purchase the rain check item. The cashier has to call the mgr. to do this, but they will always do it at my Wags with no problems. I like this coz then I can purchase anything I want to with the gift card, even my prescriptions!

  • shauntel

    Hey, tonight i ran into something and i’m not sure if it’s right or not. I went to a different walgreens than the one i went to the other night and they said in order for my RR to print I couldn’t go below the 15 dollars required to earn the RR with coupons for the items i purchased. ex: garnier fructis is 3/10 and spend 15 get $5 RR. so, my total for them was 17 something i think and she said i couldn’t go under the 15 with my coupons i had so i only gave her 2 of them which kept me at 15. I could have used 3 more taking it down to 12 making it an even greater buy! Any thoughts? thanks so much! shauntel

  • Lynn

    Question regarding the number of coupons used vs the number of products purchased at Walgreens. I recently went and purchsed 4 bags of M&M’s. I tried to use a Walgreens store coupon for $1 off and 2 manufacturer coupons for $1/2 bags. I also purchased many other items, yet the clerk wouldn’t let me use the store and manufacturer coupon for the M&M’s because they said the coupons were for 6 items and I bought only 4 bags of M&M’s. Is that right? I thought it was ok to use the coupons as long as the total number of items purchased was more than the number of coupons used. Am I wrong?

  • Cathy

    Doesn’t sound right if you were using a Walgreens store coupon with a manufacturers coupon. However, when I used a $ off 2 coupon they didn’t count it as one coupon and 2 items – they counted it as 1 coupon and 1 item. The clerk told me that since the coupon was for 2 items then the 2 items match the coupon one for one. I’m not a big Walgreen’s fan. The policy seems different at each store.

  • Terri

    I was wondering how Walgreens coupon policy applies to this scenario:
    There’s a buy $10 worth of items, get $3 register rewards
    And I have BOGO coupon for the items.
    Each of the items is $3.50
    So how many of the items should I get to cover the $10 and will my bogo coupon count towards the $10 just as if I used money or will I have to buy $10 worth of items in addition to the BOGOs I get?
    Thank you!

    • Sandra

      The buy $10 worth of item deals are before coupons…so you will only need to buy $10 worth of stuff…..So dont factor your free items as free when calculating the $10. then once you get the BOGO its an even better deal because you end up paying $5 instead with your coupon and still get the $3 RR……hope this helps

  • Trish

    I received a $2 mfr. catalina after a purchase last week that says redeem at Walgreens. I went this week to use that coupon with a regular mfr. coupon for the same item and the Mgr. said they were both mfr coupons, so I could only use 1 of them. I used both in another Walgreens before without any problem. Anyone have the answer on this. I can’t find this scenario in their coupon pollicy.
    Thanks !

    • Lydia

      My store here in North Carolina excepts the catalinas from Food Lion. For instants I had $5.00 toward any purchase like cash and I used it at cvs to purchase diapers. it just depends i guess on the store and person working. you may want to print out their policys and show the clerk the next time you run in a problem because some clerks dont know the policies.

  • brezi

    the catalina, im guessing is a register reward? even if it isnt, if it is a regular catalina coupon, and it says manufacture coupon on top…it cannot be combined with another manufacture coupon. even though it says redeem at walgreens, it is still a manufacture coupon, not a walgreens store coupon.

    also if it were a register reward, it cannot be combined with another manufature coupon for a single item, because it says manufacture coupon on top.

    so in thier policy it states that only one manufacture coupon, and one walgreens store coupon may be used for one item.

  • alison

    Not sure what you mean about using the RR first then the manufacturers coupon,..surely its easier and works better to use the manufacturers coupon first, because if the total falls below the amount of the manufacturers coupon, it won’t accept the manufacturers coupon.

  • cynthia

    ok so today there is a sale of buy1get1 50% off and i used a coupon for buy1get1 free and i paid for the reg price one…is that correct???? i thought i got to pay for the 50% off one….i askd the cashier and they said walgreens store policy says tak off the cheaper item…is that correct???? because i just did this last week with the axe same deal same type of coupon and i only had to pay for the 50%item…so please let me know…thanks

  • Amy

    I am glad the Walgreens rewards for “spend X amount of money” are BEFORE coupons. At CVS, I learned that it was after coupons. But the lady who was checking me out was nice and gave me the rewards manually.

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