Walgreens 101 – How to understand Register Rewards


What are Register Rewards?

Register Rewards; also known as RRs, are coupons that print at the cash register when you buy particular items that will trigger them to print. These items change weekly and monthly.  Once you get them, they work like cash on your next shopping order at Walgreens. 

*An example in this week’s ad would be IcyHot No Mess Vapor Gel. This week, IcyHot No Mess Vapor Gel is on sale for $3.99. Well right now, you also get a $3 RR when you buy this item. The Register Reward will print out after you pay for your IcyHot. You will actually have to pay $3.99 plus tax for your Vapor Gel, but it will be like getting it for $.99 because you will have another $3 to spend with the Register Reward. To make the deal even sweeter, you can use the $1/1 coupon from 1/30 SS (Smart Source Coupon Insert). This means that you will only pay $2.99 plus tax out of pocket and get $3 back in rewards.

What products give Register Rewards?

Each week’s ad will have various RR deals listed for the week.  Each month there are also deals that last the whole month, called monthly RR deals.  You can also look around the store for Red tags hanging below an item. These tags state what you must purchase and how much in Register Rewards you will get back.

What can I buy with Register Rewards?

Almost anything at Walgreens. You cannot use them to buy prescriptions, tobacco, alcohol, sales tax (you will have to pay for that), lottery tickets, money order/transfers, transportation passes, postage stamps, dairy, prescription savings club membership, health care services, and gift/phone/prepaid cards.

What is the best way to use Register Rewards?

The ideal thing to use Register Rewards on, is another sale item that triggers another Register Reward. We call this, “rolling over” your Register Rewards into different transactions. This way, you always have Register Rewards to buy something the next week at Walgreens. I also like to have some on hand in case I need to buy some over the counter medication one week.

What are the rules to using a Register Reward and how do I prevent having the Cash Register Beeping at Checkout?

The downside of the Register Rewards is all the rules. Once you have the hang of it, it’s not really a big deal. This is where you need to pay attention.

Rule #1: You cannot have more coupons than you have items at checkout. This includes MFR (manufacturer coupons), in-ad coupons, Register Rewards, and any other type of coupon you may have. The Register Rewards act like coupons.

For Example: Let’s say you are buying the Dentek Floss this week and using the $1/1 coupon and a $1 RR from another transaction. This means you have 2 coupons and only 1 item. What you do in this case, is find a filler item (an inexpensive item such as a holiday pencil) to count as your second item.

Rule #2: When using a Register Reward, your transaction must equal or exceed the value of the RR. This means that if you are buying an item that is $1.99, but you have a RR that is for $2; you need a filler item (an inexpensive item like the holiday pencil) to reach $2. Otherwise, you can’t use the Register Reward and the cash register will beep.

Rule #3: Don’t forget to look at the expiration date on your Register Rewards. They typically expire about 2 weeks after receiving them. It is always sad and such a shame when you let a Register Reward expire. It’s like throwing money away!!

I think that about covers shopping at Walgreens. I cannot begin to tell you how many items I have gotten for free at Walgreens using their Register Rewards Program. It’s been fun and very rewarding. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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