Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting Started: Walgreens

A lot of people have been asking me lately about the coupon game. It's difficult to get to the level I am at without starting easy.

So, if you want to get started, here's your scenario for Walgreens, this week.

Transaction 1:
Arnicare $5.99

$2/1 Arnicare coupon HERE

=$3.99 +tax
Earn $6rr

Transaction 2
Neuragen $14.99
Fill $1.01

$10/1 Neuragen mq (Print this q, found in the Diabetes and You booklet HERE - company that makes Neuragen has been called and approved use of printed coupons from online magazine! - not the case for the other coupons in this magazine!)
$6 rr (from Transaction 1)
=$0 + tax

Earn $10 rr

That's it. Now you have $10 to use on something you need, or roll into another deal.

To get a little more advanced:

Transaction 3
Gillette Fusion $9.99
Arnicare $5.99
Fill $.39

$4/1 coupon from P&G insert
$2/1 Arnicare printable
$10rr from Transaction 2

-$.38 +tax
Earn $6rr (Arnicare), $4rr (Gillette Fusion)

Then, if you want to go crazy, buy another Neuragen, using the Arnicare rr, saving the $4rr and earning another $10rr.

Walgreens basics:
A Register Reward (RR) is a coupon earned when you purchase specific items. These are manufacturer coupons and are subject to the "One manufacturer coupon per item" rule. Therefore, you must have a "filler" or an item for the rr to "attach to". Your number of manufacturer coupons cannot outnumber your number of items (Walgreens store coupons do not count).

When you earn a rr, if you buy another of the same item with the rr earned, it will not print another rr.
For example, if you buy Arnicare with the $6 rr earned from the previous Arnicare you bought, you will not get another rr back.

RR's cannot have a value more than items purchased. If you want to buy a $5.99 item with a $6rr, you need something else in the transaction to bring your total over $6. (Another use for fillers)

You WILL receive a rr when you purchase an item using a coupon. No matter what the cashier/SS/SM may tell you.
RR's will not print if the Catalina machine is offline, out of paper, or if they have not been programmed properly at corporate.


  1. Brandy,

    This is Julie from HCW. Do you still post about Publix? I miss your reviews and hearing about your escapades there.

  2. Haven't seen any updates from you in awhile!! Hope all is well and can't wait to hear all the great deals you are getting!!

  3. Hey guys! yes, still around- haven't been shopping much lately. Kids have been super sick with the stomach flu... we're finally getting back to normal!