How to Save Money at Walgreens

Master all the ways to save at Walgreens, and walk away with tons of free and cheap loot. Here's what you need to know to start saving today:

Take Advantage of Register Rewards

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Walgreens. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Register Rewards are coupons that print at the register when you purchase certain products. They can be used like cash on your next purchase (but there are rules about how they can be used). Check the weekly sales ad to find out which products are eligible for rewards this week.

Sign Up for the Balance Rewards Program

It's Walgreens store loyalty program, and you'll earn points every time you make a purchase or fill a prescription. You can also earn points for exercising and doing other things to stay on top of your health. Sign up online, or in store.

Important Things to Know About Register Rewards:

  • Register Rewards (RRs) have expiration dates, so you don't want to hang on to them for too long
  • If you want to buy multiples of an item that qualifies for RRs, you'll have to do multiple transactions – ringing everything up in one transaction will cause you to only get one reward
  • If you buy a qualifying item in one transaction, and then buy the same item in a second transaction, using the RRs from the first transaction will cause you to forfeit your rewards from the second transaction (they simply won't print out)
  • The number of coupons and RRs that you're using cannot exceed the number of items that you're purchasing. So, if you're buying five items, you can only use five coupons

Sound confusing? Once you give it a try, it won't be.

Use Instant Value Coupons

Check the weekly sales circular for Instant Value Coupons that you can cut out and use on your next trip. If you don't get a Sunday paper, you can find them online, and add them directly to your rewards card.

Become a Newsletter Subscriber

Sign up for the Walgreens e-newsletter to receive special coupons and promotional offers that you can't get anywhere else.

Match Coupons to Sales

Buying on sale is good, but buying on sale with coupons is better. Use a coupon matching site like couponmom.com, and someone else will even do the legwork for you.

Combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards to maximize your savings.

Print Manufacturers Coupons

Before you head to the store, check to see if there are any manufacturer coupons on the Walgreen's website that you could use. You'll find plenty of store brand coupons on there too:

Pick Up the Monthly Coupon Book

Walgreens puts out a monthly coupon book with all sorts of coupons and rebate offers. Look for it at the front of the store, near the sales circulars.

Look for Free After Rebate Offers

Walk up and down the aisles in search of products with "Try Me Free" peelies. Pay special attention to the hair care aisle, where shampoo and conditioner rebate offers abound.

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Save even more by buying discounted Walgreens gift cards through Gift Card Granny.

Check the Clearance Endcaps

Endcaps are those shelves that "cap off" the ends of aisles. Some of them hold sales items, some of them are used to showcase new items, but the very best ones hold clearance merchandise. Take a lap around the outer perimeter of the store to figure out where your Walgreens puts its clearance goodies. Then, check back regularly.

Sign Up for the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

Save more on the prescription drugs that you need by enrolling in the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. For $20 a year ($35 for families), you'll get:

  • discounts on over 8,000 drugs (even pet meds)
  • $5-20 discounts on immunizations
  • A 10% bonus on Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services when you shop in store

Note: It doesn't matter, if you have health insurance. You can join either way.

Use Your FSA Money

The rules about what you can use your Flexible Spending Account money on are constantly changing. Shop on Walgreens.com – where all elible items are clearly marked – and you won't have to worry about denied reimbursements. All orders over $25 ship free.

Order Prescriptions Online

Save gas and a trip to the store by ordering your prescriptions online. They ship free every time.

Follow Walgreens on Twitter

Stay on top of Walgreens latest promotions by following @Walgreens on Twitter.