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.

Sign Up for the Balance Rewards Program

Balance Rewards
Balance Rewards. Screenshot of Walgreens Balance Rewards

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

Tip: Add the Everyday Points perk to your card to earn 10 times the points on your purchases, plus points on prescriptions and vaccinations.

Become a Beauty Enthusiast

Woman Applying Makeup
Woman Applying Makeup. Pume Creative/Stone/Getty Images

Sign up for the Beauty Enthusiast program to earn $5 for every $50 that you spend on beauty products. Eligible purchases include, fragrances, cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care and grooming products. Just have the cashier swipe your Balance Rewards card each time you shop, and their system will automatically issue a reward every time you hit the threshold.

Take Advantage of Register Rewards

Mother and Daughter Checking Out
Mother and Daughter Checking Out. Hybrid Images/Cultura/Getty Images

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.

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.

Clips Coupons From the Weekly Ad

Instant Value Coupons in Ads
Instant Value Coupons in Ads. Screenshot of Walgreens Ad with Coupons

Check the weekly sales circular to see if there are any coupons you can use. 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

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Man Reading E-Newsletter. Caiaimage/Chris Ryan/Getty Images

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

Woman Using Coupons
Woman Using Coupons. UpperCut Images/Getty Images

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.

Get Paperless Coupons

Walgreens Paperless Coupons
Walgreens Paperless Coupons. Screenshot of Walgreens Paperless Coupons

Before you head to the store, check to see if there are any coupons on the Walgreen's website that you can add to your Balance Rewards Card.

Tip: Walgreens also 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

Check the Shampoo Aisle for Free-After-Rebate Items
Check the Shampoo Aisle for Free-After-Rebate Items. junku/Moment/Getty Images

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

Walgreens Gift Cards on GiftCardGranny
Walgreens Gift Cards on GiftCardGranny. Screenshot of GiftCardGranny

Save even more by buying discounted Walgreens gift cards through a site like GiftCardGranny.

Check the Clearance Endcaps

Clearance Shopping
Clearance Shopping. Yuri Arcurs/E+/Getty Images
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

Pharmacist Standing Behind Counter
Pharmacist Standing Behind Counter. musketeer/Getty Images

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
  • 10% off at the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic
  • 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

Man Shopping in Pharmacy
Man Shopping in Pharmacy. PeopleImages/Getty Images

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

Woman Holding Prescription Bottle
Woman Holding Prescription Bottle. Tom Grill/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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

Follow Walgreens on Twitter

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Walgreens Twitter. Screenshot of Walgreens Twitter Feed

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