Walgreens is the largest pharmacy in the United States. The company operates stores in all 50 states, which added up to 8,217 stores in May 2014. Because of the vast amount of stores, you’re likely to shop there or drive past one often. Walgreens sells a wide selection of items that range from food and snacks to health and beauty items. They take both store and manufacturer coupons, as well as have a rewards program.
Walgreens has a very easy to follow coupon policy. They accept several different kinds of coupons, offers, and their own Balance Rewards. Before shopping at Walgreens, it’s always best to bring a copy of the coupon policy with you to help along the checkout process if needed. Below is a rundown of the Walgreens coupon policy.
- Present all coupons to the cashier during checkout.
- Walgreens will not accept expired coupons. Each coupon expires at 11:59 PM on the expiration date, whether online or in the store.
- Walgreens does not accept counterfeit coupons. Managers have the discretion to refuse a coupon.
- Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
- Walgreens DOES NOT accept competitor coupons.
- When redeeming manufacturer coupons and Balance Rewards, the total number of coupons cannot exceed the number of items. In addition, the value of the coupons cannot exceed the value of the transaction. Customers must pay sales tax if state law requires it.
- Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the price of an item. Customers will not receive cash back for coupons used.
- Blurry or distorted coupons are not accepted, and all coupons must have a bar code that scans.
- Offers that include B1G1 or B2G1 free or any combination cannot have more coupons than the number in the “buy” requirement. This means you cannot use a coupon on the free item.
- Coupons are not applied to any free item (per rule 7).
- Paper coupons are processed before digital ones.
- Walgreens does not accept coupons for items not carried in stores.
- Walgreens reserves the right to limit quantities.
- All manufacture coupons must have a valid redemption address.
- Coupons may be subject to offer limitations and restrictions on the coupon or product.
- Walgreens accepts manufacturer coupons for items that are on sale.
- When purchasing a single item at Walgreens, one manufacturer and one Walgreens coupon is accepted. If either coupon prohibits this, the customer can only redeem one coupon on the item.
- During a purchase with multiple items, Walgreens will accept one Walgreens coupon and one manufacturer item for each purchase, unless prohibited. If there is a limit on the coupon, Walgreens will follow it. Management can limit the quantity of items purchased.
B1G1 Free Coupons
- At least one product must be purchased when using a B1G1 free coupon. If there is a B1G1 free promotion, customers may use one manufacturer B1G1 free coupon with the purchase. Only one B1G1 coupon is allowed per two items.
Internet Printed Coupons
- Walgreens does not accept “free product” printed coupons.
Earning and Redeeming Balance Rewards
- Rewards only print for in stock merchandise during promotional period.
- Rewards are only earned for eligible Items.
- There is a limit of one rewards coupon per offer per customer per transaction.
- Customers redeeming rewards on the same offer will not receive another rewards coupon.
- When redeeming rewards, each reward coupon counts as a manufacturer coupon. Therefore, rewards and manufacture coupons shall not exceed the amount of items purchased.
- Rewards are forfeited when qualifying merchandise is returned.
- Rewards can only be redeemed for eligible items. Ineligible items include:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Dairy products
- Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid reloadable cards
- Health care services, including immunizations
- Lottery tickets
- Money orders/transfers
- Postage stamps
- Prescription Savings Club membership fee
- Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
- Tobacco products
- Transportation passes
- Any items prohibited by law
- Walgreens only honors digital coupons attached to a Walgreens Balance Rewards account. Digital reproductions of coupons are not permitted.
Total Store Offers and Coupons
- Customers cannot combine different total store offers and coupons. For example, customers cannot use a 20% off a purchase coupon with a Senior’s Day discount.
Types of Coupons and Discounts Available at Walgreens
Walgreens offers many different ways to save. Couponers can take advantage of the store’s sales, store coupons, Balance Rewards, and digital coupons. Knowing where to find these coupons is essential for saving the most amount of money when shopping.
Shoppers can find Walgreens store coupons in the monthly coupon books. These books are usually located on a small rack in front of the store near the registers. The weekly circular also features a decent amount of store coupons in it. Look for Balance Rewards Points Booster coupons in the weekly ads too. Weekly ad and monthly Walgreens coupons are available as digital coupons too. You can find them at Walgreens’ website. Don’t forget to look for coupons in the Diabetes & You magazine, located in the pharmacy section.
Balance Rewards is Walgreens’ reward program that gives you points for buying featured items, picking up prescriptions, getting immunizations, and making healthy choices. You must become a member of Balance Rewards to gain and redeem points. You can sign up for an account in any Walgreens store or make an account at Walgreens.com.
You can cash out Balance Rewards at certain balances:
- 5,000 points= $5
- 10,000 points= $10
- 18,000 points= $20
- 30,000 points= $35
- 40,000 points= $50
You can redeem these points on any purchase, but you cannot redeem more than the purchase price. This means that Walgreens does not offer cash back on purchases made with points. When you use your Balance Rewards account at Walgreens, you can scan your card, scan your phone when using the app, or by typing your phone number into the pin pad during checkout.
In order to use paperless coupons, you must have a Balance Rewards account. In addition to this, members can rack up points quickly by purchasing featured products in the Weekly Ad, taking advantage of the app to track healthy activities, and using the Balance Rewards Points Booster coupons.
Walgreens Paperless Coupons are digital coupons that customers can load onto their Balance Reward cards from the Walgreens phone app or from walgreens.com/coupons. These coupons are applied at the register when you check out with your Balance Rewards card. There is a limit to how many coupons you can have clipped at any one time, but the app or webpage will have a warning message pop up when you reach this limit.
Paperless Coupons are a lot like using regular manufacturer coupons. You must meet the purchase requirements of each one. In addition to this, you can only use each clipped coupon once. However, you can use paper coupons on additional products you have.
Register Rewards print from the Catalina machine in Walgreens. They are just like using cash, except that the number of manufacturer coupons and Register Reward coupons combined cannot exceed the number of items you are purchasing. The Register Rewards does not affect the amount of store coupons you can use. However, if your total falls below zero, the cashier will have to adjust the last Register Reward and you would lose the rest of the value, as you cannot get cash back from a coupon.
Look for Register Rewards in the weekly ad. You’ll see them presented in a gray box next to a product picture. When you purchase the required amount of the product, the Register Rewards will print out from the Catalina machine and are good on your next purchase.
Using the Matchups
Using the Walgreens matchups can be somewhat confusing. The matchups contain a list of the weekly ad deals, along with available coupons and Balance Rewards points. There are many different abbreviations for the different terms used in them. Below, you can find an explanation of most of the terms you might encounter.
- BOGO or B1G1: Buy one get one, this could mean a free item, 50% one item, etc.
- RP: Red Plum
- SS: Smart Source
- PG: P&G insert
- $1/1, $1/2,…: $1 off one item, $1 off two of the same items
- GC: Gift card
- MIR: Mail in rebate
- PSA: Prices starting at
- PC: Price cuts
- ETS: Excludes trail sizes in coupon/promotion
- TMF: Try me free promotion (usually in coupon form)
- Q: Coupon
- MQ: Manufacturer coupon
- RR: Register Rewards
- BR: Balance Rewards Points
- WYB: When you buy
- X: Expiration date on a coupon
- YMMV: Your mileage may vary, this means you might not find the same deal at every store
- OOP: Out of pocket, the amount you spent on the purchase