Thursday, April 16, 2009

Walgreens 4/12-4/18

The photo above is not a great representation of what I've bought this last week at Walgreens, but it is a smidgen of the items I've purchased for my stockpile and my donation box. Walgreens has been one of my favorite places to coupon so far, but it can be confusing. I'm going to post a small amount of info here tonight, feel free to comment with any questions you might have and I'll do my best to answer or point you in the direction of someone who knows.

Register Rewards (RR) are a catalina that prints when your receipt prints, for you to use on your next purchase at Walgreens. They are triggered by what you purchase. The items pictured above are all free after RR until the 25th of this month. The chapstick is on sale for 1.99 and will produce a $2RR, both the Edge Shave Gel (just this one variety) and Skintimate Cream Shave (the two kinds shown above) are on sale for $2.99 and produce a $3RR.

Here's where it can get a bit confusing. You can purchase the Chapstick for $1.99+tax and get your $2RR. Then you can use that RR to buy some Edge, you'll pay $0.99+tax and get a $3RR for your next purchase. Because the Skintimate and Edge are made by the same company, you cannot use that $3RR and get another one. However, you could turn around and buy another chapstick (at $1.99) and a filler item (that costs at least $1.01- you'll need your total to be $3 or more before tax) and use you $3RR from the Edge. You'd pay whatever the difference was between the cost of your filler plus tax and get back that $2RR. The catalina machines will only print out one RR for each item so you can't buy two edge at a time and get two $3RR, you'll only receive one. It's best (and cheaper!) to split up the items you want into separate transactions.

Other items free after RR this week (til the 18th) include:
  • Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics 18ct- on sale for $2.00 with $2RR
  • Fiber Choice Tablets, 10ct- $2.49 with $2.50RR
  • Colgate MaxWhite or MaxFresh Toothbrush- $3.49 with $3.50RR
Colgate has printable coupons for $1 off these toothbrushes available on their website. You need to sign up to print them and can find them by clicking the special offer/promotions link.

Please note: RR count as manufacturer coupons, and Walgreens will only accept as many manu. coupons per transaction as you have items. So, if you print those Colgate coupons and try to use one of them with a RR to buy your toothbrush, you'll need a cheap "filler" item for it to work.

Here's a simple sample written out for you:

Transaction #1
Chapstick $1.99+tax
get back a $2RR

Transaction #2
Colgate MaxWhite Toothbrush 3.49
Filler (any value)
Pay with $1 Colgate Coupon and $2RR= $0.49+filler+tax
Get back $3.50RR

Transaction #3
Skintimate Cream Shave 2.99
Filler (0.51+)
Pay with $3.50RR= Difference between $0.51 and the cost of your filler plus tax
Get back $3RR


Skintimate Cream Shave 2.99
Chapstick 1.99
Pay with $3.50RR= 1.48+tax
Get back a $3RR and a $2RR

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