Thursday, September 3, 2009

Reader Questions

Question: Does Walgreens still have some good deals going on now that they have discontinued their rebate program? What is the best way to learn how to shop at Walgreens?

Answer: I was sad to learn that Walgreens was disconinuing their rebate program in April. I did their rebate program for 6 years and was able to really get my stockpile/food storage up with hygiene, baby, and personal items.

Now Walgreens is focusing on their Register Rewards. When you buy the advertised item you will get a RR printed back for you at the register. These are good to use on your next purchase at Walgreens. They are like cash.

For example, this week at Walgreens you can buy:

Colgate 360 ActiFlex Toothbrush @ $2.99
Use this $1/1 printable coupon
You will then get a $2.99 Register Rewards at checkout
Final Price = overage

You spend $1.99 plus tax out of pocket and you get a $2.99 RR back.

The only thing that I don't like about the RR program is that you are stuck using the RR at Walgeens. They often have short expiration dates (around 2 weeks) and sometimes I don't have other things to get there. You have to be really careful to not let them expire.

Additionally, you need to be aware how RR work. You can roll them onto your next purchase, but ONLY if it is a different item. You couldn't take your RR from the Colgate toothbrush and use it on another Colgate toothbrush and then expect another RR to print out. It won't. But you can use that RR on a different item with a RR and get the RR from that item. Clear as mud?

SEE THIS POST for all the details you need to know about Walgreens RR program.

You can still get great deals at Walgreens without the rebates. Just make sure you know how the RR program works and you will be fine.

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