Friday, May 13, 2011

Walgreens Coupon Policy

Walgreens sales are pretty consistent weekly across the country. So for all you lucky ducks that aren't in Atlanta, you can still benefit from my weekly Wags post.

Here is their official coupon policy. I STRONGLY recommend printing a copy to keep in your coupon binder, as from experience, their staff is composed of rude people who have no knowledge of the coupon policy and no business working in customer service. However, I refuse to let them stop me from the amazing deals their ads offer because I'm doing nothing wrong by couponing there. For those of you with a thinner skin who want to avoid a possible confrontation, you can always take the flyer to Walmart for price matching, provided the ad lists the sale price of the item at Walgreens.

The policy is as follows, as it appears on the Walgreens website, my commentary will be noted in (blue):

As a customer-focused retailer, Walgreens encourages the use of coupons by our customers in our retail stores, in accordance with the following guidelines.



  • All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier at the time of checkout.
  • Walgreens does not accept expired coupons.
  • Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted at Walgreens.
  • Walgreens cannot accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register RewardsTM manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law. (This means only ONE manufacturer coupon per item. It does not apply to store coupons, which can be stacked with manufacturer coupons (MFQ).)
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines will be accepted at the discretion of Walgreens management.

Sale Items 

  • Walgreens will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
  • In the event that any item's selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.  (That means if you have a $3 off coupon for a $2.99 item, the coupon value will be adjusted down to $2.99, see below.)

Multiple Coupons 

  • When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
  • The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased. (This means don't be an asshole and clear the shelves because they might not let you buy it all.)

Buy One, Get One Free Coupons 

  • When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased. (This means a BOGO coupon used during a BOGO sale renders both items as FREE, just pay sales tax.)
  • Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons 

  • Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons.

Register RewardsTM coupons 

Earning Register RewardsTM
  • Register RewardsTM will only print for in-stock merchandise during the promotional period. (Rainchecks won't be applicable for the Register Rewards (RR) offered during the sale in which the raincheck was obtained for.)
  • Register RewardsTM can only be earned for eligible items. No substitutions.
  • There is a limit of one Register RewardsTM (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
Redeeming Register RewardsTM
  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
  • Refer to Register RewardsTM coupon for expiration date.
  • The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including RR manufacturer coupons, must not exceed the number of items in the transaction. (If you're using a $3 RR for a $2.99 item, you're gonna have to buy a "filler," something to cover the rest of the RR. I usually use the 30 cent caramels next to the register.)
  • Register RewardsTM must be forfeited if the qualifying merchandise is returned.
  • Register RewardsTM cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards and pre-paid cards.
  • Register RewardsTM can be redeemed for eligible items only. Ineligible items include but are not limited to:
    • Prescriptions
    • Tobacco products
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Dairy products
    • Lottery tickets
    • Money orders/transfers
    • Transportation passes
    • Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
    • Postage stamps
    • Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green DotTM cards
    • Prescription Savings Club" memberships
    • Health care services, including immunizations
    • Any items prohibited by law

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