Walgreens Register Rewards 101

Walgreens’ Register Rewards save me BIG money on items my family uses. A lot of money!  By using my coupons on Register Reward deals I have been able to get toothpaste, shampoo, cold medicines, baby care items, cosmetics, lotion, household cleaners and more for cheap, free, and sometimes at a profit.  If you’ve heard about others doing this but didn’t know how to start, I’m here to help! My goal is to explain how to save big money with Register Rewards!

Lesson one: Find the Register Rewards deals!
So where can you find the Register Rewards deals, exactly? Well for starters, you can find them in the weekly ads which are posted on their website. You can also find previews of upcoming ads on one of my favorite sites, iheartwags.

Lesson Two: What are Register Rewards?

Register Rewards are simply coupons that print off once your transaction is complete. They will print off on a machine next to the receipt printer (called a Catalina machine). They are considered as manufacturer’s coupons since they are issued by the manufacturer of the promotional items. Think of these as store credit, gift certificates, or instant rebates you can redeem for store merchandise. They are issued by the manufacturers for buying their products.

Lesson Three: How coupons work with Register Rewards.

You can use a manufacturer’s coupon on a Register Reward deal! This will help drive down your out-of-pocket expense. Using coupons with Register Rewards also turns good deals into great deals.

You can also stack manufacturer’s coupons with the Walgreens store coupons on a Register Rewards deal. For instance, there is a Register Rewards deal on Theraflu. Earlier in the week, there was a manufacturer’s printable coupon available for this product. Additionally, there is a Walgreens coupon available for Theraflu in their Healthy Savings Booklet (available in their stores). Present both to the cashier for your transaction. After coupons and Register Rewards, this turns into a money-maker deal.

Lesson Four: Two important rules about using coupons and Register Rewards.

There are two really important things you need to remember about using Register Rewards and coupons: 1) you must have at least the same number of items as manufacturer’s coupons in a given transaction and 2) Register Reward deals do not “roll.” Now for some explanation of what I’ve just said!

The first rule: make sure you have at least the same number of items in your transaction as manufacturer’s coupons. Remember: Register Rewards do count as manufacturer’s coupons! This rule is found on the fine print of the Register Rewards. So let me illustrate with an example.

Say I went to purchase the Halls Cough Drops and Gillette Fusion Razor  – both of which are Register Reward deals. So that’s two items total. And let’s say I want to use my $1/1 Halls coupon, $4/1 Fusion coupon, and a $2 Register Rewards I earned from a deal last week. That’s three manufacturer coupons total. And a no-go. The register will beep, the cashier likely end up confused, having to call over a manager, and you’ll be frustrated. In order to avoid all this and make this transaction “work,” I would need to purchase an additional item (so I’d have three items and three coupons). This additional item is often referred to as a “filler” item by couponers. Look for cheap seasonal items, pencils, items on sale, or simply something you need. 

The second rule: Register Rewards do not “roll.” In other words, I couldn’t take the $1 Register Rewards I just earned from my Halls cough drops to buy another bag of Halls. (Actually, I could, but I wouldn’t be receiving a second Register Reward). HOWEVER, you can apply the Register Reward you receive from one deal for another. For instance, I could apply the Halls Register Reward to the Gillette Register Reward deal. In this case, the Register Reward for the Gillette razor would print. Just make sure the Register Reward deals are from different manufacturers! By applying your Register Rewards to different Register Rewards deals, you work to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.


Other helpful hints:

  • The in-ad Walgreens store coupons do not need to be figured into your coupons-to-items ratio. What you really need to pay attention to is manufacturer coupons-to-items ratio. Always have enough items to match the number of manufacturer coupons you are using. Register Rewards are manufacturer coupons. 

  • Unlike CVS, the Register Rewards (RR) are not tied to a store card. Instead, they just print out for everyone who buys that particular item or items that week. Because of this, there is no limit on how many of one deal you can do.
  •  Pay attention to the expiration dates!

  • Try to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Generally, you start with a simple transaction that involves only a single Register Rewards deal.  For instance, let's say there is a toothpaste on sale for $2 and you get a $2 Register Rewards for buying it.  Let's suppose you happen to have a $1-off-1 coupon for this product.  This would be a good entry transaction because you are spending $1 to get $2.  Now that you have $2, you could apply that towards a Register Rewards deal with a higher value - maybe an item that is $3 and that you don't have a manufacturer's coupon for. 
  • Pay attention to the product details.  Make sure you are purchasing the correct product, items, quantities, sizes, dollar amounts, etc.  Stick to the rules.  If it says you must purchase $20 worth of items, understand that $19.99 won't cut it.  If it says cherry flavor mouthwash, don't try and substitute mint. 
There you have it!  Honestly it can be frustrating and complicated at first, but hang in there...it is so worth it!! 

Several Sources: Coupon Project, Steals and Deals, & Money Herder


Walgreens- Official Coupon Policy

Walgreens has finally issued and put up an official coupon acceptance policy and have posted it on their website!  Click HERE to check it out!

Details from the site:



  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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