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frequently asked questions


    the basics

  • how do i get started?


    please see "walgreens basics"

  • i don't understand these couponing abbreviations and acronyms, what do they mean?


    here is a list of acronyms/abbreviations you may see on this site:
    bogo or b1g1 = buy one get one (free)
    / db = coupon database
    ets = excludes trial sizes
    gm = general mills coupon insert from newspaper
    man = manufacturer
    mir = mail in rebate
    oop = out of pocket cost
    pg/p&g = proctor & gamble coupon insert from newspaper
    psa = prices start at
    pts = balance rewards points
    rp = red plum coupon insert from sunday newspaper
    rr = register reward
    ss = smartsource coupon insert from sunday newspaper
    v = valassis (same as red plum) coupon insert
    wags = walgreens
    wyb = when you buy
    ymmv = your mileage might vary

    if you forget, you can always refer to this list in the right column, under "acronyms and abbreviations"



  • register rewards & balance rewards programs

  • can I do this deal more than once?


    each rr deal is limit 1 per transaction. fortunately, most stores do not limit transactions.

    balance rewards deals are not limited.

    according to the official walgreens coupon policy...
    "management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased. customer and employee purchases of excessive quantities of advertised items is not permitted. an excessive quantity is any quantity above and beyond normal household usage."
    most walgreens stores do not enforce any limits, but ymmv.

  • can I do this deal more than once in a single transaction?


    each rr deal is limit 1 per transaction. you can do multiple different register rewards deals in one transaction, but you will not receive more than one rr for the same deal. fortunately, most stores do not limit transactions.

    balance rewards deals are generally unlimited. some of these deals are advertised with "or more" wording... for example, "2000 points when you spend $10 or more..." this implies that spending $20 on the advertised products would still only earn you 2000 pts, not 4000. regardless, it seems most of these deals do earn additional points when done multiple times in a single transaction! but if you want to minimize your risk, you may want to complete each deal in a separate transaction.

    some sale pricing and in-ad coupons may have limits stated in the ad. these limits are not enforced by the registers and rarely enforced by employees, but ymmv.



  • couponing at walgreens

  • where can i find the official walgreens coupon policy?


    the official walgreens coupon policy can be viewed and printed here.

    i suggest printing it and keeping it in your coupon organizer so you'll have it if you run into a problem at the store.

  • does the store lose money when i use manufacturer coupons?


    no, the manufacturers reimburse retailers for coupons!
    in addition to the face value, the store usually receives an eight cent fee for accepting a manufacturer's coupon. this covers the cost of processing the coupon for redemption and then some. you can learn more about how manufacturer coupons work here.



  • miscellaneous

  • how do you get the walgreens ads early?


    the stores usually receive the ads a week or so in advance. if you ask nicely, they may give you a copy! some stores will absolutely refuse to give out the ads early, but others are happy to! ymmv!

    the following week's walgreens ad is available at walgreens.com starting on the thursday before each sale week.

  • what region are the walgreens ads posted for? why is my ad different?


    my final, high quality ad scans are from long island, ny. however, ad previews that have originated from other sites could be from anywhere.

    although most walgreens deals are consistent across different regions, there can be some differences. i suggest always checking your local ad before shopping.