Walgreens: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As some of you couponers already noticed – Walgreens recently came out with an updated coupon policy. You can read the link for the full policy, but here are a few high low-lights:

  • “Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item.”
    • This means that a coupon for $1/1 will not be accepted for an item that has a selling price of $0.99. Previously the coupon would be marked down to the selling price, to avoid an overage. That will no longer be allowed.
  • “For offers when multiple items are purchased and additional items are free (buy 1 get 1 free; buy 2 get 1 free, etc.), the number of coupons applied to that offer cannot exceed the number of items required in the “buy” portion of the offer. Coupons may not be applied against any free item received in any offer.”
    • One of the best savings methods at Walgreens (as opposed to other stores) was that on a BOGO deal, you could use two coupons to save more (one on the “buy one” item and one on the “get one” free item). This new policy ends that practice.

These aren’t ideal changes, but companies have to adjust as more and more bad couponers take advantage of the system. It really hurts all of us when a few bad apples clear shelves or commit coupon fraud, so now – more than ever – I want to emphasize being a good couponer. Learn the ins and outs with my helpful savings guide.

But with the bad there must be some good, and this week that means sharing a few of my favorite Walgreens deals for next week (6/1-6/7). Check out the great savings below and don’t forget to print your coupons before they reset next month.

  • Buy 4 Tide Detergent, 22-32 loads, $5.99
    • Spend $20.00, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points
    • Use four $2.00/1 – Tide Detergent (PG 6/1)
    • Pay $15.96, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points ($5.00)
    • Final price: $2.74 each, when you buy 4
  • Buy 1 iTunes gift card, $50.00

    • Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Walgreens gift card (limit one per person)
    • Pay $50.00, Receive $10.00 Walgreens gift card
    • Final price: $40.00
  • Buy 1 Scunci hair accessory, $2.99

    • Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
    • Pay $2.99, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
    • Final price: $0.99 each
  • Buy 1 Reach Advanced Design or Total Care Toothbrush, 1-2 ct, $2.99

    • Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
    • Use $2.00/1 – Reach Toothbrush 2 ct or multipack (SS 5/4)
    • Use $1.00/1 – Reach Toothbrush (SS 5/4)
    • Pay $0.99, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
    • Final price: $1.01 MONEYMAKER

2 thoughts on “Walgreens: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  1. Yuck – I had really gotten out of the Walgreens scene, but it was b/c most of the time I went, the shelves had been cleared.

    1. Honestly, I love Walgreens – it’s really convenient for me, I know almost every checker and manager, and the deals are usually pretty good. This will put a cramp in my savings, but I’ll just get more creative. And it doesn’t do away with every deal, because there are a lot of different ways to save at Wags.

      Honestly even more, I wish we had CVS in Portland. I’m so envious of the deals people score there!

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