Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Walgreens Register Rewards Scenarios 5/4-5/10: Part 1

The deals at Walgreens this week are stellar; it's rare to have such a high dollar Register Reward week at Walgreens with other RR deals available for rolling over RRs within the same week.

I've already been to Walgreens twice and will likely have at least (2) more transactions this week.

**For a full listing of RRs available this week at Walgreens, click here.**

My purchases so far:

(9) Crest Pro-Health Night Pro-Health Toothpastes, 4.2 oz, $2.50 ea

*used $3.00/2 coupon in May Easy Saver Catalog (saved $13.50 total)

*used (1) $0.50/1 Crest, PG 4/6

*used (1) $1.00/1 Crest Pro-Health, PG 5/4

Final Total w/tax: $8.96

Easy Saver Gift Card Balance applied: $5.40

Cash OOP: $3.56

Register Rewards Earned: $20.00

(Many thanks to Lisa at Cents to Save for sharing this scenario here.)

As I already have more toothpaste than we'll use in a year thanks to CVS, I took the entire bag of Crest to the Food Pantry Basket in our church/school lobby.

But I still had those $20 in RRs to use; why waste them now when I can roll them over, right?

My second transaction:

(1) Venus Embrace, $9.99

*used $4.00/1, PG 5/4

(3) 12 pks Pepsi, 3/$10.00

(1) Zantac 8 pk, $3.99

*used $1.00/1 printable here

(2) Orbit Gum 3 pks, $2.59 ea

*used Weekly Ad Coupon, 2/$3.00

*used (2) $1.00/1 coupons (these are from one of the February inserts; sorry I don't have exact date or insert)

(1) bag Skittles, $0.69

RR used: $20.00 from first transaction

Final Total w/tax paid OOP cash: $2.24

New RR earned: $11.00 total - $6.00 on Venus; $3.00 on Zantac; and $2.00 on (3) Pepsi 12 pks.

The Pepsi will be stockpiled for end-of-month family get-togethers at my house; Zantac will likely go to someone in my family; Venus Embrace will be added to my stockpile box in the linen closet until needed in the future by me or a family member.


I'll be rolling those $11.00 in RR into a new PG transaction to earn another $20.00 RR, mostly focusing on stockpiling some cleaning products.

One important note: you can't use the PG RRs on another PG RR deal; you must alternate the deals in order to rollover the RRs, a key difference between CVS and Walgreens.

And then I'll use the new $20.00 RR to buy some of the Free After Rebate items from the May Easy Saver Catalog along with some of the other items on sale this week that we need for our pantry.

I'll post again as I work this deal to keep you updated!

And I'll post a How-To about Walgreens soon, too; it's a more complex explanation than my CVS: How to Save. But since a week like this at Walgreens can generate even better deals than CVS, it makes it worthwhile to master the process.

***Revised, Tuesday, 5/6/08, 8:55 pm***

The deals at Walgreens are just soooo good this week; after posting this, I sat down with my calculator and coupons and came up with my next three scenarios.

So, of course, I have to share them with you, kind readers, in hopes that doing so might help one of you!

Here goes:

Scenario #3: (my second PG RR deal for $20 RRs)

(2) Crest Pro-Health Night, $2.50 ea

use $3.00/2 May Easy Saver coupon

use $1.00/1, PG 4/6

(1) Oral-B Floss, $2.50

use $1.00/1 coupon from a dental education packet giveaway at my daughter's school

(2) Cascade Action Packs, $2.50 ea

use (2) $0.50/1, PG 4/6

(2) Cascade - any of the available versions on sale

use (2) $0.25/ANY 1 Cascade, PG 4/6

(2) Old Spice Body Wash, $3.33 ea

use $2.00/2, PG 4/6

Total Before Coupons: $24.16

Total After Coupons: $15.66

Use RRs from Transaction #2: $11.00

Cash OOP: $4.66

New RRs Earned: $20.00 (oh P&G, we love thee!)

Scenario #4:

Skintimate Shave Gel, $1.99

must use Weekly Ad Coupon for $1.99 price

use $0.55/1, SS 4/6

Quaker Oats Granola Bars, 2/$4.00

use $1.00/2, SS 5/4

Smuckers and Jif, 3/$5.00

---1 Jif, 2 Smuckers---

use (2) $0.25/1, 5/4

Zantac 8pk Cool Mint, $3.99

use $1.00/1 printable here

(1) Fusion Phenom Razor, $9.99

use $2.00/1, PG 4/6

Total Before Coupons: $24.97

Total After Coupons: $19.92

~~~I'll likely add a treat/candy filler here for about $0.50; I hate to waste even $0.08!~~~

Use $20.00 RRs from Transaction #3

Cash OOP: ZERO or, with treat, $0.42

New RRs earned: $9.00 ($3.00 on Zantac; $6.00 on Fusion Phenom)

Scenario #5

I'll use the $3.00/6 participating PG items (these do not generate RRs) coupon on the back page of the Weekly Ad for this one:

(3) Folgers, $2.49 ea

use (3) $0.25/1, PG 4/6 and 5/4

(2) Dawn, $1.29 ea

use (2) $0.25/1, PG 4/6

(1) Charmin, $3.49

use $0.25/1, PG 5/4

(1) Domino Sugar, 5 lbs, $1.99

must use Weekly Ad Coupon for this price

Total Before Coupons: $15.53

Total After Coupons: $11.03

Use $9.00 RRs from Transaction #4

Cash OOP: $2.03

No new RRs earned on #5, but that's ok! I'll have stockpiled some very useful things with enough left over to share with family and local charities.

I hope this week at Walgreens inspires you to grab your calculator and coupons and get thinking, too!

Happy Savings!


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Alyssa said...

Thanks, Marianne. This is a great break down. I sent my readers to you!

Anonymous said...


I tried to use the P&G on the Venus deal and the computer declined me! The cashier tried to tell me you can't use MQ when an item has a RR- yeah right how do you think I got $25 in Cover Girl for $8.84 minus my Zantac RR for 2.85? Then tonight I went back to use my P&G RR on a can of formula and it was declined! The cashier thought formula is considered dairy- have you ever heard of that?

Johnny said...

You can also buy only 6 Cover Girl items to get your $20 in RR's, if you mix and match colors, and they are B1G1 50% off. Plus there are $2.50/2 MQ's in the 5/4 inserts. This makes this deal very easy to roll your Venus and Zantac RR's into. Then you double your RR's back again.

Marianne Thomas said...

To Anonymous:

I'm so sorry you've had trouble rolling this deal at Walgreens!
I've had no trouble using the PG $20 RR on the Venus or the Phenom (did both) or using Mfr Q's with the RR deals.

I have had some issues with prior deals at Walgreens. Things I've learned:

1. Walgreens' register system requires the total amount of coupons (mfr Qs, Easy Saver and Weekly Ad Qs, and RRs - these are considered a Q) to equal the amount of items purchased.

Example: I'm buying the Phenom Razor with a $6.00 RR and a mfr Q of $2.00.

I have (2) Qs for (1) item; the register won't accept the second Q unless I add-on a filler item (my fave filler - M&Ms!) to make it
(2) Qs for (2) items.

2. The order in which your coupons are taken off your total matters. It matters A LOT; if you give them out of order, the register won't accept some of them.

Coupons need to be in this order:

*Walgreens Easy Saver Catalog Qs first

*Walgreens Weekly Ad Qs second

*Mfr Qs third

*Any of the *rare* $/$ Walgreens coupons released every 2-3 months for one day only

*Register Rewards last.

As to the formula considered Dairy...hmm. That's one I'd email to Walgreens.com Customer Service and ask if that's the policy.

I'm so sorry you had such frustration; most of the cashiers are usually helpful and appreciate it when I explain to them just how I'm able to get such great deals.

Good luck!

Marianne Thomas said...

Clarification to my example above:

The Phenom example:

On sale, $9.99

Qs used:

$6.00 RR (from a smaller version - 4 itmes - of the PG deal)

$2.00 Mfr Q

*NEED to add on (1) filler item to make items = Qs (2=2)

Cash OOP: about $1.00 ($2.00 - filler worth $1.00)

Earns $6.00 in New RRs on Phenom.

*Thanks! Just wanted to be clear!*

Anonymous said...

You know I think that's exactly what I did wrong! With the razors I forgot a filler and with the formula I used a MQ and forgot a filler again. I am going to try again and see. I bet the cashiers don't realize the # of items counts so they fall back on the can't use a MQ with RR speech.


Also I noticed by beauty counter has a basket of coupons and samples which I check out everytime I go. They have cute little Nivea lotion samples and coupons for stuff like Jergens and Aveeno.

ajhackerott said...

I love these Walgreens deals also, but do any of you have trouble with them having enough in stock? We only have one Walgreens to shop from.

Marianne Thomas said...

To those of you who find your Walgreens running out of stock, it's always a good idea to politely inquire when their truck comes in during the week.

Mine is Thursday; most retailers have shipments arriving either Thursday or early Friday so they're fully stocked for weekend shoppers.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I tried the toothpaste: buy 9 use coupons try to get RR. Well guess what! The manager and teller would not let me do it. They wanted me to do 9 diffrent transactions!The coupons says one per purchace.

Marianne Thomas said...


I'm sorry you experienced that frustration. We've all had those moments when either the register wouldn't accept our coupons or the store mgr/clerk weren't helpful.

When I did the toothpaste transaction, the register automatically deducted the full $3/2 for all (9) of my Crests when the Easy Saver Coupon was scanned.
There was no issue.

Again, so sorry it didn't work for you; WG can be frustrating, I know. I've personally had to walk away from good deals I knew should've worked because of register/mgr issues.

When that happens, I just smile, say, "No thanks, I'll be back another time!"

Good luck!