Rolling register rewards at Walgreens can save you significantly…IF you do it right!
RR stands for Register rewards. These are printed out at the register when your transaction is complete and can only used at Walgreens. They are as good as cash at Walgreens so Don’t lose them!! (Trust me on this one – lol)
This week, there are many items on sale with coupons. You can find “matchups” on many sites like this one. That’s one reason I stopped doing matchups…everyone has them. I, however, want to list what you can get with coupons and register rewards to help you keep the most money in your pocket and hopefully have register rewards left over! Left over RR’s are what I use on other items I need or save to use the following week when a new ad breaks. It’s the best way to take advantage of the free money Walgreens gives out.
When you shop at Walgreens and use coupons along with register rewards, it’s important to make separate transactions. If not, you won’t be “rolling” your register rewards. Rolling means – to use the rewards you get from each transaction and applying them to the very next transaction. When you do this, you’re basically using Walgreens’ money instead of your own!
The trick to utilizing register rewards is to start small and work your way up. That’s what we’ve done here with the very best deals this week. Listed are four transactions with coupons you can do this week. You can always tweek this but it’s meant for a starting off point.
Here’s what you’ll do:
~Transaction #1~General Mills Cereal, 11.5-16.2 oz, $2 -Get back $1 in RR’s when you buy 2 Buy 2 for $4 Total: $4 Use $1.00 off 2 General Mills Kid Cereals (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cocoa Puffs) Pay $3 Get back $1 RR (it’s like getting each box for $1!)
~Transaction #2~U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, 18 pk., $3.99 – Get back $2 in RR’s when you buy 1 Buy one for $3.99 Total: $3.99 Use $1 off Kotex U tampons, excl trial sizes, found in the 7/08 SS insert Use $1 RR from transaction #1 Pay $1.99 Get back $2 in RR’s (It’s like getting this item for free!)
~Transaction #3~Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crisp 4 oz, Rice Krispies Treats 8 pk or Fruit Snacks 10 pk., Keebler Cookies or Crackers, or Cheez-Its, $2.50 – Get Back $3 in RR’s when you buy 4 Buy 2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, 8 ct for $5 Buy 2 Keebler Townhouse Flatbread Crisps for $5 Total: $10 Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, 8 ct Use $1/2 Keebler Townhouse Flatbread Crisps Use $2 in RR’s from Transaction #2 Pay $6 Get back $3 in RR’s (It’s like getting each item for $.75 each!)
eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, 7 oz, $3 – Get back $4 in RR’s wyb 2 Buy 2 for $6 Total: $6 Use $3 in RR’s from transaction #3 Pay $3 Get back $4 in RR’s (it’s like getting this item for free PLUS $1 money maker!)
After four transactions, the total before coupons & RR’s is: $23.99. Your OOP (out of pocket) expense BEFORE tax and after coupons and RR’s is: $13.99 for 9 products. Total of 42% savings! That sure beats paying full price!! You now have $4 in remaining RR’s (FREE money) you can spend on Toilet paper (that’s how I get mine for free or dirt cheap), something else you need – or save until next week to roll into those deals.
~~Additional tips for the newbie~~Walgreens register tip: Use the checkout at the beauty counter, they usually have the shortest lines. If people come in line behind me, I’ll do my transaction, let them do theirs, then jump back in line. OR you could do one or two and go back another day that week. Going back could risk the item you want to now be there so take that into consideration. 😉
When applying register rewards you cannot;a) use a register reward on your next transaction for the same item
b) go over the amount of your total before taxes. Walgreens does not give out overages (cash back). If it’s a matter of a few cents, grab a cheap item like a 15 cent Laffy Taffy or a pack of gum as a “filler item”, to bring your total amount a pinch over what the amount of your RR is.
You buy an item for $1.50
You cannnot use a $2 RR on this item, Walgreens won’t allow it. Grab another item that will bring your amount over $2 like a $1 pack of gum. (This would be considered your “filler”). Then you can use your $2 RR!
Addtionally, Walgreens only allows one coupon per item. For example, if you had 4 items with 4 manufacturer coupons AND a $1RR, the RR is considered (in the Walgreens system) as another coupon. In this case grabbing another cheap “filler item” will now give you 5 items for 5 coupons and your transaction will run smoothly… Get it? I know it’s a little confusing for anyone starting, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. If you’re confused at the register, the cashier will help.
If you’re new to shopping at Walgreens with coupons, you can read our Walgreens 101 page HERE!
It’s also a good idea to print out the Walgreens coupon policy, learn it and carry it with you. You can find it HERE.
Have a great week rolling those RR’s!