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Walgreens is bringing out a new rewards program starting September 2nd called Balance Rewards.  This will include a new Walgreens card that you use in stores, where you’ll earn points to use towards discounts.

The basics:

  • Earn points for making healthy choices, such as getting an immunization or participating in Walk with Walgreens.
  • Points will not expire as long as members remain active by shopping at Walgreens at least once every six months and redeem their points within three years.
  • Members may earn and redeem points for both in store and online purchases.
  • Exclusive benefits for AARP members.

Starting September 2nd you can sign up online, and then on September 16th we will see the national launch and in-store sign ups begin.

We don’t know yet what the point values earned for purchases and healthy actions will be, but I do know the rewards breakdown:

Here’s hoping that when you buy something you earn a decent amount of points, or else no one will ever get rewards!

Please know that for now this is NOT replacing the register reward system.  It may in the future but for now both systems will run simultaneously.

 What do you think about the program?

    • Ann

      just as long as it’s a simple and easy process I”m all for it. Redeeming RR is difficult enough so I hope this makes shopping at Wags easier cuz I LOVE my Wags staff. 

      • Bnshores

        employees are using them now to start getting us used to them before the big launch to hopefully make it easier for customers!

        • barbara

          Employees are using them, but they are not getting any points as of yet. All it does right now is key in the employee discount automatically. Before, you used to have to punch a key to get the employee discount. Once an employee scans their card or enters their phone number (after the cashier hits the “rewards” key on the touch screen register), their discount is automatically applied.

    • Jillybeansdream

      We participated in the last test run of rewards cards last year.  You got a decent amount  of points when you bought items. They removed half of the register rewards that were given in the next city over and replaced them with high point values.  Made me shop more at CVS. Only got four 5.00 coupons at the end of test to be used in the store.

      • Jillybeansdream

        They also tracked all your Register Rewards offers limiting you to one.

        • esetwo

          Does everyone have to use a card to purchase items at Walgreens?  Will every transaction require someone to have a card?

          • Bnshores

            only if you want the sale prices

          • Kasadia87

             You do not have to have a card if you do not want one as you have the option to use your phone number to look up your account at the register.

      • Lizzy

         Did you get points for most things or just select items like you do with RR? Also, how long did you participate to earn the four $5 coupons?

        • Jillybeansdream

          6 months. You got single points for your entire purchase/prescriptions  and a large Bonus points for the products listed as Register Rewards at other stores.  At least the reward coupons could be used like cash and didn’t matter if you had coupons for all your items or not.

    • tina

      between the changes at rite aid and my nightmares from shopping at walgreens in the past i am sticking with CVS!!!!!!!!!! thank you jenny for the information though, i do appreciate how well you keep us informed.;)

    • Guest

      I quit shopping at Walgreens because their RR rewards were so difficult to use and having to find filler items to use coupons was just a huge pain.  I hope this plan will eventually mimic CVS’s ExtraCare policies.  In my opinion, CVS has figured it out and makes it so easy, so why reinvent the wheel?  This might get me back in a Walgreens, but it will be short lived if it’s not worth my effort!

    • Saving Sarah

      Just one more set of rules to keep in mind when shopping – ugh.  I have been an avid couponer for 3 years and used to shop at both CVS and Walgreens on a regular basis, but I found that keeping up with all of extra care bucks and register rewards and their expiration dates (not to mention that with almost all of the good deals, the products are always out of stock), it was not worth my time and energy.  I only go to these stores if there is a super fantastic deal (once every 4-5 months).  I instead put my energy into grocery stores such as Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter (and Wal-Mart and Target maybe once a month) and save just as much money.  Sure, they too have out-of -stock items at times, but rainchecks are super easy to use and coupons get doubled.  I have a lot more time now that I don’t “do” drugstores.  

      • Tfwsaver

        I totally agree with you Sarah and do the same!

    • Mcleodsc

      Jenny, I have a W Prescription Savings Club card that gives me back a percentage of each WAGS/Nice product I buy. Will I be able to use this card along with the new card?

      • G-Orlando

        Yes, we have been told that you can use both.

      • guest

        Yes. Eventually you’ll be able to link the two cards. But at inception, you’ll have to use both.

    • Jmfischer2009

      Points for immunizing…… hummm…

      • Veganpadua

         LOL!

    • uthorns1976

      Should drive even more business to CVS and Rite-Aid.  Walgreens is totally out of touch with what consumers want and what competitors like CVS and Rite-Aid offer.  I rarely go to Walgreens any more but I’ll have to to use a store credit that I have had for some time.  Same goes for OfficeMax.  Their school supply prices are even higher than Walgreens.

    • Renda

      Mixed emotions here. I think it really depends on the points offered and if they’ll keep doing the RR. However, I do most of my drugstore shopping at CVS. Their program is great, and it works. I’m so sad about what Rite-Aid is doing. My neighbor two houses down is the store manager of our Rite-Aid. I think I’ll share with her how couponers aren’t liking the changes. She can always share the info with corporate. She’s the only reason I ever go to Rite-Aid.

    • Vickid13

      Well I am hoping it does not change anything. I hate going to CVS in North Port, FL. because they are becoming very hard to use coupons. Always get haselled  at the register. And our Wall Mart is getting picky about coupons… Shame fo us honest consumers…

      • jessica2140

        You have the opposite problem as we do in Marion County.  :)  The Walgreens here make up their own rules, won’t honor sale prices, and won’t order sale items.  I actually had a manager tell me that he only has to have ONE actual item on the shelf all week for their advertised sales to be “legal”, so he wasn’t ordering anything else because he didn’t want couponers using his store!  I’ve reported several of our Walgreens to corporate on MANY occasions, but nothing changes with them, so I have to assume that Walgreen’s corporate office advocates this behavior!

        • ireneY

          What a bozo! Corporate is clueless to let it go on. From all the anti-Wags comments here, it’s obvious they are not interested in customer service.

        • BA

          Well that might just be stores close to you but I am a ba and I hunt out the deals with coupons and make sure our customers have what they want and need; and if our store doesn’t have it but ones up the road do I try my best to interstore them so our shelves aren’t empty.

        • Denise

          That is too bad.  Walgreens is harder with the RR but the employees at the Walgreens by my house are great.  They’ve sometimes given me better coupons than I came in the store with.

    • jessica2140

      I HATE Walgreens anyway…so  don’t have much hope for this program being any good (or uncomplicated).  The Walgreens in my area are SO horrible about couponing the “regular” way, that I shudder to think of the self imposed sanctions they are going to put on the use of these cards!

    • Jenni P.

      Based on their record of the poorly executed and highly frustrating RR program, this gets a resounding “MEH” from me. I don’t shop there anymore, and I’m not optimistic that this will give reason enough to change that. 

    • Leigh

      Sounds somewhat complicated – I am not a big fan of Walgreens anyway – using coupons there is somewhat difficult but the employees at the Walgreens I have been too have been very nice – but often as confused over the policies and why things don’t work as I am!  This just seems like something else to keep up with andif the RRs are going away I probably won’t go there any more.

    • Traci0322

      The clerks at my Walgreens in Winder, GA have told us that this is going to totally replace RR.  They said that the system was supposed to be more like CVS, where there would be limits on deals, etc.  I guess we’ll see what it’s really like soon enough…

      • Beccanandy

        i would personally like to see limits on deals at walgreens.. i don’t shop there much in our area(bc of the customer service) but when i do, i can go in on a sunday evening or even the middle of the week or late sat night and the stuff with the best rr is gone… or the shelf is being cleared!!! i understand ppl having stockpiles(bc i do have one) but i don’t clear a shelf specially right in front of someone who is needing it not just wanting it!!!

    • Suzann

      Under this new program if you redeem points to purchase an item that also
      will earn points you will not ge the points on the item purchased.  With
      their everyday high prices, you will be hearing crickets in the aisles.

      • Mcleodsc

        You are right-if we do not get points on an item because we redeemed points to purchase it then WAGS is going to drive their loyal customers to CVS!

    • Reg64

      well i will just price match at walmart and not deal with another reward card to keep up with.  i tried rite-aide for the first time today and since i have to drive at least 10 miles to that store, i don’t for see me using them again since the up rewards will soon be loaded to the card, out of sight out of mind and therefore a lot of expired rewards. 

      cvs is the best place for me to shop at.  the staff here is friendly and always willing to order in items if they are out. 

      I can’t even get my husband to us the bilo card to use the fuel perks, i’d hate to think he had to use a card at walgreens to pick up bread or eggs on his way home.

      • Reg64

         that is why he won’t pick up items at bilo on his way home.  :0(

      • Bobbie

         Senior citizens who are on Medicare do not get the points for their prescriptions;
        also people who are on Medicaid do not get points for their
        prescriptions.  These seem to be the people who need the most help;
        therefore, I do not like the program!

    • Pamnfrank

      As w are an I wat it now people. I don’t see this as beng very popular. If we can do both deciding whe to tk advantag of either it might work  

    • Sbflinn

      Wow. 5000 points just to get $5??? This will not be very popular at all. Too much work to get too little reward.

    • Jdfcoupons

      My sister lives in Kansas City where they were piloting this program.  You have to buy a ton of stuff to get a measly $5.00 reward.  Good bye, Walgreens.

    • Cathypresas77

      nothing wrong with trying something new..just i would like to see printed out what i can get for my rewards..like it says in dollars amounts .i earned 40.000 points  my reward is $ 50.00..i would like that…money to spend for more stuff…cathy

      • Twoawilkes

        CVS makes it simple.2% a Quarter on everything you purchase. So simple and It prints out on receipt how much you’ve spent so It’s easy to figure out what your Quarterly savings will be. This sounds too much like Sears reward program and I hate that program. I rarely use it but my mom shops there so i save her a little money ……..very little though

    • Mahrobertson763

      What do I think? I HATE WAGS!!! 

    • Whitey2

      It doesn’t sound any different the other reward programs.The items that have the highest points are thing that you don’t buy all the time ,or it take do long to reach a level that benefits you.

    • andrea.gardner13

      From what I understand as well (my boyfriend works at Walgreen’s), this will not replace RR. However, you will have to have the card (or at least be a member of the balance rewards program and type in the phone number that is linked with the card) in order to get the sale price. This is similar to an MVP card at Food Lion. The card gets you the sale price…PLUS you get points for certain items. I’m not sure what the point values on each item are as of right now…but he is fairly certain that it’s not going to be incredibly difficult to earn those rewards! Give it a chance before you bash it! :)

      • barbara

        You must be enrolled in the rewards program in order to get any of the sale prices that are listed in the sales flyer (the ones you used to have to cut out and present to cashier). You don’t need to show your card, you can just enter the phone number you used when you signed up for the program. I heard that this program will eventually replace the register rewards. Sign up has started, as the program will kick off on September 30th.

        • barbara

          Almost forgot — reward points balance will be printed on the bottom of your receipt.

    • Dmatheadstart

      i prefer that the rewards stay as they are–walgreen’s will see their retail drop–even though people coupon and use register rewards walgreens still make money–if it’s a point system only rule me out–i have been a loyal customer and I don’t like the change

    • Dmatheadstart

      i prefer that the rewards stay as they are–walgreen’s will see their retail drop–even though people coupon and use register rewards walgreens still make money–if it’s a point system only rule me out–i have been a loyal customer and I don’t like the change

    • AJams

      Now I have one less store to price match with at Target.  Target will not price match a store’s price which requires a card to get the sale price.  I’m not sure about Walmart.  I know they stopped requiring customers bring in a sales ad as proof of a sales price.   

    • meme007up

      Well, I can’t do a thing about getting older so the AARP benefits sound good. Using Walgreens every six months to avoid losing the rewards points is very reasonable. That is about all I see as good here.

    • LA

      From the little bit of information they’ve released to us, and IF it DOES NOT replace the RR then it seems to me that this is just an added bonus to earn rewards.  If we’re already being “rewarded” with the RR we get, then earning points on top of that to get future rewards just seems like more opportunity to gain discounts.  So, I’m not sure the reasoning behind leaving the store over WAGS wanting to give us more discounts?  As the details are released we will better understand the operating rules of the program to know if this is additional savings or replacement.  Now, IF they DO replace the RR at some point, whether now or later, they had better have a pretty inviting discount plan in place to offer to their customers instead or THEN there could be many customers who leave.  Here’s to waiting to see how it all shakes out. 

      • A Walgreens employee

         This new program is supposed to phase out the RR program

        • rickdawg

           I did not like the RR program and this one does not seem attractive to me. Points are too much for the earnings.

    • Twoawilkes

      I like shopping Wal-Gren but CVS has the best program. Every Quarter I get a reward of at least 5.00 and I only buy things when they are on sale. Most Wal-Green RR expires w/ in 2 weeks sometimes I get lucky and it’s a month. Will this point system encourage me to shop more at Wal-Green “No”. Now if they start participating in Saving Star then absolutelyHopefully they’ll tweek it as time goes on, but I thought the same thing about Big Lots and they never did so time will tell

    • susan

      not impressed so far.  plus my insurance says i have to get my immunizations at my pcp’s office.  so those points are out.

    • Dixiegirlinafrica05

      It sounds super complicated. 

    • Jaqueen

      I use to be very faithful to shopping at Walgreens; however, now I shop more at CVS.  One of the main reasons is their objection to taking certain internet printed coupons.  I recently tried to take advantage of a deal on the Cottonelle toilet paper by using some Kimberly Clark coupons I printed from a link here. 
      However, when I presented the coupons to the cashier the manager informed me that I could not use the coupons because they didn’t have two barcodes.  I print coupons from coupons.com all the time that do not print out with two separate barcodes & CVS accepts them no problem.  Another issue I have with Walgreens, that I don’t face at CVS, is when you use a RR on the same item, you don’t get another RR.  At CVS, you can use the ECB you earn from a product on the identical product to make another purchase and still get the 2nd ECB.  I doubt that this change will affect my choice about shopping at CVS compared to Walgreens.

      •  RE: No RR on identical item from Walgreens.’
        True, however, CVS has limits. If you use an ECB on the same item and the limit is one. Then you get no ECB.

        • uthorns1976

          Just to clarify, using the ECB on the same item doesn’t prevent you from getting ECBs again if you have not reached the limit for that deal.  If the limit is one, then you can only get one ECB for that deal per card.

    • Jeanandbillgardner

      I am a Canadian Snowbird so getting immunizations or such does not interest me in the least……..I like the Register Reward Program but more and more are shopping at CVS…… Register Rewards are too much hassle…….

    • Grooms53

      Sounds like the point system with K-Mart/Sears, maybe.  Doesn’t thrill me to see all the “points” you have to have as compared to the money they equal. Divide $5.00 by 5,000 and get .001.  Wow!! Makes me want to go shopping NOW!!!!!  But we’ll see when they reveal the entire plan.

    • Grooms53

      Sounds like the point system with K-Mart/Sears, maybe.  Doesn’t thrill me to see all the “points” you have to have as compared to the money they equal. Divide $5.00 by 5,000 and get .001.  Wow!! Makes me want to go shopping NOW!!!!!  But we’ll see when they reveal the entire plan.

    • SmoochTheCook

      Oh, I’m almost positive the register rewards program will change too…it’s GOTTA change!  :)  I would like to enjoy shopping at WAGS, but so far, I haven’t enjoyed it due to the difficulty I have keeping the register rewards straight and getting the BEST deals.  Thanks!

      • Pat

        register rewards ARE manufacture coupons. as far as I know you can not use 2 man coupons on 1 item anywhere.

    • GG

      I try to avoid Walgreens. Register Rewards and coupons use are too much hassle to use there, managers and employees are usually not friendly and they don’t have a clue of their own coupon policy……. CVS is way way better!!!! :)

    • Thom

      I will try to keep an open mind, but it has to be an awesome program to get me to shop there. They are such a hassle. I probably go once every 3-6 months.
      It sounds like the Kmart reward system and it didn’t make me increase my shopping there. I will take advantage as long as the $ on the gift cards I plan to get from prescription transfers holds up.

    • Thom

      I will try to keep an open mind, but it has to be an awesome program to get me to shop there. They are such a hassle. I probably go once every 3-6 months.
      It sounds like the Kmart reward system and it didn’t make me increase my shopping there. I will take advantage as long as the $ on the gift cards I plan to get from prescription transfers holds up.

    • Conwig

      I quit shopping at Walgreens almost as soon as I started because of their coupon policies. When you earn a Register Reward, you should be able to use it on anything in the store right away. It only took me 4 visits to the store to realize that was a fantasy. EVERY time I went and tried to use a Register Reward with a manufacturer’s coupon, the message would come up that I had exceeded my coupon limit and they would not take both.

      I doubt this new program they are rolling out will get me back into their store.

      • Pat

        Look at your RR and you will see that it is a manufacture coupon. You cannot use 2 manufacture coupons on 1 item anywhere. And you should be able to use a Register Reward at any other store that takes coupons

    • workaholic

      If everyone could wait for all the launch information before bashing a new program, you may be surprised. It is not the same exact program as the previous ones piloted in certain areas. They ran pilots to work out the kinks etc. This new program is very simple to use just like people do everyday when scanning their Kroger, food lion or harris teeter card..
      I can say that the reward points will be quite generous and not hard to reach reward levels. I understand that people have bad experiences, but it happens everywhere. I’ve been treated badly in Walmart more times than I can count and the CVS and RiteAid stores in this area do not know what customer service is. I think new things should at least be given a chance before we tear apart a program that hasn’t even launched… Just my opinion.

    • Lov2qpon

      Tried the previous one launched last January at a trial price…..alas, they never got it right for my account and I wasted $10…..since they can’t locate my record, there is no refund available to me…..

      • ak

         i think you’re talking about the prescription savings club… the balance rewards is completely free :)

    • VanessaCook

      As long as this doesn’t “track” your purchases then this will be a nice addition to the RR program…but if it does “track” your purchases and so the limit would be 1 on every deal, this would not be worth my time to shop here. I have a Walgreens around the corner from my house, so when there is a great deal on something (like the diapers deal last week) I usually stop in once a day every day of the week and get one deal per visit.

    • Mari

      I am waiting for the program to start before I make a comment about the program.  But I will say, I really dislike the fact that when I use those RR on my next transactions, I have to use filler items or buy things without coupons that I may not need. Lets see what happens. :) …Keeping it positive.  

    • A Wlagreens employee

      The program won’t begin for the public until Sept 16 and everyone must be signed up by Sep 30 in order to get sale items and earn points

    • Tylerrodgers303

      As a Walgreens employee and fellow couponer I wanted to clear up a few things I have been reading and hearing. First balance rewards will not replace register reward or get rid of them at all. I know that in my store right now you can go ahead and sign up but the points system won’t start until September 16th. So go ahead and get your card registered so you won’t miss out on the sale prices when it switches over. I wanted to mention the new registers that Walgreens has gotten and some issues that have come up with coupons. These registers match coupon to item exactly and by price so if your coupon is more than the price of the item it will not scan. But don’t worry if your store if coupon savvy and friendly like mine is the cashier can still manually enter the coupon but only after everything is scanned in. The new registers do not allow us to scan more items after we manually enter in coupon. The biggest thing I read and hear about is issues with coupons per items and the issue with tax. As long as the number of coupons does not exceed the number of items you are golden(remember your fillers). Also don’t forget to do your math, make sure your pre tax total is not less than your coupon amount total. This will cause the coupon not to scan. Walgreens does make you pay sale tax so be aware of that.

    • Tylerrodgers303

      If you any questions feel free to ask away.

    • Tylerrodgers303

      Forgot to mention points. Earning points won’t be hard at all. Just yesterday we put out a new display that has a sticker we get to peel off on September 16. The display is for Vicks products and when sept 16 hits you can get 2000 points just by purchasing 2 products and with the 3.00 of Vicks coupon we got in the p&g brand saver hopefully there will be a sale and we can get a really great deal and earn points. The only bad thing is that you can’t earn and redeem points in the same transaction. So accrue your points and redeem them on items you need but can’t find a coupon for or aren’t on sale. As far as I know there is no specific tracking system that will prevent you from getting multiple register reward deals.

    • Kcroxburycoupon

      anyone know how to sign up online? I went to the site but do not see anywhere to sign up?

      Thanks

    • Kcroxburycoupon

      anyone know how to sign up online? I went to the site but do not see anywhere to sign up?

      Thanks

    • Soulcandybt

      My cashier told me that this IS replacing the Register Rewards program…

      • MarikB

        Mine told me the same that as of October 1st RR would be going away…

      • MarikB

        Mine told me the same that as of October 1st RR would be going away…

    • Cyndi

      I think this sucks. Just another way of trying to control the consumer and how they shop. 

      • Cyndi

        I also think it will end up losing them some customers.

    • Miseryhaha

      So far, so good. I bought the 3/$11.00 12 packs of coke, plus 4/$5 2 ltrs, and got 5bux worth of points (so it was like getting the 2 ltrs for free, and (sadly) the 3/$11 was the best deal going on the cokes, so…not bad! There were several other items that were on sale, with coupons, and accrued points. I think I may like this system…

    • CaraMel725

      How do you redem your rewards?