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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Don’t forget Walgreens is starting their new Balance Rewards program this Sunday, 9/16. You can go ahead and sign up online now, and you’ll be able to sign up in the store stating Sunday.

It is important that you get signed up, you’ll see in the new ad that I post on Thursday afternoon that starting Sunday a majority of the ad is Balance Rewards.

Read up on the basics of the program.

A few more additional things you asked about and I found answers for:

  • Points will not apply to rain check items purchased after the promotion has ended.
  • Points will not be earned in a transaction where Redemption Dollars or Store Credit is used.
  • Balance Rewards will not apply to and Points cannot be earned on purchases of: alcohol; dairy; tobacco; stamps; phone/prepaid cards; money orders/ transfers; transportation passes; lottery tickets; charitable donations; pseudoephedrine or ephedrine product; prescriptions, health tests, contact lenses or any other pharmacy items or services that must be excluded by law.
  • All Points will be awarded to the Member’s account 3-5 days after purchase.
  • Earned Points are converted into Redemption Dollars in five (5) tiers:
    (1)  5,000 points = $5
    (2)  10,000 points =$10
    (3)  18,000 points =$20
    (4)  30,000 points =$35
    (5)  40,000 points =$50
  • Redemption Dollars will not be paid out in cash or Store Credit.
  • When returning items paid with Redemption Dollars, the Redemption Dollars will be refunded to Member in the form of store credit.

Looking all the details, basic and more in depth, I can’t say that I’m loving this.  It hasn’t technically started yet, so I’m willing to wait and see… but it’s not looking at great as other programs at other stores.

    • Bnshores

      You can actually sign up in stores now. Easiest way is if you use the pharmacy, have them do it because they have your info and you don’t have to fill anything out.

      • Rchobat

        The stores that are signing people up now have been notified to stop. You can sign up online now or in stores on sunday

        • jennifer

          I sign people up everyday while working at Walgreens.  No one has been told to stop.

      • Dheartzsoul

        Also, if you are picking up a script, you get points!!

      • Jennifer

        All registers are linked so if you have ever gotten a photo or prescription at Walgreens, we have your information at all the registers when you go to sign up.

    • Erin

      From the detailed info page provided by Walgreens, it appears the redemption dollars cannot be “rolled” (it says you can’t earn points on anything paid for with redemption dollars). Since you also can’t use them on dairy, etc., it seems le it could be difficult to find good, well priced items on which to redeem them (I treat rewards dollars like CVS ECBs like cash…if I wouldn’t pay cash for a
      product at that price, I won’t buy it with my rewards either). This looks disappointing, especially since there will now be far less register rewards offers (though I understand they won’t full disappear). Hopefully we can still use Redemption Dollars on items purchased with coupons with no need for filler items?

    • BooBear

      It’s very interesting that some are saying the RR are still going to be available.  A Walgreen’s cashier told me today that they doing away with the RR and I better use the RR as soon as possible.  She said the points system is replacing the RR.  I hope not… 

      • Tommysangel81

         RR will still be around because it is produced by manufacturers so Walgreens will not get rid of RR.

        • Reg64

          The rep I spoke with this afternoon said RR will not be printing by the end of Oct.

        • Amandawecp

          I was told by a Walgreen’s employee, with s manager listening,that they are trying to do away with ALL manufacture coupons…”they only cost us money”. I guess that is why The Dollar Store just started excepting coupons.

      • Just me

        I am good friends with a Manager of Walgreens.  Her and I just had a discussion about the Rewards card and Register Rewards.  The RR are not going away.  The Rewards card will need to be scanned to get any of the sales prices listed in the ads each week.   You can still use any RR that you earned the same day, but you cannot redeem reward points earned on your card the same day you earn them.  The yearly Jingle Cash RR that we usually earn during the holidays will also be linked to the Rewards card and not spit out as a RR as they have done in the past.  I really don’t think this program is going to hinder the way we shop at Walgreens at all, and as a matter of fact I think it will only add to it. I really think that once everyone gives it a chance and catches on, that we’ll see it’s a good thing.

        • DaVida

          Pls help; I think I’m missing something key while I stroll through all of the comments and yours is the only one that seems remotely encouraging: Will we get the sales price of an item that is on register rewards still?

          • Just me

            The way I understand it is this:  Say a Proglide Razor is on sale for $9.99 with a RR of $4.  You would have to scan your Rewards card to get the sales price.  If not, you would be paying the normal price.  And even if you paid the regular price, the RR should still print because that’s a MFR Catalina Promo.  Now in order to get any Reward Points that might be offered for certain things, you would have to scan your card first.  The Reward points will just accumulate on your card.  You can start redeeming them once you reach the first level of 5,000.  And once they are available for redemption you could purchase something for $5 like Toilet Paper or something and cash in your points which now equal 5,000 or $5.  Your Toilet Paper would be Free. 

    • Mmm3v

      Does anyone know if we can still opt out of the points system and still get our print out of RR?

      • rchobat

        The register rewards have not gone away. You will still get a print out.

      • Tommysangel81

         I work for Walgreens and you have to have the card to get the sale price. We will not be able to change the price for you sorry.

    • Ironman

      as usual walgreens is just hard to deal with.

    • Ironman

      as usual walgreens is just hard to deal with.

    • Jenni P.

       Wow. Just when we all thought Walgreens couldn’t get worse…

    • Lartamjef

      I signed up online and I wanted to know if they will mail me a card or do I have to go to the store to sign up again?

      • eeyoretrueblue

        I was told that when you sign up online you will not receive a card.  You will give your phone number at the register when you check out.

        • Beauwolter

          you have an option to go cardless- use a card- however if you go cardless you can still use the card via the walgreens app under balance rewards.

      • eeyoretrueblue

        I was told that when you sign up online you will not receive a card.  You will give your phone number at the register when you check out.

      • Dheartzsoul

        I believe you can go to a store, enter your phone number and we can activate a card for you.

    • Cindyjg

      sounds like I am going to be looking more at the CVS flyer each week.

    • Inkpressed

      This bites because I live far away from Walgreens so when I shop there, I normally turned around and spent my rewards that day since I wouldn’t be back in the area for a few months. bummer.

      • Jennifer

        The bonus with the Rewards card is that it will not expire in a few weeks like the RR’s did.  You can accrue them for up to 3 years.

    • Dheartzsoul

      We are signing people up for the program in the York Walgreens. This Sunday’s sale will actually have rewards that will be in effect before the start date of September 16th. I hope everyone will at least give to program a try; there will be ways, I’m sure, to get around some of these weird stipulations.

    • Claudia

      FYI you can earn points for presciptions. 500 Per prescription or 1,500 for a 90 day supply.

    • TraciR

      Total bummer :(  I have looked over the new rewards system and sad to say I will not be shopping Walgreens anymore.  You can only use the rewards money on regular sales item, not on items that can earn you more rewards.  I don’t see where I would save money on this plan.  I really hate it because I purchased items there every week and got really great deals.  Oh well, I hope CVS and Rite Aid don’t follow because the system they have now really saves you money and has me coming to their stores versus Walmart.

    • Noyb

      Not sure it has to do with this new rewards system, but learned a couple weeks ago that all Register Rewards used on purchase of another Register Rewards qualifying item will negate the latter.  That is you can not get Register Rewards back for something you purchase with a  Register Rewards.  Confirmed this change with corporate as well as to store managers.  Corporate states the policy is being rolled out. 

    • stracy

      just when I had the RR thing figured out, they go and change it. I agree with others – I believe I’m giving up on Walgreens.  And to think, they HAD taken all of my business away from Walmart.  Oh well….

    • bev

      I’m using my left over rr’s this week and waiting this out. I’ve always felt that if you are giving me a reward on something I should be able to use it in your store like it was cash. The more conditions you put on this the more it becomes a burden rather than a reward. The new walgreens policy will not allow them to manually enter coupon numbers.(According to my manager) They have problems sometimes getting their own RR’s to scan so how is this going to work. All that work and your coupons are no good. I really feel sorry for the clerks. Some people believe in shooting the messenger and this is going to be a nightmare. We have some super nice people work at our walgreens and they are really concerned.  So please remember them when things do not work out the way you planned.

      • Jennifer

        I work at Walgreens and can manually enter a valid coupon that will not scan.  The new Balance Rewards can be used in the store like cash once you reach 5000 points.  In the past week I bought 2 Revelon products at BOGO 1/2 off, used 2 $2.00 off coupons (one for each item) and recieved 3000 BR points.  I also bought a deoderant on sale for $1.99 and received 2000 BR points.  I now have $5 off my next purchase of $5.30 or more (the 30 cents is because even with coupons and stuff you have to pay tax.  That’s not a Walgreens thing – that is a US Government thing.)

    • Tigger9790

      Its is so funny how people can make a judgement about a program that they know nothing about. There seems to be lots of incorrect information being given. so instead of spreading the incorrect information please take the time to educated yourself on the program and you just might see it is a good money saving thing.

      • Mamaberry

        Apparently you are rightfully passionate about your feelings, just as others are rightfully passionate about theirs.

        Can you elaborate and give others something POSITIVE to consider on the program? Help others see why your argument is a good one instead of “find the information and like it”? We are open in this community to objective ‘arguments’

        I think it appears that to pay almost full price for most items, to get points that are a very small percentage back in rewards is not as productive as getting ECB’s or RR stacked with coupons.

        FOR INSTANCE: diapers are ‘on sale’ for $8.99 and they are offering 1,000 pts back. With coupons (according to Jenny’s calculations – I’m not breaking down right now) and pts back, you are still paying $6.49 per pack. Really no different (certainly not an acorn deal) than giving RR back. And, actually would usually be $2 RR and this really only works out to $1 back!

        So, the argument against the pts system is: Why run 2 programs when the pts system really doesn’t offer anything better than RR did? Seemingly a little worse of a deal. Now, I have to keep track of BOTH!

        OR – the FOR argument is: At least these pts. seem to offer close to comparable credit back at the RR system and some better than the RR percentage back so to speak. PLUS, they don’t expire in 2 weeks! You can accumulate for up to 3 years on items you may not have coupons on!

        Just present your side for us when you state a strong opinion, that’s all :)

    • Blandprov

      Will you earn the points on multiple purchases of the same item? Example this week buy 2 id gums get 1000 points if I bought 40 would I get 20000 points?

      • Jennifer

        Yes you would get all the points but since the limit on sale items is usually 4 or 6 the most you would get on any transaction is 3000 points.

    • Couponinglisa

      I agree, I’m not liking this at all since it seems like they are making their already complicated rewards/coupon policies even MORE complicated. I’ve had so much trouble with my walgreens not accepting coupons the register won’t scan – but yet not being able to tell me why, that I was ready to give up shopping at walgreens BEFORE this program started – and this is not going to help.

      • Jennifer

        I work at Walgreens in the cosmetics department.  I also coupon and know how the system works.  Usually the register in cosmetics is a better place to go when you coupon.  If no one is there – have them call someone over. The basic rule is you can not have more coupons than items.  If you are only purchasing 2 items, you can only use two coupons.  The Balance Rewards is easier than coupons because it automatically adds it to your card.

    • 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!

    • Cindyjg

      I was talking to them today an no one said anything about not getting anything for seniors in fact they have you switch your aarp over to the new card so that you get your aarp discounts. One thing I didnt like that they said was if you sign up online you do not get a card only if you sign up in the store, you have to use your phone number. if i would have known that I would have gone to the store to sign up

      • Hollybp

        I was able to get a card in the store today even though I signed up online.  The cashier had me key in my phone number on the payment pad then, she was abel to scan a card to my account…

    • Caroline

      Hey—I’ve been following you on Facebook and reading your site for several months now. I thought you’d get a kick out of this: remember the “tell your friends” sweepstakes that Walgreens had for the new balance rewards program? I won 1 million rewards points!!! Now I have to figure out how to use Walgreens. (I’m a cvs gal). I just thought you’d like to know one of your readers won such a neat prize. :)

    • Caroline

      Does anyone know if the card is tracking your use of the store coupon booklet? For instance, today I got cottonelle and used the $1 from the store booklet. Can I go back tomorrow and use that same coupon again, like I normally would or is the card tracking that I already used it and therefore can’t use it again? Just curious… Cause those store q’s used with manf q’s make some sweet deals.