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Count your coupons before shopping at Walgreens

Walgreens is not my favorite place to shop. I find the structure of its rewards program frustrating, and it can be tough to find sale items in stock. In fact, in a previous blog post, I explained why Walgreens’ Register Rewards program isn’t worth the effort.

Occasionally, though, I ignore my own advice and shop at Walgreens to cash in on a good deal. A recent shopping trip brought trip to light a part of the Walgreens coupon policy I was not aware of, and it’s one you need to know before you shop at this drugstore: “The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register RewardsTM manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. ”

Say I am buying two tubes of toothpaste that are on sale and want to use a manufacturer’s coupon on each. I’ll need to purchase another item in that trip to use a Register Rewards coupon, and it needs to be an item to which I don’t intend to apply a manufacturer’s coupon.

Non-sale items at Walgreens can be expensive, so buying something extra just so you can use another coupon may not be a wise financial choice. Before you shop at Walgreens, check out the sales ad and count your coupons so you won’t overpay for items at checkout.

Other notable provisions of the Walgreens coupon policy:

  • You can use one manufacturer’s coupon and one Walgreens store coupon per item, unless this is prohibited by the wording on either coupon.
  • The total value of your coupons can’t exceed the total purchase price of your items. If a coupon’s value exceeds the sale price of the item, Walgreens will only deduct the actual cost of the item from your transaction.
  • Walgreens accept coupons printed from the Internet as long as the barcode is clear and scannable.

You can view the full Walgreens coupon policy online.

Have you encountered a similar policy about the number of coupons vs. the number of items at another store?

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Where to find substantial savings on brand-name batteries

From singing stuffed toys and toddler learning tables to MP3 players, alarm clocks and remote controls, the demand for batteries around your home may seem endless. The cost to run all those gadgets can add up quickly, with a four-pack of brand-name AA batteries costing as much as $5.50 or more at your local drugstore.

If you’re willing to buy batteries in bulk and wait for a good deal on shipping, you can find substantial savings by purchasing batteries online. I got good pricing and service from a website called Medic Batteries. Check out these price comparisons:

AA batteries: Walgreens sells a four-pack of Duracell alkaline AA batteries for $5.49 online ($1.37 each), while Walmart sells a 24-count package for $10.97 (46 cents each). At Medic Batteries, you can get a set of 48 for $18.72 (39 cents each).

AAA batteries: Walmart sells a pack of 20 AAA Duracell alkaline batteries for $12.97 (64 cents each).  You can get 24 Duracell Procell AAA batteries for $10.08 at Medic Batteries (42 cents each).

9-volt batteries: The high cost of 9-volts led to my initial discovery of the Medic Batteries website. Five Rayovac 9-volt batteries cost $9.97 on the Walmart website ($1.99 each). Medic offers a 12-pack of the Rayovac UltraPro 9-volt batteries for $15 ($1.25 each).

Not every product sold by Medic Batteries offers you a great deal. If you’re looking for rechargeable batteries, Medic may not be your best bet; the company offers a limited supply of these. Also, the company’s pricing on some types of Energizer batteries may not beat what you can find elsewhere. However, if you buy quantities larger than those listed above, your cost per battery typically decreases—consider ordering with a friend to get better bulk pricing.

On a typical day, you have to spend quite a bit of money on the Medic Batteries website to qualify for free shipping. Sign up for the company’s e-newsletter, and you’ll occasionally receive free shipping offers. I recommend waiting for one of these, then ordering all the batteries you think you’ll use in the next year or two. This allows you to get the most bang for your buck. Avoid paying for shipping on this site, as doing so will reduce your overall savings per battery. Newsletter subscribers also receive promo codes that can wipe away most of the standard shipping cost.

Have you found better battery prices online or elsewhere? Share your tips to help others save.

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Walgreens’ Register Rewards program not worth the effort

I recently highlighted how you can use the CVS Extra Bucks program to get cheap and free items without spending a lot of time clipping coupons. Walgreens has a similar program called Register Rewards. Unlike the CVS program, you don’t have to register to participate in Register Rewards. While this is an admirable feature of the program, it fails to deliver a good overall experience.

With Register Rewards, Walgreens offers select items at a sale price each week, then gives you extra savings in the form of a coupon you can use on most merchandise during a future shopping trip. Here’s why I think the program isn’t as good as the CVS Extra Bucks promotions:

Prices: Walgreens generally charges more than CVS for similar products. This week, Walgreens had Softsoap body wash for 2 for $4 with Register Rewards; the CVS price with Extra Bucks was 2 for $2. Even when items are on sale at Walgreens, you can often get them cheaper at a discount retailer like Walmart.

Expiration dates: CVS usually gives you a month to redeem the Extra Bucks coupons you receive. Walgreens only gives you two weeks. Sometimes, Walgreens doesn’t have anything on sale I want within two weeks, and I have to use the coupons on something else.

Bonuses: CVS gives you bonus Extra Bucks on a seasonal basis, based on how much you’ve spent in the store in the preceding months. Walgreens can’t offer this feature since you don’t register to use the Register Rewards program.

Signage: I have lived in two different states this year and shopped at Walgreens stores in both locations. I consistently find the stores do a poor job of putting up signs to help you identify which specific products are included in the Register Rewards program that week. For example, there may be 15 types of Colgate toothpaste on the shelf, but only one specific type and size qualifies for the reward.

In-store coupons: To get sale prices on many of its items, Walgreens requires you to redeem coupons you must clip out of its weekly ads. This is just silly. If it’s on sale, just give me the sales price without the hassle.

The disadvantages of shopping at Walgreens and using its rewards program far outweigh the benefits. I recommend spending your time targeting savings at other stores.

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