With more than 8,000 locations, Walgreens is the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States. It is very likely that at some point you have bought something from them, and chances are — you could’ve saved in that transaction.
That’s why we have prepared this article to help you save on every future purchase at Walgreens, whether online or while in the store. Here are…
14 Ways to Save Money at Walgreens
Our list includes coupons, loyalty program, access to deals, and more…
1. Learn the color coding
Walgreens uses three different colors to mark special prices in its store: red tags indicate “new lower prices,” yellow tag means “great sale prices with card,” and green tags earn you additional points. Knowing this will help you more quickly spot deals while in the store.
2. Sign-up for Walgreens’ Balance Rewards
And grab the company’s loyalty card that will get you “10 points per $1 on almost everything, every day” along with bonus points on weekly-changed featured products. Select product categories will get you even more points, like immunization (100 points) and prescriptions (300 points). When the time comes to redeem rewards, 5,000 points will get you $5 off your next purchase, 10,000 points – $10, 18,000 points – $20, 30,000 points – $35, and 40,000 points can be redeemed for $50 off your next purchase.
3. Earn points by taking care of your health
With the “Balance Rewards for healthy choices” program you earn points by tracking your health and fitness activities. Simply by setting a health goal will get you 250 points and another 250 points when you actually achieve that goal. Walking, running and cycling get you 20 points per mile, and so do monitoring your blood pressure and keeping a daily log.
4. Join the Prescription Savings Club
No insurance for prescriptions or not enough coverage? Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is for you, offering special discounts off the cash price of thousands of brand-name and generic medications as well as numerous other benefits when you use your card throughout the store. As part of the program, you get 5-20% savings on most immunizations, 10% bonus on Walgreens Brand and Nice! products and in-store photofinishing services, 10% savings at Walgreens Healthcare Clinic, savings on preventive and lifestyle medications your insurance may not cover; as well as additional prescription discounts on pet medications all compound medications, nebulizers and diabetic supplies with a prescription.
5. Get Register Rewards
This is the reason you should be paying attention to your printouts. Register Rewards are the coupons that print at the store’s register after purchasing of certain items. Once earned, these coupons can be used on your next purchase. There is one limit though — you can only use one Register Rewards coupon per offer per transaction.
6. Stack those coupons
The good thing about Walgreens is that it allows you to use its own coupons with manufacturer coupons. For even deeper discounts, customers can combine manufacturer coupons with sale items and Register Rewards promotions. It could be a hard math until you get used to it — but it’s worth the effort.
7. Check out all the deals
Inside a Walgreens store, you’ll want to check out the clearance section where you could find savings that can go up to 50 percent. On the Walgreens website, visit the following pages: Paperless Coupons, Weekly Ad, and Sweepstakes & Promotions. Between those four options you should be able to find something you need, and save.
8. Seniors get discounts
Walgreens offers discounts to Balance Rewards members aged 55-plus and AARP members. The company holds a few Seniors Days throughout the year, offering up to 20 percent off select products both in-store and on its website. Or, they could offer free points to seniors agreeing to ask about certain products.
9. Sign-up for Walgreens’ newsletter(s)
This is how the latest deals will get straight to your mailbox. Beyond “Online Deals and Exclusives” and “Weekly Ad,” you can also subscribe to other newsletters offered by Walgreens, including “Photo News and Offers,” “Diabetes Newsletter,” “Healthcare Clinic” and more.
10. Install the Walgreens app
Not only does it make easier to buy all the stuff Walgreens has to offer, but it also provides you with quick access to the latest deals and coupons. In addition, the app can be used to print photos, manage your Balance Rewards account, and most importantly — manage your own health by setting pill reminders, find out which immunizations are right for you, keep track of your prescriptions and more.
11. Follow Walgreens on Social Media
This is where you can scoop additional deals and coupons. Walgreens is present on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube. Make sure to follow, like and subscribe to their stuff and be among the first ones to know when the deal is on.
12. Get rain checks for out-of-stock sale items
If Walgreens marks down an item, but it’s out of stock when you get to the store, you can get a rain check to buy the item at the sale price at a later date. Rain checks are good for in-store purchases only and are valid for 60 days. In some instances, a store employee may authorize the substitution of a similar product of the same brand at the advertised price.
13. Buy pre-owned Walgreens gift cards
Use a service like Gift Card Granny or Raise to buy a pre-owned gift card for less and save 11 percent or so. Perhaps you could save even more, but at the time of writing this article those were the available savings for Walgreens gift cards. (Related: 7 Gift Card Hacks to Help You Save Money)
14. Get cash back on your online purchases with Ebates
No need to leave the money on the table, with Ebates offering anywhere 7 percent cash-back on every dollar you spend at Walgreens.com. So instead of visiting Walgreens’ website directly, do it through Ebates to benefit from their cash back offer — which BTW is available with a number of merchants.
We believe we have summed it all up, but are also open for further suggestions. If you, or someone you know, have used some other trick to save at Walgreens — we’d like to hear about it. Make sure to drop your two cents in the comments below.
Or if some of these tips have already worked for you — mention that as well. Let’s start a conversation…