Walgreens 101


How Does the Walgreens Loyalty Program Work?

Walgreens loyalty program is two-fold:

Register Rewards (RR):  Register Rewards is very similar to the CVS ExtraCare program in that the RR’s are coupons that print out at the end of your cash register receipt and can be used on your next transaction.  The major difference between the two is that you do not need a store card in order to earn RR’s.

Balance Rewards: As of 9/16/12, Walgreens has a new rewards program called Balance Rewards! Balance Rewards Members will earn points with the purchase of specified products and/or services during specified promotions periods. Points will be awarded to the Member’s account 3-5 days after purchase.

Here is a summary of how the points system works:

Walgreens points

Kaley’s TOP 5 BIG TIPS for Walgreens:

  1. Sign up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program online or in-store.
  2. You don’t need a store card for RR deals, so there is no limit to the number of RR deals that you can do.  You may be limited to only one per transaction, so you will need to separate them into multiple transactions in order to earn RR’s for each purchase.
  3. Walgreens will typically not allow you to roll over the RR’s multiple times on the same deal.  If you are purchasing more than one RR deal and you’d like to use RR’s from a previous transaction, you may need to alternate your purchases in order for this to work.
  4. Unlike CVS, you cannot use RR’s and a coupon on the same item.  You may need to add a small item (i.e. a pack of gum) to your purchase in order to have the same amount of items as coupons.You can, however, use a store coupon (from the weekly flyer) and a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item.
  5. Use my handy Walgreens Custom Shopping List to plan your shopping trip (now located on the Favado app).

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Dy August 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I am new to the coupon drugstore game….I have been told that you have to have :
one item for every:
coupon used
RR used
RR received
is that true?…..and does that include Walg. coupons?

I am very overwhelmed and hoping to get good at this…thanks….your site looks easy to understand!


kaleyehret August 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm


Walgreens does not allow you to use a Register Reward and a manufacturing coupon on the same item. So yes, you do need one item per coupon or RR used. (You can, however, stack a store coupon from their flyer with a manufacturing coupon).

You do not need to have one item per RR received, however. For example, if you are purchasing a box of crackers that produce a $2 RR, you can still use a manufacturing coupon or a Register Reward to purchase it.

Does that answer your question?

Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it. It is overwhelming at first, but you’ll be a pro in no time!


DeeDee December 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Does Walgreens OR CVS price match? And do either of them accept a competitor’s coupon? Thanks!!
Dee Dee


kaleyehret December 3, 2009 at 6:09 am


I don’t believe that either of them price match or accept competitor’s coupons. Occasionally stores have their own policies, however. So you may want to ask at your local store.


Thelma Silvestro February 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

I am confused about the register rewards. Is this something I have to sign up for?


kaleyehret February 10, 2010 at 6:52 am


No, you do not need to sign up for Register Rewards. When you purchase something that is offering RRs that week, it will simply print out at the end of your receipt. I think you usually have a week or two to use them before they expire.


Tracy March 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Do you need to sign up for the Walgreen’s RR program? Or do the coupons just print randomly?


kaleyehret March 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm


You do not need to sign up for the Walgreens RR program. The Register Rewards print at the end of your receipt.


tammy December 26, 2011 at 10:21 am

Is there a website where it shows you how “flip” deals at the drugstore…specifically Walgreens. I walked in to buy a fingernail polish before Christmas. A lady goes buy the fingernail polish use the rebate to buy hair clips plus something. Then I used the rebate from the hairclips to buy the other fingernail polish. This was the first I knew about anything like this and it was the only time I was able to do this. I am looking for more information.


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