In previous articles, the Savvy Shopper has covered saving money at Walgreens through coupons and the Register Rewards program. From reading our Facebook page and talking to readers, it is apparent that a lot of people are taking advantage. While the savings are substantial, my engineering background won’t allow me to leave well enough alone. In the interest of continual improvement, I will outline some measures that can enhance your savings at Walgreens even further. These include:
If you aren’t aware of Ebates, you must join immediately. Ebates is a website that partners with various retailers to offer cash back on transactions. By clicking on a link to the appropriate store, a buyer is entitled to a percentage back on purchases made once the associated website comes up. In particular, you can get 3.5 percent cash back when you buy a Walgreens gift card through Ebates. From there, you can use the card to buy items as you normally would. The only difference is the increased savings. For more information, go to Ebates.com.
Instant Value Coupons
Have you joined Ebates? If not, stop reading this and join Ebates immediately. Shame on you. Go to Ebates.com and following the instructions. Now, back to IVCs. At store entrances, circulars are available. In this same spot, you can also get what is called an Instant Value Coupon booklet. These are extra special because the contents are store coupons that can be stacked on top of manufacturer coupons.
In addition to store coupons, the IVC booklets contain a rebate section. At various times, you can get products for free after coupons, specials, and rebates. I have found the rebates handy for applying Register Rewards. By doing this, I can recover the RRs in cash and get a product for free. As an added incentive, a 10 percent bonus is awarded when you elect to receive your rebate in the form of a Walgreens gift card.
Don’t miss the chance to make your golden years a little more golden. If you are an AARP member, be sure to present your membership card with each purchase. Walgreens offers special promotions to increase member savings. From printing extra Catalina coupons at checkout to awarding bonus Register Rewards, the opportunities are purely a extra with no downside. For more information, go to www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/aarpcard.jsp.
Be sure and “Like” Walgreens on Facebook to receive notifications of promotions and specials.
To get additional notifications on exclusive deals and coupons, sign up for an email mailing list. Sign up at www.walgreens.com/marketing/emailsignup/signup_main.jsp?optCd=2,4&vs=11.
Similar to emails, get text notifications on unique deals by signing up at walgreens.3cinteractive.com.
To supplement circular, manufacturer and IVC coupons, go to www.walgreens.com/topic/save/sale-and-values.jsp and click on the link on the left side of the page that says “Coupons.”
In the same section where you can access online coupons (www.walgreens.com/topic/save/sale-and-values.jsp) are links to online sales, promotions, and clearances.
As you can tell, Walgreens is a meaty bone. Hopefully, I have given you a lot to chew on. On top of the above points, there are even more opportunities. If you find or already know about them, we at the Savvy Shopper would love to hear your input. Please visit our Facebook site (Log on to Facebook and enter “Lubbock Savvy Shopper” in the search tool) or write us at SavvyShoppers@lubbockonline.com and let us know your thoughts, ideas, and tips. Our community is active, our members are awesome, and things are rocking. Don’t bother knocking. Come on in!
SEAN FIELDS is one of The A-J’s Savvy Shoppers. Read his columns Wednesdays, and catch Rachel Hardy on Sunday.