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How a pro uses Walgreens' Register Rewards program

Posted by: John Ewoldt under Pharmacies Updated: April 2, 2010 - 2:44 PM

Many readers have told me about the amazing deals if you use the reward programs at Walgreens and CVS. I find them too time consuming, but I don't discourage others from taking advantage of the significant savings.

Now let me step out of the way while Paula from Woodbury explains one how she shopped Walgreens program this week..

 

"Started with a $10 Walgreen’s gift card.

First transaction, I bought a Dulcolax for $10, used a $4 coupon. Paid $6 on my gift card, earned a $10 Register Reward.

Second transaction, I bought a Simply Saline for $7, used a $1 coupon; bought a Dove shampoo for $4, used a $1.50 coupon; bought Dentek floss, used a $1 coupon; bought 4 Easter tumbler glasses on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon. Paid with my $10 Register Reward from first transaction and $0.48 on my gift card and earned a $7, $4 and $2 Register Reward.

Third transaction, I bought a Dulcolax for $10, used a $4 coupon; bought 8 Easter gift bags on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon. Paid with my $7 Register Reward from Simply Saline in the second transaction and $0.07 on my gift card and earned a $10 Register Reward.

Fourth transaction, I bought a Simply Saline for $7, used a $1 coupon; bought a Dove conditioner for $4, used a $1.50 coupon; bought Dentek floss, used a $1 coupon; bought 4 Easter tumbler glasses on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon. Paid with my $10 Register Reward from third transaction and $0.48 on my gift card and earned a $7, $4 and $2 Register Reward.

Fifth transaction, I bought a Dulcolax for $10, used a $4 coupon; bought 4 Easter tumbler glasses on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon; bought Dove Intensive Repair for $4, used a $1.50 coupon. Paid with my $7 and $2 Register Rewards from my fourth and second transactions and $0.34 on my gift card and earned a $10 and $4 Register Reward.

Sixth transaction, I bought a Simply Saline for $7, used a $1 coupon; bought a Dove Intensive Repair for $4, used a $1.50 coupon; bought Biotene toothpaste for $4.99, used a $2 coupon (I wanted this) ; bought 6 Easter gift bags on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon. Paid with my $10 and $2 Register Rewards from fifth and fourth transactions and $0.94 on my gift card and earned a $7 and $4 Register Reward.

At this point, I have $1.46 left on my gift card and $23 in Register Rewards. I am out of Dove and Dentek coupons.

I can continue to roll Simply Saline and Dulcolax and to burn up what’s left on my gift card by buying Dulcolax for $10 and using a $4 coupon; and 8 Easter gift bags or tumblers on sale 8/$1 with ad coupon and paying with my $7 Register Reward from Simply Saline and $0.07; and then buying Simply Saline and using a $1 coupon and Dove without a coupon and paying with my $10 Register Reward from Dulcolax and pay $0.78 and still end up with an extra $4 Register Reward on the Dove each time. For 24 cents of real money in addition to the spent $10 gift card, I’ll quit with $34 in Register Rewards and $170 in products. Then I can use that $34 to buy anything in the store I want and I’ll donate the stuff I don’t use."

Back to John: Frankly, I'm exhausted reading this. I respect Paula's process and the savings, but I don't see any products I would buy, at least in this example. In another week, maybe I would.

If this isn't your cup of tea, I understand, but for some shoppers it's a significant way to save money and donate unneeded items to charity. Don't shoot the Easter bunny just because you aren't willing to do so. Have a nice weekend everybody. Any CVS strategists out there willing to share their experience with Reward Bucks?


 

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