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Each week we provide a weekly Walgreen’s Matchup that is posted on Friday at 10:00 am EST for the following week’s sales ad.

I like shopping at WAGS even though you have to really think through your shopping trip to get the most for your deal.  They do not double coupons.  They allow you to stack 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupons, however you must purchase a total amount of items that equal the same number of coupons redeemed.  They have a Register Rewards (RR) program.  A RR is a Catalina coupon that prints out after you have purchased a qualifying item.

A RR will expire 2 weeks from the date issued and they won’t accept an expired RR.  If you use a RR to purchase another like brand (or brand in the same family) another RR will not print.  A RR can only be earned once per transaction.  If you want to earn more than one, you will need to make multiple transactions AND do not pay with the RR that printed from the same brand of product.  (RR’s do not roll like ECB’s at CVS).

You will need to invest about $10.00 when you start shopping at WAGS.  I personally target the FREE items and always try to walk out of the door with at least $10.00 of RR.  You must have one item for every coupon you use.  So if you stack a MQ and SQ (including RR) for an item you must purchase a “filler” item so that the coupon does not “beep”.  For example if you purchase 3 items and have 6 coupons you will need 3 “filler” items.  Always try to make your filler items as inexpensive as you possibly can.  If you are paying with 2 RR in addition you will need 2 more “filler” items.  A RR is a Catalina and it is a manufacturer coupon.

In order to get your total down to the lowest amount possible and for the register to accept all of your coupons, the order you give your coupon is very important. WAGS cashiers are “not allowed” to manually force a coupon through.  So if your coupon “beeps” they will just hand it back to you. Also, be sure to hand your coupons over in the following order to get the least OOP.  Register Rewards, Manufacturer’s Coupons and Store Coupons.

They also offer money off store coupons however these normally state that they must be used after all manufacturer and store coupons.  If for some reason they cannot get a coupon to go through, request that they void the item off of your order.   It’s much easier to just void it off and not pay for it, then to return it later.  Also, do not be afraid to walk away from a transaction if it doesn’t go your way.

Often time if you check out at the Beauty Counter you will get an additional coupon to use.  They often have a reward card too.  Be sure to ask before you check out.

Hopefully this helps you understand the system and have a better experience.

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