Walgreens recently updated their coupon policy (effective immediately), so we wanted to give you a heads up so you’re not surprised at the register the next time you shop at Walgreens.
You can read the complete Walgreens coupon policy for all of the restrictions, but here are the most noteworthy changes (as well as my thoughts):
No More Overage or Adjusting Coupon Values Down
“Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.”
To me, this says that Walgreens will no longer even accept a coupon with a higher value than the item it’s being used for. Previously this was a gray area as some cashiers would adjust the value of the coupon down to meet the sale price, but it seems that this is no longer possible.
Only One Manufacturer’s Coupon Per BOGO Sale
“For offers when multiple items are purchased and additional items are free (buy 1 get 1 free; buy 2 get 1 free, etc.), the number of coupons applied to that offer cannot exceed the number of items required in the “buy” portion of the offer.”
“Coupons may not be applied against any free item received in any offer.”
Thus ends the era of using two manufacturer’s coupons with a buy 1, get 1 free sale. Considering Walgreens’ registers ring up the first item at full price and the second item as free (for BOGO sales), this isn’t terribly surprising. It will, however, change many of the deal scenarios we put together for you here at Pocket Your Dollars.
BOGO Coupons Cannot Be Paired with BOGO Sales
“When items are featured in a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion, at least one product needs to be purchased. A maximum of one BOGO coupon is permitted per two qualifying items in a BOGO offer.”
What this means is we can no longer pair a buy 1, get 1 free coupon with a buy 1, get 1 free sale and get both items free. To use a buy 1, get 1 free coupon with a buy 1, get 1 free sale, we will now to have buy four items (it will end up being like buy one, get three free after coupon and sale).
No Free Product Printable Coupons
“Walgreens shall not accept ‘free product’ internet printed coupons.”
Honestly I can’t think of any retailers right now that do accept free product printable coupons. Thankfully companies are moving away from offering up printable free product coupons and are instead sending them via postal mail.
Be sure to check out the complete Walgreens coupon policy if you’re new to shopping Walgreens or just need a refresher course.
While none of these changes are favorable to Walgreens’ customers, it’s still important to be a well-informed customer and stay on top of what’s going on. I strongly recommend that you print a copy of the Walgreens coupon policy and keep it in your coupon binder or folder in case you need to reference it while you’re at the store. (And really, you should keep a copy of the coupon policy at every store you shop at with you just to be on the safe side while you’re out and about.)
Stepping up on my soapbox here: Sometimes you just need to “roll with the punches” when it comes to using coupons and shopping sales. Policies change all the time. Sales and promotions are added and taken away, and sometimes a favorite store of yours closes. I’m sure we’ll still find plenty of deals at Walgreens when using their Register Rewards and Balance Rewards programs as well as their in-store coupon booklets and sales. It will be all right. :) OK, off my soapbox now.
Your turn: What other questions do you have about Walgreens’ updated coupon policy?