As I teach in my Advanced Coupon Class, rolling register rewards can be a bit tricky.
I usually don't teach or recommend starting out with rolling at Walgreens until you are quite comfortable with using coupons in general. Once you have the hang of couponing effectively, you should jump right in and give it a whirl, there are usually great deals to be had at Walgreens.

A Brief Explanation Of Walgreens Register Rewards

Walgreens-Register-RewardRegister Rewards are sort of an "instant rebate" that you get when you purchase specific products. Register Rewards are marked in the weekly sales flier. When you buy an item that is eligible for a Register Reward promotion, you will get a coupon that prints out at the register (often called a Catalina in other stores) that is good for a certain amount off your next in store purchase.
Every week there are usually new products that will issue a Register Reward. Check your sales flier each week for these items.

Rolling Your Register Rewards For Maximum Savings And Minimum OOP

Learning how to roll these register rewards is where you can save, and in some cases even make money at Walgreens. Of course, like everything, you will need to put in some work, but the benefit will be great. The work I am talking about is a little planning and organizing. I am hoping this article will help with that. The concept of "rolling" just means that you take a register reward that you "earned" last week and "roll" it into another product this week that will also issue you another register reward, thus spending the least amount of money possible OOP for the maximum savings and product purchased. The whole idea when rolling is to keep your out of pocket as low as possible, while at the same time getting the most in register rewards back.

There are some rules that you really do need to follow in order for the transaction to complete properly and get your Register Rewards issued.
  • You cannot use a register reward (RR) from one promotion to buy more of the same item, from the same manufacturer and promotion, or your transaction wont generate a new register reward. The register reward item limits are printed in the sales flier along with the promotion. If you want to get more than one register reward for the same item, you will need to purchase your items in separate transactions.
  • You can use your register rewards just like cash to pay for your transaction, however you must have at least an equal number of items as you do coupons, and the total amount of your purchase cannot exceed the amount of your register reward.
  • You can use a manufacturer coupon and a register reward to pay for your items, as long as your item count is equal to or greater than your coupon count.
  • If you have fewer items than you do register rewards you may need to add in some "filler" items..look in the clearance section. I often find items for .25¢ or less there and these are great for increasing your item count vs. coupon count totals.
  • In order to roll a register reward, you first need to "earn" one. I recommend starting out with just a couple of sale items that are going to generate a RR. You will need to pay out of your pocket for this transaction, but you will "earn" RR's to use for next week.

It can seem a bit confusing, but once you have done it a couple of times, you will get the hang of it. Don't get discouraged if your first few transactions don't go as smoothly as you planned, I still run into snags and I have been doing this for over 7 months now!

Additional Resources

There are several, make that thousands, of places you can get information on the web about this same topic. Most of the sites offer weekly "deals" for rolling. I will not be posting what deals to do weekly for rolling, but rather showing you the deals I did, as a teaching method so you can learn how to roll yourself. However, I wanted to make a list for you of the great resources I use for rolling. By far my favorite place to go is to The site is FREE and is one of the 2 sites I used when I first started using coupons.

A Full Cup
Aside from A Full Cup the only other place I go for my information is
These two online forums offer all the information I need to get amazing deals, and often free products by matching up store sales and coupons.

This video is the first in a small series I will be doing to show you how to begin rolling those RR's.
As mentioned above, you have to start somewhere and make that initial investment OOP, and roll from there. For the video example here's what I did:
  • Purchased 3 Aussie Hair care products on sale for $2.99 each (in 3 seperate transactions) you have to do separate transactions in order to get a RR for each item. That is what the "Limit 1 coupon printed per offer" means
  • Used a $1.00 off mfgr coupon for each item in each transaction
  • Payed $1.99 for each item, in each transaction, and earned a $2.00 RR for each one
  • Earned a total of (3) $2.00 RR's to begin rolling with next week.

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sunnybunny said...

Thank you for these great videos. :)

I took advantage of this deal the other day. I love it when I only end up paying tax after the RRs and coupons! (Ok, honestly, I'm never thrilled paying taxes, but...) ;0)

Thanks again!
I'm learning a lot from your website and I like that you're not hyper in your videos as some other people are. Haha

Happy Thanksgiving!