My Walgreens Trip 4/2 (Steve) – $14.41 PROFIT on $159.34 of Merchandise (109.0% Saved)


I had an INSANE Walgreens trip today! I had over 40,000 Balance Rewards points and thought this was a really good week to do a redemption since there are a lot of Balance Rewards points deals that are “Buy Two, Get 5000 Points” types of deals. When you do those types of deals, you can use points and still earn points. I also spotted a few deals while in the stores today on Zantac digestive products and store brand Allergy items. I wasn’t aware of these deals beforehand, but I ran home and got my coupons so I could include the deals in this trip.

I did everything in one big transaction so I could redeem points. I also had a “Thank You” digital coupon in my Walgreens account for 7000 bonus points with a $20+ purchase. I used that in the transaction below.

Here are the points that aren’t listed with individual items below in the breakdown:
7000 bonus points for $20+ purchase with my custom “Thank You” coupon in my Walgreens account
5000 bonus points for meeting another $50 threshold from the Beauty Enthusiast Club (all those body washes count!)
550 Everyday Points earned
Total Points NOT listed with items below = 12,550 ($12.55-$15.69 value)
***Since I redeem 40K points for $50, the higher value ($15.69) is what is applied in the stats for this trip.

EIGHT SOFTSOAP BODY WASHES, on sale $3.99 (reg. $4.49)
Get 5000 Balance Rewards points (value $5-$6.25) for every two purchased (so I earned 20K points; up to $25 value)
Used four $0.75/1 Softsoap Body Wash printable coupons (preclipped)
and used four $0.75/1 Softsoap Body Wash coupons, 3/26 SS insert
Price at Register: $25.92, but earned 20,000 BR points (up to $25 value)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.92 (or 11 cents each!)

FOUR IRISH SPRING BODY WASHES, on sale $3.99 (reg. $4.59)
Get 5000 Balance Rewards points (value $5-$6.25) for every two purchased (so I earned 20K points; up to $25 value)
Used four $1/1 Irish Spring Body Wash printable coupons (preclipped)
and used four $1/1 Irish Spring Body Wash coupons, 4/2 SS insert
Price at Register: $23.92, but earned 20,000 BR points (up to $25 value)

FOUR WAL-DRYL ALLERGY 24 CT, on sale 2/$6 (reg. $4.49)
Get 5000 Balance Rewards points (value $5-$6.25) for every two purchased (so I earned 10K points; up to $12.50 value)
No coupons used
Price at Register: $12, but received 10,000 BR points (up to $12.50 value)

For this Zantac deal, I suggest that you buy at least one regular Zantac in addition to your Duo Fusion to help avoid beeping issues. Also, it is very important that they scan your $5/1 Duo Fusion coupons FIRST. If you have them do the $4/1 Zantac newspaper coupon it will try to attach to the Duo Fusions and your $5/1 coupons will beep. Do the store coupon at the end. Let’s just say that I learned this the hard way today 😉 Also…if you’re a little timid and don’t want to risk the beeping issues, just pay $0.99 for your Duo Fusion by using the store coupon stacked with that $4/1 newspaper coupon in the 3/26 SS insert.

FOUR ZANTAC DUO FUSION 20 CT, on sale $8.99 (reg. $10.99)
Used four $5/1 Zantac Duo Fusion printable coupons
and used the $4/1 Select Zantac Walgreens store coupon, Walgreens April Savings monthly coupon booklet (deducted $16 total)

TWO ZANTAC150 24 CT, on sale $8.99 (reg. $10.99)
Used two $4/1 Zantac or Duo Fusion coupons, 3/26 SS insert
and used the $4/1 Select Zantac Walgreens store coupon, Walgreens April Savings monthly coupon booklet (deducted $8 total)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.98 (or 99 cents each!)

Don’t forget about the $15.69 of extra points not listed with the items that I mentioned near the top of the article. They are in the stats below.

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $159.34
Net Price Paid for Everything: FREE + $14.41 PROFIT
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 109.0%

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  1. Hey Steve/— great trip
    Don’t know where to post this but free Right Guard at Publix.
    It’s B1G1 and there is a B1G1 PAF. Plus Red Plum IP. Plus Savingstar.
    I think it ends up a moneymaker.
    2 for 3.83
    PAF -1.91
    2 IP $2
    Ss $1
    Wow. I did make $1.10!

  2. I’m confused on this. What is the limit on the Softsoap/Irish Spring?? They are in the same deal. Also, if I buy something today then return later in the week and buy it again—do points rack up both times if it’s a points item??

    • Steve Pinski says

      The only limit is the limit on the coupons. I believe it is four identical of each coupon (just like I did in my transaction.) You get 5000 points for EVERY set of two you purchase.

    • If the deal was to buy two Irish Spring and get a $5 Register Reward, you would only be able to do one per transaction. But when the deal is to buy two Irish Spring and get 5,000 Balance Reward points, you can do multiples in a transaction and at any other time during the sale week and will earn 5,000 points every time you buy two.

    • When you return the Oren it will take away the points. Limits depends on the store. In fine print on the as out says purchase of more than Everyday Use is prohibited. In our store there is a limit of four per day per customer her household. As much as we love to have people save money we don’t love stockpiling that clears off shelves

      • I don’t think she is saying she will go back to the store to return the items she bought on Sunday. She is saying she will return later in the week to buy more of the items she bought Sunday, but this time she will use the 7,000 point bonus.

  3. Thank you so much……….clears up my confusion. I did receive the $7 off $20 clip to card coupon so plan to go back later in the week when I get more organized. Great Deal!!!

    • Steve Pinski says

      Awesome. Good luck. Comment if you need help with anything. Walgreens can be tricky 😉

      • If the sales associate tells you they have to bring the store coupon first that is because it is store policy. We are not supposed to give back more then what the item cost after the store coupon. Just a little heads up.

  4. At my Walgreens they only allow 4 total coupons (not just 4 of the same). I had 2 coupons for one deal and 2 different ones for another deal, plus I used $7 bucks from a register reward. They consider the register reward as a coupon, so I wasn’t able to use one of the other ones. Seems each Walgreens has interprets the “rules” differently.

    • At Walgreens, you’ve always need to have one item for each manufacturer’s coupon you use in the transaction, and Register Rewards are manufacturer’s coupons. That is why if you are buying four items and have four manufacturer’s coupons but also want to use a Register Reward, you buy a cheap filler. Sometimes you can find pencils in the clearance section for 10 cents. That will work. And that is why in the Free or Almost Free weekly write-ups, Steve and Monica always include a list of fillers at the end.

      However, limiting you to four total coupons per transaction is ridiculous, especially when your fifth coupon was a Walgreens Register Reward. I would complain about that. I understand that manager’s are allowed to set limits, but when the ad is full of deals that point out the coupons people can use to get a better price, they are basically saying you can only get four of the best advertised deals that week. Do they want you to go to another retailer to use manufacturer’s coupons that they are going to be reimbursed for with a few extra pennies for their trouble?

      • Courtney says

        This is because companies limit how many coupons they will reimburse Walgreens for. If too many are used in a transaction (or in general) they will reimburse Walgreens up to the maximum that they allow and then the rest comes out of Walgreens pocket.

        So us managers try to limit how many coupons are used to avoid costing the company money. I’ve had multiple cashiers fired for accepting too many coupons (some of which did not actually match the product). The company is really cracking down on coupon fraud and misusage.

        • Thank you for the explanation. I can understand how simply limiting the number of coupons in a transaction would reduce coupon misuse, but I think cashiers should be trained to check the fine print to see what the coupon limits are. P&G coupons have a limit of four like coupons per day. Unilever coupons have a limit of two like coupons per day. Other coupons are variable. If a coupon has a limit of one like coupon per household, and the cashier is not reading the fine print and takes four in one transaction simply because the rule allows up to four coupons, then Walgreens will still be violating the limits for that coupon.

  5. Pretty sure the items don’t count for the beauty club $50 / 5K if you use points (it didn’t count for me) so you might want to check your receipt

  6. Thanks for all the great deals. I especially like the Zantac I purchased 4. Thanks again.

  7. On the Zantac overage….Walgreen’s won’t let you use like a $3 coupon on something that’s $2.99…is it different on this since it’s a mfg & a store coupon?

    • Steve Pinski says

      If you use the store coupon last, the item is still $8.99 when you use the $5 coupon. If you buy at least one regular Zantac, you will be allowed to use that store coupon for sure but the register will deduct from all the Zantacs and Duo Fusions that match the coupon.

      • Walgreens policy you need to use the store coupon first and then the manufacturer’s coupon that we are not giving money back on coupons which is actually coupon fraud.

        • Walgreens has a “no coupon overage” policy, but not all stores do.

          Here is the Walmart policy:

          “If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.”

          Here is the Publix policy:

          “Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.”

          Here is the Dollar General policy:

          “If a coupon value is more than the price of the item, the remaining value will be applied to the balance of the transaction. Coupon overage can only be applied to the balance and will not be given back at the end of the transaction. Coupon overages will only be applied to the store merchandise remaining in the transaction and cannot be applied to gift cards, pre-paid money cards or phone cards. Other restrictions may apply.”

          So if allowing consumers to earn overage from coupons is automatically “coupon fraud,” you have to wonder why giant retailers like Dollar General, Publix, and Walmart not only allow coupon overage but say so in the coupon policy documents available on their corporate websites.

        • Princess says

          You have to keep in mind that stores are reimbursed and also a slight bonus is given for accepting manufacturer coupons providing the customer followed all the parameters when using a coupon (right product, size, limits, etc). The reason the stores Maureen listed provides overage is because they submit the coupon for full face value (lets say I’m purchasing an item that is normally $1.00 but is on sale for .50 and I have a coupon for $1.00 off, why should the store adjust my coupon to .50 and still turn around and send it to manufacturer for $1.00 reimbursement. There is no where on those types of coupons to indicate you only gave the customer a .50 coupon savings. In my opinion then the store is committing coupon fraud). I’d rather they not accept my coupon (Walgreens) than adjust it to the lesser amount and then still make money for full value from manufacturer when I didn’t get the overage I’m due. It’s not fraud to receive overage as Maureen stated otherwise stores would not allow it. They are just more knowledgeable when it comes to coupons; which I truly appreciate.

  8. I’m confused about points; I thought if you used points to pay for an item you couldn’t earn points that came with that item. Could you explain? Thanks.

    • Steve Pinski says

      You can earn points if the deal is “Buy X number of an item, Get Y points” even if you spend points to pay for it.

      However, if the deal is “Buy $X (a certain dollar amount), Get Y points” you need to realize that the points will reduce the amount you “spend” in the transaction and it could disqualify you from earning the new points.

      That’s why the Softsoap, Irish Spring and Walgreens Allergy deals are so awesome. You can roll your points.

  9. Marisol Rosa says

    Hi Steve quick question . You did all this on one transaction? Or one senerio at a time.

  10. I’m not sure I follow the soft soap and Irish spring . If they are $3.99 each and you bought 8 your total should have been $32 instead of $25. How did you get them for $25 before the points were added?

    • He use manufacturer’s coupons. $1/1 for the Irish Spring and $0.75/1 for the Softsoap. Four of each will lower the total by $7. Manufacturer’s coupons do not interfere with the points promotion.

  11. Walgreens is always very confusing to me. I plan on getting the softsoap and Irish Spring deals. If I use points to pay, I know I will earn the points – but, will I also earn the 7,000 Thank you points?

    • Steve Pinski says

      If you need $20 purchased to get the Thank You points, then you have to do some extra math to know if you will get the Thank You points. Add up all your purchases (not including tax.) Subtract off the value of any store coupons AND the value of any points you are redeeming on the purchase. If the remaining amount that you are “paying” via cash/credit card and your manufacturer’s coupons is more than that $20 amount, you will get the points. (That’s why I was able to still get the points.)

      • I didn’t get my 7,000 points and I did use some points to pay for my purchase. I didn’t purchase as many items as Steve did but I did get over $20 after my coupons. SO, guessing here is all, you don’t get your 7,000 when you use points to pay.

        • Steve Pinski says

          I got the points. The important thing to still get the points for the 7000 Thank You coupon is that the value of your manufacturer’s coupons + the extra non-tax money you pay out of pocket must total over $20 for the points to generate. It’s very complicated and easy to make a mistake, so you have to carefully do your math before shopping to know if it is going to work.

  12. Shelly Huston says

    I had a ten dollar Register Reward from diapers from last week. I got 4 Irish Spring 4 Softsoap 4 Duo Fusion and 2 Wal dryl and 1 Angel Soft bath tissue. The checker waited until the end to put in the store coupons and had to start over. She called the manager to use the coupons. She said you couldn’t use Internet coupons. Even though I explained ahead of time the checkers just say “It wont work” and hand back the coupons. (With a blank look) I told the manager I wasn’t leaving until all the sales and coupons were correct since they advertised them and I met all the requirements. The manager stayed and the order had to be rung three more times because she couldn’t get the store coupon to work. She hand entered all the coupons worth $43.00. The end result was $107.00 down to $29.00 with $30.00 in points back. Took 45 minutes.

    • Steve Pinski says

      What a hassle. I had a beeping issue with the Zantac on my first trip with the Duo Fusion, but it was ok when we rang the order the second time with the Duo Fusion coupons first.

  13. Can some one please help?! I have walgreen points equivalent to $105.00 right now. I just keep collecting the points on transactions because I don’t know when/how to use them. I am in overload with coupons. Can someone maybe give me a small shopping scenario that I can try so that I can see if I understand how to use all these points I have. Zantac is something I go threw like candy so I could definitely use some of those if they are part of a scenario…it would be so appreciated!! Thank you

    • Steve Pinski says

      Softsoap, Irish Spring and the store brand Allergy deals are perfect for you. On those deals you can earn points even if you spend points because the points deal doesn’t require a certain dollar amount. I don’t have time to give you a scenario right now because I’m trying to get all of today’s posts written and scheduled before a flight this evening, but it would include the deals in my shopping trip above, but just smaller quantities. Just make sure you buy even numbers of body washes and allergy meds to get the best deals (you can buy as few as two of each.)

  14. Hi Steve,

    What was you total before using your 40,000 pts?


    • Steve Pinski says

      I redeemed a RR for $10 from the Schick deal the previous week. I then owed $53.78 plus tax when I redeemed the points.

  15. I spent out of pocket $54.01 ( $1.60) was taxes+ $23.00 MQ= $75.40 so I could earn points $7 for spending $20.00 and used my points $50.00 ( $40.00 from the account).
    I haven’t earned $7.00 bonus. I called the customer service and they made an adjustment to the account. I also purchased chocolate and had $2.00 MQ ( digital) which didn’t go too. So they see that it’s something wrong with the system. I was expected so good customer service from them. Now i will see if they appear in my account