I know — people think pharmacies are expensive and simply convenient…but there is a lot more to it. They are great places to get personal care items, paper products, health and beauty items and household cleaners! All you do is stack their rewards programs along with their store coupons and the manufacturer’s coupons.
Honest, it isn’t as complicated as it sounds, LOL!
- CVS has their Extra Care Card
- Walgreen’s has their Register Rewards
Both are free to participate in and each have their own Pros and Cons. Let’s start with the basics for both programs:
Basically you are shopping at the store with their coupons and the manufacturer’s coupons and, after you pay, you get “Monopoly Money” back that is good for the next purchase at their store.
Here is an example:
- This week Walgreen’s has the Triaminic Cold, Cough, Fever or Allergy for $5 (2 for $10).
- Buy two and use two of the the $3/1 manufacturer coupon from the 1/4 SS
- Pay $4.00 (plus tax) out of pocket and, get $5 in their Register Rewards (Monoploy Money) to use on your next visit.
- You spent $4 to get $5 back AND have the two medicines for FREE. (We call this a Money Maker).
An ad match up for you might look like this:
-use 2 of the $3/1 from the 1/4 SS
- CVS has limits as to how many times you can participate in a deal – your card is used for tracking that while Walgreen’s has no such control set in place – you can get several of the same deals.
- CVS has extra perks for you if you register your card with cvs.com (you’ll get emails with money saving coupons), scan your card at an in-store kiosk.
- Walgreen’s won’t let you go under $0 so you need to make sure that you have things to bump your total up if you need to. We call those “filler items”.
- Walgreen’s considers the Register Rewards as Manufacturer’s coupons — so you have to be careful when “rolling” your deals as you can’t have more Manufacturer’s coupons than items that you are buying.