Rolling Rewards

29 Nov

I’ve had many people ask me how I get so many items for free when I hit the Big 3 (Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS).  I tell them I just roll the rewards!

Rolling rewards (ECB’s, RR’s and UP) from drugstores is the best way to get many of your items for free.  What you do is simply buy an item up front that has a reward attached to it (ideally a high price item with a high reward), then roll it into your next transaction, and you just keep repeating.   You ideally want to make sure every item you purchase has a reward attached to it to maximize savings.

For example (not actual scenario):

 

Transaction #1
Remote Control – $5.99, earn $5.99 Register Reward (RR)

OOP:  $5.99, earn $5.99 RR

Transaction #2

Crest 3D White Toothpaste – $3.50, earn $3.50 RR
Gillette Pro Series Skin Care – $2.49, earn $2.49 RR

  • Use $5.99 RR from Trans #1
  • OOP: FREE, earn $5.99 RR
Now, at Walgreens, you CANNOT use the Register Rewards you earned from one item to buy more of that item.  It will NOT print another reward that way.  In the above scenario, if you wanted another free remote, you would have to use the Register Rewards you earned from Trans #2 to buy the item in Trans #1.  See below… again, these are all fictitious scenarios to just show how to roll rewards!

Transaction #1
Remote Control – $5.99, earn $5.99 RR

OOP:  $5.99, earn $5.99 RR

Transaction #2

Crest 3D White Toothpaste – $3.50, earn $3.50 RR
Gillette Pro Series Skin Care – $2.49, earn $2.49 RR
Use $5.99 RR from Trans #1

OOP: FREE, earn $5.99 in RR’s

Transaction #3
Remote Control – $5.99, earn $5.99 RR
Use $5.99 in RR’s from Trans #2
OOP:  FREE earn $5.99 RR 

Walgreens also has the coupon to item ratio rule.  

If you have 3 items and 3 manufacturer coupons (MFR) plus a RR you want to redeem, you need to add a cheap 4th item to make the coupons balanced.  Register Rewards count as a manufacturer coupon.  This does NOT apply to the Walgreens in-store coupons, as you can stack the store and MFR coupons together.  See below…

Transaction #1
Gillette Venus Razor – $5.99
Use Walgreens in-store ad coupon for $1/1 Gillette Razor
Use $1/1 MFR coupon
Use $3.99 RR earned from a prior transaction

    In this scenario, you have 1 item, 1 in store coupon, 1 manufacturer coupon, and 1 RR.  The in-store coupon and MFR coupon on 1 item is allowed, but since we are using the RR we need to add in an inexpensive item to balance.

Add in $0.13 Christmas Bag
OOP:  $0.13 without tax

This is only the case for Walgreens.

At CVS you can use your Extra Care Bucks (ECB’s) earned on one item to turn around and buy more of the same item in the following transaction.  Same at Rite Aid!

One of my favorite blogs Fabulessly Frugal has amazing breakdowns of store policies for Walgreens and Rite Aid along with more scenarios.  Krazy Coupon Lady has one for CVS.  Follow the links below if you need more clarification!

Rite Aid
CVS
Walgreens

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