Walgreens Coupon Policy Change – Will Others Follow Suit?


Oh, boy…

If you haven’t already heard, there have been some changes to the Walgreens coupon policy.

Take a look at rules 7, 9, and 10…

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.

Remember when some Walgreens stores would adjust the value of a coupon down? Well, not anymore! This change states that Walgreens stores will no longer accept any coupons that exceed the price of an item, so they will no longer adjust the price of a coupon either.

So, if you’re buying an item that’s $.99 and you have a coupon for $1 off? Well, you’re out of luck.

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.

Yikes! This means that you can no longer use a coupon on a free item in a BOGO sale.

These changes will definitely affect couponers who shop at Walgreens, as you can see. I’d love to heaar your thoughts on the matter…

  • Will these changes affect you at all?
  • Are you going to continue shopping and using coupons at Walgreens?
  • Do you think that other drugstores, like CVS and Rite Aid, will follow suit?
  1. 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.

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  • Julie

    Walgreens Management sucks! They’ve been giving me hassles over coupons for a long time.They don’t want to take coupons printed from online sources–even it’s a manufacturer’s coupon!! What they’re doing isn’t right. I’m planning to boycott Walgreens again. I’ll only do my shopping at coupon friendly stores.

    • Common Sense With Money

      Wow! That’s nuts! I figured most stores and store employees would be understanding and accepting of printable coupons by now.

      • LC

        It’s true. The stores on the south side of my city will not take internet coupons either.

    • Sharon C.

      I think you can expect CVS in your area to follow suit on the coupon “crackdown”. All of these same restrictions have been in place in my Houston area CVS for some time. The funny thing is that Walgreens has been the coupon friendly store! I agree with everyone, it is just getting harder and harder to score decent deals with coupons. Despite all, I am dedicated to saving money. We will just have to stick together & work harder!

      • Common Sense With Money

        Oh noooo! Not my CVS! LoL

        You’re definitely right – the world of couponing has been evolving quite a bit in the past few years. We just need to learn how to adapt with it.

  • Amy

    I shop much more at CVS than Walgreens anyway & get much better deals at CVS anyway. I have been spending less & less $ at Walgreens & this new change means I might not go there at all.

    • Cathy

      I totally agree. I can’t remember the last time I shopped at Walgreens. I don’t even shop at Rite Aid anymore.

      • Common Sense With Money

        LoL – are you a CVS shopper too?

  • Faith

    Walgreens has always been a hassle with their register rewards. Then we had to remember to not use points on a transaction that yields points. That was my stopping point. CVS is soooo much better & my store associates are super!

    • Roxie

      I agree! Walgreens policy with coupons was a pain , you couldn’t use a “proctor & Gamble” rewards coupon on another P&G item; you could only use the same number of coupons as items sold, so you had to buy additional items you didn’t need to be able to use a coupon, etc. CVS is so much better, their extra bucks can be used to buy ANYTHING. I only go to CVS now as well.

  • Kara

    While this change is not what I would like to hear, it’s really no different than what I have at our grocery store. (i.e. Pick N Save) I’ve been finding that more and more stores are NOT coupon friendly due to increase in fraud and shows like Extreme Couponers.

    • Common Sense With Money

      I definitely agree with you on this. The Extreme Couponing show did kind of give regular couponers a bad name. Hopefully some of the negative stigma will die down and we aren’t in for even stricter changes in the future.

  • Jessica

    What a shame. Unfortunately, I think this will bite WG in the behind as less and less people will shop there due to their hassles. What doesn’t make sense is that by accepting coupons, WG isn’t losing any money at all as the manufacturer refunds that coupon amount plus the 1/100 of a cent or whatever that small print states. It would behoove any store to accept manufacturers coupons without hassle! I just don’t get it sometimes.

  • Common Sense With Money

    It seems like a lot of you have the same idea about this as I do – CVS rocks! Hopefully they don’t follow in the same footsteps as Walgreens.

    • L.C.

      I agree, CVS is much better and the extra bucks program is less confusing and much more rewarding. CVS for me.

  • sally

    This new policy change will most definitely keep me from shopping at Walgreens. I can’t count how many times I’ve used a coupon there that had to be adjusted down. But here’s how I feel…if they don’t want my coupons, then they don’t want my business. If they don’t want my business, then they don’t want my money, either. They may think they are, but they’re not the only dog and pony show in town!

    • Common Sense With Money

      From the sounds of it, a lot of couponers feel the same way. It makes me wonder if this will affect their business at all.

  • Adrienne Nelson

    Unfortunately Walgreens is too convenient for me, one I can walk to and one a short bus ride away. I have never had a problem with coupons printed from the web.

  • Shirley

    I tried to avoid Walgreeens as much as I can
    but it will really hurt me if CVS does this too 🙁

    • Common Sense With Money

      Definitely! I love my CVS too, and would be really bummed if they did this.