Week 6: Free Couponing Class (9/27)

by Claire on September 28, 2009

Welcome to Week 6 of the ten week couponing course!

It’s a great week, and you’re about to get over $45 in FREE products at Walgreens!

If you aren’t part of the couponing class, go here to learn more about my free couponing course or sign up:

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This week we’ll be working on CATALINAS and REGISTER REWARDS.

What is a Catalina and/or Register Reward?

A catalina is essentially a coupon that is automatically printed out at the register when you buy a certain item. At Walgreens, these are called Register Rewards. Like other deals, you can find out about Catalinas in a store’s inserts or at a money-saving coupon blog like Choyster Cash.

The big thing to remember about Catalinas/Register Rewards is that they count to the machine as a “coupon.” Let’s say you are buying 1 item. If you are already using a manufacturer’s coupon then your Register Reward will “count” as a second coupon, meaning the register will think you are using two coupons for one product, and won’t allow the transaction. The solution is to buy a really cheap item (a piece of candy, say), called a “filler” by most couponers so that you can get the one coupon-to-one item ratio back.

Another thing to remember with Register Rewards is that they are not just like ECBS. Yes, you do present them to the clerk like cash, but you cannot use a register reward you got on a shampoo deal to then buy more of the same shampoo deal. Instead, if you want to keep buying the shampoo deal, you’ve got to use either a different register rewards coupon (say for a soup deal), or cash! Finally, Register Rewards are set to print as one Register Reward for each item – so if there is no limit on the number of free shampoo you can get, you still must do separate transactions to get each and every register reward on each bottle!

Make sense? I know it may seem a bit confusing, but it’s something that you’ll get the hang of easily with a little practice.

Let’s get to the deals!

Here are the deals I want you to do at Walgreens:

1. Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion 6.8 oz $6.99
Get $7 Register Rewards
Use $1.50 coupon here
Final price as low as FREE plus $1.50 back

2. Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System $8.99
Get $6 Register Rewards
Use $4 coupon from 9/27 Sunday paper
Final price FREE plus $1 back

3. Dentek floss 55 yd / Picks 35 ct $2
Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $1 coupon from here smartsource.com
Final price FREE plus $1 back

4. Emergen-C Immune System 2 pk (2.5 oz each) $3.49
Get $3.49 Register Rewards
Final price FREE

5. Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 toothbrush $3
Get $3 Register Rewards
Final price FREE

6. Herbal Essence Hair care $2.99 get
Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $1 herbal coupon from 8/23, 9/13 Sunday papers
Final price FREE

7. Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99
Get $3 Register Rewards
Final price FREE

8. Robitussin DM to go 2 pk $2.49
Get $2.49 Register Rewards
Final price FREE

9. Halls Refresh sugar free 20 ct $1
Get $1 Register Rewards
Use $.75 coupon from 9/27 Sunday paper
Final price FREE + $.75

10. Theraflu Nighttime 6 ct get $4
Get $4 Register Rewards when you buy 2
Use $2 coupon here
Use $2 Theraflu coupon from the Healthy Savings Book with $30 of coupons from Walgreens (You can find these lying around the store, if there are still some left ($4 will be deducted when you buy 2.)
Final price FREE

11. Gillette Venus Razor $7.99
Get $4 Register Rewards
Use $2 coupon from 9/27 Sunday paper (P&G insert)
Final price $1.99

As always, make sure to post comments with any questions you may have, or email me, and then go on and get your free (and cheap) stuff!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina September 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I went to Walgreen’s today and bought most of these items (our store was our of a few of them, I will try another location). I paid 21.83 after taxes. I received 18.50 in RR. The cashier asked if I wanted separate transactions. Should I have done something differently? How do you know ahead of time what RR are out there?

2 Karen September 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

It always says I’ve printed the coupons when I haven’t or that they do not have the coupon. Frustrating.

3 Kim September 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

If there is a limit of 1 coupon printed per offer, can you go to another Walgreens and do it again?

4 Claire September 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

How frustrating!!

5 Claire September 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I think so!

6 Claire September 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Hey Tina - Reading a blog like this can tell you if you are going to get register rewards. In terms of doing separate transactions, it will just allow you to spend less out of pocket. Essentially you could have worked it such that you were spending the register rewards as you were earning them (if you did separate transactions).

7 Dawn October 2, 2009 at 10:15 am

In one of your classes could you do an example of the order you would by the products and when you would do seperate transactions to use your RR and other deals. It would be very helpful. Loving your classes I even was going over it with my husband and he is excited also as we went on a tight budget as of OCT 1, OUCH. Any other helpful frugal living sites you recommend?

8 Claire October 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Hi Dawn - I’ll make sure to do this this week. It’s a great idea! I’m sure it would help people see how multiple transactions work!

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