If you haven’t heard yet, Walgreens has a brand new Balance Rewards program. As you may have read in my recent post about CVS Extra Bucks, I’ve resisted shopping drugstores in the past few months because of all the required mental math gymnastics. Now Walgreens has its new program up and running as of September–sort of like an Extra Bucks program–you rack up points for qualifying purchases, once you hit a certain number, you can redeem them (or continue earning) in the form of “redemption dollars” to use in store towards a purchase. I joined because as a tightwad, I can’t leave free money on the table. What I do like about this program is that the points have a long expiration date; points expire three years after they are earned or if an account has been inactive for six months. Walgreens still has its Register Rewards program and it’s separate from Balance Rewards. The fine print says you can also use coupons on purchases that rack up points. Let the confusion begin :–)
»»» Update as of 10.9.12: There is indeed an actual physical loyalty card you can get from the store. Or, if you forget it, you can use your phone number on the key pad to get the points due you. I was also informed that Register Receipts aren’t necessarily going to go away. The paper version will go away, and all rewards will go on your card or virtual card. This benefits those shoppers who constantly throw out or never use their Register Rewards. But you have to remember the card! LOL!
- NEW!!! Walgreens Balance Rewards Card (savings.com)
- Walgreens May Be Cheaper Than CVS, But Walmart Is The Real Money Saver (businessinsider.com)