When shopping at Walgreens you want to make sure that you have a few things ready before you get to the registers. Here’s a run down of what I like to do before checking out to make sure that my transactions will work smoothly. This is a process called Coupon Count and it’s based on the idea that you must have the same number of items as register rewards and coupons.
1. The first thing you want to do is count your items. Let’s say you have 6 items
- 1 Bottle of Shampoo $2.99
- 2 Toothbrushes $1.49 Each
- 2 Tubes of Toothpaste $2.99 Each
- 1 Package of Gum $0.89
2. The next thing you would want to do is count up your coupons
- 1 $2.00 off 1 Shampoo Coupon
- 1 Buy 1 Get 1 Free Toothbrush Coupon
- 1 $2.00 off 2 Tubes of Toothpaste
This is where you need to know your coupon count. The coupon count allows you to know exactly how many register rewards you can use, and how many coupons you can use on a product. The Current Number of Items is 6, The Coupon Count is 4. Here’s where I get that number
Shampoo Coupon – This is $2.00 off 1 Item so it counts for 1 in your coupon count. You cannot use another coupon on the shampoo
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Toothbrush – This is one of the confusing coupons. This actually only counts as 1 Coupon because most of the time this is coded for the Free item only. You can actually use another coupon on the first toothbrush if you have a coupon that only counts towards 1 item
$2.00 off 2 – This coupon counts as 2 since it is taking $1.00 off each item.
3. Once you know your coupon count and your item count you can determine the number of “filler items you have or need”
- Remember: Your total number of Coupons and Register Rewards cannot exceed the number of Items
4. Since I have 4 Coupons and 6 Items I can use 2 Register Rewards in this transaction. I get asked all the time how many register rewards you can use in a transaction. Most of the time this is because someone gets to the front and they are told they can only use 2 register rewards when the third one beeps. This isn’t a “Standard” rule it just happens to be how the register works. Understanding the Coupon Count system can save you a lot of trouble at the cashier.