We recently received this e-mail from reader Cheryl:
SO I notice at the end of the Walgreens post it says to complain to Walgreens about the rewards program. I used to hate it but I have a new opinion and so I thought I’d share. With RR program although there were tons of good deals I was often frustrated by the 2 week expiration of the coupons. If I gathered a several one week but then hit a dry week with not many options of rolling or a shortage in product I would often have to spend them on things I wouldn’t necessarily bought. I looked at it as an ‘Oh well it was a good deal in the end’. Same was true if I had to go out of town, I would have to hold off and miss some deals if I knew I wouldn’t be able to spend them. Also there was the number of coupons per product and the need to by filler items that I don’t need to be able to use the RRs. If you think about it I was often reducing the value of the RR by the $.50 item I needed to buy to use it – which is a big problem if you collect several $1 or $2 RRs. Also with larger RR you had to make sure your total was high enough as very few cashiers would modify the RR. As a result you might have to buy another unneeded filler item to bring the total up.
Thank you Cheryl for a new perspective on the program. I agree that there are some definite conveniences to the program. I might ad that I also love that we almost never have to clip or remember a Walgreens coupon from the ad. When I add the little bit about complaining at the end of the post, I am referring to the items that don’t match up with the national savings. However, there are plenty of positives about the program as well. It is nice to be reminded to have a positive outlook. It might be a good idea, when we complain about something, we also search for something good to say as well.
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