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WBBell 11,681 September 6, 2012 at 04:16 PM More Walgreens Deals
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Last Edited by WBBell September 6, 2012 at 04:17 PM
It seemed like we needed a thread just to talk about all the questions, hints, gotchas, and so forth that will inevitably arise with the nationwide rollout of "The Card".

Post 'em here! Big Grin

I'll kick it off. It looks like the "Earn 10 points for every $1 spent" from the test market has been left out of the nationwide program ??

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#286
Do I have to use a filler item for an ivc? For instance, I have 3 products, a $2/2 coupon, 1 coupon for $1/1 and an ivc. Will I need a filler? I have not shipped wags in foreverrrrr!!!
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Quote from Mrs.Boopie View Post :
Do I have to use a filler item for an ivc? For instance, I have 3 products, a $2/2 coupon, 1 coupon for $1/1 and an ivc. Will I need a filler? I have not shipped wags in foreverrrrr!!!
IVCs do not need fillers.
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So I asked over in the weekly thread and got no takers, so asking here. If I make a $25 or greater purchase to qualify for the AARP 5000 points reward but pay for the order with balance rewards points, will I still get the AARP points?

I know I will not receive any balance reward points if I were to include those types of items, but I was going to purchase RR generating items and some misc things I need.

Anyone know?
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Quote from gardengal View Post :
So I asked over in the weekly thread and got no takers, so asking here. If I make a $25 or greater purchase to qualify for the AARP 5000 points reward but pay for the order with balance rewards points, will I still get the AARP points?

I know I will not receive any balance reward points if I were to include those types of items, but I was going to purchase RR generating items and some misc things I need.

Anyone know?
From the Wiki:

Restrictions and other worries:
- Using any amount of points value to pay means no points for your ENTIRE transaction.
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Quote from gardengal View Post :
So I asked over in the weekly thread and got no takers, so asking here. If I make a $25 or greater purchase to qualify for the AARP 5000 points reward but pay for the order with balance rewards points, will I still get the AARP points?

I know I will not receive any balance reward points if I were to include those types of items, but I was going to purchase RR generating items and some misc things I need.

Anyone know?
Quote from lamyke View Post :
From the Wiki:

Restrictions and other worries:
- Using any amount of points value to pay means no points for your ENTIRE transaction.
Just like lamyke said...no, you will not earn points. I think it was Tipper who said an easy way to remember is "if you use points, you'll lose points".
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#291
I have already registered for a card when the promotion just started, but I never received anything from them. Is it normal?

That's why I haven't shopped there since.
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I have already registered for a card when the promotion just started, but I never received anything from them. Is it normal?

That's why I haven't shopped there since.
If you registered online, I don't think they will mail you a card. You can use your phone # at the store or you can have them link your account and give you a card. Hopefully by now they know how to do that. It took asking at many different Walgreens for me to find someone who knew how to do that. In the meantime using your phone # will work.
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#293
in need of some help. when i used to wags a long time ago they usually turned the ad on early, after 9pm. But now with the new points system would we still get the points that are listed for the item if we buy them tonight instead of tomorrow???
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Quote from CatherinewithaC View Post :
If you registered online, I don't think they will mail you a card. You can use your phone # at the store or you can have them link your account and give you a card. Hopefully by now they know how to do that. It took asking at many different Walgreens for me to find someone who knew how to do that. In the meantime using your phone # will work.

thanks
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#295
I have'nt been to Walgreens for last 4 mths due to my knee surgery. Yesterday only, I did the 1st transaction(bought Contour Next EZ Meter)and rec'd 5000 points. Today, bought 3 more meters and Nice 5lb All Purpose flour and used the points from yesterday and did not receive points..
After reading "Lamyke"s post, now I know that I should'nt have used the points to buy the flour.
My question is how to get back the points?Any help in this deal would be greatly appreciated
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#296
There really isn't a way to "get back" the points. Unfortunately the program guidelines are pretty clear in this regard. If you use points to pay for any part of a transaction, you don't get points awarded as well.

I'd try to look for a sympathetic manager and do a return/rebuy. And even then it'll be dicey, presumably since you used the coupons.
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Quote from ranjitham View Post :
I have'nt been to Walgreens for last 4 mths due to my knee surgery. Yesterday only, I did the 1st transaction(bought Contour Next EZ Meter)and rec'd 5000 points. Today, bought 3 more meters and Nice 5lb All Purpose flour and used the points from yesterday and did not receive points..
After reading "Lamyke"s post, now I know that I should'nt have used the points to buy the flour.
My question is how to get back the points?Any help in this deal would be greatly appreciated


Yes there is a 'way'. You have to return all the items and repurchase them. Once they do a return, they have to credit' your points that you used in the form of a Store Credit (Red Card). Says so on the balance pamphlet. if you use coupons for the meter, it will be up to the manager regarding 'amount of money return' but it's true, using pts with pts earning cancels points. just tell them you were unaware.
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Yes there is a 'way'. You have to return all the items and repurchase them. Once they do a return, they have to credit' your points that you used in the form of a Store Credit (Red Card). Says so on the balance pamphlet. if you use coupons for the meter, it will be up to the manager regarding 'amount of money return' but it's true, using pts with pts earning cancels points. just tell them you were unaware.
Many thanks to LadyD and WBBell and I'll try to return and rebuy them in the evening and let you know what happened.
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Quote from doubleq7 View Post :
So if somebody knows your phone # and where you live (zip code), they could theoretically redeem your points... Maybe smarter to give a fake phone #.
Quote from frugalshoppers View Post :
Absolutely, that is not secure at all.
Just pick a common area code and prefix for the local zip code and add 4 digits. You might just get lucky.
This problem of points theft has not come to light, apparently. It will be quite easy for points theft to occur, with little or no recourse. Anxiously awaiting time points can be used up.
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This problem of points theft has not come to light, apparently. It will be quite easy for points theft to occur, with little or no recourse. Anxiously awaiting time points can be used up.
Well, there have been instances posted about points stolen from the Kroger points balance --- not for groceries so much as at the gas stations.

WAGs system doesn't seem any more or less secure than any other points system that allows phone # lookup without checking id/card etc. --- Kmart, Kroger ....probably others ...

BTW, when I enrolled in store --- I gave them my phone #, I came up twice plus one listing each for three different family members.
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