A cornerstone among drugstore food chains, Walgreens has 8,175 locations across the country, with 76 percent of Americans living within five miles of one, according to the company. The store offers solid products at competitive pricing, plus a robust loyalty rewards program, making it a go-to stop for prescription filling, beauty products and photo printing.
We asked experts to share their shopping tips for finding the best deals at Walgreens – Here’s what they had to say.
The drugstore offers numerous makeup products comparable to items you might find at higher prices at Sephora and other stores.
2. Over-the-Counter Medications
Got a headache? Don’t make it worse with high-priced aspirin. Teri Gault, author of “Shop Smart, Save More,” said Walgreens is a great choice for over-the-counter medication savings.
And the generic counterparts of the name brands are even better deals. “They often run buy-one-get-one-free sales on them,” she said.
3. Pantry Items Like Cereal
You might not think of Walgreens as a great spot to pick up staples like cereal, peanut butter and other pantry items, but Gault said it’s surprising what you can do at the store with a few coupons.
“I have been successful in asking if I can use two coupons and get the deal twice,” she said. “So, instead of a limit of three cans of salmon for $1.99, I got six.”
4. Photo Printing
If you want to print a few photos, create photo books and more, Gault recommended Walgreens as a way of getting top quality at a great price.
“Walgreens has my personal favorite photo services,” she said. “I’ve ordered prints online super cheap and picked them up within an hour. I also used their online tools to design books and photo albums at great savings, and I’m always happy with the result.”
For example, you can print normal, 4-by-6-inch photos at Walgreens for 19 cents each. And if you print over 100 photos, the price drops to just 15 cents each. Additionally, aspiring travelers can print passport shots for a mere $7.44.
5. Canned Foods
Stocking up on canned foods when they’re on sale is smart, and Walgreens is a good spot for it, said Pavini. “The key is to check out Walgreens‘ weekly ad and shop for what’s on sale,” she said. “For example, Progresso soup was on sale for four for $5. We combined it with a $1 off coupon on four cans from Coupons Website to bring the price down to $1 per can.”