Coupon Ratio? What the heck is that?

Couponing Deal
Hot Dogs
I’ve mentioned a Coupon ratio a couple times when I’ve talked about deals at Walgreens. You might wonder what the heck it is.

According to Walgreen’s Coupon Policyย “The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.”

That seems simple right? You can’t have more coupons than you have products. And

Register Rewards (RR) count towards coupons. So you have 4 body washes and 4 coupons – you can use each coupon for each item – but you cannot apply a RR reward towards it since your coupon ratio is currently 1:1.

Ever wonder why I have random candy on the transaction? If you add a piece of candy, you now have one more item and you can add those RR towards your transaction. I try to find something cheap, on sale – depends on the week. Last week Dove candy bars were 39ยข – so I may add that towards my transaction but I can use a $5.00 RR off my bill total.

Now the only thing that gets tricky with RR, and I almost got burned by this today is those $X/2 coupons. I went to get the Oscar Mayer hot dogs, and actually had to go to a second location because someone cleared the shelf at the one near me. I have enough coupons to do that but just wanted to get a few today. The coupon I have is for $1/2 packages. I went to the register with 6 packages of hot dogs and 3 coupons – at first glance this should be fine with the coupon policy. BUT since the coupon applies to 2 items.. they count it twice. So that brought me up to 6 items and 6 coupons- and that $4 RR I wanted to use wouldn’t apply towards my transaction.

If it wasn’t bad enough that I wasn’t expecting this, the cashier didn’t know it did that either. I quickly grabbed some M&Ms and added it to the bill and it fixed the issue completely. Yes I had to pay an extra 70 cents but I was able to get everything cheap.

So overall 6 packages of hot dogs and one bag of M&M’s for 2.66. To quote my nephew “Hot Dog Hot Dog Hot Diggity Dog!”


  1. I don’t shop at Walgreens but I want to start, since you can get great deals there. As I understand it, you can use 2 B1G1 coupons to get both items free. So does this count as 4 coupons then? (I hope that made sense.)

  2. Hi Emily- Are you talking about pairing a B1G1 with a B1G1 deal? Or just using 2 B1G1 coupons? I don’t think you can use 2 B1G1 Coupons on 2 items, but you can pair a B1G1 with their in store deal- in that case it only counted as 1 coupon.
    This is where it gets confusing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ahhhh ok. I just re-read the policy. They talk about items featured in a B1G1 promotion but it’s labeled “Buy One Get One Free Coupons.” Confusing. lol So if I have it right, you can use a B1G1 coupon on an in-store B1G1 promotion. Got it.

  4. Exactly! I did that with the RightGuard body wash- you just have to pay tax. Some stores will give you them for 1/4 the price (or 1/2 the price of one). But really they are getting a full value of the product PLUS 8 cents for every coupon you use. You have to be hyper vigilante on that part, some cashiers don’t understand ๐Ÿ™‚


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