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Walgreens’ rewards program helps Balance savings

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 7:06 am | Updated: 7:20 pm, Sun Nov 11, 2012.

Q: I’ve heard some people talking about a new rewards program at Walgreens. What is it?

A: The rewards program is called Balance Rewards. Save, earn and redeem in store and online.

The program is free. Like many reward programs, this one is offered at no cost to you. You can join at any Walgreens store at the checkout counter, pharmacy or photo kiosk. You can also join online at www.walgreens.com/balance. One feature I like is having the option to scan my rewards card through an app on my smartphone. This means there’s one less card I have to keep up with, and I never have to worry about whether I have it with me. On the other hand, if you registered online but prefer to carry a card, ask for a Balance card next time you shop at Walgreens. Just ask a sales associate to attach the card to your online account.

Most points are earned through purchases at Walgreens stores. You’ll have access to exclusive savings offered only to Balance members. You can also earn 500 points on prescription refills or immunizations, as well as additional points for other items you buy. As the points add up, you can redeem them at your local Walgreens. 5,000 points redeems for $5, while 40,000 points redeems for $50. Keep in mind: There are restrictions that apply to earning points on prescription refills and pharmacy items.

Note: Be sure to link your AARP membership to your Balance Club membership for exclusive rewards.

When I was looking at the Balance Rewards program, one thing that grabbed my attention was the Walk with Walgreens program. This program allows you to earn 10 points for every mile you walk. It encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle and rewards you for doing so. To my knowledge, this benefit is unique in the world of reward cards.

You can download the app onto your smartphone or stop by your local Walgreens. Signing up for the program is definitely worth your time. You can find comprehensive details and terms in your local Walgreens store or online at www.walgreens.com.

For more tips on saving money, go to time2saveworkshops.com. Email time2saveblogger@gmail.com.

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