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Want a Free $11 to Spend at Walgreens? Buy Shampoo Today

November 10, 2015
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer

Sick of getting in the shower and rinsing your hair — only to realize you’re all out of shampoo?

If you stock up on Pantene products at Walgreens today, you could earn $11.

Plus, you’ll be set on suds for a while. Cool, right?

Here’s the Deal

Are you a regular Walgreens shopper? If so, you should know about the drugstore’s awesome Balance Rewards point system, which helps you earn cash-value coupons to use in the store later.

For example, if you spend $30 today, you’ll earn 5,000 points — equal to $5 in free money to spend at Walgreens.

We found a Balance Rewards hack to earn you big cash back — and we already did the math.

Here’s how it works:

Pantene products are on sale at Walgreens this month for $4 each when you buy two — plus, they’ll earn you 4,000 Balance Rewards points. There’s also a Procter & Gamble coupon in the Sunday paper for a free Pantene conditioner or styler with your purchase of a Pantene shampoo.

So if you buy four shampoos and use those coupons, you’ll spend $16 and receive four free conditioners or styling products — and earn 16,000 points.

Then, spend $30 to take advantage of the 5,000 extra points offer on the front page of this week’s Walgreens ad. This is the part of the deal that expires today!

Here’s the best part: Since there’s another active offer this month that earns you 3,000 points for every $15 you spend before coupons, that $30 expenditure will earn you 6,000 extra points.

And there you have it! You’ve earned 27,000 Balance Rewards points, worth $27 to use at Walgreens later on. Subtract your initial investment of $16, and you’ve earned $11!

Pressed for Time?

If you can’t make it to Walgreens today, don’t worry. Downsize your purchase to two of each product later this week, and you could still make $3 back.

You’ll earn 8,000 points on the Pantene purchase. Then, just spend a total of $15 at Walgreens — before coupons — by November 28 to earn 3,000 points.

That adds up to 11,000 points — or $11 to spend at Walgreens later. Since you spent $8 on Pantene, that means you’ve earned $3 back.

Ready to get stocked up on shampoo — and some extra cash? Let us know how it goes!

Your Turn: Will you take advantage of this Walgreens coupon hack?

Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible. You can wave hi to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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