I’m thinking of changing the title of this blog to “The Walgreens Blog,” because it seems like I’m writing a post set around that drug store up on Madison Avenue here in Covington all the time. It’s a handy location for me, so I’m there a lot—but that doesn’t mean I’m much a fan.
Their food prices are way too high, a lot of employees don’t seem to give a shit and the management doesn’t seem to give a shit about them either. I won’t even bring up the ladies for hire who hang out outside the store.
Today, I’m going to write about something fairly new at Walgreens—their “Balance Rewards” card.
I signed up for it a couple weeks ago, only because if you don’t have one, you won’t get sale prices. I guess it’s kind of like the Kroger Plus Card.
So now I’ve got this new card in my wallet. On Friday, October 12th, there I was in Walgreens again buying a fair amount of stuff, looking for decently priced items which always makes the shopping trip longer as decently priced items are hard to come by (Yes I know—covering old ground here).
I go up to the cashier, put my items on the counter, give her my Balance Rewards card and she rings everything up. When she gives me my receipt, she also gives me a Balance Rewards coupon—ten bucks off my next purchase at Walgreens—that is if I spend at least thirty five dollars. I put the coupon in my pocket.
Walking home, I’ll thinking to myself, “This isn’t a bad deal. Spend thirty five dollars and then save ten dollars.” Maybe Walgreens was finally starting to think about their customers.
Wrong. When I got home, I gave that coupon a better look. Again, I made this trip on October 12th. The coupon expires on October 13th, the very next day.
I just spent money at Walgreens. Now they wanted me to go back the very next day and spend more? I can’t even get a grace period of, just say, ten days?
On balance, this Balance Rewards stuff doesn’t balance. Walgreens doesn’t want you to save money. They just want you to come back more often and spend more. What kind or reward is that?
I threw the so-called coupon in the trash.
(Photo from athriftymom.com)