Knowing that Walgreens (with 8000+ stores nationwide) is one of the most accessible drugstore chains all over the U.S., you may be wondering: does Walgreens’ price match?
Here is what I’ve found through extensive research!
Does Walgreens Price Match?
No, Walgreens does not price-match competitors such as CVS, Rite Aid, or Walmart. Additionally, Walgreens does not price match against its own stores or products, including prescriptions and contact lenses. However, Walgreens does do price adjustments for its online store, as long as it’s the identical brand name, size, weight, and quantity.
If you want to dive deeper into Walgreens’ price matching policy, understand the conditions in which they allow it, and other ways to save money at Walgreens, keep on reading!
Does Walgreens Price Match Its Competitors?
No, Walgreens does not price match its competitors like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Costco, GoodRx, or Walmart.
So, unfortunately, Walgreens customers can not get a price lowered by showing a product from a competitor at a lower price.
Does Walgreens Price Match Its Stores?
No, Walgreens does not price-match its products across its stores. Despite reports that prices across Walgreens stores vary by as much as 55%, you cannot price match these products at your nearest Walgreens store.
Therefore, unless you are willing to explore and visit different stores, you will have to pay the prices specified at your local one.
Does Walgreens Price Match Prescriptions?
No, Walgreens does not price-match prescriptions at any of its stores. Along with that, it will not price match any other pharmacy or health-related service either.
Does Walgreens Price Match Contact Lenses?
No, Walgreens does not price-match contact lenses.
Does Walgreens Price Match Their Online And In-Store Prices?
Yes, Walgreens does indeed price match its in-store prices with those on its website, walgreens.com.
According to Walgreens’ policy about price matching, this is the only form of price matching that Walgreens permits.
Note that Walgreens does not do this automatically. You must ask the cashier at the Walgreens store to price match the product with its online price, showing complete proof of the difference.
However, you still cannot price match items like contact lenses, prescriptions, health services, or photos, even if they are available for a different price on the Walgreens website.
What Are The Conditions For Price Matching At Walgreens?
You can only price match a product if it has an identical:
- Brand name
- Model number
Moreover, the product you are buying will only be price matched with its regular price, not with any discounted or promotional prices. In case the item is out of stock, Walgreens will not provide any rainchecks to price match later.
Walgreens will not accept a printout or screenshot of a product listed online as proof for price matching.
Once you provide the product’s exact details, a Walgreens team member will validate the price on the website and confirm eligibility for price matching.
How Many Times Can You Price Match A Product At Walgreens?
Walgreens has set a limit for price matching of one transaction per customer per day. You will not be permitted to exceed this.
How Can You Save Money While Buying From Walgreens?
Since price matching options at Walgreens are limited, you must be thinking: are there other ways to save money on product costs at Walgreens? The answer is yes!
Here are options you can explore to lower your bill at Walgreens:
- Participate in the Balance Rewards program (now renamed myWalgreens). By doing so, you will get to buy special discounted products every week and receive paperless coupons. Every purchase you make will add to your total reward points. Once you have 1000 points, you can redeem these to get $1 off your next purchase.
- If you are a member of AARP, you can earn additional reward points for every purchase by linking your Balance Rewards account with your AARP membership.
- Locate Walgreens stores around you situated in low-density and less urban areas with lower real estate prices than other areas. There is a good chance these stores will have lower prices than prices in other stores located in densely populated areas.
To learn more on how to save at Walgreens, you can see my post on their EBT policy. Additionally, if you are trying to save money, there may be a CVS close by, as Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are often located together.
Walgreens does indeed price match in its stores but only for products also listed with a different price on its website, walgreens.com. These products need to have the same brand name, color, size, weight, model number, quantity, and description to be price matched.
You cannot price match its stores, competitors, promotional products, those sold in the past, prescriptions, contact lenses, or health services. You are also limited to one transaction per customer per day.