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Do Store Loyalty Programs Really Save You Money?

submitted on May 31, 2014 by HouTex in "Sales / Promotions"
Or do you think all store loyalty programs are the ultimate bait-and-switch? This article says the Missouri State Attorney General alleged last year that this is the case regarding the pricing and rewards program at Walgreens.
Retailers are able to lure us into their stores by promising lower prices, while knowing that a certain percentage of careless or confused shoppers who aren’t loyalty program members will end up paying the higher prices that are hidden in the fine print. Throw in some really confusing shelf tags, a buy-now-earn-later rewards system, and sloppy signage, and it might make the whole loyalty program seem like, well, a bit of a scam.

What's your experience at other stores? Are there any store loyalty programs that you feel really do consistently save you money? Or do you have to be on guard and always do price comparisons to achieve the most savings?


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    Posted by clover on May 31, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    I don't like Walgreens program but I am ok with CVS. You just have to keep up with the coupons before they expire.
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    Posted by 2kidsnuts on June 1, 2014
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    CVS is nice because they let you load the coupon right to your card.
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    Posted by mdshopper1 on June 1, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    i prefer walgreens actually.....the stores are in better order, they are larger and have more stock, i like their senior days discount, and the staff in the pharmacy at our walgreens is really on top of things when it comes to our prescriptions.
    i also like the monthly coupon books that they offer in store.

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