How to shop at Rite Aid
This week’s coupon lesson is how you can save money by shopping at Rite Aid. Rite Aid is one of the few stores that has several programs you can use to help save money. You will need a Rite Aid Wellness card to get the savings and rewards. This card is completely free. You can sign up in store on at www.RiteAid.com where a temporary pass can be printed.
Their rewards system is called Plus Up Rewards or you will see “+Up.” This symbol indicates that you will get a reward for that product that you are purchasing either at the end of your receipt or they will load it to your Wellness card. If you want your rewards to print at the bottom of your receipt you will need to ask the cashier to change this for you, otherwise they automatically load to your store card.
+Up rewards can be used to purchase almost anything in the store with the exception of tobacco, alcohol, money orders, etc. You see the complete details in your local Rite Aid ad on the very back page at the bottom. Rewards expire every two weeks. When I’m couponing and trying to stock up on things I always roll over my store rewards. I will use rewards from one week to purchase products I need the next week that also give back rewards. The amount will go up and down. You can see what products have +Up rewards simply by looking in the ad or online at coupon match-ups.
If a dollar amount needs to be spent before you get an +Up Reward, keep in mind that this is always the pre-coupon price. If the ad says, “Purchase $15 in Garnier products, get a $5 +UP reward” and you spend $7 because you use coupons, you’re still getting that $5 reward! Whenever this is the case make sure you are looking at your subtotal (before tax) and not the total. Sales tax does not count toward the amount you need to spend for the reward. If it’s a promotion that says, “Purchase Crest Toothpaste for $2.50, get a $2.50 +Up reward back making this product free,” you can still use a Crest coupon on this purchase. For example, if your coupon is for $1 off you will pay $1.50 and get back $2.50 in store rewards. Now you’ve made $1 off the already free toothpaste.
At times you will find two +Up reward promotions running into one. If there is a weekly +Up reward promotion and a monthly +Up reward promotion for the same product, you will get both +Up rewards. This is rare, but it’s nice when it happens.
+Up rewards do have limits on them. For example, a product might say that it’s on sale for $4.95 and comes with a $2 +Up reward, limit four per household. The limit four per household does not mean that you can’t purchase more than four (this is up to the store manager). It means that no more than four $2 +Up rewards will print or be loaded to your card. If you buy five of that item you will only get four rewards.
Rite Aid Video Values are a great way to get in-store coupons. These coupons can be combined with your manufacturer coupons. To use this program go to www.RiteAid.com. On the front page you will see a link for Video Values. Click on that link and sign up. This program is completely free. You watch small videos, more like commercials for products. After you watch the video it will ask you to enter a code. You have 30 seconds to enter this code or you will have to watch the video again. After the code is entered, the coupon is added to your Video Values account and it will remain there until you print it or it expires. You can only print one identical Video Values coupon per account. If you print multiples the bar codes are the same and they will be rejected by Rite Aid’s register. Video Values are not, “One account per household,” they are “One account per person.” So, this means you can have an account for each person in your household.
In-ad coupons for Rite Aid can be found in your local ad. They are only valid for the week of the ad that they are in. These can be combined with a manufacturer’s coupon and possibly a Video Value coupon, depending on the code of the coupons. To see a complete step by step guide on how to shop at Rite Aid you can go to www.StephanieSavings.net and click on the Rite Aid tab.