Saturday, September 11, 2010

Next on my shopping list: Rite Aid

Okay so here is where coupons getting confusing and some of you get lost in the shuffle: Rite Aid. Rite Aid is AMAZING with their deals. Read that as free stuff (or extremely cheap) galore. But Rite Aid has many many savings programs so try not to get lost as I map them all out for you. Like before I will include the corporate policy at the bottom of the page for you to view if you desire.

Ways to Save with Rite Aid:

1. Traditional manufacturers coupons - just like most stores Rite Aid accepts all manufacturers coupons
2. Rite Aid In-Ad coupons - like it describes these coupons can be found in your regular rite aid circular and can be paired with the manufacturers coupons for even greater savings
3. Rite Aid Video Value coupons - these coupons require you to watch short ads in order to earn coupons (videos found here) for either items or for shopping in general such as a $5 off $20 coupon. You can pair these coupons with not only a manufacturers coupon but also an in-ad coupon so essentially you can use all three coupons on one item
4. Single Check Rebates (commonly called SCRs) - every month Rite Aid offers single check rebates on a wide variety of items (find the list here of current items on SCR) the only requirement to get these rebates is to sign up for a free Rite Aid perks card. You can sign up online or in the store then you just plug in your receipt information on the rite aid website and at the end of the month they will mail you a check for the total amount you have earned in single check rebates. You can put the money back in your account or use it at rite aid. Basically you have to spend now but you get the money back later.
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5. UP Rewards (commonly called UPRs) - this is the newest saving program with Rite Aid and can be found in the weekly ads. Essentially you buy a certain product and in return you get a coupon for money off your next order. For example buy a certain toothpaste and at the end of your receipt  you will find a coupon for $3 off your next $3 or more purchase. you must have the Rite Aid rewards card to receive the UPRs and only one UPR will print per item (for most items) but you can use as many UPRs as you want to pay for your future purchases.

If it worked out correctly, although I've never seen it, you could do all five of these things for one product. Rite Aid is usually smarter then that but does commonly offer three of these options at a time which equals free or super cheap items for you the buyer. I know Rite Aid options are confusing so here is a couple examples of Rite Aid purchases coming up in the next week (full ad will be put out tomorrow to aid in your weekly shopping).

Crest 3D White Toothpaste 4 oz., Mouthwash 237 ml. or Oral-B 3D White Manual Toothbrush $2.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate #54 (this week only)
Buy 2 Oral-B toothbrushes $2.99 each
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the 8/15 Red Plum Ad
Use the $0.75/1 coupon from the 8/29 Proctor Gamble Ad
Pay $2.24
Get back a $2 SCR
Final Cost $0.24 for both!

Austin Crackers 8 pk., Nabisco or Keebler Cookies or Crackers 3.5-8 oz. 4/$5
Buy 4 small boxes of Nabisco Wheat Thins $5
Use 4 $1/1 coupons found here (lower left side of Facebook page– under Stix coupon)
Pay $1
Get a $1 +Up Reward (for purchasing 4)
Final Cost 4 small box of Wheat Thins for FREE!
In both of these examples two different methods of savings were used. Does this make sense to you guys or does something need explained further? Let me know and I will do my best to explain some more. Rite Aid by far as the most options as far as couponing goes but that in turn means more savings for you. You can find the corporate couponing policy here - it is very detailed and informative and again you can print this out for back up if you feel you might need it.

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