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Learn How To Coupon | Day 19: Rite-Aid

Posted By Jacinda On April 19, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Couponing,Recent Posts,Rite-Aid,Series | No Comments

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Welcome to Day 19 of our monthly series: Learn How To Coupon!

 

If you are just now joining us, we have been slowly working our way through the month learning the basics of couponing! This week, we began learning how to shop at specific stores while using coupons. If you would like to see any of the other posts, just click on the links below to catch up!

 

Day 1: Anatomy of a Coupon [2]

Day 2: Anatomy of a Barcode [3]

Day 3: Types of Coupons [4]

Day 4: Where to Find Coupons [5]

Day 5: Stacking Coupons [6]

Day 6: Coupon Abbreviations [7]

Day 7: Electronic Coupons [8]

Day 8: Doubling Coupons [9]

Day 9: Catalina Coupons [10]

Day 10: Buy One Get One Free Coupons [11]

Day 11: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 1} [12]

Day 12: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 2} [13]

Day 13: Sale Cycles [14]

Day 14: Stockpiling [15]

Day 15: Coupon Sites and Deal Matchups [16]

Day 16: Coupon Policies [17]

Day 17: CVS [18]

Day 18: Walgreens [19]

 

 

Today’s Topic: Rite-Aid

 

Rite-Aid is the third and final drugstore that we will be talking about this week. Rite-Aid is another great store that offers a lot of great rewards for shopping at their store!

 

What is Rite-Aid?

Rite-Aid (short-hand term is RA) is a nationwide drugstore. They carry food/grocery products, health/beauty items, medications/prescriptions and so much more!

-You can visit their website HERE [20]

-Corporate Phone Number: 1(717)761-2633 or 1(800) Rite-Aid (748-3243)

-Snail Mail:

30 Hunter Lane

Camp Hill, PA 17011

OR

Rite-Aid Corporation

Customer Support

P.O. Box 3165

Harrisburg, PA 17105

 

Rewards System

RA actually has multiple reward systems! This is an awesome way to save even more money :) They have what’s called +UP Rewards which are almost exactly like CVS’s ECBs, and then they also offer Single Check Rebates! These rebates aren’t your grandma’s paper mail-in rebates, but done all electronically. We will get into the specifics of each system in just a minute.

You can earn these rewards when you purchase certain qualifying products. You can find out what products are offering these rewards by looking in the sales ad, or in the store.

In order to redeem any of these rewards, you need to first sign up for what’s called a Wellness Plus Card. It is like a shopper loyalty card that tracks your purchases and your spending. It will trigger all of the sales and any rewards to print when you buy the right items.

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You can sign up for this card in the store, or online [22]. When you sign up online, you should be able to print a temporary card to bring with you until your card comes in the mail.

The wellness card itself offers some great incentives for shopping at RA. They have a points system based on your spending at RA. How much you spend determines how many points you have, and what tier you fall in.

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So for every non-prescription purchase you make, you get 1 point for every dollar. Then for every prescription purchase, you get 25 points.

Once you reach the Bronze level (250 points), you get 10% off the entire store for a year!

Then when you reach the Gold level, you get 20% off the store for an entire year! Just for shopping there! That’s a great way to save instantly.

 

+UP Rewards

+UP Rewards are the first type of reward that we will talk about. Once you have purchased a product that is offering a +UP Reward, the reward will print on your receipt, after your transaction. This is very similar to CVS’s Extra Care Bucks.

These +UP rewards are like cash or a gift-card to the store. They are good on everything in the store except for any exclusions that are printed on the +UP Reward. They are usually things like tobacco, alcohol, stamps, prescriptions, lottery tickets, etc..

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Here’s an example of how an +UP Reward would look:

Dog Food, on sale for $4

-Get $2 +UP Reward (Limit 1 Offer)

-Buy (1) Dog Food = $4

-Pay $4 OOP, and get a $2 +UP Reward printed on your receipt

Final Cost = $2!!

*You can also throw in coupons to make your items cheaper, or even a money-maker!

 

Types of +UP Rewards

Like CVS and Walgreens, Rite-Aid offers +UP Rewards in two basic ways:

-Single Item +UP Reward

-Here’s an example:

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-Multiple Item +UP Reward

-Here’s an example:

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Single Check Rebates

In addition to +UP Rewards, RA also has another great way of saving even more money. Through their Single Check Rebate Program (or known as SCR). SCRs are rebates, or money earned back for buying a specific product in the store. But instead of getting your money on your receipt, or on a store coupon, you submit your receipts online, and get your money back as a check that you can deposit at the bank!

While some old fashioned rebates still require you to send in rebates via mail, these are all done online electronically, making this process very simple, easy and fun to do!

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In order to participate in RA’s SCR program, you can go HERE [28].

Every month, RA has a new Rebate Booklet that you can look in to see what products are offering SCRs. You can also go online HERE [29]to see what products are offering SCRs.

Each rebate will have it’s own timeline, meaning that not each one will be available all month long. Some of them you have to purchase within a certain week, and some are offered all month long.

Many times with rebates, you can get back most, if not all of the money that you spend on the product. That means it’s FREE! And what’s even better, is that you can also use coupons along with these SCR deals to help lower your out of pocket (OOP) costs! You would most of the time still get back your original rebate amount regardless of what coupons you used! That would be a money-maker!

Here’s an example:

Dog Food, on sale $4

-$2 SCR (Limit 1)

-Buy (1) Dog Food = $4

-Use $3/1 Dog Food coupon (can be from wherever)

-Pay $1 OOP, and submit your receipt for the $2 SCR online!

Final Cost = FREE + $1 Money-Maker!!

 

Rebate Cycles

Paying attention to all of your dates will be important when it comes to buying products that offer a rebate, and also when you are submitting for a rebate.

The Rebate Booklet is going to run for about a month. But the dates won’t always be from the 1rst of the month to the 31rst. You might see the rebate period begin on the 25th or end on the 1rst. So just keep an eye out for the rebate period in your booklets.

During that time the booklets will show you all kinds of rebates that are being offered. Some may only be offered for a week, while others will be available all month long.

Keeping all of your receipts during that time will be best because you never know! While many of these rebates are for single items, you will often see that a group of items, or certain purchase amount is required to get the SCR, so just keep your receipts handy. Here’s an example:

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Many of these rebates have limits on them, and can sometimes offer more than one.

 

Submitting Your Receipts For SCR

Through the month, as you make your purchases, you can choose to enter them all at the end of the month, or you can enter them after each purchase. That way you won’t forget them at the end of the month.

There is no limit on the number of receipts you can enter.

On your receipt, you will need to locate the Store #, Transaction #, Register #, and Date. These will be entered to submit your receipt.

At the end of the month or rebate period, you can submit your request to receive your check.  You can only request a check ONE TIME DURING REBATE CYCLE. If you plan on getting any other rebates that same period, then wait to submit your check request.

Once they are submitted, it usually takes between 1-5 days to see it updated on your account online.

If you run into any problems submitting your rebates, you can call the Rebate Assistance at 1(888)213-9920.

 

Do They Accept Coupons?

Yes!! Rite-Aid’s current Coupon Policy can be found HERE [31]. Here are some of the important highlights:

Rite Aid gladly accepts the following coupon types as detailed in the coupon acceptance guidelines listed below:

COUPON TYPES:

Manufacturer Coupons

Manufacturer coupons are found in newspapers, magazines and even affixed to products. The UPC on these coupons begins
with a “5.”

Rite Aid Manufacturer Coupons

Rite Aid Manufacturer coupons generally appear in our weekly circular, on our website and are sent to customers via email.
These coupons are labeled “manufacturer coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “49.”

Rite Aid Valuable Coupons

 Rite Aid coupons are labeled “Valuable Coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “48.”

Internet/Print at Home coupons

Rite Aid will accept internet / print at home coupons.

+UP Reward Coupons

+UP Reward coupons are special coupons earned by a customer in a prior purchase that can be used for any non-prescription
purchase with a small number of exclusions that are listed on the +UP coupon. Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to
the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax.

eCoupons

Rite Aid and it business partners make electronic coupons available that can be loaded directly on a wellness+ card. The
register automatically “rings” the coupon when the qualifying item is scanned.

Buy One, Get One Free

Rite Aid accepts Buy One, Get One Free coupons, however only one coupon can be used for each pair of items purchased. A
customer can use one “cents off” coupon (a coupon of fixed value such as $.50, $1.25, etc.) in conjunction with the item they
are purchasing on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion (or with a Buy One, Get One Free coupon), although the value of the
cents off coupon cannot exceed the selling price of the item. Customers can use up to two coupons with a Buy One, Get One at
a % off promotion, provided the total value of the coupons does not exceed the selling price of the two items combined.

Buy One, Get One Free coupons cannot be used in conjunction with a Buy One, Get One Free or with a Buy One, Get One at a %
off promotion.

Total Purchase Coupons

Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific
requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.

These coupons are accepted under the following conditions:

-The coupon is valid and in date; only one total purchase coupon per transaction.
-Total purchase equals or exceeds $25 before tax (before any coupons are applied).
-Coupons for individual items can also be used including another “48” coupon that is tied to an item in the transaction.
-Provided the total of items purchased is equal to or greater than the purchase requirement, other coupons can be
used in conjunction with the total purchase coupon.

ACCEPTANCE GUIDELINES:

General Guidelines:

-Coupons must be valid and in date; Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash.

- Register will validate coupon through scanning or keyed entry of the coupon UPC number.

- In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will accept the coupon in exchange for
the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is allowed.

- When making a return for a product that had a coupon attached, Rite Aid cannot refund cash for the value of the coupon and
cannot return the coupon that was used.

- Rite Aid reserves the right to not accept any coupon where the validity or the coupon cannot be established.

Multiple Coupons

-More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:

-All coupons match the item being purchased.
- The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.

-No more than one “48” Rite Aid Valuable coupon, one “49” Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one “5” Manufacturer coupon
can be used on a single item. Rite Aid may accept up to 4 identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as
there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.

 

Rite-Aid Store Coupons

Rite Aid actually has many different types of store coupons!! Many of these coupons can be found in the store ad, or other ways we will discuss.

RA allows the use of store and manufacturer coupons (“stacking”)! This gives you added savings at the store!

In-Ad Coupons

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These  coupons can be found throughout the ad, and will usually say “manufacturer coupon” on them. But they are considered “Rite-Aid store coupons” only because they have a unique barcode not usable anywhere else. It begins with “RC49″. It also states that it is good ONLY at Rite-Aid

Rite-Aid Video Values

RA has another unique way of earning RA coupons! They are called Video Values.

Video Values (VV) is simply video advertisements that you watch in order to claim a RA coupon! You can sign-up HERE [33].

Each month there are different offers available, and you can browse through the offers [34] to see what coupons you would like. These videos help you earn points towards printing RA coupons. You can also print a $5 off $20 Total Purchase coupon once you have 20 credits!

After you have watched a video, you will have to enter a small code to claim your coupons. Then you can print them! They can only be printed once, so be sure your printer is ready!

What’s awesome is that after each month, new coupons get added! But many of the previous month’s offers are usually still within their expiration dates, so they are still valid, even though they are no longer available online. So I would print them when you see them.

These coupons also say “manufacturer” on them, but they also have the “RC49″ unique barcode, and say that they are only good at RA.

Rite-Aid Valuable Coupons

Rite-Aid also carries what’s called Valuable Coupons. You can also earn these through the Video Values, by watching specific videos. They will usually be labeled with “Rite-Aid” and something else like pharmacy, under the list of offers in Video Values. You can also find these in the sales ad from time to time.

These are similar to the in-store ads, but they are for an “X” amount off of any product. They will usually be for something like “$1 off any non-prescription purchase”. So this can be used on many things in the store!

These coupons are also “manufacturer” coupons that have the “only good at Rite-Aid” on them. They also carry the unique barcode. They start with “RC48″.

Total Purchase Coupons

The last type of RA coupon is the total purchase coupon. These are coupons that are for a dollar amount off of a certain purchase.

An example would be: $5 off of $20

You can find these coupons on Video Values as well. You have to earn 20 video credits in order to earn one of these to print!

You can also sometimes find these at the bottoms of your receipts along with your +UP Rewards.

These coupons start with “RC48″. You are only allowed one of these per transaction. What’s awesome (like CVS), is that you can give this to the cashier First in order to bring your total amount down. Then you can add in your coupons to lower it even more!

 

Stacking Manufacturer and Store Coupons

WoW! With all of the coupons available, it can get very stressful trying to figure out what and how many coupons you can use together. The good thing is that RA does allow stacking! And thank goodness, they clearly explain it in their coupon policy what you are allowed to stack:

Multiple Coupons

-More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:

-All coupons match the item being purchased.
-The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.

-No more than one “48” Rite Aid Valuable coupon, one “49” Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one “5” Manufacturer coupon 
can be used on a single item. 

Total Purchase Coupons

Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific
requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.

These coupons are accepted under the following conditions:

-The coupon is valid and in date; only one total purchase coupon per transaction.
-Total purchase equals or exceeds $25 before tax (before any coupons are applied).
-Coupons for individual items can also be used including another “48” coupon that is tied to an item in the transaction.
-Provided the total of items purchased is equal to or greater than the purchase requirement, other coupons can be
used in conjunction with the total purchase coupon.

Breakdown:

This is saying that you can use a total of (4) coupons on ONE ITEM:

- A Total Purchase coupon (which begins with “RC48″)

-Manufacturer Coupon

-In-Ad coupon (which begins with “RC49″)

-Valuable Coupon (which begins with a “RC48″)

*So (1) “RC49″ coupon, (1) Manufacturer Coupon, (1) “RC48″ coupon, AND a Total Purchase coupon! Even though the total purchase coupon begins with a “RC48″, the policy still allows you to use another “RC48″ coupon in addition to your Total Purchase coupon.

Order of Coupons

The order of coupons in the example above is pretty much how you want to hand them to the cashier. You always want to give over Total Purchase coupons first, then Manufacturer coupons. The last two in-ad, and valuable coupons shouldn’t really matter, but just be sure and give the TP coupons first, then Manufacturer.

ALSO, your +UP Rewards will also have a unique “RC49″ barcode. These DO NOT count against the stacking coupon rule stated above! You can actually use as many +UP rewards as you need to (as long as it doesn’t go over total and tax)!

Again, here’s the example with everything:

-Total Purchase Coupons

-Manufacturer Coupons

-In-Ad Coupons

-Valuable Coupons

-Pay with any +UP Rewards

*This is all on ONE item!

Don’t feel stressed out thinking about using all of these coupons on one item because, the truth is it doesn’t happen very often that ALL of these will be available for one item. But RA just wants to let us know that if that is the case, then we are aloud too!

You might also find that +UP Reward deals, or deals with coupons can also be submitted for SCRs! Submitting for a SCR on a product that you have used coupons on, or receive a +UP Reward on will have no affect on your SCR. This is because you are submitting it later, and getting reimbursed later on, so nothing happens at the register.

Whew~! I hope that this has been helpful for you, and this was our final drugstore in this series. We will explore another store tomorrow!

See Ya For Day 20!

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[3] Anatomy of a Barcode: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-2-anatomy-of-a-barcode

[4]  Types of Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-3-types-of-coupons

[5] Where to Find Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-4-where-to-find-coupons

[6]  Stacking Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-5-stacking-coupons

[7] Coupon Abbreviations: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-6-coupon-abbreviations

[8] Electronic Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-7-electronic-coupons

[9] Doubling Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-8-doubling-coupons

[10] Catalina Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-9-catalina-coupons

[11] Buy One Get One Free Coupons: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-10-buy-one-get-one-free-coupons

[12] Organizing Your Coupons {Part 1}: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-11-organizing-your-coupons-part-1

[13] Organizing Your Coupons {Part 2}: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-12-organizing-your-coupons-part-2

[14] Sale Cycles: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-13-sale-cycles

[15] Stockpiling: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-14-stockpiling

[16] Coupon Sites and Deal Matchups: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-15-coupon-sites-and-deal-matchups

[17] Coupon Policies: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-16-coupon-policies

[18] CVS: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-17-cvs

[19] Walgreens: http://www.homemakerhandguide.com/learn-how-to-coupon-day-18-walgreens

[20] HERE: http://www.riteaid.com/

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[28] HERE: https://riteaid.rebateplus.com/newmemberpage.asp

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[31] HERE: http://content.riteaid.com/stores/CustomerCouponAcceptancePolicyApril2012.pdf

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[33] HERE: http://riteaid.adperk.com/registration

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