Rite Aid is a great store, but like CVS and Walgreens, it has it’s own system you have to learn to meander your way through in order to get the deals. First, you need to register here to sign up with Rite Aid’s Single Check Rebate (SCR) program. Once you do that, you’re good to go.
Getting free items at Rite Aid is a bit trickier than CVS and Walgreens in that you have to pay OOP up front for the item and then Rite Aid sends you back a check. For example, if you buy Colgate Toothpaste for $3 and there is an SCR of $3 making the item free, you actually pay the $3 out of your pocket up front. Rite Aid will send you a check for the $3 about two to three weeks after you request it. The other important thing is you need to remember to enter your receipt information into their website for each transaction you make. You won’t automatically get the SCR; you MUST enter the receipt information. It’s not really a big deal. Entering the information takes maybe a minute for each receipt. At the end of the month after you’ve entered all your receipts on the website, you can request your check. DO NOT DO IT BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. You are only allowed to request a check once per month, so if you do it prematurely and then want to enter more receipts, you are basically out of luck. When your check arrives, you can cash it like a normal check or take it to Rite Aid and use it to pay for your purchase.
Many people don’t like dealing with Rite Aid because of the OOP costs. I’ve found a way to combat that by transferring prescriptions. Several times throughout the year, Right Aid with have coupons in their flier (and I’ve also seen these on line at Coupons.com) where you will earn a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription. Usually they let you transfer two at a time.
Another way to get deals at Rite Aid is to use their Video Values program. Basically, you watch ads and then get Rite Aid coupons for those products. These can be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons. Once you earn 20 credits, you can also print out a coupon for $5/$20. The coupons change every month, so don’t wait. A good way to “watch” the videos is in front of the TV. I just sit and watch TV and play the videos with the sound off.
Rite Aid now has a Wellness Card you should apply for and scan before every transaction. There will be sales you will get only if you have the card. In addition, you will earn points with every purchase, which can be then turned into a discount on your purchases. You can find more information about this program and sign up for your card HERE.
On June 5th, 2010, Rite Aid rolled out a new coupon program (+UP Rewards) that is very similar to the CVS Extra Bucks program. When you buy certain items using your Wellness card, coupons will print out on the bottom of your receipt that you can use toward your next purchase. You can also opt to have these loaded directly onto your Wellness Card. You may not “roll” your +UP Rewards into your next transaction on the same day. You must wait until 6 AM the following day to use your +UP Rewards. Go HERE to read all of Rite Aid’s +UP Rewards FAQs.
Below is Right Aid’s coupon policy. I’ve included it just as an FYI. Right Aid does let you stack coupons, meaning you can use a Rite Aid coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon to maximize your savings.
Rite Aid Policy Coupon Acceptance
We gladly accept your manufacturers, Rite Aid “valuable” and certain Internet/Print at Home coupons in all Rite Aid stores as detailed in our coupon acceptance guidelines listed below:
- Rite Aid accept a manufacturers coupon and a Rite Aid coupon for the purchase of a single item. However, the coupon redemption amount can never exceed the value of the item.
- Only one manufacturer coupon is accepted for each product, unless coupled with a manufacturer coupon found in a Rite Aid circular.
- Rite Aid may accept multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.
- Rite Aid reserves the right to limit bulk purchases of items if the purchase will deplete our supply for other customers.
Buy One, Get One Free Coupons
- When items are featured on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the item being purchased.
- If a customer presents a Buy One, Get One Free coupon for the purchase of two items that are on a Buy One Get One Free promotion; we accept the coupon, essentially making both items free.
- Be advised that the cash register will compute any sales tax due, which sales tax varies and is defined by applicable state law.
Internet/Print at Home Coupons
- Rite Aid only accepts coupons printed off the internet from manufacturer’s websites, emails and coupon websites up to a maximum of $5.00 off per item as long as the coupon’s redemption amount never exceeds the price of the item.
- Rite Aid coupons are not considered internet/print at home coupons, even when they are printed from an internet site or an email, and are therefore not subject to the $5.00 limit.
Total Purchase Coupons
- From time to time, Rite Aid features total purchase coupons which discount total purchases based upon meeting specific requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.
- Any manufacturer’s coupons presented with a total purchase coupon will be deducted after the purchase total has been determined.
- Rite Aid may accept more than one total purchase coupon as long as they are used in separate transactions with each transaction meeting the minimum purchase requirements. Rite Aid reserves the right to limit the number of total purchase coupons that can be used by a customer in a single day.
- Rite Aid will accept coupons for an item that is on sale.
- In the event that the item is on sale for less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will only 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 ever provided in exchange for any coupons.
- Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash.
- Competitor coupons are never accepted at Rite Aid.