Each weekend, we’ll be featuring a Store Spotlight, with tips on how to use coupons to maximize your savings at one of the stores we cover. If you’re just getting started, these will be great resources for you as you get the ball rolling. If you’re a more experienced couponer, these might offer tips at a store you’re less familiar with. We encourage you to pin these for future reference, or share them with friends as they get started with strategic shopping. First store up: Rite Aid!
Rite Aid is a great place to save money by using coupons and sales to get what you need for your family. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of shopping at Rite Aid.
- Check our Weekly Matchups. These will tell you what’s on sale, and what coupons are available for the sale items. The Final Price in the matchup is the best possible price after sale, coupons, and +Ups
- +Ups are rewards that are available on certain purchases. When you buy the specified items, the +Ups credit to your Wellness+ card to be used on your next purchase (after 6 a.m. the following day). If you prefer to have your +Ups print out on the bottom of your receipt, you can opt out at the register or on Rite Aid’s web site. +Ups expire two weeks after they are earned. They are deducted from your Wellness+ card in order from highest value to lowest. You cannot use +Ups to pay for sales tax, so watch your subtotal as they are deducted–you won’t be able to go below a zero balance on your subtotal.
- The Wellness+ Card is needed to get sale prices and earn +Ups. The card tracks limits for +Up offers, and accumulates Wellness+ points. $1 of purchase=1 point, and you earn 25 points for each prescription. At Bronze Level (250 points), you earn a 10% shopping pass, plus 10% off all Rite Aid brand products every day. At Silver (500 points), you get a fitness reward, plus 10% off all purchases. At Gold Level (1000 points), you receive 20% off all purchases. The reward level reached by Dec. 31 of one year is good through all the following year.
- When you do a “Spend $25, Receive $5 +Up” type deal, the $25 is before coupons! The more coupons you use, the less you pay out of pocket, and the better deal it is. Sometimes you can even come out ahead by paying less OOP than the +Ups you get back!
- If a sale price is lower than regular price minus your Wellness discount, you get the sale price. If your Wellness+ discount is lower, you pay the discounted price. For example, if a $9.99 item is on sale for $8.50, a Silver level customer would pay the sale price, but a Gold level customer would pay $7.99, or 20% off.
- You can stack manufacturer’s coupons (like those from the newspaper or internet printables) with Rite Aid store coupons. These coupons include in-ad coupons, special in-store coupon booklets (like the yearly Flu Shot booklet), and Rite Aid Video Values. When you stack coupons, you may use one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon on a single item to increase your savings.
- Rite Aid Video Values are short videos that you can watch online to earn store coupons. RAVVs can be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons, and frequently match up with a sale or +Up deal for great savings. New RAVVs are available each month–they typically change on the Sunday closest to the beginning of a new month.
- Load2Card coupons are eCoupons linked to your Wellness card. They do not stack with paper coupons, and take precedence over paper coupons, so don’t load them if you’d rather use a paper coupon on an item.
- Rite Aid’s Coupon Policy has a few quirks: You can’t use a B1G1 coupon on a B1G1 Free sale to make both items free. You can only use one coupon on a B1G1 sale (no coupon on the Free item). Find out more about the coupon policy here.
- You can get the most bang for your buck by using previously-earned +Ups to pay for a purchase that will earn more +Ups. This is called “rolling,” and helps lower the out-of-pocket cost you’ll need to pay.
- Always double-check your receipt for correct prices and be sure you got the right +Ups. Sometimes cashiers or managers can make things right before you leave the store. If not, call the Customer Service number, found on the receipt. They’re usually able to help.
If you’re just getting started at Rite Aid and have questions about how to use coupons there, please ask in the comments. We’ll do our best to help out, and get you on your way to big savings. There are lots of little details, but you’ll get the hang of things quickly!