Rite Aid basics

Marie asked me about Rite Aid, specifically how their UP+ rewards work. Rite Aid is quickly becoming one of my favorite stores (along with CVS and Publix) due to their programs.

First, they have their Single Check Rebate (SCR) program, which is a simple in-house rebate program. Usually it’s a certain $ amount back through SCR for buying a certain product, and sometimes it makes the item free. Once in a while, it even makes the item a money-maker when you use a coupon as well (ie buy an item at $9.99, use a $2/1 manufacturer coupon, get $9.99 back from SCR, making it a $2 money-maker!) The SCR is like any other rebate, except that it’s an in-house rebate that you can submit online, which means you can still submit the items for manufacturer’s rebates with the receipts (which is one of the ways I get all my Olay skincare for free!). You can also still use manufacturer’s coupons, and Rite Aid/Video Value coupons (when available).

Video Values is another program that Rite Aid has. It’s basically a program that gives you coupons for watching short videos (most are around 30 seconds long). Most of them are for specific products (Kleenex, Huggies, Sundown vitamins, Chex mix, etc) but if you watch enough videos, you can earn a $4 off of a $20 purchase Rite Aid coupon, and they usually have a couple of $1 off of any purchase coupons as well. You can use these along with manufacturer coupons, and the products will still count towards any SCR or UP+ rewards available. For example, you could use a Video Value coupon (which is a Rite Aid coupon) for Kleenex, as well as a manufacturer’s coupon, AND you could also use any and all $1 off of any purchase coupons. If you can get your pre-coupon total high enough, you could also use a $4 off of a $20 coupon from the Video Values program, as long as you hand the cashier that coupon before you hand him/her your other coupons.

The UP+ Rewards is a fairly new program for Rite Aid. It’s taken a few months of trial and error (for both myself and the cashiers) to get a good knowledge of how it works. UP+ Rewards are VERY similar to CVS’ ECB program. They’re printed out at the end of your receipt after you purchase an eligible product. They’re tied to your account (you need a Wellness card to generate and redeem them) and they have expiration dates (and they DO expire!) Sometimes it will also print out a $1 off of any $10 beauty coupon in addition to the UP+ reward. You can buy as many of the items that generate rewards as you are allowed (some have a limit, but some don’t!) and you can redeem as many rewards as you want to in a transaction.

I’m better at understanding something when I have examples, so let’s do one! Motrin PM 20 ct is on sale this week for $3, plus you get a $2 UP+ reward, plus you can use the $6/2 coupon that was in last week’s paper. SO…

Buy Motrin PM $3.00 (x2)
– $6/2 coupon (you’ll pay nothing out of pocket!)
– $2 UP+ Rewards (x2 for buying 2)

=FREE (with no out of pocket expense) and a money-maker of $4 (two $2 UP+ Rewards!)

There is no advertised limit on this one, so you could get as many as you have coupons for! The UP+ Rewards do expire, so I usually try not to leave the store with any in my pocket, in case I don’t get back in the next couple of weeks, so you could then use them to buy… baby wipes (on my brain because we need some!) or anything else you need or is on sale.

I have had a couple of experiences where it DID NOT print the UP+ Rewards like it was supposed to, and I had to show the cashier the ad, who told the manager, who called corporate, who gave me cash back instead of the actual rewards. The system is still fairly new, and it has a few kinks to work out still, so don’t be afraid to say something if it doesn’t work out the way it’s supposed to. Make sure you have your ad with you, and you know EXACTLY how the transaction should work out so you don’t second-guess yourself and lose money.

I hope that helps Marie! Let me know if any of it is confusing!

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