Rite Aid Basics

Rite Aid has some of the best deals, in part because they have so many different programs to help you save. However, that can also make them the most confusing store to shop in. In addition to everything I've posted here, it seems like every week they have some kind of special promotion or rebate with its own rules - I'll note those as they pop up.

Store Sales: Run Sunday-Saturday. Advertised in their weekly flyers, available in Sunday papers, in-store, and at http://www.riteaid.com/stores/weekly_ad/You will need a loyalty card – known as the Wellness+ card – to get sale prices. It’s free to get one and you can start using it immediately.

Store Coupons: All over the place! First, there are usually some in the weekly flyer.
If you activate your Wellness+ card online at https://www5.riteaid.com/myriteaid/login?program=wellness , you will get a monthly email with more store coupons.
Finally, there’s the Video Values (VV) program. Basically, you view short video ads and you get Rite-Aid coupons that you can print. The coupons are available to watch for one month, and expire after two. So right now you can watch January’s VV, which are good through the end of February. VV coupons are one-time use and are tied to your Wellness card.

Manufacturer Coupons:

  • Rite Aid will accept internet / print at home coupons up to the equivalent value of $5.00 off. 
  • We accept two coupons for the purchase of two items that are on Buy One, Get One Free Promotion. 
  • We accept a Buy One, Get One Free Coupon with an item that is in our flyer as Buy One, Get One Free, meaning both items are free. 
  • 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. 

Store Rewards: +UP Rewards (UPR) that print on your receipt at checkout when you buy qualifying items. They can be used like cash (with some restrictions) on your next purchase. You need a loyalty card to earn +UP Rewards.

  • Technically, there is supposed to be a limit of one UPR per offer. However, in practice, you can frequently get multiple UPR if you buy multiple items. When I post deals, I will assume one UPR unless I have confirmed that multiples are printing. 
  • Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax.  
  • Check expiration dates! Usually 3 weeks. 
Single Check Rebates: These are rebates available when you buy qualifying items. Rebates usually run all month, although there are exceptions. Your rebate comes in the form of a check.
When there is a SCR available, you can redeem it one of two ways. You can pick up a flyer in the store, then fill out a form on the back and mail it in. You can also request your SCR online. First, go to https://riteaid.rebateplus.com/ to set up your account. Then, throughout the month, you enter your receipts on this website. At the end of the month, you request your check, and a few weeks later it arrives. (Note – they will only send one check each month, so don’t request your check until the end of the month, after you have entered all your receipts.)
Now some months, my SCR check might only be a buck or two. Normally, this would not even be worth cashing. But the nice thing is that you can redeem them right at the store and use it towards your purchase, just like a gift card. So although your money is tied up a lot longer, and it’s more complicated, in essence you can work SCRs just like the +UP Rewards.
Coupon Policy: http://content.riteaid.com/stores/CustomerCouponAcceptancePolicyAugust2010.pdf