Rite Aid Shopping 101

LAST UPDATED: June 3, 2012

If you’ve never set foot in Rite Aid, you’ve found the right page!

Rite Aid always has a lot going on including store sales, promotions, and coupons. The more you’re aware of the possibilities, the better you’ll take advantage of what they have to offer.

Here are a few things you should know about when it comes to shopping Rite Aid.

Coupon Acceptance Policy

I think you’ll find that Rite Aid is a pretty coupon friendly chain. You can download and print a copy of their Coupon Acceptance Policy to keep with you for your shopping trips. Please note that there were changes to this policy on May 25, 2011! A few highlights include:

  • Rite Aid accepts manufacturers coupons.
  • Rite Aid accepts up to 4 like coupons on a single shopping trip.
  • Rite Aid accepts printable manufacturers coupons of $5 in value or less.
  • Rite Aid accepts only one manufacturer coupons on a “buy one, get one free” sale.
  • Rite Aid does not accept a “buy one, get one free” coupon on a “buy one, get one free” sale.
  • Rite Aid permits use of a “buy one, get one free” manufacturer coupon with a cents-off manufacturer’s coupon for the same item.
  • Rite Aid does not permit overage.
  • Rite Aid reserves the right to limit stock.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Card is Rite Aid’s loyalty program, and they launched it in 2010. If you’re going to be shopping at Rite Aid, it’s a MUST. You will only get the “sale” price on items with your Wellness Card. You’ll also be able to earn in-store credit in the form of UP Rewards on select purchases with your Wellness card (see more below). Additionally, your purchases will earn you points which then earn you rewards, like % off discounts.

Video Values

Rite Aid also launched their Video Values in 2010. Watch short videos (OK, commercials), and you’ll earn coupons for select products. While many of these coupons read manufacturer on them, they are more akin to store coupons and can be stacked with other manufacturer’s coupons according to Rite Aid’s Coupon Acceptance Policy. Each month, there are new coupons to earn on Video Values, and the coupons generally are good for two months from when they are initially released. When the coupons reset for each month, the previous month’s coupons will go away, unless you’ve already earned them. For this reason, sometimes it’s good to watch and print them all and hang onto them.

UP Rewards

Last year, Rite Aid kicked off their +UP Rewards program. The way it works is rather simple. Buy qualifying items and receive an UP Reward, which is a coupon in the form of a credit good on your next purchase.

  • You must use your Wellness Card to earn these.
  • The UP Rewards will load to your Wellness Card. See below for updates. They will print at the bottom of your receipt. 
  • They are Rite Aid discounts coupons. 
  • You can redeem as many of them as you wish on your next purchase, so long as the value of the coupons doesn’t exceed the value of the purchase.
  • You can use coupons towards the purchase of UP Reward items.
  • The ads will state what the limit per household is for the UP Reward offers.
  • UPDATE: Your UP Rewards will be available for redemption 6am the following morning.

UPDATE: When the UP program was launched, the UP Rewards generated were printed on the bottom of your receipt. You would then cut them and redeem as you would other coupons. In recent months, the UP program was amended so that your rewards are now loaded to your Wellness card. It’s important that you are aware that the UP Rewards you earn will not be eligible to redeem until 6am the next morning. This means that you will no longer be able to do back-to-back transactions where you earn UP Rewards and then apply them immediately to another transaction.

Some people are annoyed by the idea that the discount isn’t immediate, but a credit for a “future purchase.” My thinking is that if you are going to become a regular drugstore shopper and are willing to put in a little extra effort, then UP Rewards are a GOOD thing. Leveraged well, they can drive your out of pocket costs down on many items! I also enjoy the fact that I can usually do more than one of the same UP Reward offer in a single transaction. This isn’t the case with Walgreens Register Rewards.

For instance, let’s imagine this is an UP Rewards offer:

Buy (1) Toilet Paper for $3.99, get a $1 UP Reward (limit 3)

I could potentially buy (3) bags of toilet paper for $11.97 out of pocket, and earn (3) $1 UP Rewards. I should expect to receive see 3 $1 UP Rewards loaded to my Wellness Card the next day at 6am print on the bottom of my receipt.

Rite Aid Rebates

Rite Aid has a rebate program. It’s completely easy to use, and it can all be managed online! Each month, Rite Aid will issue new rebates and you can find them on the rebate section of their site or in stores in a special rebate booklet (look for it next to the weekly circulars in the front of the st0re). You can use coupons towards the purchase of rebate items. When it’s time to enter for your rebate, all you need to have handy is your receipt. Just log onto your Rite Aid rebate account and enter a few pieces of information from your receipt. It will automatically determine if you’ve purchased any qualifying items, though the process may take up to 2-3 days.

IMPORTANT: remember that the monthly rebate cycles run monthly at Rite Aid. So while you CAN enter the information from your receipts each week (or each shopping trip), do NOT submit for your check until you are absolutely positive you won’t be buying any more rebate items for that month. Once you’ve submitted for your check, you CANNOT submit for any more rebate offers for that month’s cycle!

I have used Rite Aid’s rebate program many times and it’s worked perfectly. I usually receive my check 2-3 weeks after submitting for it. You can either use your check at your Rite Aid store (like a gift certificate), or simply deposit it at your bank!

I personally think that Rite Aid’s rebate program may be slowly phasing out as they’ve been pushing their UP Rewards program. It seems that the rebate offers have slimmed down over the course of the year.

Additional Rite Aid Help

Here is some additional reading on Rite Aid shopping.

  • Update on the UP Rewards Program
  • Rite Aid answers my UP Rewards Questions
  • UP Rewards FAQ (Rite Aid’s site)
  • How Rite Aid ads Illustrate Coupon Acceptance

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