Shopping at Rite Aid with Nina (after a several year hiatus!)

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I was recently sharing with Nina how out of the drugstore coupon shopping scene I’d gotten. Back in the day, I used to do weekly coupon matchups for both Walgreens and Rite Aid. (Yup, that was my Saturday night every Saturday for a few years!) However, I felt that the programs at these two store grew increasingly complicated and my own interest waned. Not to mention, traffic to these posts dwindled compared to grocery deals and even some of our online features.

But Nina (ever the coupon optimist!) encouraged me to keep an eye on these stores. I asked if she’d be down to meet up at Rite Aid and fill me in on how to coupon there since it’d been so long. She kindly agreed, and I wanted to share with you what I learned.

Before I met with Nina, I figured I better take a few minutes and figure what was up with Rite Aid’s Wellness+ program. It’d been so long since I used it, I couldn’t recall any of my log on stuff. (Nina later told me there were significant changes to the program and that I’d probably needed to sign up for a new account anyways.) I was able to easily do this through Rite Aid’s website. I then downloaded the app so I could have it handy.

One thing that’s a bit confusing is that there are wellness+ points and Plenti points. After wading through it all, here’s what I learned:

  • wellness+ points are points you earn in the store. You earn 1 wellness+ point for every dollar spent in the store (and 25 for every prescription filled). As the wellness+ points rack up, you can earn special discounts. For instance, when you have 500 points, you have silver status and will save an extra 10% on most items throughout the store for the rest of the year. When you have 1,000 points? You have gold status and save an extra 20%.
  • Plenti is an added reward program, which Rite Aid was a part of. Yes, past tense. It’s not at all clear from the website, but according to Nina, the program has ended. This would explain why I did not earn any Plenti points today on my transaction. (However, if you’ve earned points previously, you should be able to redeem them).

It’s clear that there is a lot happening at Rite Aid, so I hoped a trip with Nina would help illuminate some of this!

She and 2 of her 4 kids were there to greet me! Of course, she already had a plan in mind for what she wanted to accomplish. (At least one of us did.)

She centered on this deal, which was featured on the front page of the ad. The way it works is that you buy $40 of participating products and you earn $15 in wellness+ bonus cash! Here are a few things Nina explained to me about this that you should know:

  • The $40 is achieved before coupons.
  • You don’t have to reach the $40 all in one transaction, just before the end of the week! This means you could make a few transactions or even trips. I loved this!
  • When you are ready to redeem your $15, it can be applied on just about anything in the store, however your trip total must be $15 or more or it won’t work.
  • You have 60 days to redeem your BonusCash. Use it or lose it!

The other awesome part? Per the ad, you can do this deal up to 2 times per customer.

It was pretty easy to spot which items are part of the deal, because they all had these type of yellow signs hanging on them.

Of course, Nina wasn’t randomly browsing the store shelves. She came with a plan – and a stack of coupons.

One of the deals that was advertised was this: Nivea Lip Care on sale $2 each. There was a $3/2 coupon from last weekend’s (2/4) SmartSource, too! So you’d pay $1 for 2 (or $0.50 each). Even better, this is part of that bonus cash deal. So buying 2 would earn you $4 towards your $40 total. See how that works?

Angela’s Transaction

I kept it really simple today, but I’m happy with my transaction. Here’s what I did:

  • (2) Arm & Hammer Detergent $1.99 each
  • (2) Nivea Lip Care $2 each

Then, I used:

  • (1) $1/1 Arm & Hammer coupon from 2/4 SmartSource (this was regional – I found it in the Seattle Times)
  • (1) $1/1 Arm & Hammer printable coupon
  • (1) $3/2 Nivea coupon from 2/4 SmartSource

I paid $3.78 – $0.80 of which was tax! I also earned nearly $8 towards my $40 threshold. I may be back to see what else I could do, but even if I don’t, I feel like I got a crazy awesome deal today. Now, I’m going to pass the post off to Nina, so she can share a bit more about what she did.

Nina’s Transaction

I wanted to do a simple transaction but, one where I would earn the bonus cash, here is what I did:

  • (6) Niva Foam Body Wash $4 each
  • (8) Niva Lip Care $2 each

Then, I used:

  • (3) $3/2 Nivea coupon from 2/4 SmartSource
  • (4) $3/2 Nivea lip care coupon from 2/4 SmartSource

My total before tax and coupons was $40.  After coupons my total was $19 and I earned $15 in bonus cash so that’s like paying $4 for everything!

Final Thoughts

At the beginning of this post, I said that one of the reasons I fell out of couponing at drugstores was because they were getting complicated. After visiting today, it’s clear that there still is a lot going on. But I think there’s room for the quick, easy deal (such as my transaction) as much as there are opportunities to create exciting transactions that result in moneymakers (such as Nina’s transactions).

I’d love to hear from you today. Do you still like to coupon at drugstores? Why or why not? Would you like to see more of these posts and deal ideas featured here at the blog and Instagram? I’m listening. Fire away!