FREE Deodorant & Contact Lens Solution at Rite Aid!

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My dear, sweet Rite Aid really wants our men to smell better, since they’re still have BOGO Right Guard or Dry Idea deodorant this week, an extension through last week.  Pair it with the BOGO coupon from 10/31 Red Plum Sunday insert (exp 11/30/10), and you’ve got two FREE deodorants, just pay tax!  (Yes, they’re coupon policy allows this.) 



If you wish to take advantage of this great BOGO deal, ACT NOW — products tend to fly off the shelves in these scenarios! :o)


Also, free after Single Check Rebate is the AMO Complete contact lens solution.  It’s listed at $7.99, but carries a full rebate (excluding tax) through their SCR program.  Limit one per household.


To stretch your savings further, participate in the Video Values program to obtain the $4/$20 coupon, along with any other coupons you have lying around, and watch that total melt away!  To find out more about all the wonderful ways to save at Rite Aid, consult my previous posting dedicated to Rite Aid.  There are numerous scenarios you can devise with this!


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Today’s Trip to Rite Aid

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Today at Rite Aid, I got two packs of Scott TP, two bottles of vitamins, and a package of Huggies diapers.  Out of pocket, guess how much I paid for it all?

After coupons and with tax, I paid $4.52.  That’s a little under a dollar per item!

Wanna learn how I did this?  First, let me remind you of Rite Aid’s Video Values program.  I highly encourage you to give it a try.  In addition to their coupon for  $4 off $20 purchase, I stacked their Video Values coupons with my manufacture coupons, along with their BOGO deal on vitamins right now, and watched that dollar amount melt down!

Huggies are on sale this week for $7.99 for a jumbo pack at Rite Aid.  (This is applicable for Pull-Ups, as well as their Pure and Natural line.)  In addition, they have a coupon for $2 off, via Video Values.  Stack this with a printable coupon for $2.50.  (I believe there’s a $3 printable for the Pure and Natural diapers also available at the same site.) Thus, you can walk out with a pack of Huggies for $3.49 (and that’s before you take in to account the $4 Video Value coupon)

Scott Tissue is also a featured $1 off coupon on the Video Values program this month.  It’s $4.79 for a 4 pack right now.  I stacked this with two $1 off coupons I got in the mail a few weeks ago from Kroger for $1 off a pack of Scott’s.  (It was a manufacture Q, with a “5” code, so it was okay to use it.)  So each pack was $2.79.  Ahh, there’s nothing like quality, cheap terr-let paper!  ;o)

The vitamins are BOGO this week.  Additionally, if you spend $20 on vitamins at Rite Aid, you’ll get $5 in UP Rewards.  I purchased enough vitamins in a previous transaction to get the $5 in UP rewards. Thus, I turned right around to apply it to this order.

**Remember, the key to working deals at Rite Aid is to keep your transactions (pretax and precoupons) to right at $20, so that you can best utilize their $4 Video Value coupon.  I personally have two accounts for this purpose, so that I can use two $4 coupons a month.  I know that is stretching the ethical boundary a bit, but I only have TWO.  I certainly wouldn’t recommend creating more than two accounts — I do think that would be pushing the limits, and borders on abusing the system.

On a side note (and totally unrelated to saving money), the cashier at Rite Aid now recognizes me when I come in each month, but only when I have my daughter with me!  Apparently, busy little redheads leave quite an impression!  She commented today on how vocal and BUSY she is — what an understatement!  :o)

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Rite Aid’s Updated Coupon Policy

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After a slightly disappointing venture to my dear, dear, Rite Aid today, I discovered that their coupon policy has changed.  Sort of.  Being a dilligent blogger and coupon-er, I checked their policy online, and found out the truth.


Basically, Rite Aid breaks down coupons in to a few categories:

  • manufacturer coupon: these are found in your Sunday papers, magazines, etc.  Their UPC code will begin with a “5”.
  • Rite Aid manufacturer coupon:  found in their weekly circulars, website (via Video Values), and customer’s emails.  Their UPC code begins with “49”
  • Rite Aid valuable coupon: I’m not quite sure where these are found, except for through Video Values?  They have a UPC code of “48”.
  • Printed internet coupons: These are any coupon you print at home, namely manufacturer coupons.  Internet coupons’ value may not exceed $5.00 per transaction.  RITE AID COUPONS WITH THEIR LOGO ARE NOT CONSIDERED “INTERNET COUPONS” EVEN IF PRINTED FROM HOME!

Today, I had a coupon $5 off $25 purchase (“48”), a Rite Aid manufacturer’s coupon for $1 off a product (“49”), and a manufacturer coupon for 50 cents off the same product (“5”).  The sum of my purchase was right at $25.  However, the sweet lady who checked me out pointed to their posted coupon policy that stated that internet coupons’ value was not to exceed $5.  With my toddler in her stroller, nearing lunchtime, I simply didn’t have time to further investigate or argue this new policy, so I simply had the product removed from my purchase.  (This was an older lady, and I just didn’t have the heart nor the energy to dispute this point.)

I have since discovered that the coupon combination I had was well within their policy.  According to their website, you may use one “48”, one “49” and one “5” on the same product.  I plan to keep this policy printed out and with my coupon binder, should this situation arise again.  I suggest you do the same with your “regular” stores, so that you can maximize your coupon savings as well.  Rite Aid’s coupon policy is in PDF form, which makes it easier to print.  :o)

To sum it up, you may only use $5 worth of internet (printable) manufacturer coupons at Rite Aid.  You may still utilize their coupons for $5/$25 (“48″s), as well as their printable Rite Aid manufacture coupons (“49″s), and regular old manufacturer coupons (“5″s).

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$10 Rite Aid gift card

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In the September issue of Fitness magazine, there is an promotion for a $10 Rite Aid gift card, when you purchase one of the following featured items at a Rite Aid store:




– Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner




– Colgate Pro-Clinical Daily Whitening




– John Frieda Root Awakening Smoothing lotion




– Olay Total Effects Cooling Hydration




– Secret Clinical Strength Sensitive Skin




– Stayfree Ultra Thins




– Tamax Pearl Multipax




– Vitafusion MultiVites




Purchases must be made between August 24, 2010 and September 24, 2010.  You can upload your receipt, or mail in your original reciept (that means no copies) to the address below.  See site for  more details.

                                                           FITNESS Magazine,
                                                           Attn: Ashley Sweeting,
                                                          125 Park Avenue,20th Fl,
                                                          New York, NY 10017








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Rite Aid – Video Values

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You’ve heard me talk about Rite Aid‘s “Ad Perks” program in the past.  It seems they are working to improve their program even more, and have revved up the site a bit, making it more user-friendly.

Rite Aid’s “Video Values”
program, sponsored by AdPerk

So, if you haven’t already done so, I HIGHLY advise you to check out their Video Values program.  Each month, they offer the chance to view short clips about various products they carry.  (Yes, you are essentially watching commercials.)  For each ad you watch, you get a credit towards a valuable coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase*.  Additionally, you get a coupon related to the product about which you just watched.

Currently, they are offering two additional coupons for $5 off $25 purchase* via their Video Values, they are listed under the “special offers” section.  There is also a $2 Huggies coupon.  I’ve heard that, although it says “manufacture coupon” on it, it is coded as a store coupon, so you could still stack it with a manufacture coupon (such as this printable one), and increase your savings.

* – only applicable to non-prescription purchases

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Looking Beyond Gimmicks in Sales

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Okay, here’s where I’m probably going to stray from the herd a bit, as I see many fellow Money-Saving-Mommy-Bloggers posting to the contrary here…  But I strongly feel that what’s being done in most instances is purely a marketing ploy to (duh!) get you in to their store, and to (double duh!) buy their products!  The current marketing trend is to advertise for “free”, very cheap deals, or even “money-makers” when paired with coupons.

Guess what, though?  I’ve fallen for it plenty of times.
You’ll see it in the sales circulars on Sundays, mostly for drug stores.  And each one calls it something a little different: Walgreen’s “Register Rewards”, CVS’s “Extra Care Bucks”, Rite Aid’s “Up Rewards”, and even Target with their “free gift card” offers.  I refer to them generically as “store bucks”, going forth. 
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that these are bad, awful things that should be banned from existence.  However, it’s the way in which they are USED to lure you in to their store, and then to buy more stuff.  You, as the consumer, have to be careful and SAVVY when utilizing such deals!
For instance, let’s say one of the drug stores advertises a sale on toothpaste for $3.99 a tube.  (Gasp!  I would NEVER pay that much for such a product!)  The gimmick is that they’ll give you $3.99 in their store bucks if you buy the toothpaste, thus, making it “free”.  Ha ha!  There’s the kicker: it’s NOT free.  You still have to fork over $3.99 plus tax for the purchase up front.  Remember: the store bucks are for later purchases!  

To me, something is free if you pay nothing for it up front, or get your purchase price back in cash, NOT store cash! 
But let’s take this $3.99 toothpaste, and make it worth your while.  Add a $1 coupon to this deal.  Now you’re spending $2.99 and getting $3.99 in store cash.  (Many MoneySavingBlogs will call this a “money-maker” deal, since you’re getting back more than your spending.)  That makes it a little better.  Also, rarely will a coupon alter the amount you get in store cash.
Now, let’s say you have another item, coupons in hand, to purchase at that store.  -er, let’s say ….diapers.  These diapers are on sale for $8.99.  After purchasing the toothpaste, you then purchase the diapers in a separate transaction, and your savings will start to add up.  That’s $8.99 minus the $3.99 in store cash, and let’s throw in a $2 coupon.  You’ve just bought a pack of diapers for $3!  Not bad.
My point with the store cash is that you have to ask yourself if there are other items you would purchase at this store.  Keep in mind, too, that most store cash has an expiration date.  So, my advice is to plan very carefully if you wish to utilize a sale involving store cash, and try to use the store cash within the same visit, if possible.  Let the cashier know that you’ll be making multiple transactions, and carefully plan the order in which you make your transactions to maximize your store cash.
Pssst!  Guess what?  Enough people are either unaware of the store cash, don’t care about it, or forget about it and let it expire — that’s partly how the stores make their money off of these gimmicks!  This is why I stress the importance of trying to use the store cash within the same visit, or keeping the expiration date ingrained in your mind!
In sum, store cash is not a totally evil idea.  It’s great if you can use it to your advantage, keeping the following guidelines in mind: 
  • plan your purchases carefully, 
  • make multiple, separate transactions to maximize that store cash,
  • always throw in coupons, when applicable (did I really have to say that, though?),
  • try to utilize the store cash within the same store visit, or at least be mindful of its expiration date,
  • And finally, ALWAYS ask yourself if this is a product you would purchase otherwise, without the lure of the sale.
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Rite Aid is Rite On!!!

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If you are fortunate enough to have one (or 3!) near you, go check out Rite Aid!  I will be the first to caution you about their regular store prices, they aren’t so hot.  However, when you pair them up with the deals they always have going on, the savings can really add up.  Let me count the ways:




For starters, it’s worth participating in their “Ad Perks” program.  By viewing their “ad videos”, I earned enough credits to print out a $5 coupon off a $20 purchase.  I also recieved coupons for the products viewed in Ad Perks.  I paired the $5 off coupon with my $3 Huggies coupons.  ADDITIONALLY, they frequently have coupons with their sales circulars for $5 off a $25 purchase.  YES, they let me stack their own store coupons!!


Another great program Rite Aid has is their Single Check Rebate program.  It is certainly one of the easiest rebate programs around: you purchase a participating product in their monthly rebate program, then enter the information from your receipt online.  Once you’ve accumulated your qualifying purchases for the month, with a click of a mouse, you’ll get one check for your rebates!


Also, they had a handful of items on clearance, along with my coupons, that made them very cheap.  (Recently, they had tubes of the Beaudreax’s Butt Paste on clearance for $2.99, minus my $2 coupon = $0.99 — whoo hoo!!)


Further, similar to CVS and Walgreens, Rite Aid has a store loyalty program, Wellness +.  Each week, they have sale items which offer +UP rewards when you use your card.  Also, this program rewards you in tiers, based on what you’ve spent there in a calendar year.  For example, after you earn 125 points ($1 = 1 point; 1 prescription = 25 pts), you get a 10% off your next purchase shopping pass.  Once you reach 1,000 points, you get 20% off all non-prescription purchases.   Just for signing up for the program, you’ll get a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase.  (However, at the rate I’m saving money over there, it’ll take YEARS to even reach $125!)


The bottom line is that, when you pair the deals well at Rite Aid, you can really save — go check it out for yourself!!


Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara 

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