Monday, March 15, 2010

Rite Aid 3/14 to 3/20

A couple of notes to start with:
  1. Make sure you know RiteAid'sCouponPolicy. Print out a copy to keep with you. This will be a great help when you get a cashier, or even a manager, who doesn't know the policy.
  2. Go to Rite Aid AdPerks to watch videos and earn Rite Aid Video Value coupons. You will be able to earn a $5/$20 Rite Aid coupon, as well as a coupon for each product for which you watch a video.
  3. Print out and take additional $3/15 coupons (expires 3/31) and $5/$20 coupons with you. Remember, the $5/$20 coupon is only available after you watch enough AdPerks videos. (Rite Aid Video Values only allows you to choose to print the coupon one time. You can not go back and choose to print it again later. That being said, when you originally choose to print the coupon a print screen will pop up. On that print screen it has a place for you to type in how many times you want the page printed. I try to print out at least 20 for the month as I average using around 5 a week. NOTE that the coupon is good for 2 months. So if I have any extra I just use them the following month.)
All my scenarios will reflect my personal goal to either make money or at least not to have spent any at the end of the month - after I get my Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid gift cards, and/or MIR checks.

**Unless otherwise indicated, there is a limit of one single check rebate per item.

There are Wellness coupons here for $3/15 coupon, $0.50/1 greeting card, and $1/1 bagged candy. All expire 3/20. Thanks Debbie.

And Wellness coupons here (sign in to get them) for $1/1 seasonal purchase, $1/1 shaving accessory, $1/1 household cleaning item, and a FREE 8″ x 10″ Digital Print. All expire 3/20. These are no longer available.

Update: There are new Wellness coupons here (sign in to get them) for $1/1 seasonal purchase, $2/1 cold, flu, or allergy item, $2/1 vitamin purchase, $2/1 cosmetic purchase. All expire 4/3.
NOTE: These coupons affect purchase #1 and #2. Sudafed would now be a moneymaker. Benadryl may be FREE to a moneymaker. And the Neutrogena could be a great deal too.

This week is going to be a slow week. There are no week specific SCRs. . . . .  but after last week, that's okay. I wasn't able to get to Rite Aid last week until Saturday evening. 9 separate transactions later, I left with over $200 dollars of sale priced items (that's not including all the stuff that rang up free on the B1G1 deals) and after rebates will have made $30+. Not too shabby. . . . . so all that to say, I'm ready for a rather slow week. (It will give me a chance to get all the items I have rainchecks for.   : )  I think I could do 4 or 5 separate transactions with rainchecks alone!)

Just an extra NOTE: I told you to print off extra Johnson & Johnson's RA VV coupons and to save them for this month. Well, save them for one more week. Next week J&J baby care products (15 oz.) and Desitin (2 oz.) will be $2.99/1. Plus there is an in-ad coupon for $1/1, making them $1.99/1 before MFCs. So, unless you can get them for cheaper this week, wait one more.

Purchase #1

1 Sudafed PE or Sudafed (pg. 8) 10-24 ct. $4.99/1 ???
- $2/1 Sudafed, Sudafed PE or Sudafed OM, ETS, exp. 3-31-10 (RP 12/6/09) (exp. 9-30-10; RP 03/14/10) = $2.99/1
[or use - $2/1 Sudafed PE Triple Action, exp. 4-30-10 (RP 10/4/09) (exp. 9-30-10; RP 03/14/10)]
[or use - $2/1 Sudafed Sinus & Pain 12 Hour Printable]
- $2 off RA in-ad coupon = $0.99/1

1 Visine eye drops (pg. 8) 5-15 ml. find one that is about $4.99/1
- $3/1 Visine Product, exp. 6-30-10 (ALL YOU Mar '10) = $1.99/1
[or if included - $3/1 Select Visine Products, exp. 6-30-10 (RP 03/14/10)]
- $3/1 in-ad coupon = FREE or MAKE $1.01

1 Cortaid cream or ointment (pg. 8) 1 oz. $3.99/1
- $2/1 Cortaid, exp. 3-31-10 (RP 1/3/10) = $1.99/1

2 Band-aid brand bandages (pg. 8) plastic strips 60 ct., sheer strips 40-60 ct., or kid's decorated 20-25 ct.   $1.99/1 = $3.98/2
- $3/2 Neosporin Product and Bandaid Product, exp. 3-31-10 (SS 02/21/10) = $0.98/2 ($0.49/1)

1 Johnson & Johnson 1” First Aid Tapes (pg. 8) $1.99/1
- $1/1 Johnson & Johnson First Aid Product, exp. 3-31-10 (RP #2 1/3/10) = $0.99/1

Add a filler item (something you need or just want) for $1.06 or more.
(NOTE: I'm going to buy something more expensive, but use a coupon to bring the cost down to just over $1.06 for the item.)

Total before coupons = at least $21
- $5/20 Rite Aid Video Values coupon
- at least $16 (in MFC, in-ad coupons, and RA VV coupons)
Total OOP = $0 + tax
($19.94 towards SCR #24 get $25 when you purchase $50 worth select J&J products)

Purchase #2

Repeat purchase #1, omitting the Visine (unless you have another coupon for it) and the filler.

2 Stayfree maxi pads (pg. 8) B1G1 50% off (around $3.99/1) = $5.99/2
- $1/1 Stayfree Product Printable (IE) or Printable (FF) = $4.99/2
- B1G1 Stayfree Product, exp. 3-31-10 (RP #2 1/3/10) = $2.99/2
- 2 $1/1 Stayfree Pads RA VV Feb. = $0.99/2

Total before coupons = about $20.94
- $5/20 Rite Aid Video Values coupon
- $15 (in MFC, in-ad coupons, and RA VV coupons)
Total OOP = $0.94 + tax
($20.94 towards SCR #24 get $25 when you purchase $50 worth select J&J products)

At this point you'll have $40+ towards the J&J SCR #24. You only need $10 more. So, either repeat one of the purchases above again (or a combo of the above purchases) and finish off that rebate this week, or if you want more J&J baby items, wait until next week to finish off the last $10

Purchase #3 (if you can use Wellness coupons)
3 Hershey's, Reese’s, or Cadbury bagged Easter candy (pg. 1) 8-10 oz. $1.99/1 = $5.97/3
- $2/3 Hersheys, Reese’s, Cadbury candy in-ad MFC coupon (pg. 7) = $3.97/3
[Take these coupons with you too, in case they'll work. These would change you OOP costs making this a moneymaker. $2/2 Select Hershey's, Reeses or York Bags, exp. 3-14 (SS 01/31/10) OR $2/1 Hershey's, Reeses, or Cadbury Candy, exp. 4-4-10 (SS 03/14/10)]
- 3 $1/1 Wellness bagged candy coupon = $0.97/3

2 Windex (pg. 10) 26 oz. $5/2
- 2 $1/1 Windex product Printable = $3/2
- 2 $0.50/1 Windex RA VV Feb coupon = $2/2
- 2 $1/1 Wellness household cleaning coupon = FREE

1 Finish Quantamatic starter kit (pg. 10) $7.99/1
- $3/1 Finish Quantamatic Printable = $4.99/1
- $1/1 Finish RA VV Feb. or March = $3.99/1
- $1/1 Wellness household cleaning coupon = $2.99/1

1 Clorox disinfecting wipes 35 ct. or ultra bleach 96 oz. (pg. 10) $1.99/1
- $1/1 Wellness household cleaning coupon = $0.99/1
OR (choose one; don't get both the Clorox and Tide)
1 Tide stain release (pg. 10) 20 oz. $3.99/1
- $1/1 Tide Stain Release, exp. 3-31-10 (P&G 02/07/10); exp. 4-30-10 (P&G 03/07/10) = $2.99/1
- $1/1 Wellness household cleaning coupon = $1.99/1

Total before coupons = $20.95 (or $22.95 if you get Tide)
- $5/20 Rite Aid Video Values coupon
- $16 (or $17 if you get Tide) (in MFC, in-ad coupons, and RA VV coupons)
Total OOP = - $0.05 + tax (or with Tide $0.95 + tax)
COST $0 + tax (or $0.95 + tax)

Purchase #4 (if you can use Wellness coupons)
This final purchase is really me just wishing for some of those other candy coupons to work to turn this into a moneymaker with or without Wellness coupons.

9 Hershey's, Reese’s, or Cadbury bagged Easter candy (pg. 1) 8-10 oz. $1.99/1 = $17.91/9
- 3 $2/3 Hersheys, Reese’s, Cadbury candy in-ad MFC coupon (pg. 7) = $11.91/9
[Take these coupons with you too, in case they'll work. These would change you OOP costs making this a moneymaker. $2/2 Select Hershey's, Reeses or York Bags, exp. 3-14 (SS 01/31/10) OR $2/1 Hershey's, Reeses, or Cadbury Candy, exp. 4-4-10 (SS 03/14/10)]
- 9 $1/1 Wellness bagged candy coupon = $2.91/9

1 Cottonelle bathroom tissue double roll (pg. 1) 12 pk. $5.99/1
- $1/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper, exp. 3-31-10 (ALL YOU Feb '10) = $4.99/1
- $1/1 Cottonelle RA VV Feb. and March = $3.99/1

Total before coupons = $23.90
- $5/20 Rite Aid Video Values coupon
- $17 (in MFC, in-ad coupons, and RA VV coupons)
Total OOP = $1.90 + tax
COST $1.90 + tax (I know. . . after what we are used to paying for TP and candy, this just might break the bank.  : )  As I said, I'm really just hoping that some of those other candy coupons will work and we can turn this into a better deal.)

So, depending on whether or not you finish up the J&J rebate this week or next, you'll make about $23 after all OOP costs. Total sale value of products purchased will also depend on whether or not you finish the J&J rebate this week and whether you do purchase #3 and #4 (w/ Wellness coupons). With all the other J&J baby items we got a couple of weeks ago, I'm very tempted to just finish up the J&J rebate this week. . . . maybe I will.

Filler and other items:

1 Dawn dishwashing liquid (pg. 1) 9.5-10.3 oz. $0.79/1
- $0.25/1 Dawn Product, exp. 4-30-10 (P&G 03/07/10) = $0.54/1
- $0.25/1 Dawn RA Game of Life coupon = $0.29/1
(There's also a $1/1 Dawn mailer coupon that would make this FREE or a small moneymaker.)

2 Almay eye cosmetics (pg. 10) B1G1 ($6.49/1??) = $6.49/2
- 2 $2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, exp. 3-14 (SS 2/7/10) = $2.49/2
- $5 SCR #7 (If you did this already this month, you can't do it again.) = MAKE $2.51
NOTE: Some people have reported finding eye shadow on clearance - ie. make more money. Also, the $2/1 coupon is regional - not in the Pittsburgh area.

2 Planters mixed nuts 11.5 oz., cashew halves & pieces 9.25 oz., dry roasted 24 oz., or cocktail peanuts 24 oz. (Next weeks' ad lists the 10 to 16 oz. peanuts $3.49/1 shelf or $1.99/1 after in-ad coupon - so next week they'll end up cheaper than this week . . . but you only get peanuts, and not as many; mixed nuts, cashews, etc. are $3.88/1 next week.) B1G1 $3.99 ?? to $5.99/1 ??? = ???/2
- $1/2 Planters Nuts, exp. 3-31-10 (SS 01/24/10) (exp. 6-1-10; SS 03/07/10) = $????/2
($???? toward SCR #47 $3 rebate wyb $15 worth Planters nuts)
Note: If these are $3.99/1 they are a better buy this week. $5.99/1 and they'll be a better buy next week.)


  1. I have a question about returning things at Rite Aid. Last week I bought the last two Biore strips in the store and found out too late that they were not the ones on sale, and they were 9.99 each. I wanted to see if I could return them to get at least some of my OOP back, but not to make money. I thought they would just deduct the 5/20 and the VV coupons I used and give me the difference, but the assistant manager made me feel like a thief, returning items that I used coupons for. It might be that the total OOP was around 12 dollars, and the two Biore cost 9.99 each. Do you know what the policy is?

  2. Rite Aid is to refund you the entire amount regardless of what coupons you've used. They get reimbursed for those coupons, so they are not loosing money. Since you are returning the items, and they are unable to give back your coupons, they are to refund the full amount.

    If the store refuses to give you the full amount back, then very, very kindly insist that they return your coupons. I'd keep RA's customer service number in your phone too. (Note: this might be a more complicated issue because the items do qualify for a SCR. RA does reserve the right to refuse to accept a return on an item that has a SCR on it.)

    Another thing you can do is to exchange the items. Go get the cheapest Biore strips you can find. Return the ones you bought using coupons and use the money they give you to purchase the new Biore strips using NO coupons. This may make the manager look more favorably on the transaction (As much as it is possible, I like to keep on good terms with the manager!). While you won't get the $5 sale price on the new Biore, you will recover some of your OOP costs.


  3. Hey Erin,

    I didn't get the wellness coupons that have the cleaning items on it. When I sign in the only ones I can get are the new ones. Do you happen to have another link to them?


  4. Debbie, no I don't have another link. Looks like they pulled them down. This happened several months back too. But that time I just happened to have the coupons open on my computer, so I saved them to google docs. and posted a new link. Too bad this is not the case this time. : )