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How Does Rite Aid’s SCR Program Work?

Posted By Corrie @ Centsable Momma On April 15, 2010 @ 7:18 pm In drugstores | 13 Comments

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Corrie from "Centsable" Momma is the Deal Seeking Mom Store Expert for Rite Aid. At "Cents"able Momma, she helps others be "able" to save their "cents" by sharing great deals, coupons, freebies, money saving tips, and even a few methods to earn a little extra money.

Over the years, I have saved a lot of money on household goods at Rite Aid with their SCR program.  I find that it is one of the easiest drugstores to shop, since you can submit rebates online and you don't have to worry about rewards expiring like you do at some of the other drugstores.

So How Does the Single Check Rebate (SCR) Program Work?

Each month Rite Aid publishes a booklet with their weekly and monthly SCR deals.  You can either pick up the book in-store or search for rebates by category or product online.

Many of the rebates are valid for the entire monthly period, but there are also rebates that work only during a specified week of the month period.  There are also rebates for a single product (such as $1 SCR wyb Crest toothpaste) or for a group of products (such as $10 SCR wyb select Johnson & Johnson products).

Can I Use Coupons on SCR Items?

Definitely!  If an item is free after SCR, using a coupon will turn the freebie into a moneymaker.  Plus, the SCR items are usually on sale at least one week during the month for additional savings.

For rebates that encompass a group of products (like the Johnson & Johnson rebate mentioned above), you do not need to purchase all of the products on one receipt.  As long as you purchase all of the minimum requirements during the rebate period, Rite Aid's system will determine if you qualify for the rebate when you enter your receipts.

Sometimes a product that you purchase will qualify for more than one rebate.  You can "stack" the rebates for even more savings.  For example, last year there was a week when I was able to purchase Zyrtec and use a $4/1 coupon.  The Zyrtec then qualified for a Zyrtec SCR, an allergy SCR, and a Zyrtec Rewards SCR, so I ended up getting the product for free.  The system will determine which rebates the product qualifies for automatically when you enter your receipt.

Can I Get a Rain Check?

Yes, you can get a rain check at Rite Aid, but it's not as easy as at some of the other drugstores.

You can request a rain check from your cashier, which must be used within 30 days.  When you make your purchase of the rain check item, the receipt must state "Rain Check" under the participating item.  If you make the purchase during the qualifying period, just submit your receipt as usual.

However, if your purchase is outside of the qualifying period, you will need to submit your receipt to Special Services via fax or mail, and they will manually add the rebate to your account.

How Do I Get My Rebate Check?

One of my favorite features about the SCR program is that you can do the entire process online -- from entering your receipts to requesting your check.

After I make a purchase, I usually enter my receipt information into Rite Aid's site as soon as I get home (so I don't forget or lose my receipt).  Rite Aid will pull the data from the store and update my account for the items that are eligible for rebate within a couple of days after the purchase.

At the end of the SCR period, I just need to click a button to submit my request for a check.  Please note: you can only request a check once per rebate period, so it's best to wait until the end to ensure you enter all your receipts.  If you forget to request your check, Rite Aid will automatically submit it at the end of the rebate period.

After your request, the check will be mailed in a couple of weeks.  It will arrive as a postcard check which can be deposited or used in-store.  I personally deposit my checks in my bank account, but I have heard of others who use them to purchase Rite Aid gift cards to roll the SCR deals.

Do you have any questions that weren't covered here? Ask away and I'll do my best to answer.

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