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Rite Aid: Updated Coupon Policy (May 2011)

by Corrie @ Centsable Momma on May 26, 2011 · 8 comments

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Rite Aid has updated their coupon policy, with the biggest changes being the B1G1 FREE coupon acceptance policy and the number of like-coupons allowed.

Rite Aid gladly accepts the following coupon types as detailed in the coupon acceptance guidelines listed below:

:: Coupon Types

Manufacturer Coupons

  • Manufacturer coupons are found in newspapers, magazines and even affixed to products. The UPC on these coupons begins with a “5.”

Rite Aid Manufacturer Coupons

  • Rite Aid Manufacturer coupons generally appear in our weekly circular, on our website and are sent to customers via email.  These coupons are labeled “manufacturer coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “49.”

Rite Aid Valuable Coupons

  • Rite Aid coupons are labeled “Valuable Coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “48.”

Internet/Print at Home coupons

  • Rite Aid will accept internet / print at home coupons up to the equivalent value of $5 off.
  • A Rite Aid coupon (with the Rite Aid logo) is NOT considered an internet coupon (even if printed off the internet) and is therefore not subject to the $5 maximum.

+UP Reward Coupons

  • +UP Reward coupons are special coupons earned by a customer in a prior purchase that can be used for any nonprescription purchase with a small number of exclusions that are listed on the +UP coupon. Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax.

Buy One, Get One Free

  • Rite Aid accepts Buy One, Get One Free coupons, however only one coupon can be used for each pair of items purchased. A customer can use one “cents off” coupon in conjunction with the item they are purchasing on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion (or with a Buy One Get One Free coupon), although the value of the cents off coupon cannot exceed the selling price of the item.
  • Buy One Get One Free coupons cannot be used in conjunction with a Buy One Get One Free promotion.

Total Purchase Coupons

  • Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.
  • These coupons are accepted under the following conditions:
    • The coupon is valid and in date; only one total purchase coupon per transaction.
    • Total purchase equals or exceeds $25 before tax (before any coupons are applied).
    • Coupons for individual items can also be used including another “48” coupon that is tied to an item in the transaction.Provided the total of items purchased is equal to or greater than the purchase requirement, other coupons can be used in conjunction with the total purchase coupon.

:: Acceptance Guidelines

General Guidelines:

  • Coupons must be valid and in date.
  • Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • Register will validate coupon through scanning or keyed entry of the coupon UPC number.
  • In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will accept the coupon in exchange  for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is allowed.
  • When making a return for a product that had a coupon attached, Rite Aid cannot refund cash for the value of the coupon and cannot return the coupon that was used.
  • Rite Aid reserves the right to not accept any coupon where the validity or the coupon cannot be established.

Multiple Coupons

More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:

  • All coupons match the item being purchased.
  • The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.
  • No more than one “48” Rite Aid Valuable coupon, one “49” Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one “5” Manufacturer coupon can be used on a single item.
  • Rite Aid may accept up to 4 identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.

*revised May 2011

Thanks For the Mommas!

Corrie from "Cents"able 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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 zuly May 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

so dissapinted we can no longer use bogo coupon with a bogo sale.

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2 Jen @ Jen Spends May 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

The changes are truly awful. I do like the idea of limiting quantities to prevent shelf-clearing, but limiting coupons to one per BOGO pair will prevent me from shopping at Rite Aid. Their prices are insane. It seems like just when they started to compete with other drugstores, they decided to shoot themselves in the foot. Rite Aid is the only drugstore chain in my area, and I was so excited to be able to play the "drugstore game". Guess it's game over now :(

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3 CouponNinja May 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

@ deal seeking mom and anyone else upset with the policy change.

I just want to put this out there. The whole bogo change with Rite Aid really sucks, but more then that I am worried that the other drug stores will eventually follow their lead.

My boyfriend is a real techy guy and he knows a lot about computers/cell phones. Anyway HTC one of the leaders in the cell phone industry announced that they were going to be locking their phones a couple days ago. This would mean that all of the techy guys all over the world would not be able to customize their phones. As a result the word got out and in a matter of minutes the HTC facebook page was FLOODED with comments expressing everyones dislike of the change. Within 2 Days the CEO posted a comment on the HTC wall:

‎"There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened. Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience, - Peter Chou, CEO of HTC"

You can see it yourself here:
https://www.facebook.com/HTC

*It's easy to say "I just won't shop Rite Aid anymore" I've said it too. But what happens when the other companies follow their lead? We won't have any other options...
I just want to remind everyone that we have a say in these situations, and with the ease of using forums like facebook why not speak up?

http://www.facebook.com/riteaid

-Thanks for reading :)

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4 skyswife May 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I too am disappointed by the policy change. Yours was a very interesting post and excellent idea!! Im headed there now to "speak my mind"! Thanks for the idea!!:)

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5 Jen @ Jen Spends May 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The only grocery store in my city changed their policy back in January to allow only one coupon per pair of BOGO items. I now drive to a different store in a different city whenever I can to stretch my grocery budget to the max. In addition to letting Rite Aid know how disappointed I am, I also took a moment to THANK the grocery store that still has a flexible coupon policy. I made sure I told them that it helps me stretch my budget, and that their competitors are making it more difficult for me to save money. We should all take a moment to thank the businesses who help us provide for our families! Hopefully they will keep that customer feedback in mind when they consider making drastic changes.

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6 Jennifer May 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I knew "Extreme Couponing" was bad news!!

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7 Lacey May 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I gave up on Rite Aid a few months ago and so glad I did. I was always upset when I would return. They treated me like a second class citizen for couponing. I don't care if they pay me to take it out of their store I won't step foot inside again. So glad I live in a large town so I give my business to Walgreens and CVS. Both who are happy to see me.

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8 christine June 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Just an FYI: The manager at the Rite Aid I went to today said other stores are discussing changing their coupon policy due to the coupon abuse brought on by the extreme coupon show. They were having a problem with the manufacture paying for the coupons that were used on items like b1g1 sales.

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