About six months ago, Rite Aid introduced a new Wellness+ Rewards Card, and clerks at the counter were clamoring to get everyone to sign up. “Oh great,” I thought, “another card to keep track of.” I thought it was just another gimmick. Of course, when I realized that I would no longer get the sale price on anything without the card, I quickly signed up. Months down the line, I must say it has saved me a bundle!
I had already been using the Rite Aid Rebate Program online, where I could enter receipt numbers when a rebate was available. Submitting the rebate request at the end of the month resulted in a check for the total in several weeks. The rebates are usually a dollar or two, but sometimes an item ends up being entirely free. These rebates are posted online, but it is actually easier to grab a copy of the bulletin published each month that’s available at every store.
The newer Wellness+ Card gives a customer the sale price of any item listed in the Rite Aid sales circular. It also includes 10% off any Rite Aid brand product. After your card is scanned, the amount is deducted at the time of purchase. But it doesn’t end there. Some items carry a +UP discount. This means that after purchasing certain items, a coupon prints on your receipt for cash off on your next purchase.
What does this all mean? Well, the other day I bought a 120 count box of artificial sweetener, a box of herb tea, a six-pack of apple sauce and 8 fun size candy bars for $1.03. Then I got $3 in +UP coupons for my next purchase. If you plan your buying, this can work out very well.
An additional part of the Wellness Rewards Card is the tiered discount. After spending $500 at the store, the 10% discount applies to all purchases, not just Rite Aid brand items (there are some exclusions, most notably prescription drugs). And at the $1,000 level, the discount jumps to 20%. This is only good for the rest of the calendar year. While that seems like a high level of expenditures, the discount programs can make it worthwhile to buy available food items at Rite Aid in lieu of the grocery store.
If that isn’t enough, the Rite Aid website also has “Video Values,” a system where you can earn coupons for merchandise by watching a short video about the product. The selection of videos can be quickly scanned to see if there is a product of any interest to you.
Rite Aid has a myriad of ways to save, and learning to navigate these programs can result in some serious bargain shopping! The best place to see all of these offers is on the Rite Aid website.