The Drugstore Game is really just the combination of sale prices, store rewards programs, and coupons. Your success in The Drugstore Game will depend on how well you are able to combine these elements to minimize your expenses.
Here’s what you need to know when it comes to Rite Aid:
Rite Aid’s Wellness+ program is their store loyalty program. You’ll get a card that you should have scanned with each transaction in order to get the most from your shopping. It will give you exclusive sale prices, access to special deals that yield rewards, and tiered discounts, culminating in 20% off all regular-price non-prescription purchases.
With your Wellness+ card, you can get +UP rewards on certain transactions (you’ll see them listed in the weekly ad and/or tagged in store). For example, the deal might be Colgate toothpaste on sale for $2.99, but you’ll get a +UP reward for $2, making the toothpaste only 99 cents after +UP rewards (less if you use a coupon).
The Rite Aid Video Values program is incredibly easy to use. The basic idea is, you watch videos about products sold at Rite Aid and in exchange, Rite Aid gives you printable coupons for those products. The Video Values coupons are Rite Aid store coupons, so they can be “stacked” with manufacturer’s coupons, and that can make for some fabulous deals.
The best part about Video Values is how easy it is to use. You don’t have to download anything, the video plays smoothly, and your credits are automatically tallied. Most videos are less than a minute long; the only thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to enter a “captcha” code within 30 seconds of the video ending in order to receive your credits.
Using Coupons at Rite Aid
Rite Aid has an official coupon policy that you should be familiar with, and explains how you can combine store coupons and manufacturer coupons, how you can use coupons with certain sales, etc. You may want to print the pdf of the coupon policy and carry it with you when shopping in case there are some questions about whether you can use your coupons.
Putting It All Together
Playing The Drugstore Game at Rite Aid involves putting all of the elements I just discussed together. Take a sale price on an item that’s producing +UP rewards, use a coupon or two to make the price even lower, pay with +UP rewards to absorb most of the cost, pay a minimal amount out of pocket, and get more +UP rewards to spend next time.