the rite stuff.

20 12 2009

wow. rite aiding is hard sometimes. i think over the past month or so i was only remembering the sexy parts of deal mongering, not so much the part where (despite the fact that her nametag says “shift manager”) the checkout lady admits that she’s only been there for 6 days, and needs to call the manager over for every single one of your 5 coupons while the line piles up behind you… but it’s over now. i can’t say it was the grand success that i had planned (after all, the prell was long cleaned out after i got there), but passable for a bumpy re-entry for sure.

store #1 (topsham rite aid with trainee cashier)

1 42 count box of omeprazole: $19.99  minus a $5/1 in-ad coupon= $14.99
1 chapstick fresh effects: $2.99 with $2.99 SCR= 0
1 la looks gel: $.99 with $1/1 coupon= $.01 profit
2 nivea lip care: $2.99 each with a bogo coupon and a $2 SCR= 2 for $.99
sadly now expired $5/$25

TOTAL: after SCRs & coupons= $10.97

trip #2 (my neighborhood rite aid in portland)

1 42 count box of omeprazole: $19.99  minus a $5/1 in-ad coupon= $14.99
1 la looks gel: $.99 with $1/1 coupon= $.01 profit
1 scotch tape pop up hand dispenser (in hot pink!): $3.29 with $3.29 SCR
1 small container goldfish crackers (i was having soup for dinner): $.99
again, the now expired $5/$25

TOTAL: after SCRs & coupons= $10.97

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WHOLE MESS: $21.94

not to mention the fact that this will put me over the edge on my “holiday gift of savings“, which gets me another $20 rebate. woot!

p.s. apparently there is a rite aid rewards card that i didn’t know about! what? apparently i get 10% off all rite aid brand products (that aren’t on sale), and 20% on the first tuesday of every month. not actually that exciting, but i’ll take whatever i can get.

p.p.s. according to my online research, this program has been in “test mode” for years and is not available in all markets. also, there does not appear to be any sort of set-in-stone policy regarding what the discount actually is (not even mentioned on their website). weird right? anybody else have one of these and know how it works?

*UPDATE* damn it, i was supposed to buy 2 of the scotch tape guys to get the rebate. balls!

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11 responses

20 12 2009
Jen

I live in the Harrisburg, PA area and we are one of the areas where they are “testing” this card. It’s called Wellness+ but I don’t really see what is so damn special about it. You get the savings and there are different “levels” of savings that you can work your way up to and a one time shopping pass and blah, blah, blah. It’s nowhere near as cool as the Extracare cards from CVS.

20 12 2009
bessmarvin

i’m definitely finding it unimpressive. i generally don’t buy rite aid brand products unless they’re on sale anyway… so i’m not seeing a huge amount of savings in my future. cvs definitely knows how to rock the customer loyalty card.

20 12 2009
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20 12 2009
Cassie

I’m also in a “test” market – San Diego… and they are kinda ridiculous. One lady ranted when I gave it to her about how everyone hates having to get a card and that she didn’t see what was so difficult (venting…). Another lady looked at me like I was crazy when I wanted her to scan it. Awesome.

20 12 2009
bessmarvin

so far i’ve not heard a single positive remark about the rite rewards card… their SCR program is going so well, i don’t even know why they’re bothering. it’s almost like they started it up and then forgot about it completely, and it’s just being allowed to run itself down….

20 12 2009
Jen

This week and next Rite Aid doesn’t appear to have too many good deals for me at least. I see next week that the Benevia is B1G1 and I kind of want to try it (I’ve never had it). I have a $5 coupon for it, so we’ll see. Lately CVS has been rockin my world though!

21 12 2009
bessmarvin

cvs is totally my boyfriend this week. i’m curious to know how you like the benevia- i’ve thought about getting it before, but never closed the deal. is it just a vitamin supplement drink?

22 12 2009
Jen

I guess so… there are 4 different ones, one for heart health, one for memory and focus, one for immunity and one for strength and energy. Who knows what ones my RA’s will have, maybe I should scope that out. I’m definitely going to get some so I’ll let ya know.

22 12 2009
bessmarvin

i could use one for focus right now! xmas has got me going all over the place. i’m excited to hear your findings. if it tastes good, i’m all over it!

25 12 2009
Jolene

We didn’t get the wellness+ card yet, but we have the old Rx savings card. I don’t really know the details but apparently Rite Aid thinks it can get more customers with the wellness+ card.

Come January 3rd will be The Game Of Life, which I’m actually somewhat excited about due to the chance to get coupons and win stuff with every purchase. Considering I make at least 10 purchases a week, I think I can at least win something.

Oh, and probably the reason why you have a new shift: Rite Aid got rid of most of the Assistant Store Managers and thus needed to hire lower-paid shifts that will perform the same tasks for a lot less money. We have a new shift at our store, and I really don’t care for him. I’m hoping he’ll improve with time, though.

25 12 2009
bessmarvin

what? game of life! i had no idea (which is exactly why i need a coupon sensei). i checked out the details on “a full cup”, and it sounds totally kick ass! i’m so excited!!

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