(This is part eight of my couponing series. If you haven’t been following this series, you’ll probably want to start here to get caught up.)
Just like CVS and Walgreens, Rite Aid offers certain products each week/month that earn you rewards. However, with Rite Aid, you get money back in the form of a single check that comes to you in the mail once a month.
How It Works
What are Single Check Rebates?
At some point, you’ve probably all submitted for some type of rebate after purchasing a qualifying product at an electronics store, home improvement store, etc. Well, Rite Aid’s Single Check Rebates (SCR) work very much the same way. You buy qualifying items at Rite Aid and then submit your receipt information online for your rebate check.
One important thing to note, however, is that you can only submit for one rebate check per month. So you will want to wait until the month has ended and you see all your qualifying purchases approved on your online account before clicking the button to send your check. I usually just wait a few days after the month is over to request my check.
How do you know which purchases qualify for the SCR?
In the Rite Aid weekly ad, you’ll see a product or products you must buy in order to submit for a particular SCR. Rite Aid also has a booklet with several monthly SCR offers. I usually find this with the ads near the front door, or you can check here.
There are limits on the items that earn SCR. You’ll see those limits stated in the ad.
Does my SCR check have to be used at Rite Aid or can I cash it at my bank?
Okay, this is an interesting question for me to answer. Almost any time you see anyone write about Rite Aid’s SCR checks, they’ll tell you that it is a check and you can cash it at your bank. Well, the part about it being a real check is true.
However, I can tell you first hand that there are no guarantees that your bank will accept it as such. When I received my first check, I went straight to the bank to cash it and assumed it wouldn’t be a problem. Well, my bank refused to take it because it stated, “Use this check toward purchases at any Rite Aid location” and that’s all it said.
Of course, I was able to take it to Rite Aid and use it with no problems, which was okay since I was going to be doing shopping there anyway.
On the checks I’ve received since, they have stated, “Use this check at Rite Aid or cash at your bank,” and I’ve not had any problems cashing them at my bank.
I said all that to say, it may very well depend on your financial institution and the wording on your check.
Rite Aid Videos
You can score some really great Rite Aid store coupons just by simply watching a few Rite Aid Videos each month. Along with these store coupons for specific items is a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $20 or more (before coupons). All you have to do to get this $5 off coupon is watch enough videos to earn you 20 credits.
Each video, which varies from about 30 seconds to around two minutes, will earn you either one or two credits. In other words, once you have watched between 16 and 20 videos, you’ll be able to print this $5 off coupon. You can use the coupon with other store coupons and manufacturer coupons.
Note: Once you hit the print button, you will NOT be able to print any of these coupons again. Make sure your printer is ready.
Other Information and Tips
- Even though there is a corporate coupon policy, it seems that Rite Aid stores tend to vary the most among the major drug stores in terms of being coupon friendly.
- Depending on your area, you may find that your ad varies from the ones posted on some of the match-up blogs. About half the time, my ad will be up to several pages less than what I see posted on the web for other areas. You’ll need to double check your ad before shopping to confirm sale prices.
We’re now done with the basics of couponing and how to work the drugs stores to get awesome deals. Then next topic I’m going to be covering is other ways to save and make money.
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