My Trip to Rite Aid…

I had realized, last night, that I had not gotten another Duracell batteries to finish off the $10 Duracell SCR.  I also wanted to use the $10 Crest +Up to pay for the batteries but I hated the thought of loosing the $10 +Up so I decided to do the Crest deal so that I could get another $10 +Up.  So during my lunch hour, I stopped by Rite Aid and of course if was a bit busy. 

I grabbed what I needed and headed for the cash registers.  The cashier was chatty and all I am thinking is “hurry up so that I can go grab some lunch before I go back to work!”

Anyways, here are my gets at Rite Aid:

Bought 1 Crest 3D White Whitesrips $22.99
Bought 1 Duracell Batteries AA 15+5ct $10
Bought 1 Wet Ones $2.50

Total = $35.49

-$10 Crest (RP 6/27)
-$1/$10 Oral Care CRT
-$2 Duracell Batteries peelie
-$.50 Wet Ones (SS 6/27)
-$10 +Up Rewards
-$2 +Up Rewards
-$2 +Up Rewards
-$1 +Up Rewards

= $1.99

SCRs Earned = $11 ($10 Duracell, $1 Wet Ones)

+ Up Rewards Earned = $12 ($10 Crest, $2 Duracell)

Profit = $5.01

Notes:  I had previous bought Duracell that’s why in this transaction, I qualified for the $10 SCR.  It was a fairly easy transaction, I must say.

Also, a reader, DMC, reminded me that the following coupons come inside the Crest Whitestrip box:

$7 Crest 3D White Whitestrips 14ct Advanced Vivid or Proffessional Effects exp 6/30/12
$1 Crest 3D White Vivid or Advanced Vivid Brush exp 6/30/12
$.75 Crest 3D White Vivid or Advanced Vivid Paste exp 6/30/12
$.75 Crest 3D White Multi-Care Whitening Rinse exp 6/30/12


  • DMC in DC July 1, 2010, 16:29

    -$10 +Up Rewards
    -$2 +Up Rewards
    -$2 +Up Rewards
    -$1 +Up Rewards

    One Rite Aid store by me will not do this with Up rewards and will only take ONE per transaction. I can not find Rite Aid policy on UP rewards.

    I sent them a comlaint about this store also, because the store was not following the Rite Aid corporate coupon policy and would not take a Rite Aid coupon in addition to a manufacturer coupon and also was tallying the purchase total after couopns for the $5/20 and $5/25 and giving me so much embarasing grief about that. I even showed them a copy of the policy and they basically refused to adhere to it and made me feel horrible. I don't go to that store anymore, which leaves me with only one Rite Aid to go to now, and when they are out of stock on a sale item, I am totally out of luck and can not buy. 🙁

  • DMC in DC July 1, 2010, 16:34

    Oh also, the coupons in the whitestrips on sale change ever so slightly depending on which whitesrtips you buy.

  • DMC in DC July 2, 2010, 19:50

    In regards to my recent complaint about the store not doing coupons or +UP correctly, the store manager called me and left a voice message on my home phone, but I got it late last night and honestly just don't want to speak to that store anymore, because they don't seem to get it or care (hence why I sent the complaint), so why should I waste my breath any more? Talking to that store does about as much good as banging my head against a wall… leaving me with a headache in the end.

    Though I just received an email apology from the District Manager John Livers today and it seemed very sincere and apologetic. He sent me a letter last month too in regards to a different complaint that the store had a constant problem not having sale items in stock (we're talking completely bare shelves for sale items for the full sale week). I have expereineced this in other Rite Aid stores too though since then, so I guess that is still a problem in all of their stores.

    I really want to like Rite Aid, but without their sales and using coupons, their pricing is just too damn high in relation to stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. So if they don't have sale items in stock and if they don't accept coupons the way that they should, I'm going to have to stop shopping their, because it won't be worth the grief it will cause me (when things aren't in stock that I want to buy or the cashier's don't do coupons right).

  • DMC in DC July 2, 2010, 20:17

    Example of what I mean:

    Rite Aid: Wet Ones 40 ct canister $2.50 sale price, less $1 SCR (which you only get one of), less $0.50 cent manufacturer coupon = $1
    Giant Grocery Store: Wet Ones 40 ct canister $1.99 every day price, less $0.50 cent manufacturer coupon plus $0.50 double coupon = $0.99 cents

    If Giant had this on sale, it would beat Rite Aid's sale and promo, and if you had more than one manufacturer coupon, then Giant price would beat out in buying more quantity of item, since Rite Aid limits the SCR. Giant simply has better every day prices and you don't have to worry about factoring in SCR or the limits of them, and thus the real difference in the end is that Giant would be far less complications and work. So how I see it is, if Rite Aid wants to compete and gain more customers with their new programs, then they really need to make sure that their stores know how they operate and not upset customers like me trying to use them.

  • MsBuildingUpDaBenjamins July 2, 2010, 22:13

    You gotta work with that District Manager to get those Rite Aid closest to you in line with the corporate policy.

    No reason that you should be having so much grief!

    Don't talk to the store manager b/c he is complicit in the bad customer service you are getting.

    In Calif, the food prices are higher than the East Coast. We only have one grocery store that will double one like coupon in a transaction.

    It's been about 4 yrs since I've been to DC but I've never been there during the summer months and every time, I fly into Wash-Nat'l (yeah, I'm old school cuz I still call it Wash-Nat'l) and jump on the Beltway…I am always wore out after an 8 hr flight and then having to fight the traffic…but I don't remember Giant. However, I always ate at restaurants since I was always there on a business trip.

    Obviously, go to where you know that you can get the best deal, if it's Giant then that's where you have to go. You also may want to point that out to the District Mgr when you talk to him! LOL

  • MsBuildingUpDaBenjamins July 2, 2010, 22:15

    Oh, the +Up Rewards is too new so they don't have a policy that I know of out as of yet.

    But also discuss with the District Mgr how the store is limiting your use of the +Ups.

    When I spoke with a store manager he told me that it was RA's policy to take coupons and always error on the side of the customer. He was an older gentleman, too.