Rite Aid’s Wellness Discount…

If you have been reading about my trips to Rite Aid…you may have noticed that some of my prices are different than yours.  That’s b/c I get a 20% discount or the sales price whichever is the better price for me!

San Diego was one of the test cities for the Wellness+ Program.  I signed up for the Wellness Card right away and I started accumulating points.  After I hit 500 pts, I got a 10% discount on all my purchases.  Then in February, I had reached a $1,000 pts, thereby, reaching the 20% discount.  At that time, you accumulated points based on before coupons.  Now, I don’t know what the formula is as to how you accumulate the points since the program has gone nationwide.

Whenever, there is a BOGO or BOGO50%, the BOGO’s always override my 20% discount b/c it’s a better a 50% discount is much better than a 20% discount.

However, in the case of the Nivea Lip Care being on sale this week for $2.49, I got for $2.39 b/c the “sales” price was still higher than my 20% discount.

That being said, sometimes, it’s hard coming up with a senario when you don’t know if an item is on sale or it’s the regular retail price.  For example, the Colonaide will be $22.99 get $22.99 SCR.  If the sales price is $22.99 than I can use a $5/$20 and make an instant $5 profit.  However, if that is the regular retail price, then I would get a 20% discount making it $18.39 than I would need a filler to use the $5/$20. 

The Colonaide regular retail price is $29.99 so with discount it would be $23.99…the sales price is better so I’ll get the $22.99 sales price and use the $5/$20!!!!!!!

The 20% discount can be a Blessing and a Curse, at times, but I love having it.


  • DMC in DC July 12, 2010, 20:38

    Wow. It's more confusing than ever now! I am in accounting and work with numbers all day, and even this makes my head spin. 🙁

  • Ms Benjamins July 13, 2010, 00:00

    Yep, it is all very confusing but I get lots of FREE items in the confusion. Allot times, I give away the FREE items and keep the profit for me. LOL

  • Maria Lopez July 13, 2010, 03:44

    since i figured out that you get the better price its been easy to know when im going to get overage and need to wrap some candy so the cashier will scan all my coupons. I am just at 10% but its been good to get cheaper ice, water, and other things that have no coupon and never go on sale lol

  • DMC in DC July 13, 2010, 15:49

    It is definitely work, but I guess you right about it being worth it in the end. I have way too much oral care products already, but did the deals this month and basically got most of the tooth brushes, tooth pastes, rinses and whiteners for free. Same thing goes for the skin and hair products too. I am overflowing with these items in the past three months now, but can't beat the great deals with the sales, discounts, UP/ECB and coupons. Part of me is stocking up as well, because I fear the economy in the next few years. Economists are saying that that we face sme dire consequences of the government spending and could end up like Greece or worse. This site reports of some of what is happening right now: http://inflation.us/emptystoreshelves.html & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIVVL43qPXY . I have seen many stores by me getting lower and lower on inventory, from Rite Aid to grocery stores like Giant and Safeway. I knew this was not just in my head and wondered why they were always out of stock on things I wanted to buy. Soooo… maybe stocking up now is actually a good idea.