Thursday, January 3, 2013

It's Day 3 of 2013, Time for Rite-Aid!

Well you just KNOW it wouldn't be long before I broke out the Rite-Aid posts for 2013.  ;-)

Especially since I have +Up Rewards expiring here and there in the coming weeks.

First I returned and re-bought some L'Oreal shampoo & Suave Lotion from last week since my Load2Card $2/1 and $1/1 Qs didn't come off last week when I bought it.  It worked for the $2 Q....yay!  So I ended up with $2.74 on a Merchandise Return Card.
As a Bonus, the R-A catalina machine spit out a Free Item Breathe Right strips Q!
I might just return the Suave lotion since the Load2Card Q still didn't come off and put that $3.03 on a MRCard too.

Doing the drugstore deals is all about getting things you NEED and getting them when the drugstore will give you something back(either rebate or some kind of "reward" you can spend like money)for buying these products you need.
Notice how what I bought were things I need, things I had Qs for, things that I got a reward back for buying(except that 1 free item).

Here is how I used some expiring +Ups last evening....

2 x Ziploc bags on sale $2=$4.00
2 x Pantene shampoo on sale $3.50=$7.00
1 x Breathe Right strips w/Gold discount=$5.35

Coupons Used
1 x $1/2 Ziploc bags ManuQ(12/2SS)=$1.00
1 x $3/2 Pantene items ManuQ(12/30PG)=$3.00
1 x FREE item CatalinaQ just received=$5.35
Coupon Total.....$9.35

$16.35-$9.35=$7.00 + .06¢tax=$7.06
I used $7 +Ups expiring 1/2/13 and put the .06¢ on my Rite-Aid gift card.

I received back $3 in +Up Rewards($1 wyb2 Ziploc, $2 wyb2 Pantene).

And my tracking for the January Promotion is at $19(Ziploc and Pantene are qualifying items=$11).
Only $81 more to spend to get the first $20 +Up Reward.
Rite-Aid evidently turned on the tracking before Sunday, the first day of this Promotion since I went into Sunday with $4 tracking, for something I bought the end of last week that is a qualifying product.
Not that I'm complaining about that or anything...... ;-)

Now I could have bought Herbal Essence shampoo this week on sale for $2.49.  There is a $1/1 Q in the P&G insert from Sunday, so it would be $1.49 after Q.
But....there is no "reward" from Rite-Aid for buying this item, THIS WEEK.
Whereas I got TWO "rewards" for buying the Pantene and Ziploc--the +Ups back AND they qualify for the bonus $20 +Ups of the Jan. Promotion.  These products were worth buying this week.

Though Herbal Essence IS a Jan. Promotion qualifying item, I get no +Ups.   It is a good price this week for the Herbal Essence, but I don't buy it and hold my Q for a sale that gives me +Ups back too.

If you want to do the Jan. Promotions and have 2 copies of the Pantene and the Ziploc Q, you can do these deals 2 times per Wellness card and get +Ups back.

Spend $22.00 on 4 shampoo & 4 bags, use $8 in Qs, pay $14(or use +Up Rewards), and get $6 in +Up Rewards back.
You are now $22 closer to "spending" $100 and have actually spent $14 plus any tax(or less if you are using +Ups from previous weeks to pay)and have $6 in +Ups to use in the next 2 weeks to buy more items you need and that are qualifying products for the Jan. Promotion too.
The Promotion runs through Jan. 26th, so you have 3+ more weeks to get to $100 of "spending".

Go check out iheartriteaid dotcom and/or slickdeals dotnet(the drugstore forum/rite-aid post for 1/6-1/12 to see the ad for next week's sale.  You can find what will be on sale and locate where coupons you can use on the items are(which insert or where online), cut and/or print those Qs and plan out what to buy/how to spend those $6 +Ups.

This trip to Rite-Aid--
Value of items.....$24.85
+Ups coming into this trip....$32.50
+Ups used....$7.00
+Ups earned......$3.00
+Ups at the end.....$28.50


Out Of Pocket....$0.00  cash
Value of items bought.....$24.85
Savings Rate of  100%
Rebates due......$0.00
Savings Rate after Rebates.....100 %

+Ups at beginning of month...$32.50+
+Ups used....$7.00+
+Ups received...$3.00+
+Ups currently...$28.50+  



  1. I got some Pantene yesterday too :) I miss having Rite Aid close but I really needed a shampoo, so it was worth a drive.


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