Drugstore Savings

Today I received a rebate check for $89 in the mail.  I thought I would share my “secrets” with you!  Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens are the 3 major drug stores in my area.  I have learned their rebate/reward programs and use those to save 80-90% or more on items I need for the bathroom, household, and more! 
I want to share this information with you so that you can have the same success I have had.  When you begin couponing at drug stores, pick your favorite and start there.  If you try to do too much in the beginning things can get very overwhelming and you will easily get discouraged. 
Rite Aid
To get the most benefit out of Rite Aid you need to sign up for their Wellness Plus program.  With a Wellness Plus card you will be eligible to receive extra savings on Rite Aid brand products and Up rewards.  Read more about the program here.
Up Rewards (UP)
Up rewards will print at the end of your receipt and are for use on a future shopping trip.  The do have expiration dates, so be sure to use them before they expire.  Participating products are found in the weekly ads or online. 
Single Check Rebates (SCR)
You register online  and each time you shop you will enter your receipts online.  At the end of each monthly rebate period, you request a check, they send it to you and you can either spend the check at any Rite Aid store or deposit it into your own bank account.  You are getting “real” money, not just coupons!  Current rebates are found online or in the weekly ads, they also publish a monthly list of rebates, this is found at the front of the store.  
Video Values Coupons
Rite Aid has their own internet printable coupons found here called Video Values.  You watch short videos and in return you get printable coupons! 
Rite Aid accepts manufacturer’s coupons, their own in-ad or printable coupons and of course their Up Rewards.  They will stack manufacturer’s coupons with Rite Aid coupons that can also be stacked with Up Rewards and used along with a SCR.    Potentially on one item you could use a manufacturer’s coupon, a Rite Aid coupon, an Up reward and get a rebate back for some big savings or free + profit items!   
Extra Care Bucks (ECB)
You must have a card to participate, you can sign up here and they will mail it to you or you can sign up in the store and begin using it right away.   When you sign up, make sure they have your email address because they will email you a coupon for $4/$20 and send you additional coupons later on. 
Participating products are found in the CVS weekly ads.  CVS also offers quarterly ECB based on how much you spend in a given quarter.  ECBs usually expire in 1 month.  Your rewards will print on your receipt after you make a qualifying purchase.  ECBs work like cash when you are making a purchase with them, however you will not get change if you do not spend the entire value of the ECB.  
Register Rewards (RR)
With register rewards you do not have to sign up for anything, just buy participating items and they will print at the register after you make a qualifying purchase.  Use them towards a future purchase, but be careful of expiration dates.    Participating products are found in the weekly ads.

I have been couponing at the drug stores for over a year now and I never pay for toothbrushes or toothpaste, I pay less the $1 for haircare products and deodorant, I also pay rock-bottom prices for medications such as Tylenol, Children’s Allergy Meds, Vitamins and more!  If you start small and work your way up, you will see the benefits in no time! 


About Heidi S.

I spend my days growing and learning with my boys and my nights as a freelance writer and editor. I am an all-around frugal mom, always looking for ways to be a better steward with the things God has blessed us with. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have three boys - ages 14, 11, and 9. Our homeschool style is very eclectic...Charlotte Mason to classical to traditional, you will find a little bit of everything on our bookshelves.
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