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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Update on Rite Aid Buy One, Get One Free Deals with Coupons

This past weekend, I went to Rite Aid to buy 6 boxes of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal. They’re on sale for Buy One, Get One Free, and I had five coupons: one for a free Heart to Heart product, and four $1.50/1 coupons. Here’s the transaction that I planned:

6 boxes Kashi Heart to Heart cereal B1G1 $4.99
1 Gillette Satin Care $1.99

- $3/$15 coupon
- FREE Kashi Heart to Heart from Vocalpoint
- 3 x $1.50/1 Kashi Heart to Heart from Vocalpoint
- $1.50/1 Kashi Heart to Heart printable coupon
- 55 cents/1 Satin Care from 2/7 P&G

Pay: $1.44 + tax
Receive: $1 SCR for Gillette

The register wouldn't accept any coupons after the $3/$15. The lead cashier told me that it was because I couldn’t use a coupon on a product that was free, but I’m pretty confident that wasn’t the problem since the register beeped on the Satin Care coupon too. I’m not sure why the register locked up after the $3/$15 was scanned. I’m not reading about problems with it on the various forums, so maybe it was just me. :P The transaction was only worthwhile to me because of the $3/$15 coupon, and this store is generally coupon-friendly, so I didn’t want to make a fuss. I left with two boxes of cereal and the shaving gel for $1.63, including tax (I used the free Kashi coupon), and I'll get a $1 SCR for the Satin Care.

However, I wanted to note for future transactions that Rite Aid’s coupon policy expressly provides that you can use two coupons during a B1G1 sale, so long as the total value of the coupons does not exceed the price of the items. So I was perfectly in the right using 2 $1.50/1 coupons on the Kashi cereal, because even after coupons, I would have paid $1.99. You can read and print off a copy of the official coupon policy at I Heart Rite Aid.

If you show the store manager the coupon policy and they still refuse to accept your coupons, you can call Rite Aid's corporate office (1-800-RITE-AID/1-800-748-3243)while you're in the store - they can tell the manager right then what corporate policy is, so you can complete your deal.

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  • At 3/4/10, 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The register may have beeped because the $3/$15 coupon says it "cannot be combined with any other offers" (or at least mine says this). Just a thought. -alixg

  • At 3/4/10, 9:15 PM, Anonymous kaymay said…

    I had an issue, too. I bought two boxes of Kashi, a Zone bar and Excellence hair dye, had coupons for all (one free and $3 off $15, too) Used the $3 off first, then the man coupon and store coupon for Excellence, Zone coupon, then the free Kashi. That was the only one that didn't go through. But I pointed out that the coupon was was worth a max of $4 and the price was $4.99, so technically I was paying 99 cents for one box and getting the other free. And the cashier was wonderful, even going to another register to make sure I got all the discounts.

  • At 3/6/10, 8:54 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @alixg - Thanks! I hadn't noticed that, but that would certainly explain it.

    @Kay - Hm, so your $3/$15 didn't prevent other coupons. Oops on the free Kashi - I didn't notice the limit was only $4. Thanks for pointing that out!


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