Learning how to roll drugstore rewards is an ever-evolving cycle that requires practice which leads to efficiency! If practice makes perfect, I should be a professional at Rite Aid. I’ve mastered the +Up Reward program with a lot of help from store employees and by making some great transactions. The best savings at Rite Aid come from strategically combining sale prices with manufacturer coupons and +Up Rewards. Remember, +Up Rewards expire 14 days after issuance. I personally like to highlight the date on my rewards so that the expiration date doesn’t sneak up on me.

First, a basic transaction example

Let’s use the following Rite Aid example to see +Up Rewards in action:

I purchased two bottles of Dove Men+Care Body Wash at the sale price of $3.50, which made the total cost $7.00. Subtract two $2 manufacturer coupons and my total is now $3.00. I paid $3.00 out of pocket, and received two $2 +Up rewards, which means I ended up making $1.00.

Buy 2 Dove Men+Care Body Wash $3.50, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Use two $2.00/1 Dove Men+Care Manufacturer Coupon
Pay $3.00, Receive two $2.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $1.00 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

Although simple, it’s easy to make mistakes when you first start couponing at Rite Aid. I know I did. Here are four common mistakes you want to avoid!

1. Using automatically loaded +Up Rewards

Solution: Opt out of having +Up Rewards loaded to your card.

If you’re the type of shopper who likes electronic coupons, be careful about loading +Up Rewards to your card. +Up Rewards conveniently load directly onto your rewards card when received. The downside is that those rewards will apply to your next transaction automatically—before you’re able to use any manufacturer coupons. By allowing rewards to apply automatically, you lose control of how to use them. The best way to prevent the +Up Rewards from automatically applying to your pre-coupon total is to opt out of the automatic load and have +Up Rewards printed to your receipt! Opt out by asking the cashier or by calling 800-RITEAID and asking to have the +Up Rewards printed to your receipt.

2. Expecting to have your +Up Reward adjusted

I like to hand cashiers +Up Rewards just like I would dollar bills. I hand them one at a time and watch the total drop. Rite Aid doesn’t adjust the +Up Reward down, nor does it allow overage. For example, if your total is $2.00 and you have a $3.00 +Up Reward, you cannot use the $3.00 +Up Reward as payment in that transaction. Either purchase products worth $3.00 or more, or save the $3.00 +Up Reward for a future transaction. +Up Rewards cannot be adjusted down and you won’t receive change. If possible, save the +Up Reward for your next purchase so you’re not buying unnecessary items.

3. Attempting to use your +Up Reward immediately

Yes, I’ve made this mistake. At Walgreens and CVS, you can use rewards the same day you earn them in a subsequent transaction. However, at Rite Aid, you have to wait until the next day. You can redeem +Up Rewards starting at 6:00 AM the day after you earn them.

4. Assuming the store clerk is paying attention to the credited amount

As I wrote earlier, I like my +Up Rewards printed so I can track them. I used to keep all my +Up Rewards together on the same receipt, but I found that the cashier would often forget to scan one of the bar codes. Now, I tear them off one by one and hand each one to the cashier—just like cash—in order to make sure each barcode get scanned and applied. Keep in mind that +Up Rewards measure 2 1/4 inches, so they can be easily lost.

Mastering the +Up Rewards program at Rite Aid is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Venture into the store and start reaping the rewards!

This is a post by Tammy from St. Pauls, NC.