Well I think we could have seen this Rite-ing on the wall. Rite Aid has updated their coupon policy and changed a couple points to be more restrictive than their old policy. If you shop at Rite Aid often, I encourage you to read the entire Rite Aid Coupon policy here (PDF).
The most notable changes are:
- You can NO LONGER use a buy one, get one FREE (BOGO) coupon with a buy one, get one FREE sale to get both items free. This was a super way to get items for FREE at Rite Aid, but it is the BOGO coupon with the BOGO sale is no longer so.
- Rite Aid is now restricting the number of like coupons you can use, “Rite Aid may accept up to four (4) identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.” So for example, you can only use four $1/1 Pantene shampoo coupons to get four shampoos. But you could get five or 10 of the same item.
My thoughts on this:
- My initial reaction was disappointment, but I quickly got over it. I’m not getting my feather’s too ruffled by these changes because I think Rite Aid has always been very generous with their coupon redemption and policy. And I guarantee you we will still be able to get awesome deals at Rite Aid, even with these changes.
- You knew the limit on like coupons was coming. Unfortunately there are always going to be people who work the system. I think that’s why they got rid of their generous Rite Aid rebate program – because it was no secret that people had multiple accounts and were getting cart loads of items FREE. I personally think that four (4) like coupons is plenty generous for the average consumer – four bottles of shampoo at a time, four bottles of toothpaste at a time? I think we can live with that – and hopefully there will be more inventory on the shelves so more people can take advantage of the savings. Rite Aid doesn’t have a lot of room for back stock or room on their shelves – so I’m sure this policy is just an attempt to spread the love – and I’m happy about that.
If you have serious issues with the new policy you can contact them at 1-800-RITE-AID or thru the Rite Aid website. I think I’m going to wait and see how things shake out before I get too shaken myself.
What are your thoughts on the new policy? I’d love to hear from you!