Rite Aid: Pampers Diapers $3.49 each + my personal shopping trip

by Melody on March 4, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve been barreling out the door on Sunday morning to get to Rite Aid.  I’m all about a great diaper deal, so I was at my store right when they opened the doors.  It helps that my local store is a stone’s throw from my house.

First of all, I wanted to give you an update on the diaper deal.  It appears that the wipes are NOT counting towards the monthly +UP Reward.  However, the registers seem to be rounding up on diaper purchases so buying 3 packs of diapers at $9.99 will still trigger the weekly +UP Reward.

Here’s what this looks like:

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers or Easy-Ups on sale $9.99
Spend $25, Get $5 +UP Reward – limit 2 (monthly, through 3/6)
Spend $30, Get $10 +UP Reward – limit 1 (from weekly ad)
Buy 3
Use (3) $1.50/1 Pampers coupons
Pay $25.47, Get $15 in +UPs
$3.49 each after coupons and rewards
*Around $.09/diaper for size 3

For some reason, my Pampers coupons wouldn’t scan at all.  My local manager pointed out that this is the first time EVER that P&G has released printable coupons.  I hadn’t even thought about that, as they are generally released in the newspaper.  She did mention that they received a bulletin about the coupons and that they are legitimate, so she happily accepted them.

Here is what my personal shopping trip looked like:

Purchased:
(3) Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers $9.99
(4) Arm & Hammer Toothpaste $3.99 (2 rang up free)
(2) Orajel Toddler Toothpaste $3.99 (1 rang up free)
(2) Softlips Singles $1.59 after Wellness+ discount

Used (3) $1.50/1 Pampers coupons
Used $1/1 Orajel coupon
Used (2) $1.50/2 coupon
Used $1/1 Toothpaste Rite Aid Video Values store coupon (March)
Used $3/1 Softlips Rite Aid store coupon from weekly ad

Total spent out of pocket: $32.62
Received: $10 Pampers +UP, $5 Pampers monthly +UP, $5 Oral Care +UP and $3 Softlips +UP

After factoring in the +UP Rewards I received, this is like paying $3.21 for each pack of diapers and getting everything else for FREE.

The Softlips was a much higher moneymaker than I thought.  I initally thought the in-ad coupon would automatically deduct the purchase price of one, which is $1.59.  Instead it took $3 off my total purchase, which I didn’t notice until I got home.  I ended up paying $.18 for both and getting a $3 +UP Reward. I’m honestly not sure what the protocol on their store coupons is in this case.

I can’t wait to hear about your shopping trips this week, there are some fabulous deals to be had!

Be sure to check out the rest of this week’s Rite Aid deals here.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

heather March 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

My RA said no to the single softlips and no to reducing the coupon to match the price…

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Melody March 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I know it’s too late now, but in the future, their coupon policy does clearly state that they will accept a coupon that is higher value and adjust it down. I’m not 100% sure how that applies to store coupons, but I imagine it’s the same. My store had the tags on the single packs, sorry it didn’t work out!

http://www.frugallivingnw.com/rite-aid-store-guide/

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Michele March 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Okay so I did your deal today ( which was my first ever coupon deal)!!!! I was so excited and was jumping up and down showing my husband!!!! One thIng Im a little unclear on, so the up rewards ( I got one $10 and two $5, are they like gift cards in a way? Can I use them on anything and all at the same time? Thank you for all your hard work! We have to babies and have been I. A tough place, this really makes a difference for us, this feels good:)

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Melody March 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

First thing, good for you! Welcome to the couponing world. :) The +UP Rewards are basically like a gift card, but you must use the full amount in each transaction. For example, if you purchase $5 worth of merchandise, you can use your $5 +UP Reward. If you purchased $4.99 worth of merchandise, you couldn’t use it.

You can use all of your +UP Rewards in one transaction, as long as it doesn’t cut into the tax (if you live in a tax state). Does that make sense? Let us know if you have any other questions!

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charolyn March 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

A little tip I use-to minimize the amount I spend out of pocket-when you use your +UPs-try to (at least partly) buy items that will give you more +ups-because then you can keep using that same “$” over and over -indefinitely!! Usually I match my +ups used, to the amount I get back. Sometimes with coupons you don’t have to use the full amount of +ups to get the item for free (actually happens often at Rite Aid). for example if an item costs $3 and you will get a $2+up back & have a $2 coupon-you only need $1 in +ups to get it free!
Every now and then my +ups will get quite high & I will use part of them to buy something I need for free!

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Michele March 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thank you both I’m loving rewards here:) one more thing the cashier told me I could only do the transaction with there in ad coupon once a week. Is that true or could I go back tOmorriw and get the soft lips and playtex cup?

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Melody March 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

They do say one per customer, but don’t track on your card. I have never had a cashier care if I make 2 trips in a week to use the same coupon.

Hillarie March 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Does the $10 for the toothpaste have to be before or after coupons?

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Melody March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

After coupons. In the scenario I listed above, I paid $6.97 out of pocket and still got the +UP Reward. That’s how it is with all RA promos.

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Kelly March 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

I found out this weekend I’m going to be a grandma in 7 months. For the past year of utilizing this website I’ve always ignored the “baby” items. No longer can I do that. Can you fellow frugal folks please let me know stock up prices on diapers, wipes and other baby necessities? Thank you in advance :)

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Stephanie March 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I try not to pay more then .15 a diaper and .01 a wipe.

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karla March 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

I noticed that about the P&G coupons. I printed them with skepticism when they came out, but now that you mentioned this “bulletin” I guess I feel better about using them. Which I did, to get the pampers deal and they had to be manually put through because did not scan.

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Miss Jay March 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I asked my cashier to price the softlips in ad coupon down to avoid overage, she said she couldn’t. She scanned it to see if the computer would take it. When it did she kind of shrugged and said “fine by me.” I felt kind of bad when I got home and noticed the sippy cup rang in with my wellness discount and I got overage for that too. I also discovered that some $1 Ups I know I used before came off my card again. (Earlier this week the wesbite was showing about $20 in Ups as available that I know I used, so I had CS mark them unavailable – don’t know when the other $3 magically reappeared.)

Theoretically I only have $10 left loaded, the rest I have back in good ‘ole print form!

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Jacki March 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

the only softlips I could find was the 2 pack and the +up did not print for me. But still a great deal

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Melody March 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Was the monthly +UP (Buy 2, Get $3) listed at your store? You should try calling customer service as it is definitely a monthly +UP through the 6th!

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Krista S. March 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I feel completely ridiculous asking this question, but . . . where is the Softlips in-ad coupon (pg #) as I went through my ad a have a dozen times! Seriously :)

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Jacki March 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Krista– it is on page 8 at the bottom left. It is the one for oxy, phisoderm and softlips.

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Melody March 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Not ridiculous, it’s not really obvious as it’s in with other items like Jacki said. :)

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Emily M March 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I did your scenario tonight minus the softlips (couldn’t find them…I think I was looking for the wrong thing) and it all worked perfectly! Thanks for the scenario! I was able to use the +ups for a can of formula which I needed any way.

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kirsten March 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I had issues with my printed coupons this mroning but the cashier put them through. She said their system was wonky the past few days and some coupons just don’t scan or match up correctly.

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Lorri March 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I’m taking a week off from RA. we really don’t need anything Our stockpile is busting at the seems & we are thinking about moving… I don’t want to pack it all up! I did go in and buy Nutella and a small pack of RA sunflower seeds. I wanted to check to see if I had the 10% off RA brands. I noticed online that I had 399 points. I never rec’vd the 10% coupon that I should have rec’vd. Seeing as I’m at 399 and my last shopping trip was $104 before any discounts I should have had it before that trip? I know i didn’t have it with the $104 bc I paid full price for the RA items I did buy.

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stephanie March 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

You don’t get the 10% discount on everthing until you get to 500 points. You should always get 10% off on rite aid brand.

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Meghan March 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I had an interesting experience with my ups loaded on my card today….I used $6 in ups that were loaded on my card last week to buy the Stoppain stuff so I could just have a $6 scr instead of ups. Well when i left rite aid today I looked at my receipt and my $6 in ups had come off my total again! Guess I will let cs know tomorrow!!

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Vicky March 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I went to my RiteAid this morning and bought: 2-Neosporin Essentials Anti Itch cream(8.99 each but 7.19 with my disc.), 3-Advil Congestion Relief(on sale 5.00) and 1-Children’s Advil 4oz. liquid(5.00 on sale), 1 pkg. Playtex pacifiers(4.99 but 3.99 with my disc ), 1Sally Hanson nail clippers(3.49 but 2.79 with my disc.) and 3-creme eggs. I used 2-$2/1 neosporin coupons, 1-$1/1 neosporin value video coupon, 3-$2/1 advil congestion coupon, 1-$1/1 children’s advil coupon, $3 off Sally Hansen beauty tool that was in ad, $4 off Playtex baby care product that was in ad and .50/2 creme egg value video coupon. I used a $20 +up to pay and .43 out of pocket. I got back $5+up from neosporin, $10+up from adv/rob/dim/colgate, and 2-$2+up from rob/dime/advil. Good day!

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charolyn March 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for the details-this & your update posts Melody helped me decide what to get this week, as I didn’t see too much at first look at the ad this week:-)

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Faith March 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I couldn’t find the Softlips singles packs. I found the packs that had 2 and they were marked 3.99. I was also able to use the $2 in-ad coupon for the Rite Aid brand cotton swabs (600 count) and get them for 39 cents after my 20% discount. I love that I was able to pick up cheap Pampers today too. Thanks for all your hard work on the match ups!

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Jan March 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I notices that the Sftlips coupon reads “Save $3 on all …Softlips. It doesn’t state a quantity, so it should be legitimate to use it for $3/2 as long as the total Softlips purchase exceeds $3.

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