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Rite Aid: Free Food!

on 1.11.2011 at 10:59am

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Normally the drugstores are not the cheapest place for food items, but this week there is a big exception at Rite Aid!

There are several +UP promotions that make for great deals and an extra $1 +UP printing for a lot of food items. Combining these, you can get lots of free food without any coupons!! Some of the products also qualify toward the $20 Resolution Reward!

Check out all the other deals at Rite Aid this week here.

Free Food

  • $1 +UP WYB Velveeta or Kraft Deluxe, Hormel Compleats at $1.99
    $20 +UP WYB $100 in participating products
    Store Coupon -.50/1 Hormel Compleats, Chili, or Dinty Moore Big Bowls,(Rite Aid coupon), printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Hormel Compleats microwave meals, in store dispenser
    -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
    (pay $1.99, get back (2) $1 +UPs, makes it FREE without any coupons!)
  • $1 +UP WYB (2) Oberto Beef Jerky at $2.50
    $20 +UP WYB $100 in participating products
    Store Coupon -.50/1 Oberto beef jerky (Rite Aid coupon), 3.5 oz, printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Oberto coupon found on select products
    -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
    (buy 2, use .50/1 and (2) $1 mfr, get (3) $1 +UP, makes it FREE+)
  • $1 +UP WYB (4) Bumble Bee Tuna or Barilla Pasta at $1.25
    -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
    (buy (4), get (5) $1 +UP rewards, makes it FREE)
  • Kellogg’s Cereal Special K 1.4-14 oz. B1G1
    $20 +UP WYB $100 in participating products
    Manufacturer Coupon -B1G1 Special K cereal, 12 oz. printable
    -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
    (use B1G1, get (2) $1+UP, you make $2!)
  • Brown Rice 2 lb. $1.69
    -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
    (makes it 69¢)

(thanks Happy Money Saver!)

    • Wow! Now if I can just MAKE it to Rite Aid! *laughing* Snowed in for second straight day. I picked up the MM Special K on Sunday, thankfully. They had great selection!

    • Clea

      I tried the Special K…but did not ring B1G1 free so cashier have to split price (1.79 each), used the B1G1 free coupon and still paid 3.58 but got $4.00 back on rewards…not that bad..

      • grace

        She should have made it free manually, that is what they did for me!

        • Clea

          huh..I'll try it again, got to fill up a box to send to Philippines…:-)

    • Linzep

      not all of the food deals produce the bonus ups. the tuna does not

    • Mistydawnwall

      I didn't get extra +1 UPS when I bought Special K on Sunday….

      • Mykingarooroo

        same here no ups for special k

    • Nmckeown

      tuna didn't work for me either

    • I WANNA GO SHOPPING ! the roads are still iced here in Atlanta :( I hate this snow :(
      What is a couponer to do in weather like this ?

      • Augustgirl

        well, the nice thing to remember is all the rest of us are stuck at home too, so it's not like the shelves will be cleared of the good deals by the time we get there! yay!

    • Brooke

      The extra $1 reward has STOPPED printing. Just a fyi. Worked like a charm yesterday but no longer working today. Called Rite Aid to verify and said it was a mistake and was removed last night.

    • Ana Maria S.

      I can't wait till I can finally make it to Rite Aid sometime this week once we are not snowed in…I WANT my FREE stuff/moneymakers! ;)

    • Katiekittie18

      I wish my Rite Aid carried more food! Everytime I go in for a food deal they don't carry it, lol.

    • Dianne

      I shopped at RA this morning and my UPs did not print nor did my running total update for my $20 reward. The manager said they were updating the system, so that might explain why these “mystery” UPs are not printing any longer. The manager was so nice though. He wrote me a raincheck for my $4 UP rewards and said he would bump it up to $8 for my trouble to have to make another trip!

    • Alysia_torres

      There is also a $1 off coupon for the Hormel completes in the Jan All You Magazine. makes it free

    • Michelle

      I'm so anxious to get out to get some of this week's deals! We're not used to being stuck at home because of snow/ice for very long here in the south. It might be two or three more days before we can even leave our subdivision!

    • Mlg Cmg

      I just went to RA and was trying to use up some UP+ – I was buying a little of this and that- when the bonus Ups+ printed I thought it was an error – Retail: $80.11 Sale Price $56.71 – used 10 Ups plus 4 Ups from some video beauty aid- subtotal .19 plus tax = $2.22!!!!
      got back 23 Ups!!!!! they expire on different days so be careful.

      • Robincoupons

        Good job!!

    • John

      The hormel deal did not work this morning.

      • grace

        This has been corrected, it is no longer printing 2 UPS per item, only one

    • Annie873

      Ok people, here we go:

      Velveeta, Kraft, Hormel are now producing ONE +up per item, not two.

      Bumble Tuna was only every supposed to produce ONE +up for every 4 cans you buy, which it is still doing.

      They weren't “BONUS” UPS and it wasn't a programing mistake. There was an overlap between a weekly and a monthly deal on a select few products. Most of the deals have been killed from so many people alerting store managers and/or customer service about the bonus, secret, extra special ups. So please stop calling customer service about these deals, before they shut the remaining ones off as well.

    • Nysummer2010

      the $1 extra upward still works on Barilla Pasta…but not for Kellogg’s Cereal Special K :( with which the manger asked me to come back store tomorrow. Hopefully he can fix it ….

      • Flossie Dalia

        I got the $1 +up reward printed for every box of special K i got just 3 hours ago.

        • Staceybt

          Me too

      • Nysummer2010

        got some lucks today…just call 1800 instead of going back to store. the customer service was super nice and issued(mailed) those $4 upward without questioning anything :))

    • sue

      can anyone help me with this :-
      $1 +UP WYB (2) Oberto Beef Jerky at $2.50
      $20 +UP WYB $100 in participating products
      -.50/1 Oberto beef jerky (Rite Aid coupon), 3.5 oz, printable
      -$1 off Oberto coupon found on select products
      -$1 +UP Bonus for Food Purchase
      (buy 2, use .50/1 and (2) $1 mfr, get (3) $1 +UP, makes it FREE+)

      Does it mean buy 2 and use (2) .50/1 by watching the video and (2) $1 mfr and get (3) $1 +up

      • Flossie

        That is correct, except you can only use (1) .50/1 video coupon

        • Herene

          You can use both .50/1 video coupons. Even if you buy 1 item and have two video coupons you can still use them both. I do it all the time. Makes for better deals. Just last week I have 4 Nicoderm video value coupons I used on one Nicoderm plus the rebate and mf coupon made it FREE.

          • Ashley

            Yikes, Herene. If you didn't know, that is beyond pushing the limits on proper coupon usage. You cannot use 4 coupons on only 1 item. If you haven't noticed, Rite Aid has increasingly been putting new limits on their coupons each and every month. There are no more $5/20's, no more $5/25's, we now have to watch 15 non-coupon earning videos just to receive a $4/20. We should be excited about finding good and legit deals Rite Aid offers, not forcing them to shut the whole thing down. Pleeeease don't do this again. It will not only affect the rest of us, but yourself as well.

          • Riley

            It might 'make for better deals' but it is unethical and just plain wrong. I wouldn't be bragging about it.

    • Queenjennifer87

      Velveeta shells and cheese did not print bonus $1/ea +ups. (got 1 for this week, but not for the monthly.)

      Hormels and pasta are working though.

      • Queenjennifer87

        Oh, forgot, this was sunday for this deal. my bad.

    • Kim Jackson

      OMG!!!! I literally just started couponing this month and Im overwhelmed with how much I've saved in just 2 weeks. My visit to RA was rewarding!!!! My first transaction including getting the Stayfree and Motrin for FREE along with B3G1 Secret. I paid $6.50 +tax & gained $8 +UP. I used those towards my 2nd transaction for the Aveeno, Lubriderm J&J, and CLN&CLR items. I paid $8 +tax and gained the $11 +UP rewards!!!! WOO HOO!!! Overall I came out only paying $4 but if I didn't purchase the J&J items my total could have been $0!!!! Thanks for putting this site together Jenny, Im getting everyone in my circle to start couponing with me!!!!!!

      • Michelle

        kim, what coupons, if any did you use?

    • Shannon

      Ok I am new to this but I think I got a pretty good start. My question is, do I only make a list of things I have coupons for and go out on certain days. I know its ultimately up to me but Id like to hear what more experience couponers do to get things free and save loads of money. Any secrets?

    • Ashley

      These deals are dead you guys.

      • Mechelle

        What do you mean?

    • Ashley

      I'm sorry, Rite Aid pulled the Velveeta and Hormel bonus UP. Only receive $1 UP on that now. RA also pulled $1 bonus UP on Kellogs. They made a mistake and didn't realize they were giving the items away for free.

      • Jo20

        I just came from RA, bought 4 Kelloggs Special K, and got 4 UP+ rewards back

        • Ashley

          I am seeing now some conflicting reports on Special K. Some got it and some didn't. Velveeta and Hormel is definitely dead though.

          • 21 YrOldCouponer

            Yes, I wasn't worried about getting any UPs when I did it, but was pleasantly surprised. My receipt where it usually shows (IDK what) said they were down for year end computing or something. May have been my store was just late in the update.

        • 21 YrOldCouponer

          (4) Special K B1G1, + (2) 20 ct. Motrin
          – (2) B1G1 Coupons – (1) $6/2 Motrin
          Due .55
          Got back (4) $1 UP+, (2) $2 UP+

          Only expecting one $2 from the Motrin so this was a crazy good week! (Made $2 on the Tylenol Precise Heat Pads earlier in the week as well.) Hopefully next week has some things I can dump my UPs on. (Bulk paper anyone?)

    • sunset

      I'm ticked. Went and got everything on the list except the cereal, got it Sunday. Spent a ton in Ups I already had and only got about 5 Ups back. What a waste. Wasn't even stuff I really wanted. Was going to give it to my parents. Oh well

      • Ashley

        None of my UP's printed Sunday on 1 transaction…had Hormel, 7 UP, vitamins(system was down I think). Just call 1 800 rite aid and say you shopped on this day and none of your UP's printed and tell them how many it was supposed to be. They'll ask what was some of the things you bought(to verify what you're saying I believe) and they will send them to you in the mail no problem! It's pretty quick and easy and they are verrry helpful.

        • sunset

          Thank You So Very Much! I was missing $6 Ups for my transaction yesterday. Called Rite Aid a minute ago and he said they would mail them to me. Thank You again so very much. You just saved me $6 because I was just planning on chalking it up as $ lost.

          • Jane

            Good luck with that – it didn't work for me. I never did receive $8 up that was owed and that cs said would be mailed to me from last summer.

    • Jeannagripper

      is the pasta deal still working?

    • sweetmarieinmississippi

      just left the store. bought 2 barilla pastas, 2 hunts sauce, 2 mac n cheese. Got $9.00 (all $1's)back. 2-$1's for each macncheese, $1 for 4 item deal, and then $1.00 for each “extra +up” food item. Just like you said Jenny. THANK-YOU.

    • Dana

      Just got back from RiteAid (Wed) and bought the Velveeta shells and cheese and only got (1) $1 up reward. Oh well.

      • Brownebaby

        same thing happened to me. bought 4 bumble bee tunas. only got 1 up reward. thats not a good deal for the tuna :(

        • Ebony Cullars

          Return it ASAP !

    • Gamecockshan

      I got $1 Up per box of cereal tonight. (I got 4, used 2 BOGO and got them all for free.)

      • Chillto

        ME, too!

        But I notice that different UPs print at different stores. I had bought rice and one store…no UPs. Bought rice at another store….got UPs!

    • Jen

      My RA had the $2 up with purchase on rubber band packages, but they didn't print out. :( The manager said well don't you think that would be stupid since they only cost $1.47 and you would get $2? I purchased 4 packages. He took the signs down and offered me $1 for each as he didn't like the deal. I took it, but I think that I am just going to return them. That's what I should have done in the first place since I really don't need that many rubber bands.

      • Bryarsmom

        I'd return them in a heartbeat.

      • Guest

        Yeah that's because the store you shopped at wasn't following directions…Instructions were to remove all those signs from the school section…EVERY SIGN because they were misprinted….it should have read get the +up reward for every two items you purchased.

    • Jen

      Today at RA my cashier checked every single coupon I gave her with what I purchased. I asked her won't it just beep if I didn't purchase the item. She said not always. She insisted that she had to do it this way or she would get in trouble. She literally took the coupon found the item in the bag, took it out, compared it to the coupon and then scanned the coupon. Half way through I told her you know this is taking a real long time no one has ever done this before. She insisted she would get in trouble if she didn't. Then I said well you have a bunch of people waiting in line. So, she called for a second cashier. By the time my cashier was done the other cashier cleared the line. Now they weren't using coupons but seriously it took the cashier way too long and I told her I don't want you to get in trouble, but I will not come back to your line again. Has anyone had this happen?

      • Jenni

        Sometimes cashiers just get spooked by a lot of coupons. Or sometimes, they ARE on a warning from allowing a coupon in the past that they shouldn't have, and really DO have to check each and every one.

      • Webby

        Imagine having this happen at Publix! Yes, I will turn around and go get in another lane before I check out my full shopping cart and coupons with that cashier again.

      • Bryarsmom

        This HAS happened to me at Publix-but I only went thru it once, trust me. It was at the Publix on 92& 75 in Acworth, GA. She was a middle-aged woman-coupon nazi if ever there was one.
        She spread ALL my Q's across her ckout counter, sorting & fiddling with them, while the line got longer & longer. They eventually left the line & went to a different one.
        When I left, I stopped the mgr & complained to him. I have NEVER used her again

        • Zombiemommy

          The East Lake Piedmont is the same, every single old lady is anti coupon.

          One way I got through there now is to put the coupons on top of the product, that way they don't go searching through the bags to compare…Its a hassle to make sure they don't fall off but its smoother when I go through now.

      • Cynthia

        Several weeks agoat my favorite Rite Aid, one of the cashiers who has always just breezed through my coupons very efficiently, was suddenly very careful. She said that loss prevention was just there that day, and that she could lose her job if she allowed the wrong coupons. Two weeks later when I went in, there were all new faces! When I asked the cashier about it, she said EVERYONE was gone! She didn't know why and said she tries not to know too much. It made me sad, because they had all become my friends. The next time I went in, the manager was back, but he was not the same. One of the employees ( I think a supervisor) was in to pick up her check and in chatting with her she told me she was fired! She didn't say why and I didn't pry, but I feel a lot more sympathy towards finicky cashiers than I used to, not to mention being more careful than ever with the coupons I use. The thought of someone losing their job because of me trying to save an extra buck or 2 just isn't worth it! At the same time, I can relate to your frustrations, because when I'm in a hurry and I “know” that my coupons are correct, I hate to go through that time consuming scrutiny.

        • Lena d

          The same thing happened a couple of months ago at my Cvs. I was told that they were fired from the loss prevention person that came in. the manager had nothing to do with it. Had some coupon issues after that, because they were being overly careful, the manager refunding money because they should have took the coupons. Sad, I don't really know anyone now and many of the coupon “queens” who buy tons of stuff and then sells it do not shop there anymore. Now I always have everything planned and coupons double checked to make sure I won't have a problem.

    • tori729

      After reading the comments, I'm not disappointed that I didn't get to do this. Thanks for posting, but wasn't the day you posted the last day of the sale? Oh well!

    • Producttests

      I know you said this deal has expired and that a lot of people have posted that too, but I just got back from Rite Aid and got +UP rewards for every food item I purchased. I didn't get the sale up and the food up, but did get ONE per item. Just thought I'd let you guys know in case you think $1 is good for whatever you were after :)

      • Sara Kathryn

        Which food did you purchase?

    • TSE

      I went to Rite Aid, 2 hours ago to get Special K. I bought 4 boxes used two B1G1 coupons and received (4) $1 +UP rewards.

      • Sara Kathryn

        Same here. I went to the Rite Aid in rockmart GA and the +UP printed twice for both of the boxes I got. I was planning on getting the Hunt's tomato sauce as well, but they did not have any at all on the shelves. (weird!) I don't think this deal is over especially on the Special K. Hope this helps someone else!

    • Chattanooga mom

      The Bumble Bee Tuna did not work like mentioned above. I purchased 4 cans and only received 1 up. I asked the cashier and he responded that the cash register was always right. He also said that since I had paid for them with Up rewards, I would not get any cash back back if I returned them. :(

    • Sdavisva

      I bought 2 bags brown rice yesterday and received $1 up for each (the sign was still up in the store and it states through 1/22). With my 10% discount it came to be .52 cents for a 2lb bag. That's amazing. I will get a few more next week or ask for a raincheck.
      The $1 UPs/box were still printing for the Special K yesterday as well – this was in Richmond, VA.