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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Important information about stacking Rite Aid Video Values coupons and manufacturer's coupons

I need to set the record straight on a Rite Aid issue that's been discussed in the comments section on a few of my posts recently, and it concerns stacking Rite Aid Video Values coupons with manufacturer's coupons (which is exactly what I did to get that Maybelline eyeshadow trio for 17-cents recently). If you are having trouble with this, I urge you to read the Official Rite Aid Coupon Policy that I posted a little while back. I received this policy directly from Rite Aid Public Relations, so if you ever have any problems with stacking coupons, print out this policy and take it with you to the store.

Just to recap the part of the policy that relates specifically to stacking Video Values coupons with manufacturer's coupons, here is the portion of the policy you need to know.

First let's define a manufacturer's coupon (from Rite Aid's official coupon policy).:

Manufacturer Coupons
·Manufacturer coupons are found in newspapers, magazines and even affixed to products. The UPC on these coupons begins with a "5."

Here is a manufacturer's coupon from this month's All You magazine:

I have circled the "5" in red at the beginning of the UPC code. This is the number that will let you know WITHOUT A DOUBT that this is a manufacturer's coupon. This "5" is what you find at the beginning of pretty much all tear-pad coupons, newspaper coupons, magazine coupons and coupons you print from the internet from places like, etc. BUT, if the coupon says something like "Target Coupon" at the top (which you find a lot in the Sunday newspaper, etc.), check to see if the UPC starts with a "5". If it does not, then it is a STORE coupon, which means you can stack it with a manufacturer's (a "5" coupon).

Next, we have the definition of a Rite Aid coupon (again, taken from Rite Aid's official policy):

Rite Aid Manufacturer Coupons
· Rite Aid Manufacturer coupons generally appear in our weekly circular, on our website and are sent to customers via e-mail. These coupons are labeled "manufacturer coupon" and have a UPC that begins with "49."
Rite Aid Valuable Coupons
· Rite Aid coupons are labeled "variable coupon" and have a UPC that begins with "48."

Here is a Video Values coupon for Wet n Wild that I just printed from the Video Values site:

Since Video Values coupons are specific to each user, they have your name printed on them, which I have blocked out, along with the full barcode and barcode number (if anyone were silly enough to try and duplicate this coupon, I would be the one to get in trouble because this coupon is specific to ME, so therefore I have blocked out all of this information). But the important thing to note is that Video Values coupons begin with a "49", not a "5", which makes them absolutely OK to stack with a manufacturer's coupon.

Still a bit confused? Then read this, which is, once again, from Rite Aid's official coupon policy:

Multiple Coupons:
· More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:
· All coupons match the item being purchased.
· The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.
· No more than one "48" Rite Aid valuable coupon, one "49" Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one "5" manufacturer coupon can be used on a single item.
· Rite Aid may accept multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager's sole discretion.

Please pay specific attention to the part in bold. This makes it perfectly clear: you can use one "5" coupon, one "48" coupon and one "49" coupon per item. Case closed!

I hope this settles the Video Values/manufacturer's coupon stacking issue once and for all, and if you ever run into trouble with this at your local Rite Aid, please please ask to speak to a manager, and show them the official Rite Aid coupon policy (again, print it out and stick it in your purse or coupon holder just in case). If they still don't accept the coupons, and you're sure that one is a "5" and the other is "49" and/or "48", ask the cashier to call Rite Aid Customer Service and that should clear it up.

I hope you found this useful, and if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll be happy to try and answer them as best as I can.


  1. Yup, even though I don't have a Rite-Aid, I know for sure that you can't stack manufacturer coupons together. Same with Jewel's own coupons, or Dominick's own coupons, or CVS's own coupons, etc etc. So I would assume that it would apply to RiteAid coupons as well. Stack one of each is fine, stacking more than 1 of each is big no no...unfortunately haha

    This post was a really good explanation! =)

  2. Silly Lilacs: Yeah, I think that most people who use coupons know this, but the issue I've been hearing a lot from readers is that some Rite Aid cashiers aren't letting you stack a manufacturer's coupon with a Video Values coupon. So that's why I posted this. I want everyone to know that you can use a VV with a manufacturer's coupon, even if they say you can't! :) Oh, and thank you! xo

  3. G.: Yea I know some cashiers don't let the customers stack 'em because the coupon will usually say "cannot be used with other coupons". I've worked as a cashier before (been there done that lol) and we're told not to do coupons unless we have to. It makes NO sense but if you scan a coupon, it goes against your record. But ya =)

  4. wow this was clear.thanks
    unfortunately i dont live near a rite-aid store. i live near walgreens( where most of the time their sales people are NOT coupon friendly and are soo sooo confusing). :(

  5. Thank you very much for this post! I may just have to print out the Riteaid policy prior to future purchases to ensure that I get to use all of the qualifying coupons. The sales associates in my area may not be aware of the policy.

    I've also been told that they can't enter the coupon code manually but this is obviously not the case since the same cashier was successful in entering my coupon manually in the very same transaction. Go figure!

  6. This is AWESOME G! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. I agree! This is awesome! I love your blog. I am on a mission to find a great drugstore foundation (still lots to try). With these tips it will be cheaper for me to try them out! :o)

    Do you have any top 3 drugstore foundations?

  8. thank you so much for this! i've found a lot of coupons i wanted to use at rite aid but i was afraid that they wouldn't accept them; but now i know. lol i wish i came across your blog sooner. i'll be visiting frequently. =)


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