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Monday, March 18, 2013

Cheap Thera Tears at Rite Aid with 20% Gold Discount, plus a primer on how to get this discount!

Today I took advantage of a promotion this week that, with the 20% Gold Discount, makes for a pretty decent deal on eye drops.

A quick primer: You receive the 20% Gold Discount when you earn 1,000 points. 
You earn 1 point for each dollar you spend on non-prescription items at Rite Aid before coupons. You also earn 25 points for each prescription you fill (unless you live in New York or New Jersey; if so, sucks to be you!). This discount applies to non-sale items or sale items when the 20% discount is greater than the sale discount. The discount does not apply to the usual culprits ever (alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, dairy, etc.) You'll also receive 10% off of relevant purchases (called the Silver Discount) when you earn 500 points. Once you earn your discount, you keep it for the rest of that calendar year, as well as the entire year that follows. At the beginning of the next calendar year, your points reset, and you have to start over to earn the discount for yet another year.

Example: Nivea lip balm, which regularly retails at $2.99, is on sale for 2/$5.00. You have the Gold Discount. 20% off of $2.99 is $2.39, which is a larger discount than the sale price of $2.50. So you'll pay 2/$4.78 instead (typically at Rite Aid you have to buy 2 to get the price when listed as 2/$x.00). You will receive 4 points toward achieving the Gold Discount for the following calendar year with this purchase. In 2014, your points will reset, and you'll have to start over to earn the discount for 2015.

Note that by the ides of March of this year, I have already accumulated more than 1,000 points, ensuring that my 20% Gold Discount will continue through the end of 2014. So even with somewhat regular couponing, this is definitely an achievable goal before the end of the year!

Here's the deal:

Bought 2 Thera Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, 0.5 oz $9.59 each, regularly $11.99 each
With 20% Gold Discount
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Used 2 $4.00/1 TheraTears Eye Care Product from SS 2/3
<b>Paid $11.18</b>, Received 2 $5.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $1.18 ($0.59 each) for 2

I would have paid $2.99 each without a discount, or $1.79 each with the 10% Silver Discount. Yay Gold Discount!

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