Apparently in the midst of all my re-considerings of drug store shopping this week, my feeble brain failed to comprehend that Rite Aid is a whole different ballgame. When you "roll-up" at Rite Aid, you get cash back, as opposed to "store money".
But I guess my mind was still stuck on the theories: (1) free-after-rebate items lose you money on the tax and (2) it's really okay to spend (waste) "free" money on whatever items.
I had a $20.00 certificate for "spending" $100.00, which of course I didn't spend anything using coupons and money-makers rebates. So this $20.00 was FREE money.
So, when I planned my Rite Aid shop this week, I went for the money-maker rebate items, and decided to spend whatever was left of my $20 Rite Aid Rewards Certificate on whatever.
However, the better thing to have done here would have been to spent it all on free-after-rebate items. I would have lost a little of it on the taxes, but the rest of it I would have gotten back in the form of a rebate check I could have taken to my bank and cashed!
I bought the Nasogel, Coldcalm Pellets, and Little Allergies money-maker rebate items. Total before coupons $23.97, plus $4.49 for the cost of a box of Rice Krispies. Rice Krispies are on sale BOGO this week...1 box rings up at full price and the other 0.00, so won't be included in a $25.00 total for using the $5/$25 coupon.
After all the coupons, my mm-far items totalled $12.97.
I had a Vocalpoint coupon for a free box of Rice Krispies, so both my RKs were free in the end.
That left me with $7.03 left to spend out of my $20 certificate.
The Halloween costumes were on sale for 50% off, and there was a $3.00 coupon in the store, so I got a Pirate costume, originally priced at $24.99, for 9.99 after coupons. Or, about $3.00 oop after using the certificate.
I'm due $23.97 in SCRs for the mm-far items I bought, so still made about a $20 profit when all said and done.