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The register update hit my store.

When I scanned the card, I chose "no" when it came to using points. After scanning coupons, I did swipe my card and was able to use points. However, I was not able to change the amount of points I used.

I thought this would be a good place to share people's strategies for dealing with the new update. The more specific you can be, the better. The main thing I am wondering about is whether you still have an option to specify the number of points you want to use.

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Talked to my manager about this, today as well. He said the cashier had no option to change the amount of points used. His only suggestion was to do smaller transactions. I told him that wasn't always practical because of the deals involved.
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Here is THE solution.

If not using a Rite Aid Coupon, just scan the card at the end.

If you are using RAD coupons :

1) Select "NO" to not use points.
2) scan all the items and coupons.
3) when you are ready to pay, simply swipe the PLENTI card in the credit card reader.
4) Select "YES" to using Plenti points.

If the credit card reader can't read your card, simply have the cashier scan your Plenti card again.
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Here is THE solution.

If not using a Rite Aid Coupon, just scan the card at the end.

If you are using RAD coupons :

1) Select "NO" to not use points.
2) scan all the items and coupons.
3) when you are ready to pay, simply swipe the PLENTI card in the credit card reader.
4) Select "YES" to using Plenti points.

If the credit card reader can't read your card, simply have the cashier scan your Plenti card again.
That works. But it doesn't give you the option to change the point amount. I'm thinking that option is gone. I'm going to have to retrain my brain on doing RA deals.
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That works. But it doesn't give you the option to change the point amount. I'm thinking that option is gone. I'm going to have to retrain my brain on doing RA deals.
why would you want to change the point amount? i like being able to pay down fully in PP, i only cover the difference if i don't have enough points to pay down fully in PP
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I've been conditioned by wags points, where I would hoard points waiting for the $10 FARRs, spend on the FARRs, then turn those back into points. Just learning its a mistake to take that mindset into RA.

At RA, I've been slowly hoarding by using only the same amount of points I earn. It does help me keep a close eyes on the actual money spent everytime. But I'm starting to see your point.

Problem for me is BF. I wanted $50 in points on each card so I could shop it all at once. Now it looks like they will get whittled away. For example, I'll get Tide and Pantene tomorrow and end up owing $17 after coupons and tax. Normally, I'd pay with 1000 points and $7 because I'll pay $7 for 4 Tide and 2 Pantene anyday. But now I'll have to use 1700 points, giving me a net loss of 700 points going into BF. It's hard for me to see how you could ever have more than 2000 points because any single store usually doesn't have enough stock to give 2000 points from deals in a single transaction.

But like I said, I just need to retrain my brain when it comes to shopping at RA.
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I've been conditioned by wags points, where I would hoard points waiting for the $10 FARRs, spend on the FARRs, then turn those back into points. Just learning its a mistake to take that mindset into RA.

At RA, I've been slowly hoarding by using only the same amount of points I earn. It does help me keep a close eyes on the actual money spent everytime. But I'm starting to see your point.

Problem for me is BF. I wanted $50 in points on each card so I could shop it all at once. Now it looks like they will get whittled away. For example, I'll get Tide and Pantene tomorrow and end up owing $17 after coupons and tax. Normally, I'd pay with 1000 points and $7 because I'll pay $7 for 4 Tide and 2 Pantene anyday. But now I'll have to use 1700 points, giving me a net loss of 700 points going into BF. It's hard for me to see how you could ever have more than 2000 points because any single store usually doesn't have enough stock to give 2000 points from deals in a single transaction.

But like I said, I just need to retrain my brain when it comes to shopping at RA.
u don't need to earn 2000 points in a single transaction, u can do small MMs and build up your points that way, to have way more than $20 in points on any 1 card. It all just depends what you are buying, if you are doing points burns on things like Tide, or if you are only doing MMs to earn points.
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Yep, I see it now. Some deals will be pointer earners (net gain), others will be point burners (net loss). Earners and burners.
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But like I said, I just need to retrain my brain when it comes to shopping at RA.
It should be an easy transistion. You've got beeping q's at Wags (for no reason) and beeping q's at RA (for no reason). A case in point is Tresemme. It beeps at RA but scans
perfectly at CVS.

I've been doing P&G, Centrum/Thermacare, Cetaphil, Cerave, and Act which gets me $40 or $48 in points. Cerave baby is a little pricey ($9.99 reg retail/$1.50 my cost) but everything else rocks. Do you know if the Thermacare cat prints when you get just one?
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For example, I'll get Tide and Pantene tomorrow and end up owing $17 after coupons and tax. Normally, I'd pay with 1000 points and $7 because I'll pay $7 for 4 Tide and 2 Pantene anyday. But now I'll have to use 1700 points, giving me a net loss of 700 points going into BF.
I had a similar strategy of spending my points on transactions I'd take a larger loss on, so I'm missing the "Change Amount" button, too. However, I have found one work around. Do a split tender payment and pay with cash or another card first. In your example, tell your cashier you'd like to pay $7 in cash and then use your points. They'll apply the $7 to your total, then you can use the "Use Points" button to pay for the remainder.
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... Do you know if the Thermacare cat prints when you get just one?
If you're talking about the $2/1 Thermacare MFC CAT, yes, it prints if you buy one Thermacare. If you're talking about something else, I have no idea Wink
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If you're talking about the $2/1 Thermacare MFC CAT, yes, it prints if you buy one Thermacare. If you're talking about something else, I have no idea Wink
Thanks, that's what I was asking about.
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I had a similar strategy of spending my points on transactions I'd take a larger loss on, so I'm missing the "Change Amount" button, too. However, I have found one work around. Do a split tender payment and pay with cash or another card first. In your example, tell your cashier you'd like to pay $7 in cash and then use your points. They'll apply the $7 to your total, then you can use the "Use Points" button to pay for the remainder.
that is exaclty what I had to do last night...the update just came yesterday and I was not prepared..lol I always pay the tax in cash so I am missing the change amount button as well. I had planned on doing 1 large transaction and quickly had replan and ended up doing 4 smaller ones ..talk about time consuming. It was until the last 2 that we (me and the cashier) figured out the split tender get around.
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Tonight, one of my good cashiers brought up the "pay with card" button on his screen. Told him how many points I wanted to use and he typed them in. Then, I paid the rest with cash.

BTW, every cashier I have talked about this with hates the new update.
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BTW, every cashier I have talked about this with hates the new update.
none of my stores here have it yet
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