Friday, August 7, 2009

Shopping Smart

I was back at Albertson's just now getting some Ragu (YAY..finally! I ended up paying around .30 cents or so per jar) and other sale items when I was confronted by a lady. She asked me about the sale and I told her how it worked. (See my post below for sale details).

She then told me how her daughter is in management and says "these coupon ladies come in and go crazy and we lose a lot of money. But the coupon companies keep making coupons so what do we do?"

Okay...Lesson #1: Albertson's (and any store) is reimbursed 100% for each manufacturer coupon plus .08 cents. They don't lose money. If you want to know what happens to your coupons after you use them & how stores get reimbursed, check out this informative article.

Lesson #2: This is smart shopping. Not silly stuff. Why wouldn't you want to get Ragu for .30 (or less) per bottle, Skippy for .63 cents and All detergent for .75 cents? Me...personally YES I do! I don't want to pay full retail price! Why would you?

Lesson #3: Albertson's LOVES coupon ladies! They love our business. As long as we all play by the rules they love us. And...they sell MORE because we are buying more. Remember....they get reimbursed for ALL those coupons we are using! I was even told by a stock person this morning he wished they knew ahead of time the coupons that matched up with this sale so they could have been more prepared. They WANT to help us!

Oh, and in case you are wondering I spent $10 out-of-pocket on my trip just now and got back $16 in catalinas. WHOO HOO!


LyndiLou said...

I heard that there is drama happening with the Albertson's in Utah. Some have been sold/some haven't... any word on how that will affect their awesomeness when it comes to couponing?!?

Marne said...

Yes, Associated Foods has purchased Albies in Utah. So I don't know if these deals will continue there or not.

i will survive said...

marne- yea i can finally access your blog now- don't know what changed but i'm glad to be back- can i just tell you- you are amazing. i have so much to learn from you. i thought i did good at alby's but your shopping trip was awesome. thanks again for all you do.

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