Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Randalls--aka: know your store's coupon policies.

I'm very happy with the location of the area grocery stores: HEB is within walking distance and always has reasonable everyday prices. Target and Walmart are about 6 miles away--close enough for the infrequent trips we make there. And finally there's the Randalls about 4 miles away--the perfect distance for a store that really only has good advertised deals--and hardly any reasonable everyday prices.

Well today I took advantage of one of Randalls' weekly sales.

I walked away with:
7 boxes of cereal, [2.88 plus save $5 wyb 5]
3 boxes of PopTarts (12ct) [2.55 plus save $5 wyb 5]
4 Large Oranges $.99/lb
1 lb Grapes $1/lb
2 travel-sized Tide $.89
1 12oz Tropicana $1.49
1 strip Fleischman Yeast $1.50 [receive $.50 oyno for each one purchased)
1 x Fresh Express Green Salad $1

q's used:
3x $1/1 kelloggs IP
4x $1/1 Kelloggs insert q's
1x $.55/1 pop tart q
1x .30/1 (tripled) tropicana q
1x $.45 Fleischman q (doubled)
2x $1/1 any Tide [$.22 overage]
4x$1/produce wyb 2 select Kelloggs cereal

OOP 10.00

Moral of the story:
Know the coupon policies of your local store to take full advantage of all savings. Any double/triple coupon possibilites? Price matching? Internet Printable coupons accepted?
I knew that Randalls will double 2 qs up to $.50, and triple 1 q up to $.39.
I knew that they will take IP's--but only if printed clearly in color.
I knew that if the register doesn't beep they allow overage on q's.
I knew that Randalls offers Catalina deals when you buy certain items. Ex: if you purchased any Fleishman yeast until the end of the year, you will receive a coupon for $.50 off of your next order. Coupled with the coupon [that doubled] the yeast was only $.10!

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