Friday, June 19, 2009

Albertson's 101

We're getting Back to Basics this week!
For our other FAQ posts go HERE or HERE

Q: What is a Preferred Card?

A: At Albertson's you will need to sign up for a "Preferred Card" in order to get the sales price on their items.

Q: When Albertson's runs a Save $5 Instantly Promo (when you spend X amount of dollars, or X number of items) can I do multiple groups to Save $10 or $15 dollars at a time?
A: When it's a Save INSTANTLY promo, you can do multiple sets in the same transaction- and it will deduct the right amount of savings. Just be cautious and watch the register screen to see that it doesn't make a mistake. 9 times out of 10 it takes off the right amount of savings.

Q: When Albertson's runs a save $10 On Your Next Order can I buy 2 sets of products in the same transaction and save $20?
A: NO. When it's a SAVE ON YOUR NEXT ORDER you must do separate transactions in order to get a $10 Catalina each time.

Q: How do Albertson's Double Coupons Work?
  • They are good on any manufacturer coupon up to $1 in Value
  • So, if you use a $1 manufacturer coupon, and then the doubler- they will take off another $1
  • If you have a coupon for $1.01 or $1.50 ect., they will NOT (or should not) take an additional $1 off
  • Since the Doubler is a Store Coupon- You can not use them in conjunction with another In Store Coupon. For example- If there is a In Store coupon (in their ad) you can not use that coupon and a doubler- since that is technically 2 store coupon (just like you can't use 2 manufacturer coupon on 1 item)
  • There is a limit of 3 Doublers per transaction or visit. In some areas the coupon specifies Limit 3 Double Coupons per family per day...
  • Doublers are typically good Sunday through Tuesday, but it is becoming more common for them to be good Wednesday - Tuesday
  • If you are buying an item for $1.88 and you have a $1 manufacturer coupon- and a Albertson's Doubler- THEY HAVE TO ADJUST THE DOUBLER DOWN TO $.88. Please don't let your checker tell you you can't use the doubler. Just nicely explain to them that you are not expecting overage, and that they need to just adjust down the value of the coupon!
Q: What is a Catalina?
Catalina Marketing Company operates the check-out coupon machines at Albertsons and many other stores. The coupons themselves are called Catalinas. Because these machines are not owned by the stores, many managers and employees are not as educated as they should be on Catalina Policy.

Go here for EVERYTHING you need to know about Catalinas!

Q: Can I roll my Catalinas?
A: YES! You can use your 1st Catalina and do a 2nd transaction with the same items, use the 1st Catalina to pay and a new Catalina will print!!

Q: Are your math skills are horrible as it looks when it comes to the Albertson's Match-ups??
A: No! Here's why:
When Albertson's runs a sale where you spend $25 and save $10 on your next order... we factor the $10 savings into the 1st transaction. This is deceiving if you are doing only 1 transaction, but for most of us Krazy Coupon Ladies we will take that $10 Catalina and use it on the next transaction in which we buy $25 worth of General Mills products. Often during the week we will do 10 transactions with products in the promo.

For example:

All Small & Mighty 3X 32 oz $4.50
Use the $1/1 Small and Mighty HERE
Final Price: $1.70

We have received many emails asking us how we are getting $1.70 when we subtract $1 from $4.50, Confusing right?

Well when you save $10 after spending $25 that is essentially a 40% savings per item. So we take the Sale Price of $4.50 and deduct 40% (or $1.80) Which gives us $2.70 and then we factor in the $1 off coupon... Final Price: $1.70


Angie said...

I have a couple of questions about Albertson's store coupons in the weekly ad that state "with $25 minimum preferred card purchase." (I'm in CA, if it makes a difference.) Does the $25 include the coupon item? For example, currently there is a store coupon for Coke 12-packs for 4 for $10, with $25 minimum purchase. To use the coupon, do I have to spend $25 in addition to the 4 Coke products, or only $15 (since I'm spending $10 on the Coke)? Also, is the $25 minimum before or after manufacturer coupons? I.e., if I buy $25 worth of stuff, but use $5 in mfg coupons, will I no longer qualify for the in-store coupon? Hope my questions make sense. Thanks for your help!

Unknown said...

Thanks for all the info Heather, its nice to see it all nice and organized! I have a nagging Albies question that you ladies might know the answer to.

Are the coupons that print from the catalina machines considered "manufacturer's coupons" or "catalinas"? They say "manufacturer's coupon" on them, but I was wondering if they can be stacked. For example, I had one print the other day for $1 off 2 Lil Drums, and I was hoping to stack it with the $1 off 2 Drumstick coupon from the newspaper.


Heather Wheeler said...

Great Questions!

Angie- I am not sure I have seen a coupon like that here in Idaho.. but usually if you are careful about the order you hand the checker your coupons, you could use the in store coupon to take you from $25 to $20 and then your manufacturer coupons to further reduce your bill... Unless the coupon states $25 after all manufacturer coupons this should be the case. Make sense?

The Catalina coupons will say Manufacturer coupons if it's $1 off a specific product. If this is the case, you can't use it with another manufacturer coupon. If it's $1 off your next order (no product specified) you can also use a manufacturer coupon.