We can't be like those "EXTREME COUPONERS" for a few good reasons:
- We live in Chicago. None of the stores double or triple your coupons, or allow for overages.
- We live in a 2 BR condo & rent a mostly full storage unit. Space is at a premium.
- To quote my mother "I don't want to die with all my cash tied up in toilet paper."
- Despite rumors to the contrary, we aren't freaks like that.
Our two main grocery stores, Dominick's and Jewel-Osco (Safeway & SuperValu vs. Albertsons, respectively) both offer their discount club cards. Weekly discounts on whatever. We normally shop Dominick's, and one thing I like is that while they usually advertise things like, "2 for $5.00" but it's really priced @ $2.50 each.
But now they've started something new, called, "Just For U" where you can load even more discounts "coupons" on to your card. The trick is, you've got to go to the website, and put the deals on your card. There are 3 sections: Coupon Center, Personalized Deals, and Price Match. The Coupon Center are their deals for everyone. Often, there's a deal for like, "$1.79 a gallon on milk, must buy 2". Not shabby. (The last two weeks, the milk is gone, but we've gotten a dozen free eggs each week.)
The personalized deals are based on your buying habits, and targeted at you. I know that there are people out there who don't like the idea of the grocery store knowing what they bought, so the idea of getting tracked and targeted ads like this really bothers them. But you know what, I don't care if the store knows that we buy their store brand of peanuts, and they offer us a deal on Planters peanuts @ 16 oz jar for $2.93 vs. the regular $5.99. (A real personalized deal this week.)
AND, they've got a section where they price match some of the deals from Jewel-Osco and Target. (Our local Target stores have been pushed by the city / county / state to offer more groceries, including fresh foods.) This section usually doesn't have a whole lot, but it's better than nothing.
I know that sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Maybe 10 minutes on the computer, then printing it out, and having it with you, so you can remember what the deals are.
But, as they try to make very clear, the savings do add up. It's not always 39%. Last week 'swas 29%. The week before that 37%. Not being Rockefellers, saving an extra $24 for a couple of minutes websurfing is a deal I'm willing to make.
Anybody else out there doing the "Just For U" thing? How are your savings? Does your store chain have a similar thing?
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