Thank you to The Krazy Coupon Lady for this great article on being successful at Albertson's. This is a great help for people new to this wonderful savings game.
Secrets to Success at Albertson's by The Krazy Coupon Lady
Want to get Krazy at Albertsons? You'll have to wait for what we call The Perfect Storm! This happens when there is a promotion with sale items, manufacturer coupons, a Catalina promo, and Double Coupons! Do I have your head spinning yet? Allow me to explain...
Albertsons run 2 different kinds of great Promotions!
First: the 'Save Instantly Promo'
Example: Spend "$20", Save "$5" Instantly.
The register instantly deducts $5 after you spend $20 (total before coupons) on participating products and scan your preferred card. You may take advantage of this promo multiple times in one transaction.
Example: If you spend $40 on participating products, the register will deduct $10 (twice in $5 increments)
Second: the 'OYNO Promo'
Example: Spend $20, Save $5 On your next order (OYNO)
Your total before coupons is $20, then present any coupons and pay. With your receipt your cashier will hand you a catalina coupon worth $5.00 off your next order. These Catalinas can be rolled. This means you can do one transaction, receive the Catalina, do another identical transaction, Pay with the first Catalina and a new Catalina will still print. Often,
OYNO promo's can potentially be 'moneymakers'. If you get your out of pocket price to be very low with coupons, then you can make money because you will receive the Catalina your next order.
Example: $20.00 pre coupon total, present $17.00 worth of coupons. Out of pocket $3.00 and receive a catalina for $5.00 off your next order. We call this a moneymaker.
Albertsons Store Coupons
Albertson's has In-Ad Coupons that can be matched with manufacturer coupons for additional Savings. Some of the In Ad Coupons found at Albertson's are "Twice the Value" Coupons or Doublers. Doublers 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 etc., they will NOT (or should not) take an additional $1 off.
You may use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. Since the Doubler is a Store Coupon- You can not use it 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 coupons (just like you can't use 2 manufacturer coupons on 1 item).
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.
Regarding coupons that read "Do Not Double":
We are forced with no other alternative than to do what each store individual allows. 'Do not Double' is written on coupons by manufacturers who want to make it poignantly clear that they will not be reimbursing the store for any more than the value of the coupon. When Albertsons puts out a "double coupon", the value of the 'doubled' portion of the coupon is never reimbursed. Albertsons is sacrificing it's price margin by putting out those coupons in return for your business and patronage. Albertsons should not care whether or not a coupon reads "do not double", but it is their prerogative to refuse them.
Common mistakes and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Albertsons:
1. When doing a promo, Make sure you reach the minimum 'spend amount' before coupons and tax! If you are supposed to spend $20 and you are at $19.99 before tax you will not receive the savings.
2. Catalina is a third party marketing company that offers both manufacturer coupons and Albertsons in-store coupons. The coupons are triggered by purchasing qualified items at checkout which generate a coupon to print on the Catalina printer. Catalina may be contacted at1-888-826-8766 for any questions about redemption and/or if a coupon fails to print within a transaction.
3. Albertson's Sales run on a Wednesday to Tuesday Cycle.
4. When there are 2 sets of doublers from 2 different sources all of them can be used in one transaction. Read the following from Albertson's Corporate "Going forward when we have Wednesday doubler coupons and Sunday doubler coupons.: Wednesday through Saturday we will accept the number of coupons from the Wednesday ad in a single transaction. Sunday - Tuesday we will accept the total from Wednesday and the additional coupons in the Sunday ad in a single transaction."