Updated: Shopping With the Fabs: Becky Saves 80% at Albertsons

June 3, 2012 84 Comments | Disclosure

Loving the Double Deals at Albertsons this week!

Transaction 1

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 5 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat $1 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Double $1/2 Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $4.68 OOP
Receive $4 Catalina

Transaction 2

Buy 3 Gold Peak Tea $2.49 each
Double (3) $1/1 Gold Peak Tea (display)
Pay $1.47 OOP

Transaction 3

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 5 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat $1 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Double $1/2 Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $4.68 OOP
Receive $4 Catalina

Transaction 4

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 5 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat $1 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Double $1/2 Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $4.68 OOP
Receive $4 Catalina

Transaction 5

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 2 Bananas $.21 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Double $1/2 Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $.10 OOP

Transaction 6

Buy 3 Ball Pectin $4.59 each
Double $1/1 Ball RealFruit Pectin or Food Mix, exp. 7/29/12 (SS 06/03/12)
Use $4 Catalina from T1
Pay $3.77 OOP

Transaction 7 and 8

Buy 2 Tribe Hummas $3.29 (BOGO)
Buy 1 Kraft Philly Cooking Creme Cheese $2.99
Double $1/1 Tribe Hummus printable
Double $.55/1 Cooking Creme (SS 06/03) (asked cashier, and she said it was okay)
Use $1/1 Store coupon (attached to Cooking Creme)
Pay $.18 OOP

Transaction 9

Buy 2 Broccoli Beef Lee Kum Kee Chinese Sauce $4.19 (BOGO)
Buy 2 Milky Way Bars $.89

Buy 4 Mrs. Smiths Frozen Pies $2.99
Double 2 $.65/1 Lee Kum Kee Chinese Sauce Peelies
Double $.75/2 Milky Way Brand Singles Bars (NLA)
Use $4 Catalina from Transaction 3
Use $4 Catalina from Transaction 4
Pay  $5.83 OOP

Total Before Coupons/Sale: $122.54
 Total After coupons: $25.57
Total Savings: $96.97 or 80%

Update

I want to start with an apology. I’ve been shopping at the same Albertsons for so long that I didn’t realize they were not following the Coupon Policy.  Therefor, I didn’t realize I wasn’t following it, and that is WRONG.  It’s my responsibly to understand and follow the policy, not the cashiers.   I was wrong, I did a couple of transactions wrong.  This is what the transactions should have looked like:

Transaction 1, 3, 4

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 5 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat $1 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Use $1/2 off Oreo’s wyb Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA) (*You could double this if you were buying a package of Oreo’s $2 or more)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $5.89 OOP
Receive $4 Catalina

Transaction 5

Buy 2 Kraft 8 oz Salad Dressing $1.99 each (BOGO)
Buy Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1
Buy Shopper’s Value Milk $2.39
Buy 2 Bananas $.21 each
Double $1/2 Kraft Dressings or Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit (SS 05/20/12)
Use $1/2 off Oreo’s wyb Oreo’s and Milk coupon (NLA) (*You could double this if you were buying a package of Oreo’s $2 or more)
Double $0.75/1 Milk Coupon any brand
Pay $.89 OOP

Transaction 7 and 8

Buy 2 Tribe Hummas $3.29 (BOGO)
Buy 1 Kraft Philly Cooking Creme Cheese $2.99
Double (2) $1/1 Tribe Hummus printable (2nd coupon will only double to $.29, not $1)
Use $.55/1 Cooking Creme (SS 06/03)
Use $1/1 Store coupon (attached to Cooking Creme)
Pay $1.44 OOP

I’ve got an email into my store manager to see what he would like me to do.  I would like to pay them the difference in what I did, and what I should have done.  It was a difference of $6.94.

I’m sorry to any of you I offended.  THANK you for bringing it to my attention!  I am an honest person, and strive to coupon honestly, and with INTEGRITY!  I will be more careful to watch what the cashiers are doing from now on, because I don’t want any of them to get in trouble, and more importantly, I want to coupon right.

Comments

  1. I need an Albertsons in my life! :(

    • I’m sorry, but I am a bit confused. On the first transaction how was the OOP under $5 when the meat packs cost $5 total?

  2. I was told by the McMillan Albies that the milk coupons were fraudulent (mine were printed just today from coupons.com) that corporate offices sent out an email telling the stores not to use them…anyone else run into that problem? I could maybe understand them targeting me if I had lots of black ink ones, but I only had 2 and they were printed in color…

    • Michelle says:

      I used two today at Boise’s Cole and Fairview store with no problem, and they were just black and white. Weird.

    • Mine kept dinging as “possibly fraudulent” but since my cashier knows me she just hit over-ride. Besides as stated it’s says when you printed them.

      • Mine keep dinging too saying possible fraudulent but my Albie’s knows me and so they just over ride it. So not sure what is going on with these coupons.

        • Janette says:

          I used mine yesterday and my first one rang up fine and then my second and third ones rang up as fraudulant. The checker asked me if they were the same coupon and I said yes, it let me print more then two though and it usually doesn’t so she just did the over-ride.

  3. I don’t understand the problem with black and white coupons. I don’t print mine in color. I am not going to waste my color ink on coupons. I get tired of being accused of coping my coupons at stores because I print them in black and white.

    • There is no problem with black and white. You just run the risk of them looking like copies. But if you show your cashier the unique bar code they each have and the time and date on the border they will know that they are not copies. Hope that helps.

  4. This post ROCKED!!!!!! Thank you SOOOOO much for giving me some ideas and examples of things I actually need to buy ;) And I had NO IDEA there was a Tribe coupon! YAY!!!

  5. The Carlita tortillas are $2.29 bogo. Carlita is a store brand, so you can use the $1 any Essential Everyday coupon in the Sizzlin Summer booklet on them. So, $1.29 for two 8-ct packages, which I thought was a very good price.

    Thanks for the link to the Hummus coupons.

    On the milk coupons, I’ve never had any trouble using them. Used one just today at my Boise-area Albertsons with no issues.

    I print b&w all the time and I’ve never had any trouble with the fact that they are not color. I have a laser printer and an ink jet — it’s a lot less expensive to print with the laser printer than the ink jet because toner cartridges last a LONG time. And I hardly ever have trouble with them scanning, unlike the ink-jet printed ones.

  6. Just as an FYI, I just printed the Nabisco Facebook Coupon tonight…. it is still there. Thinking that someone else might want the info. ;)

  7. MamaLala says:

    Did she buy two Tribe hummus and double two $1.00 coupons? Or did she just double 1 coupon.
    Can you use two coupons on a BOGO?
    Thanks

  8. Just curious how you can use 2 manf q’s on milk, the oreo one states when you buy both milk and cookies so how are you using the .75 one on it as well?

    • The one from the Oreo facebook site says that the coupon is for $1.00 off the OREOS when you buy oreos and milk. If it stated $1.00 off Oreos AND milk, then you wouldn’t be able to use the milk coupon as well.

      • The explanation listed says “$1/2 oreos and milk” … If the $1 off is just for the cookies, then wouldn’t you have to buy TWO packages of cookies? (listed she bought One package of cookies and One gallon of milk) And if it means the pair (cookies and milk) then you couldn’t double it, cause you can’t go over the price of the product when using ttv’s…

        • Nor could you use a separate coupon for the milk. And since the”company that manufactures the coupon” is different, Does Not make it ok to use 2 coupons on the same product.

          • If she ONLY bought cookies and milk it would have looked like this: 1 Oreo Cookies $1 + 1 Shoppers Value Milk $2.39 (subtotal $3.39) – $1/2 Oreos and Milk – 75¢ off milk – $1 ttv – 75¢ ttv = Total = -11¢ ………. This is confirmed what she did via transaction #1 where the oop should be $4.88, get $4 cat… Theres that 11¢ negative balance on the fraudulent coupon usage… :( sad

            • Transaction #5 shows even better, the fraudulent use. She has to buy 21¢ in bananas to use up that 11¢ overage she gets from using either … A) 2 coupons for the same product (the milk, which means the cookies and milk coupon accounts for both and using a ttv on That coupon is acceptable, But means you can’t use another coupon for the milk, certainly not another coupon And another ttv) …or… B) Wrongful use of ttv’s (can’t double the “cookies and milk” coupon since the cookies only cost $1 and ttv’s cannot go over the price of the product, this being another explanation, that the oreo coupon is for Just the cookies. Meaning she Could use another coupon on the milk, but Cannot use a ttv on for the oreos, since they cost $1 and the coupon value is $1)

              • Note the 10¢ oop price (theres that pesky 11¢ overage again, taken off the 21¢ in bananas …….. Now had the coupon been a basket catalina coupon instead of an Oreo coupon, she’d be in the clear.

            • I don’t beleive Becky was trying to be fraudulent at all. I know Becky and she is a wonderful person! I think that she was just sharing her shopping trip and her store has always allowed her to do these things and she didn’t think much of it. I agree that just because one store or one cashier allows it, it’s not OK to do it. She is working on clarifying everything right now.

          • I agree. You should never use two manufacturer coupons on one product. I’m not sure what the “Belvita” stuff is though and how that relates to the milk and oreo coupons.

        • Hi Jess, you’re right… I didn’t read that carefully the first time (it was late). I thought she was using the $1.00 off one package of Oreo’s when you buy oreos and milk. I thought she had purchase the package of Oreos too (the ones that are probably closer to $3). When I do this deal, I’ll be using the facebook coupons, buying the package of Oreos and also buying a gallon of milk and using 1 gal of milk coupon. And I’ll be doubling both.

  9. I wasnt planning on shopping with doubles this round as there isnt really anything I need, but i will go out now for Pectin. I got strawberries from Zaycon and plan on making jam!!! Yummmmmm….

  10. I too think the use of the cookies and milk coupon and the cookies coupon is wrong. Yes, the clerk might allow it but I thinnk it is wrong to do it. I also tell my clerks what the double amount would be if I am going to be over with a double. Its all about ethical couponing, not just the best deal.

    • I appreciate your ethical couponing standards! I LOVE couponing and dont want to see the rules get tougher and tougher cause people try to sqeeze around the rules. We need more honesty and ethics (and courage and accountibility) in our world. More like you.

  11. Nancy R says:

    I think it is amazing that you could have saved 80%, I would love to be able to do that. Just dont think I have the time to separate all of my items into 9-10 different transactions. Guess I am just too impatient.

  12. I dont think using 2 coupons for the milk and cookies is wrong, using 1 for the milk and 1 for the cookies and using doublers is in accordance with the coupon policy as far as I can tell but then I dont run a web site, blog every week about my shopping trips or write policy so till I do, I think I wont be trying to know more than the ppl that do. just sayin…

  13. jennifer says:

    I tried the milk and cookie deal and got denied, no overages where I shop. I always get the sharp cashiers who know when something is free and stop it there and don’t allow overage like Becky got (as per policy no overage on doublers they say.)

  14. Cheryl H says:

    Went and did my doubles shopping this morning – 9 gallons of milk, 6 bottles of Cranberry Naturals juice, and 20 botles of Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce (and yes I will use all 20 bottles in a short period of time- I have boys who eat, drink, and breathe bbq)!!! After coupons, doubles, rainchecks, and catalinas my total oop was $18.35!!!

  15. She clealy stated that the coupon says its for $1 OFF OREOS WHEN YOU BUY MILK!!!! When you buy both the discount goes to the cookies, like the coupon says. That’s why you can use the milk coupon and two doublers.

    “The one from the Oreo facebook site says that the coupon is for $1.00 off the OREOS when you buy oreos and milk. If it stated $1.00 off Oreos AND milk, then you wouldn’t be able to use the milk coupon as well.”

    It’s clearly nitpicking her word choices. Jeeesh!

    • Right. If thats the claim, then you Cannot use a ttv coupon with it, since the coupon value Already equals the price of the cookies! $1 off oreos, $1 oreos. Cannot use ttv.

  16. Debbie Rioux says:

    The Oscar Meyer catalina did not work at my Albertons in Auburn WA the checkers had not even heard of it? :)

  17. And I thought I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!

    • Good thing I bought some Oreo’s and Milk today at Winco.

      GUESS WHAT, I DIDN’T USE A SINGLE COUPON AND BOY DO THESE FULL PRICE COOKIES TASTE GOOD! If only I had known the drama I could have caused by using a legit coupon.

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