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Safeway (Tom Thumb): NEW “Just For U” Personalized Savings Program!

Aug 22, 2012

Safeway recently rolled out a new savings program called “Just for U”. With this new program, you’ll receive personalized deals and savings on the items you already buy!

The program is available at Safeway and all their affiliate stores: Tom Thumb, Randall’s, Dominicks, Carrs, Pavilions, Genuardi’s, and Vons.

To start getting these great savings, make sure to register on the your store’s website with your email address and reward card number. Then you can start browsing your personalized deals!

There are three main areas of the “Just for U” savings center: the coupon center, personalized deals, and your club specials.

Coupon Center

The coupon center contains digital coupons that you load onto your reward card. The digital coupons do not double and are one-time use only.

The digital coupons are the same for everyone, though they are sorted based on your purchase history. Some coupons will vary by region.

You cannot stack a paper manufacturer coupon with a manufacturer’s digital coupon. You’ll be able to tell the difference between the store coupons and manufacturer’s coupon by looking at the type of discount. If it says $1 OFF, then it is a manufacturer discount. If it says $1 EACH then it is a store discount. Notice the difference below, the Starbucks coupon is a manufacturer’s coupon and the International Delight coupon is a store coupon.

If you accidentally stack, and your paper coupon is better than the digital coupon or vice versa, the computer will give you the better deal and return your unused coupon.

Personalized Deals

Under the personalized deals section you’ll find offers that are just for YOU. These offers are based on your shopping history so you’ll get discounts on the items you frequently buy.

It is important to make sure you aren’t sharing your card with anyone – if you see offers for cat food, but you don’t have a cat, then you might want to rethink letting your cat-owning family member use your card occasionally. The offers are better personalized if each family has their own card.

These personalized deals are great because you’ll get savings on things you may not save on very often – like produce! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received personalized prices for watermelon, cucumbers, green onions, and more!

Remember, these deals are not going to be the same for everyone. If your neighbor shops at the same store as you and even buys the same items as you, it doesn’t mean that you’ll get the same deals. However, if you do both get the same offer, it will be for the same price. That means if you get a personalized offer for bananas for 47¢/lb, then your neighbor who got an offer for bananas will also have the same 47¢/lb price (not higher or lower).

The personalized deals are unlimited – that means you can get as many as you want, as many times as you want! If I had a personalized price for milk for $1.50/gallon, I could buy 2 gallons today, 1 tomorrow, 3 next week, and so on until the personalized offer expired.

You may even occasionally see personalized deals for FREE items – these are one-time use only though.

There are new offers added every week and you’ll get an email when the new personalized deals are available.

Another great thing about the personalized deals is that you can stack manufacturer’s coupons with them!

Your Club Specials

The “Your Club Specials” section lists all the sale prices for the week. These are the same for everyone, but you’ll see that the sales are listed in order of importance based on the items you purchase most. That makes it a little easier to find the sales you’re looking for.

Mobile App

If you have a smartphone, be sure the download the Tom Thumb app! It really is helpful! You can access your personalized deals and coupon center (your club specials are not accessible on the app) while you are right there in the store. You can add the deals and coupons to your card and then create a shopping list.

What I love most about the app is that it automatically updates as items are added or removed from the shopping list. Say your husband runs to the store for a couple items and you remember that you need milk and eggs. Just add the items to the list and when your husband checks the “my list” section of the app, he’ll see the new items on there.

I think this new program has a lot of potential! It sounds like a fairly easy way to save money if you find paper coupons to be too much of a hassle.

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend a Tom Thumb blogger event to get the full scoop on the new savings program. I was provided with gift cards.

CVS BOGO Free Coupon Policy Update 2012

Feb 13, 2012

CVS has updated their coupon policy and they now address buy one get one free coupons and sales!

The new CVS Coupon Policy states:

Two coupons may be used on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion as long as it does not exceed the item total.

  • Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free and the customer is purchasing two shampoos; customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.

Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying applicable tax.

  • Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a MFG coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.

This new update is wonderful and should really help with any problems that shoppers have had with using coupons on BOGO sales.

Download and print a copy to carry with you when shopping: CVS Coupon Policy – 2012 Update

Like shopping at CVS? Here’s where to find CVS coupons and sales updates.

Thanks, Common Sense with Money!

CVS Official Coupon Policy

Sep 10, 2011

CVS has finally posted the Official CVS Coupon Policy online! This should be helpful for those of you who have been running into problems at CVS lately.

Here the points from the coupon policy that will answer some of your most frequently asked questions:


  • CVS/pharmacy does not accept expired coupons.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted at CVS/pharmacy.
  • The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid if required by state law.

Sale Items

  • CVS/pharmacy will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
  • In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon, CVS/pharmacy will accept the coupon only to the price of the item.
  • CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts one third-party manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
  • The number of third-party manufacturer coupons used in a transaction may not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
  • The coupon amount will be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.
  • CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to process coupons in any order.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts valid internet/print at home coupons containing a barcode.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates

They did not address whether or not you can use two coupons on a B1G1 sale or if you can use a B1G1 coupon on a B1G1 sale. Hopefully they will add those policies to it in the future.

You can read the full coupon policy here. You may want to print a copy to have on hand in case you run into issues at CVS!

For more tips for shopping at CVS, read CVS 101: The Simple Guide to Shopping at CVS.

No More Double Coupons at Kroger Stores in Texas

Sep 7, 2011

No More Double or Triple Coupons for Texas Kroger Stores

As you may have heard by now, Kroger is officially ending the double/triple coupon program at stores in Texas on September 13, 2011. On page 4 of this week’s ad you can find this short notification:

“We gladly accept coupons Manufacturer or Digital at face value. Beginning September 14, we will no longer double or triple coupons. See store for details.”

This is very disappointing news for shoppers who are loyal to Kroger because of the double/triple coupon incentive.

Kroger will still continue to accept coupons at face value as well as digital coupons (eCoupons).

This new policy will affect all Kroger stores in Texas (with the exception of the 3 stores in the Bryan-College Station area). There is no “official” news of whether or not this new change will eventually affect Kroger stores nationwide.

*Update – even though Louisiana is in the same division, they are not included in this change. Only Texas stores are affected.

Should We Blame TLC’s “Extreme Couponing”?

According to the Kroger FAQ, Extreme Couponing is not to blame.

“We introduced the double-triple program in the 1980s at a time when digital coupons, and other savings programs and lower pricing initiatives did not exist. Coupon options have changed over the past few years and shoppers now have more opportunities than ever before to save at Kroger through our fuel rewards, generic drug pricing, 10% senior discount and other programs.”

While Extreme Couponing may not be the sole reason, I find it coincidental that Houston Kroger stores stopped doubling coupons just a few short months after Extreme Couponing first aired and now DFW is ending their double coupon program just a few weeks before the second season of the show airs. I can only assume, but I think that people are mimicking the illegitimate couponing tactics portrayed on the show and now stores are having to do damage control.

What Can You Do?

  • Voice your opinion. Let Kroger know how much you value their double coupon program by emailing them and contacting them on Facebook and Twitter. Please do so in a polite manner, I do not encourage you to be rude about it.
  • Do not support TLC’s “Extreme Couponing”. This means you need to stop watching the show. It’s coming back for a 2nd season because it gets good ratings. If you want the madness to stop, you have to stop tuning in.

Even if you are in another area, this can still affect you. Kroger may be the first, but they are unlikely to be the last to change their coupon policies.

For more information, see the Kroger Southwest Coupon Guidelines and Kroger Southwest Frequently Asked Questions.

Target Updated Coupon Policy

Jun 14, 2011

Target has updated their coupon policy again. There are a couple of important changes so I wanted to share them with you.

Target does not accept internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements.

This is unfortunate but completely understandable. I very rarely bother printing “free” coupons because very few stores will accept them.

Buy One Get One Free Coupons (BOGO):

1. BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free). Unless stated otherwise on the coupon, the use of one Buy One Get One Free coupon requires that two of the valid items are presented at checkout of which one item will be charged to the guest and the 2nd item will be discounted by its full retail price.

2. A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.

  • If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon maybe used on the first item.
  • If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.

I have never heard of a store that will accept two BOGO coupons on the same two items, so I’m a little surprised that this is mentioned. It is generally known that you cannot combine two BOGO coupons.

I am glad to see them clear up whether or not you can use a 2nd coupon toward the item you’re paying for when using a BOGO coupon. I know this is a highly debated topic and is usually a matter of conscience, however when it is clearly outlined in the store policy then you must adhere to the store’s rules.

This also means you can no longer use coupons on items that you get for “free” with coupons. If you have a BOGO Target coupon then you can use a manufacturer coupon on the non-free item but not on the free item. If you have a BOGO Manufacturer’s coupon then you can use a Target coupon on the non-free item but not on the free item.

You can see the full list of guidelines here: Target Coupon Policy.

I highly recommend you print and carry a copy of Target’s Coupon Policy with you when you shop.