Several of you have recently asked “What are these Albertsons double coupons I’m hearing about?”
And I realized I’ve never done a post exclusively on the subject. Until today.
Land of No Doubles
A little preface. In many parts of this fine country, grocery stores will “double” manufacturers coupons automatically at checkout. So if you have a $0.50 off coupon, it will work out to $1 off at checkout. The manufacturer will reimburse the store $0.50 (the stated value of the coupon), and the store will give the customer the additional $0.50 discount as part of their cost in doing business. Sometimes, stores will even have these “coupon tripling” events. I can only dream…
If you live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest like I do, you live in a place couponers refer to as the Land of No Doubles (or LOND, for short). This means grocery stores in our neck of the woods ordinarily do not double coupons.
There are a few exceptions that I’m aware of:
Kmart. They occasionally will include Washington in their double coupon events, but it has been a long, long time.
Safeway. Safeways in Oregon and SW Washington may double coupons. Not the Safeways in my area, though.
Summit/Tukwila Trading. These sister stores (in Puyallup and Tukwila) generally put out two double coupons in their weekly ad.
Albertsons. About once every other week, Albertsons will put out three double coupons in the ad that runs in the Sunday paper.
Albertsons “Twice the Value” Coupons
Now that you have a little context, let me show you what these puppies look like:
As mentioned, the most common place to find these is the one-page Albertsons flyer in your Sunday paper. At Albertsons, the weekly sale cycle runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. This means that the double coupons are generally good three days only: from Sunday through Tuesday.
Less commonly, we might see double coupons in the weekly ad. If that’s the case, they’d be good for seven days. Even less commonly, I’ve seen the double coupons in the main section of the paper, run as an ad. Regardless, I do a pretty good job of letting you know if we’re going to be getting them and if so, where to find them.
Finally I should mention these coupons get lots of names. They are officially called “Twice the Value” coupons, but I may often refer to them as “double coupons” or “doublers.” Bottom line, if you hear me mentioning getting your coupons doubled at Albertsons, this is exactly what I’m referring to.
How Double Coupons Work at Albertsons
It’s quite simple, actually. First, you must have the double coupons in hand. If you don’t get the Sunday paper, rest assured you can often find these flyers at Customer Service of your local Albertsons. There are usually three, but a couple weeks ago, we got four.
Next, take ANY manufacturer coupon you wish (up to $1 in value) and you are going to “pair” it with a double coupon.
Let’s take a real-life example from last week’s Albertsons list, shall we?
Keebler Graham Cracker Pie Crust $0.99
$1/3 printable coupon
Use a double coupon
Bottom line: $0.33 each
The pie crusts were $0.99 each. I shared with you a manufacturer’s printable coupon that would save you $1 when you bought three. So if you would’ve selected this deal, you would’ve headed to checkout with the following: three pie crusts, the $1/3 printable coupon, and one of the “Twice the Value” coupons.
The $1/3 printable coupon is from the manufacturer. Albertsons will submit this to them (in this case, Keebler) for reimbursement. The $1 from the double coupon is a discount the store is giving you.
Fine Print Stuff
You know I’m not going to leave out the fine print, right?
- Coupons that are $1.01 or more cannot be doubled.
- Stores are now doubling coupons even if they read “do not double.” This is because the store is choosing to give you the discount. They will not be asking the manufacturer to reimburse them more than the stated value.
- “Buy one, get one free” coupons cannot be doubled.
- Those great “off your next order” Catalina coupons cannot be doubled.
- The coupons state “limit three per family shopping trip.” It’s each store’s perogative to define what that means. Some stores interpret that to mean you can only use three double coupons per day. Other stores interpret it more as “three per transaction” and will permit you to do multiple transactions. I ALWAYS ask.
So there you have it – Albertsons double coupons! Are they worth getting to understand? Absolutely in my book! These are one of the ways I end up snagging cheap – and even free – groceries.
By the way, we are getting double coupons this weekend. Check out my deals list for the week and see what you can snag for free!