Recently, I had the chance to meet Laura (yes, THE Laura!) during my trip to Minnesota. She excitedly took me to an Aldi (I’d never been) and then we started talking about grocery stores and drugstores. This quickly lead to talking about couponing promotions of days gone by. It was so fun reminiscing about some of my favorite sales and deals and I thought it would make a post.
Today I thought I’d take a moment to shed a tear about some of my favorites.
#1: Kmart Double Days
Does anyone here remember when Kmart offered double coupon days? This would have probably been about 8-9 years ago now. If you don’t remember, let me fill you in. They’d automatically double up to 25 manufacturer’s coupons up and including $2 in value! This meant that if you had a $2 off coupon, it was now worth $4.
Needless to say, it resulted in many low cost and even free items. I got all of the items pictured below for free on a Kmart shopping trip.
#2: Albertsons’ Twice the Value Coupons
Every now and then, Albertsons would put out these “Twice the Value” coupons that would let you double manufacturer’s coupons up to $1. You’d get 3 in the paper, and they’d let you do up to 3 transactions, too. Even better, they used to have sheets of them up at Customer Service. Whenever they put these out, I’d make a “scouting” trip out to the store to see what I could find and excitedly report these deals back to you. Here in Western Washington, Albertsons was the only store that doubled coupons so it was a sad day indeed when these went away.
If you have a store near you that doubles coupons, I’d love to hear about it.
#3. Walgreens EasySaver Rebate Catalog
I think this was one of those programs that made more sense before apps and mobile options, but I really loved Walgreens’ EasySaver rebate program! Every month, they’d put out a new catalog and it was chock full of rebates you could take advantage of that month. There was always a free item, too.
Even better, if you elected to have your rebate loaded to your Walgreens card, they’d give you a 10% bonus. This was one of the first stores and programs my good friend Kellie tipped me off about when I was starting out as a couponer. I loved that you could essentially keep the gift card rolling and avoid paying out of pocket.
#4. Rite Aid Rebate Program
Like Walgreens, Rite Aid used to have a monthly rebate program. You could almost always find a freebie or two, and even better, use coupons on top of those and end up with money-making scenarios! I particularly loved the fall when they’d feature cold remedies so I could replenish our first aid kit.
Truth be told, I prefer Rite Aid’s simpler days to what they have going now. They’ve made things more and more complicated. Are there still good deals to be head at Rite Aid? Yes, absolutely! (Make sure to check out this trip I took back in February with Nina.) Some people may well prefer the instant UP rewards you get, but I’m a bit old school. I liked the rebate program!
#5. Gift Card Grocery Deals (with Minimal Exclusions!)
If you’ve been following me for a long time, you might recall a particularly crazy deal I got at Albertsons in 2012. The way the deal worked was for every $100 in participating gift cards you bought, you got a $20 Catalina coupon which could be redeemed on groceries throughout the store. Now, we just so happened to have an upcoming Disney vacation planned and I hadn’t booked airfare yet. So yup, I bought $500 worth of Southwest gift cards and got $100 in Albertsons grocery money.
Now we still do occasionally see gift card deals somewhat similar to this, but I’ve noticed that the gift cards that would typically make the most sense to buy – say airfare and gas cards – have largely been excluded from these promotions. Bummer! Even so, I’ll still keep an eye on these to report to you, particularly around the holidays.
I’d love to hear from you! Do you remember any of these promotions? What other coupon policy changes are you still sore about? I’m also interested to hear if you live in another part of the country. Do you still have stores near you that double coupons? Please leave a comment below!