I often find myself suffering from a case of coupon doubles envy. I see all of these amazing deals for stores that double and I just had to know if I was really missing out on huge savings. It seems like the extra discount would make a huge difference since many coupons are .50 or less, but to be honest I am not sure it makes as big of an impact as you would think.
One reason for this is that stores that double coupons tend to have prices that are much higher than those at stores that do not. Also, every store, whether they double coupons or not, has some sort of store savings or incentives (everyday low prices, catalina promotions, or store coupons) to help you save money on your groceries and household needs so you really end up doing about the same no matter where you shop if you are shopping the sales and taking advantage of your store’s incentives. That said, there are occasions when heading to a store that is a little further away may pay off in the form of huge savings. I am going to break down my trip for you and let you decide if it was “worth the trip”.
Last week Monica and I made a trip down to Round Rock to do a little shopping and try couponing at Randall’s (an affiliate of Safeway that doubles and triples coupons). I think we had a good trip, but we had a huge savings in the form of a rebate that gave is 10 items for free. Before I get in to my savings though, here are a few of the coupon “rules” at Randall’s in Round Rock. You can view a full version of the Randall’s Coupon Policy here, but here are a couple location-specific rules:
1. Coupons up to .50 will be doubled, but only one like coupon will be doubled per transaction.
(This means that if I am buying two bags of chips that are on sale for $1 and have two .50/1 coupons, one coupon will double to $1 and one coupon will take off .50 making it .50 for both bags.)
2. Coupons up to .35 will be tripled, but again only one like coupon will be tripled per transaction.
3. There is a limit of 3 like printable coupons per transaction. (This messed me up on one of the deals I was planning to grab, but it turned out not to be as big of a savings as I had thought anyway)
And here is what I grabbed on this trip. (*All starred items are part of a try me free rebate so the purchase price will be refunded):
*Totino’s Pizza Stuffers, $4.49
Used .75/1 Q
*Pillsbury Biscuit Sandwiches, $3.50
*Yopliat Greek Yogurt 4 pk, $3.29
Use .75/1 Q
*Yoplait Greek Parfait 4 pk, $3.28
Use .50/1 Q –Doubled to $1
*Ocean Spray Fruit Shapes, $2.99
Use .50/1 Q — Doubled to $1
*Nature Valley Protein Granola Bars, $3.79
*Dulce De Leche Cheerios, $3.49
*Peanut Butter Cheerios, $3.49
*Betty Crocker Fundamiddles, $2.49
.50/1 Q –doubled to $1
*Progresso Rich & Hearty Soup, $2.49
4 pks Sargento 8 oz Cheese, $3.59 B1G1 Free (Current Commissary Price is $2.09 after surcharge)
Pampers Wipes 216 ct, $5.00 w/ Card (reg. $6.99)
=$4.25 ($1.42 per soft pack)
2 Dannon Oikos Yogurt Cups, $1 each w/card (reg. $1.34 each)
.50/2 Q –doubled to $1
Haribo Coke Bottle Gummies, $1.79
-.30/1 Q –Tripled to .90
2 Yoplait Lactose-Free Yogurt, .69 each w/card (reg. .99)
.30/1 Q — Tripled to .90
.20/1 Q–Tripled to .60
(I am not sure why this one doubled over the amount. It either is coded where it can attach to other GM products or the card price discount don’t count when calculating overage.)
Quaker Chewy Granola, $1.69 w/in-ad coupon and card
Filipio Berio Olive Oil , $5 w/card
(I was a little disappointed to see this was on sale for $3.64 at the Commissary after I had made my trip).
2 Downy Liquid Fabric Softener, $9.99 w/card (reg $10.99)
-$6.00 for in-store promo wyb 2
.50/1 Q –doubled to $1
3 Green Mountain K-Cups, $5 each (Reg Price $8.49–Commissary price is only $6.19)
2 Cans Dole Pineapple, $1.00 each w/card (reg $1.69)
.50/2 –Doubled to $1
Dial Hand Soap, .99 w/card
.35/1 Q –tripled to .99
Stride Gum, .99 each w/card
***I only bought this because my daughter grabbed one off the shelf and opened it. Luckily she picked something that was both on sale and I had a coupon for!
3 lbs Strawberries, $5 w/card ($1.67 per lb)
Because I spent $75, I received a $10 ONYO Store Catalina so I ran back and grabbed 3 20 oz packages of lean ground turkey (on sale for $2 each from $4.50) and 1 package of 97% lean USDA organic ground beef ($4.59). I also added on another dial hand soap since it was free as well.
So over all I spent $78.83 for $157.34 in products. My free after rebate items total $33.30 so I will receive a check back in that amount making my overall cost only $45.53. Keep in mind that Randall’s is between 50 and 60 miles from Fort Hood for most vehicles you will using about 3 gallons of gas — each way. At the current price of about $3.70 that’s a $22 trip. If you are going to make it you’ll want to do it conjunction with something else unless your savings are just crazy good. With the limits like one like coupon doubled or tripled it makes it much harder to stock up on a good deal, but it is possible.
What other stores could you hit on a Randall’s trip? A few of my favorites are Jo-Ann Fabrics, Target (yes I know we have a Target, but the Round Rouck/Georgetown store was really nice), the Round Rock Outlets, IKEA, Pier1 Imports and DSW. You could also go on the way back from a trip to Austin or San Antonio. There is a CVS located right in front of Randall’s so that would be another great store to stop by to tack on some additional savings.
So what do you think? Is a double coupon store worth the trip? If you are looking for something a little closer, you can try out Brookshire Brothers in Salado, but sure to check the ad out first and make sure you go on a week where they at least have a few deals you need!
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