Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Coupon Clarity: Albertsons Twice The Value Coupons (AKA Doublers) And Overage?

Most folks know that Albertsons recently changed their coupon policy and in that change started allowing what we all know of as "Overage".  Overage is when a coupon is worth more then what the price of the item is, for example:  You have a $1.00/1 coupon for Mentos and Albertsons has them on sale for 98¢.  Albertsons will now give you the full $1.00 off, so you get the gum and an additional 02¢ applied toward the rest of the items in your transaction.

Good stuff, this Overage :)  But, what if you have a $1.00 coupon and an Albertsons doubler for an item that is priced at less then $2.00, will you still get the Overage?

Now, things start getting tricky.  The feedback is all over the board on this and unfortunately, the new coupon policy does not address this particular situation, so no help there!  Some people have told us that they got Overage when combining a Manufacturers coupon with an Albertsons Twice the Value coupon.  Others have said it was a no-go, their cashiers adjusted the doubler down so that the item was free, but no Overage.  In some cases, both scenarios happened at the same store, only adding to the confusion on what the proper procedure really is.

Fortunately, the gals over at Fabulessly Frugal got to the bottom of this and have the official word on this issue.  You probably won't like it though.

thanks Fabulessly Frugal!

Officially, Overage is NOT allowed when combining Manufacturers coupons with doublers.  This does make sense, Albertsons is already giving us up to $3.00 per transaction with every transaction we use doublers in, and it would not be fiscally sound to go ahead and give even more away.  This is not to say that there are not plenty of opportunities to get stuff for FREE with doublers though, you just won't, and shouldn't expect to get any overage.

Here is a little Albertson Twice the Value (aka Doublers) clarity.

What are Albertsons Twice the Value (aka Doublers?)

These are Albertsons store coupons that will double the value of a Manufacturers coupon up to $1.00.

Where can I find Albertsons Doublers?

They usually come out on every other Sunday and are valid for three days.  Sometimes they will issue them in the weekly flyer as well, though we have not seen that in a very long time. 

Can I do multiple transactions?

Most stores will allow you to do three transaction in a row.  After that, it's to the back of the line!

Where can I get more doublers?

Well, we used to be able to get a few extra doublers at the customer service counters, then Albertsons stopped shipping them out to the stores :(  Now, if we need more doublers we have to either buy more papers, or hit up or friends and neighbors for their doublers (if they don't care to use them)  BTW, this is also a good way to get extra inserts too :) 

What is the best way to use my doublers?

This part is easy!  Take advantage of the extra savings by following the same simple strategy of combining the sales with coupons :)  Just stack those Albertsons doublers with your manufacturers coupons and take that "Twice the Value" being offered to increase your savings! 

Generally, we don't do full coupon match-ups for Albertsons and stick to highlighting the best deals, but we have a few blogger friends who are dedicated to finding all the deals each week at Albertsons and are generous in sharing their hard work with us so we can share it with you.  Here are some local friends that keep a good eye on Albertsons for all of us!

Raking In The Savings
Savvy With Savings - focusing on stock up deals :)
Lavish Living 4 Less

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