Albertsons Puts a Stop to Passing out Twice the Value Coupons in stores.

07/01/2011 7:00 am · 17 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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One thing you will learn about couponing is the rules are always changing.  We try hard on A Thrifty Mom to keep you up to date on any policy changes.  In an effort to help make you a better informed shopper.  Alberterson added this note on their facebook page last night.

They will no longer be handing out Twice the Value coupons in their stores.  They will still have them in select papers (hope that means my local papers)  but will NO LONGER have them in stores.  The change does not really effect me as I buy my papers with the A Thrifty Mom paper deal and get them for only $.28 each.  I bring them to the store with me, and plan my trips accordingly.   I understand that they have to limit TTV coupons for those who choose to “extreme coupon” and clear the store of deals.  But in trying to stop the extreme I worry they may be hurting the “everyday shopper” or “everyday couponer”.   As you know A Thrifty Mom has always taught you to be thrifty, but never extreme.  I guess time will tell how it will all work out, your opinions are valued and I encourage you to share them with Albertsons.  One thing is true Albertsons has always been a wonderful place for me to shop, and I do not see that changing any time soon :)

Hi Albertsons Fans!

Thank you for your feedback surrounding the recent changes to the availability of our Twice the Value coupons in our Intermountain West stores. To be clear, we are not eliminating the coupons, but we are making a necessary change to the program. Let us emphasize that we will continue to offer and accept our Twice the Value coupons and they will continue to be available in select Sunday newspapers. But, unfortunately we have seen such a large number of customers using these coupons in excess, and because of this we can no longer provide extra coupon copies at our store locations. It has been a challenge to keep select sales stocked, so we needed to reconsider offering these additional savings in such large quantities.

Please know that we are always open to hearing ideas and suggestions on ways that Albertsons can help you stretch your dollars. We’re excited to see that a number of our fans are interested in seeing us expand on our Preferred Savings card. We also continue to offer coupons in our in-store booklets, as well as in our exclusive email savings programs. This change allows us the opportunity to expand our savings into new programs, rather than just discontinue our Twice the Value coupon program entirely.

We welcome your feedback, so please feel free to share your thoughts with us as we continue to reevaluate how to make shopping and saving at Albertsons a great experience. Most importantly, please know that we do appreciate your business. Thank you!

 

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Tim
Tim

Please don't hate me for this post.. But it does irritate me when I go to the store to pick up something simple with my twice coupon and I find out that some lady had been in earlier and cleared the shelf. Needless to say they could potentially limit the amount of doubles used in a week/day/month with your Albertsons loyalty card especially on specific products. I realize some may hate the idea but I'm for it when the shelf snatcher does what she does...

Lyndee
Lyndee

I have a family of 6 and we are on 1 income. I get 5 Sunday papers and that = 15 TTV coupons. That means that I only get to save on 15 items. 15 pizzas, 15 body washes, 15 tooth brushes, 15 of whatever we can get. Do you know how long 15 pizzas will last in my home with 3 teenagers and 1 under 10. Not long so not being able to access more TTV coupons will really hurt my family. I wish they would do like Ridley's in Middleton and just have one day where you can double your coupons. No doubler coupons needed. And what a waste of paper. We are all buying 5 papers a week just to take the inserts out of them and throw the rest away. Have you seen how much paper is in the recycle bin?? What a waste!!! There's got to be a better idea for everyone. There are always going to be people who over do it. This is a scary time for a lot of people who have family's to feed and they cant find work. Why are we the bad guys here? I think the TV show has really caused problems for all of us. The stores saw the EXTREME side of this and they think everyone using coupons is doing this but there are just a lot of couponers out there rite now. I have never taken more than 5 of one item but I would like to be able to buy 5 of several different items and this new policy is going to not allow me to be able to do that. It is a very sad day for many. It's really too bad.

Jen
Jen

From reading the Albertsons post it sounds like our double coupon days are going to be few and far between. I get 5 Sunday papers and have a family of 6 on a one income military family budget. I do get steaming mad when I go to buy a few yogurts and the entire store (Meridian ten mile location) is cleared out. I keep clipping coupons to find that all the good deals are gone in the blink of an eye. I think im spending more money in gas driving from Albertsons...to winco...to walgreens...Albertsons does have good deals but honestly you have to watch the prices very close because many times if its not a super duper deal you will end up paying twice as much there. So at this point im happy to use my doublers when i get them and hit up good ten for ten deals but for anything else I will be heading to Winco. Albertsons has received a ton of business from these coupons and looks like there prices could even out a bit more.

Liz
Liz

Well, I am surprised that you have that at all. The stores in our area have never done that. Consider yourself blessed for the time that you had it. Some of us are not lucky.

mindy h.
mindy h.

I think this is great! There are many greedy coupon shoppers. I am just really grateful for the twice the value coupon inserts I get in my sunday paper. If people are throwing fits over this situation... wouldn't it encourage corporate to not have doublers at all. Albertsons definitely still has my business! This just keeps the unappreciative people out of albertsons! Better for me.

Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson

I'm happy about it! I did love being able to go to customer service and get my 3 sets and it was indeed fun! Lately though, they've ran out (and my Albertson's, the Stadium one in Caldwell, is great at preparing for TTV days) quickly. Twic...e on Sunday! They haven't ran out because they get less or because there are SO many shoppers. They ran out because so many people abused it. I bought 7 shampoos the other day. They were smaller, so they won't last THAT long, but why would ANYONE need 30? There will be more sales, coupons, and TTV coupons in a few months. Get more then! Don't be greedy and fill rooms just cause you are getting a deal. Doing that is going to make it so they will not even have good coupons anymore. THAT is the reason Albertson's had no choice in making this decision. This site, and Sarah, have been great online, and in classes at making sure we understand the importance of ethical couponing. I honestly believe if we all follow her guidelines, we'll all be able to enjoy this for an indefinate amount of time (by the way, Sarah probably wouldn't know me from Moses [I've seen/met her twice, once in a class, and once on a shopping trip], so this isn't a "plug"!) When I have bought an "excessive" amount, I've made absotutely sure there were MANY left over. Last week, I even gave someone some NV Granola Thins out of my cart, and I still had a great couponing experience! Plus, it FELT soooooo much better knowing others shared in that experience than it would have FELT getting 7 more dollars to spend and another gallon of milk! Now scuse me whilst I step down from my soap box =o)

Jamie
Jamie

Wow, this is huge I don't think I like this. I have been doing this for 4 years I get 5 papers every Sunday so the maxium I can get of one product is 5. This will make it very hard to decide what I will get now with the limitations of only having 15 doulbers :(. This will absolutely affect my family of 6 in a very negative way.

Amy
Amy

YAY Albies! Hopefully this will deter some of the more extreme shoppers.

Amy
Amy

Yay for Albies! I am hoping stores will keep coming up with these new rules and regulations. Maybe it will be harder on those that are too extreme and they will quit. Yes, that's horrible of me to say, however I know many of you agree with me. If it gets too difficult than this "fad" will diminish. The phrase "you're going to ruin it for others" keeps coming to mind.

Gina R.
Gina R.

My local paper does not have these doubler coupons. I have to get the Oregonian which is $2.50 for a Sunday paper, and there are no deals on it where I live. I guess no more doubles shopping at Albertson's for me. Too bad, those of us who really need this will be affected.

Dawn Johns
Dawn Johns

ITS A FARCE! I HAVE NEVER CLEARED A SHELF, NOR TOOK MORE THAN I COULD USE! IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF ABUSE OF CORPORATE AMERICA AND A FEW REALLY STUPID COUPON LADIES! Dear Albertsons Corporate, I am Writing to you today to express my frustration and Disappointment in you for the way you have thanked all your loyal coupon ladies after we helped you stay afloat in a bad economy and also helped to purchase your new registers. I have obeyed all the coupon rules, have been a loyal customer, never once took any of your twice the value coupons to another store, and always tried to be polite to your employees and other shoppers. I am very upset that after all the money you have made on us coupon ladies that you would then turn on us and limit our ability to save money for our families by only allowing us to use 3 twice the value coupons. I saw this as a good marriage in a bad economy. The highest priced store in town & the coupon ladies trying to save money. You get back every cent plus 8 cents on every coupon! this is a slap in the face. I no longer care about big business' bottom dollar. Many of us are on a fixed income and you set it up the way you did so we would shop at your stores. The Attitude that we are somehow taking advantage of your twice the value coupons is really absurd! Many of us Give to local charities and food banks and use couponing in a socially responsible way. What your really saying is you don’t want our business. After July 17th, you wont have mine. You filed for divorce, we didn’t. I hope our new Kroger store starts doubling when they re-open their newly remodeled store. You cant judge all coupon ladies the same, and you have made that mistake. It WAS a good marriage in a bad economy, but has become like everything else in the corporate world a one sided relationship! Good luck trying to stay afloat in an economy where people cant afford to buy food. The only real wasted money will be on those new systems you purchased, compliments of the coupon ladies!

Dawn Johns
Dawn Johns

ITS A FARCE! I HAVE NEVER CLEARED A SHELF OR TOOK ANYMORE THAN I COULD USE! Dear Albertsons Corporate, I am Writing to you today to express my frustration and Disappointment in you for the way you have thanked all your loyal coupon ladies after we helped you stay afloat in a bad economy and also helped to purchase your new registers. I have obeyed all the coupon rules, have been a loyal customer, never once took any of your twice the value coupons to another store, and always tried to be polite to your employees and other shoppers. I am very upset that after all the money you have made on us coupon ladies that you would then turn on us and limit our ability to save money for our families by only allowing us to use 3 twice the value coupons. I saw this as a good marriage in a bad economy. The highest priced store in town & the coupon ladies trying to save money. You get back every cent plus 8 cents on every coupon! this is a slap in the face. I no longer care about big business' bottom dollar. Many of us are on a fixed income and you set it up the way you did so we would shop at your stores. The Attitude that we are somehow taking advantage of your twice the value coupons is really absurd! Many of us Give to local charities and food banks and use couponing in a socially responsible way. What your really saying is you don’t want our business. After July 17th, you wont have mine. You filed for divorce, we didn’t. I hope our new Kroger store starts doubling when they re-open their newly remodeled store. You cant judge all coupon ladies the same, and you have made that mistake. It WAS a good marriage in a bad economy, but has become like everything else in the corporate world a one sided relationship! Good luck trying to stay afloat in an economy where people cant afford to buy food. The only real wasted money will be on those new systems you purchased, compliments of the coupon ladies!

wenjie
wenjie

That won't hurt me since i only get 1 TTV and that's it. My Albertson here don't have TTV in their store, only the ones they mailed in.

Tanya
Tanya

I just want to make sure I understand... We will be able to use the doubler coupons that come in our purchased papers, they will no longer hand them out at the customer service desk (my store hasn't done this for a long time), and they will no longer have extras at the checkouts when you go through with your purchases? Sarah, how do you get your papers so cheap. I did the "thrifty mom" deal last year which was great but they wouldn't let me do it this year because I wasn't a "new" customer anymore. I now pay double what I did last year. Any suggestions?

tawnya
tawnya

I still love you Albies!

Angelic Buckley
Angelic Buckley

I, personally think this change will probably end up being a good thing. I, like so many others, have to BUY my "doublers" by purchasing 6 Sunday papers (5 Idaho Statesman, 1 Press Tribune) and I think that it's only fair that others be made to do the same. I like to have a nice stockpile, and, in the year that I have been couponing, I have been able to do that with only the doublers I get from my papers. Some weeks, I don't use all of my doublers, and I just leave them with a cashier for the next person who may need them. I think this change will also help cut down on the abuse of the system, and make it easier for us ethical couponers to help provide for our families without clearing shelves!

wendi
wendi

Personally I am glad they are doing this. Our Albertsons (Ontario OR) has been out of doublers by 10 or 11 Sunday morning every time they come out. The biggest reason for them always being out is because WalMart accepts them. I have personally seen people with 4 or 5 kids walk up and each get 1 doubler sheet and then walk out of the store. I will then seen them an hour later at WalMart shopping. This change would have affected me a month ago when I used to get one extra sheet (over what I brought with me), but since they haven't had them by the time I get there, it won't change a thing for me except maybe shorter lines at WalMart :)

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