Saturday, March 7, 2009
If you have been reading this blog since the beginning, then you know that I post the Acme "deals" list every week. This is what I find to be the best deals of the week, or what specials this week have coupon matchups. If you are new to this blog or to working deals at Acme, start reading this:
First off, why shop at Acme?
There are a ton of different types of supermarkets in my area and they all have better prices on some items, and higher prices on others. Most frugal shoppers keep a price book where they record the top items they buy most frequently along with the price at their local stores. I will be honest and confess that I don't have a real price book. I have certain standard prices in my head and feel comfortable going off of those (for example, I know Aldi always has a box of instant oatmeal for $1.50. If I can get instant oatmeal at the store I am shopping that week for that price or better, I will pick it up. If not, I can wait and pick some up next time I go to Aldi).
Though Acme certainly does not have the best prices on most items, I find that the deals I am able to pick up there make it well worth it for me to shop there. Why? Because Acme has *the best* coupon doubling policy in my area. While most NJ stores will double the value of a coupon up to $1 (a $0.75 cent coupon would max out at $1), Acme will double the value of any coupons under $1. So if you have a $0.99 cent coupon it will be doubled to $1.98 off. This extra savings can make all the difference. Also, Acme currently accepts internet printable coupons. Superfresh will not accept them at all, and Shoprite will only accept those at a value of $1 or lower. This is another store 'dealbreaker' for me.
An important thing to know for Acme sales:
When Acme has items on quantity sale (such as 2 for $4), you do not need to buy that quantity to get the sale price! Only if they specify “MUST buy two” for example, which is rare!
Now that you want to shop at Acme, know this about printable coupons:
When you print online coupons you may need to install some software. It is mandatory, but very quick. Also, there is usually a print limit of two coupons to be printed per computer. If you would like to print two of a certain coupon, hit the back button a few times after the coupon prints for it to print again. This will print another unique coupon that you can use. You cannot make copies of internet coupons, as they have unique barcode information. You can try to print as many times as you like using the back button method, but usually the software will recognize the print limit and you only get two coupons per computer.
If you have any questions about how to work deals at Acme, please feel free to ask me and I will answer you the best I can!