My favorite store to shop in is..... You guessed it--Homeland! I thought, in case you're new to shopping at Homeland, that I would write up a quick post about the basics of shopping there.
1. If you plan to shop at Homeland, you first need to register for a One Card. These are very easy to sign up for, if you don't have one already, just tell them when you are ready to check out and you can easily sign up. You will receive a card for your keychain and wallet to carry with you. Each time you go into the store you will need to hand the cashier the card at the beginning of the transaction. This card is a lot like using in-store coupons. It just gives you an extra discount that shoppers without the card won't receive. What if you forget your card? No problem, just tell the cashier you forgot your card and give them your phone number. It will be in the system and you will still receive all the discounts!
2. The reason this store is my favorite place to go is because they double coupons up to $1! That means if you have $1 off a box of cereal, you'll really get $2 off! This, alone, gives you amazing savings! But when you combine the double coupons with the One Card and match it to their sales ad you will end up getting a LOT of groceries for very little price! In fact, most of the time everything I buy ends up being $1 or less---even my meat!
3. One thing you may need to know is that they will only double one "like" coupon per transaction. So, if you have two $1 off coupons for cereal, the first box of cereal would receive the $2 off, but the second would only get $1 off.
4. So far, at least at my local Homeland, I've found them to be VERY coupon friendly. They do their best to make sure that my coupons scan (if they don't they normally type them in manually), and even if I've made a mistake (which I have), they've been very quick to refund me without any problems.
5. Just like at any store, the main thing to know in order to save the most money is to only buy the items that you have a coupon for and that are on sale. When combining the sales with the coupons you will receive the best percentage of savings. If you have several coupons for things you are wanting, try to be patient and wait on the sale if at all possible. I guarantee it will pay off.
6. Know the coupon policy. In fact, I suggest you print the coupon policy and have it in your box or binder, just in case you need to pull it out (I never have, but you never know)!
That's all I can think of right now. If any of you can think of something that I've forgotten, please let me know and I will happily add your advice to the list.
Keep watching each week as the Homeland ads are released on Wednesdays. I will have a coupon match-up list ready every week from which you can make your shopping list! I'll try to make it easy on you.