Okay, this has the potential to confuse you and to stir up controversy, but here it goes . . . I’ll attempt to make it as clear as mud for you! :)
There are digital coupons that are part of the new Fry’s sale. They can each be used up to 5 times in the SAME transaction. So, if it says “Save $1 on two,” you can buy 10 and save $5 or buy 4 and save $2. Their normal digital coupons can only be used one time and do not multiply out if you buy more. These are clearly marked in blue, like the coupon above.)
Some of those coupons are also in today’s paper. They do not say “manufacturer” anywhere on them. You can use them with a manufacturer’s coupon.
- “Limit one manufacturer and one Fry’s Food Store coupon per item”
So, here’s part of the problem. They do not say that you can use them 5 times. So, if you want more and want to load a digital to get more (or if you want something there isn’t an ad coupon for, but only a digital) they say:
- “Limit of one coupon per item. Digital coupons and paper coupons may not be combined on the purchase of a single item.”
They put this on all of their digital coupons. Obviously, the “limit of one coupon” per item doesn’t even make sense. They clearly state, on these special coupons, that you can use them five times. But, the fact remains that it says what it says and seems to exclude using a paper coupon with it.
So, Susan went to her store to experiment/ask her store manager. He told her she could use the paper ones with a manufacturer’s coupon. He also suggested having your Fry’s coupon policy with you, in case a store has a problem with it. Using them together is clearly allowed, as I pointed out above.
But, they discovered that the in ad coupon can only be used once, when they tried the Hefty one. It won’t auto multiply and it won’t scan more than once. Her store manager told her to load the same Hefty coupon from her Fry’s app. She did and the 50¢ came off four times, saving her $2 — in addition to the two manufacturer’s coupons she used.
So, the question is . . . should you do it? I don’t know. I emailed Fry’s and am waiting for a response. With their normal digital coupons, the register will beep you and you are given back your manufacturer’s coupon, if you have loaded a digital for the same item. It doesn’t beep with these — or, at least, the Hefty. Normally, I am against the argument, “Well, it scanned!” People use coupons for the wrong products all the time and I believe that’s wrong. However, in this case, I think it’s a store coupon and may fall within their policy. But . . . we’ll see what they say. In the meantime, you can make your own decision on the digitals.
Here’s a great deal you can get: (I don’t even know what to list as the final price, though! If you use only one paper coupon with the 50¢ ad coupon, you’ll pay 75¢ each. If you load the coupon and use one or two $1/2, you’ll pay only 50¢ each.
Hefty Slider Bags $1.50 (thru 8/27) NEW
$0.50 Fry’s digital (load digital or use paper coupon in ad
$1/2 Hefty Slider Bags, 12+ count 05/05/2013 RP Insert (exp 08/31/2013)
$1/2 Hefty, slider bags 07/28/2013 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
Final price: 50¢ – 75¢ each when you buy 2
I’ve updated the Fry’s list with price ranges, like above. It confused me, so it will confuse you. Basically — just go get your deals! You can figure out the exact price, based on what you feel comfortable doing and what your store will allow.
Look for this near the final price, to see the prices that have been changed . . . (See post here for possibility of using coupons together.) That link will just take you right back here, so don’t click it now. :)
Update: They haven’t answerer my email, but I saw this on their Facebook wall:
- “Thanks for your patience, Laurie. A digital coupon and paper coupon cannot be combined on the same item; a digital coupon will redeem automatically before a paper coupon. The paper Super Sale coupons are treated the same as a digital coupon and are printed for the convenience of customers without online access.”
It’s frustrating since I told them I wanted an answer to share with my readers. I didn’t get one. My problem with that is, it’s not true. The paper does come off, after the digital. And, how are people without digital access supposed to make their way to a Facebook page and know that they can’t use the paper coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon? But, from this, I guess they don’t want us to.