Today is the day bargain hunters feared. It’s the last day for double coupons at King Soopers. Be sure to check out our “How To Get The Best Deals at King Soopers” guide tomorrow for money-saving tips! If you’re a true bargain hunter and regular coupon clipper, take a deep breath. Are you ready? King Soopers will no longer double coupons. The popular promo will end on Tuesday, August 23. According to the chain, “Only a small percentage of shoppers use double coupons and customers are responding favorably to the recent increase in the quantity and value of the digital coupons available.” To their benefit, King Soopers promises to invest additional resources in digital coupons. (We’re still in shock. Bryan can’t recall a time, when King Soopers did not double coupons and he’s a Colorado native.)
If you’ve ever attended one of our coupon workshops, you know we’re not big fans of digital coupons for a variety of reasons, namely because it limits access to savings for many populations. (Bryan’s so cheap he doesn’t even own a smartphone!)
In addition, for die-hard smart shoppers, customers are typically limited to just one coupon of a particular kind. Whereas, with paper coupons, you can use multiples in a single transaction, depending on a store’s coupon policy. Plus, there’s the issue of remembering to check and download new coupons every week. (Note: King Soopers will continue to accept paper coupons — just at face value.)
One of our biggest issues arises, when there is a problem with a digital coupon at check-out. It can be quite arduous and time-consuming to “prove” you had the coupon. To be fair, we have experienced problems with digital coupons and/or offers at just about every store that offers them, not just King Soopers.
If you can’t pull up your account on site, it becomes very cumbersome and often requires the involvement of a manager. More than once, we’ve left a store without getting our digital savings — only having to return with a print-out at the customer service counter for an adjustment.
We contacted Safeway and have confirmed that they have no plans, as of now, to end its policy of doubling coupons.
Double-coupons have been our biggest asset in saving big bucks at the grocery store. As a result, we will probably spend more time and energy focusing on finding deals at other supermarkets and retailers. If you’re a King Soopers regular and use coupons every time, now’s the time to stock up on the savings.
How do you feel about King Soopers no longer doubling coupons? Do you like digital coupons?