Understanding Sales Cycles

All stores are on a 1 or 2 week sale cycle, which means every 1-2 weeks they change the items that are on sale or update their promotions. This is typically how the sales cycles work in Colorado…

Grocery Stores such as Safeway, CityMarket, and Albertsons put out new ads every Wednesday and that sale/promotion will run from Wednesday-Tuesday. On occasion Safeway runs specials that are valid only Friday, Saturday & Sunday, but those will still be advertised in the ad on Wednesday.  Also, CityMarket generally runs their sales for 2 weeks with only a few changes week to week. The grocery store ads that come in the Sunday Newspaper are only a regurgitation of the Wednesday ad. It is always best to go grocery shopping on Wednesday right after the ad comes out to ensure the shelves are still stocked with the best deals.

Drug Stores & Retail Stores such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart run their sales from Sunday-Saturday. They only produce 1 ad per week which comes out in the Sunday Newspaper. To ensure the shelves are stocked with the best deals it is best to go shopping at these stores on Sundays. Occasionally they might run a sale for select days but it will always be announced in their Sunday ad.

Specialty & Online Stores such as C28.com, Pacsun.com, Payless ShoeSource©, and other mom & pop shops do not run on a certain schedule. When I worked as a buyer in the retail industry I noticed that many of these types of shops run their sales on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday because those are the days when their sites receive the most traffic. If you like a particular store it is always best to sign-up for their email list to ensure you never miss a sale.

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Sprouts Double Ad Wednesdays Deal

Sprouts publishes a weekly sales ad every Wednesday. The sale items are valid from Wednesday to Wednesday. Therefore, every Wednesday Sprouts offers “Double Ad Wednesday Deal”, which allows you to take advantage of the sales ad from the previous week & the upcoming week. Essentially there are twice as many sale items on Wednesdays. View all the grocery ads.

The great part about the Sprouts Double Ad Wednesday is that you do not need to do any additional work. Just shop and the extra savings will automatically be added at the register. Read the full Sprouts Coupon Policy.

Sprouts Coupon Policy

Here is the coupon policy for Sprouts Farmers Market as of January 2013…

Manufacturer’s Coupons

  • They do accept coupons at their stores, including manufacturer coupons!
  • Coupons cannot be expired.
  • They do not accept coupons for items not carried in their store.
  • You cannot combine their store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons.
  • They don’t double or triple the coupons.
  • They do not take competitor coupons.
  • They do not give cash back for overages.
  • The customer is required to pay any tax unless otherwise stated on the coupon.

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City Market in Grand Junction Closing

The City Market store on 1st Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction will close its doors on March 24th.  This is sad news for the residents who regularly shop at this store and its employees. On the bright side the closure will likely to bring some great closeout deals!

3 Must Have Grocery & Coupon Apps + 8 more

These apps will make your life so much easier and will save you money! If you are out shopping & don’t have a coupon for an item you can quickly look on these apps, find a coupon, and then load it to your rewards card. These apps are based on availability for the iphone in the Apple App Store.

GroceryIQThis is my all time favorite app! It is a glorified shopping list that can be shared with members of your family. My husband & I both have this app; if he adds an item to the list it shows up on my same list. My favorite features include:

  • Ability to scan a product and have it added to your list
  • Create a shopping list for different stores
  • Add details to each product such as quantity, desc, or weight
  • Sort the list by grocery store aisle
  • Add available Coupons.com coupons to your list.

Coupons.comThis app allows you to add coupons to your grocery store rewards card & you can physically print coupons from this app. Most coupons allow you to print 2 per computer & your phone counts as a computer!

CellFire – This app allows you to add coupons to your rewards cards & most of these coupons are different then those on coupons.com. To use this app first add in your grocery store rewards cards. Once you add a coupon via the app you have to wait 10 minutes before you can use it.

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Rayovac Flashlight & Batteries Coupons

Batteries Coupon
Flashlight coupon

On the Rayovac Facebook page you can print a $1/1 Rayovac Flashlight and $1/1 Rayovac Batteries.

Walmart Scenario…

**These can be found in cardboard battery stands throughout Walmart.

Rayovac Batteries 4pk AA or AAA – $0.97
Use $1/1 Rayovac Batteries *PRINT*
Final Price: FREE + $0.03 overage

**These full size flashlights can be found in the camping/lantern section. Even if you don’t need a flashlight it is a good deal just for the 2 D batteries. 

Rayovac Flashlight with 2 D batteries – $2.00
Use $1/1 Rayovac Flashlight *PRINT*
Final Price: $1.00 each

My Target Shopping Trip

Target Deals Dec 2011

I just got back from Target and was able to get everything in the picture for only $3.50! Here is what I did in 3 transactions…

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FREE Perrier at City Market

FREE Perrier Coupon

Today City Market is giving away a FREE Perrier or Acqua Panna. Head over to the City Market website and load it to your e-card. It can be redeemed from now until December 14th. (gone)


Rite Aid Deals 11/27-12/3


This week at Rite Aid there is a great deal on Tide Laundry Detergent if you have this coupon that expires on Wednesday…

Tide Laundry Detergent Liquid 50 oz – $5.97
Get $1 UPR
$2/1 Tide Detergent 10/30/2011 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2011)
Final Price: $2.97 after coupon & UPR

$2/1 Charmin Coupon

Today only load a $2/1 Charmin Toilet Paper Coupon to your CityMarket Reward Card. Head over now to get it loaded!