Sunday, February 6, 2011

Big Y matchups 2/3/11 - 2/9/11

Yes! Finally, a Buy One Get Two Free sale at Big Y. There is also a Unilever deal that I discuss at the end of this post.

When it comes to using coupons with a BOGO or B1G2 sale, bear in mind that according to their official coupon policy, Big Y does not have to accept coupons against the free items. Theoretically you should only be able to use 1 coupon per deal. In practice, however, I have almost never had any trouble using coupons against the free items. (The exception was one time when the sale didn’t ring in and she had to take it off manually – in that case, the 2nd coupon wouldn’t go through.) So go ahead and give them multiple coupons – the worst that can happen is that they will hand them back to you, and at best you get some really amazing deals.

I also wanted to use this as an opportunity make another quick plug for donating extra items to your local food bank, pantry, or shelter. I was so excited when I found out that the Tri-Town Pantry in Vernon now has a fridge and a freezer for perishable goods. If you look at the first two pages of the flyer, a lot of the best B1G2 deals are for meat and seafood. Some of those I can freeze myself, but when, for instance, am I going to be able to use 15 pounds of russet potatoes (5lb bags B1G2) before they all sprout? Now I know that the Pantry can take the extra 10 pounds and put them to good use.

OK, here are the best matchups for this week. As always, check your own flyer for regional differences as well as for good sales that don’t include a matchup. Also, don’t forget that you can print coupons for Big Y brand products at There is a new monthly sale flyer out for February as well that I will try to go through soon. Grab a copy in stores or view it online at

Jolly Time popcorn, 3-pk – B1G2
Use $1/2 coupon from the 1/9 SmartSource (exp. 2/28)

SuperPretzel soft frozen pretzels, B1G2
Use up to 3 $0.50/1 coupons from the 1/23 RedPlum (exp. 2/23) or printables

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta, BOGO
Use $1/2 coupon from the 1/23 SmartSource (exp. 3/31)

Campbell’s Chunky soup, BOGO
Use $1/2 Chunky Healthy Request from the 2/6 SmartSource (exp. 3/20)
Use $1/2 Chunky Healthy Request from the 1/2 SmartSource (exp. 2/13)

Ken’s marinade, BOGO
Use up to 2 $1/1 coupons from the 1/9 SmartSource (exp. 2/28)

Old Orchard Healthy Balance juice, BOGO
Use $1/2 Healthy Balance juice printable  (Requires account setup)

Weight Watchers snack cakes, muffins, or cookies BOGO
Use up to 2 $1/1 Weight Watchers Sweet Bakery items printable

Dr. Oetker pizza, BOGO
Use up to 2 $1/1 coupons from the 1/16 SmartSource (exp. 3/6)

Buy $20 of Unilever products, get a $5 coupon on your next order
This is like the grocery store equivalent of a Register Reward or +UP Reward. If you buy $20 worth of specified products, you get a $5 coupon (called a “catalina” after the company that makes the machines that print them out) to use on your next order.
The big question with these catalina deals is, what counts as “$20 worth”? When we used to have Shaws in Connecticut, they would calculate the amount you needed to buy before any sales or coupons. So let’s say you bought 4 items that were normally priced at $5 (the “pre-sale price,” or PSP), but were on sale for $3 each, and you had 4 $1/1 coupons. You would pay $8 and still get back the $5 catalina. Stop & Shop, on the other hand, specifically states on most of their catalina deals that the qualifying total must be after any sales or coupons. Boo.
I did some quick checking, and no one seems to know how Big Y is calculating their qualifying prices on this deal. Based on the wording of the ad, which states that you must use your Big Y loyalty card, I am going to guess that the $20 must be based off of the sale prices, however since they don’t say anything about coupons I would think that any coupons taken off would not count against your total. But that is totally my own uninformed opinion. If anyone tries this, please let me know what worked for you!
There were a ton of Unilever product coupons in one of last week’s RedPlum inserts. I’m not going to post all the matchups here, but take a look at what’s included and what coupons you have and decide if it’s worth it for you.

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