Warning on Multiple Item Grocery Deals
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Warning on Multiple Item Grocery Deals

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Grocery stores often offer multiple item sales, such as 2 for $5 or 10 for $10 on many items. Many times these are good deals, but I’ve been noticing a couple of patterns at some grocery stores lately, and I wanted to warn you about them.

First of all I have been seeing that some of these deals actually raise the price of the item. For example, my favorite canned pizza sauce is normally 79 cents a can. The other day, this same sauce was included in a 10 for $10 deal, bring the cost of the sauce up by 21 cents! The next week, it was down to its normal price. So these multiple item sales might not always be the best deal. Make sure that you know what the normal price is for something, so you can compare it to the sale.

One way to make out well with multiple item deals is to combine them with coupons. Usually this means that you only buy one or two of the items depending on how many coupons you have and what the policy is for using coupons on two of the same item. Normally, you don’t have to purchase all of the items in a multiple item deal. Each item is normally discounted by the correct amount.

The warning here is on a new trend that withholds the discount unless you do purchase all of the items. The store may or may not advertise this change in policy, and it may apply only to certain items and not others. So watch your register receipt and check with customer service to make sure you know your savings.

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