Friday, June 18, 2010

Shopping Bashas' - The Arizona Savings Way

Bashas' is a hometown grocery store local to Arizona. They also own AJ's Fine Food Stores & Food City. Bashas' has been family-owned and operated since 1932. There are 130 Bashas' grocery stores across the state. Couponing is hit and miss for me at Bashas'. It seems like I go a lot for a week or two, and then won't be back for months. I am a fan of supporting local business, so I like to stop in regularly to search for unadvertised deals. Unfortunately, Bashas' does not participate in E-Coupons yet, so I have a hard time justifying spending extra money there.
Step #1: You need a Bashas' Thank You Club Card.
Download a copy of the club card application here, fill it out and return it to your store.

Step #2: Learn the kinds of coupons accepted by Bashas'.

Manufacturer Coupons (from Sunday newspaper)
These coupons are found in the free standing inserts in your Sunday paper: Smart Source, Red Plum and Proctor & Gamble.

Internet Printable Coupons
Bashas' accepts internet printable coupons up to $3.00 in value. The coupons have to scan at the register in order for the cashier to accept them. They also must follow the same format as a manufacturer's coupon - redemption address, expiration date, and state "Maufacturer Coupon" somewhere on the coupon. Bashas' will not accept internet printable coupons for free products. This is in place to protect Bashas' from fraudulent coupons. Most of the fraudulent IPQs floating around are for free products or for very high values.

Bashas' does not currently accept E-Coupons. If they ever do, you will be the first to know about it!

Catalina Coupons
At Bashas', you’ll find the gray Catalina machines sitting at the registers. These machines dispense long, receipt-like coupons. Don’t let your cashier forget to hand them to you! Catalina coupons may be store or manufacturer coupons. You may receive a catalina worth $2 off your next purchase of $10 from the produce section. Or you may get a catalina for $1.00 off planters nuts, it just depends on the coupon.

Special Promos
About a year ago, Bashas held a super coupon event where they doubled all coupons up to and including $1.00. It was amazing and there were lots of freebies. Check out some of my trips here & here! They have also run promos in the past where they accept competitor coupons. I haven't seen any of this activity in at least 6 months - probably due to the restructuring they are under after filing bankruptcy in 2009.
Other Retailer's Coupons
Bashas' does not accept other retailer's coupons.

Store Coupons
You can find them in the weekly store ad from your newspaper or located in the front of the store. Bashas' allows using one store and one manufacturer coupon per item. This means you can stack a Bashas' store coupon with a manufacturer coupon on one product. In-Ad Coupons usually require a minimum purchase. The minimum purchase is your subtotal before using any coupons. In-Ad Coupons usually have limits. These limits are per transaction.

Step #3: Now, we wait for the perfect sale.
If you head to the store with a handful of coupons and no plan, you'll spend more money than necessary. Wait until the sale price or promotion matches your coupons, so you can save big!

Occasionally, Bashas' runs Catalina promos like: Spend $25, save $10 on your next shopping order. When you combine a deal like this with coupons, you can get those really high savings of over 70%. Whenever you see a minimum purchase like “spend $25", remember that total is the subtotal you must reach before redeeming any coupons. If you can spend $25 and redeem $12 worth of coupons, you’ll still receive a $10 catalina good on your next shopping order.

You will also see promos like this: Buy 5 select products, receive $5 on your next shopping order. The best couponers will separate their transactions, buying 5 products at a time, and then roll the “$5 on your next shopping order” catalina from one transaction to the next. This minimizes or completely eliminates your out of pocket spending. It's always better to spend Bashas' money than actual cash.

What is Bashas' sale cycle?
Bashas' sales and weekly ads begin Wednesday and end Tuesday. The new ad and "My Favorite Deals" for the week are posted each Wednesday morning.

Does Bashas offer a senior discount program?
If you're 55+, you can save an additional 10% on your food bill (less Bashas' club savings, taxes, and coupons) the first Wednesday of every month. A minimum purchase amount may be required.

Doubling Coupons
Bashas' stores double coupons, 50 cents and under. If the coupon states "Do Not Double", the cashier is supposed to suppress the double. If the coupon coding begins with a 5, it will double automatically. If it starts with a 9, it will not double. Cashiers ignoring the "Do Not Double" restriction is a complete "Your Mileage May Vary" situation. I've had cashiers suppress the doubles, while others at the exact same location let them all double.

Store Clubs
Bashas has a few fun programs that can help save you money:

Kid's Birthday Club
Your child will receive a FREE birthday cake every year through age 10. Just prior to your child's birthday, he/she will receive a birthday card from 'Basha the Bear'. Included inside will be a coupon for a FREE birthday cake along with other money-saving coupons to help mom plan the perfect party. Click here to sign up online or you can sign up in your nearest Bashas'.

New Mom's Club
Bashas' New Mom's Club is a fun and easy way for new moms to receive valuable coupons and helpful parenting tips. Once enrolled, you will receive coupon mailers filled with valuable savings including a FREE cake for your baby's first birthday. Click here to sign up online or you can sign up at your nearest Bashas'.

Cub House
The Bashas' Cub House is a free supervised play center for young children between the ages of 2½ and 10 years old, while their parents shop our store. While in the play center, your child is cared for by trained and experienced staff. The Bashas' Cub House provides engaging and positive educational activities and social experiences that will enhance your child's development and self-esteem. Visit with your Bashas' Cub House staff to hear about all the fun activities that are planned at your neighborhood Bashas' Cub House play center. Here are some FAQs & a registration form to bring the first time you drop your child off.
Alright all you educated Bashas' shoppers! Click here for the latest Bashas' deals and jump in head first!

1 comment:

  1. Wow
    Too much facilities in one place. it is amazing,we like to visit this town.


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