Rainbow Foods experiment: Doubling down on coupons

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2012 - 7:07 AM

Rainbow's experiment in doubling an unlimited number of coupons makes some shoppers giddy.

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lamenameOct. 23, 12 9:30 PM

I guess I just don't get it. What in the world is a person going to do with dozens of bottles of mustard, shampoo, or whatever the latest deal may be? Are you really saving money if you have to have a bigger house to store all of your extra goods?

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w1n5t0nOct. 23, 1210:10 PM

You don't need to buy "extra goods." If I just buy what I need, no extra items or quantities, and use coupons, I can save anywhere from 20-40% on any given grocery shopping trip. When we used to have double coupons as a routine matter out here, I could easily save 50% on my basic necessities at the grocery store.

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srhoej3Oct. 23, 1210:10 PM

lamename - I thought the same thing. That is a lot of mustard.

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palebluedotOct. 23, 1210:22 PM

Every time I enter Rainbow, I'm greeted by wilted other near end-of-life produce. If Rainbow wants more customers, maybe it should focus on quality instead of quantity.

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jtkwiatekOct. 23, 1210:27 PM

I like Rainbow stores , in and out not too big store, But I found myself few times in line behind person with many coupons. It took cashier forever to finish her transaction. I am willing to pay full price to save time. I will loom for new store if ll those coupon people will keep line long .

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lwnmwrman22Oct. 23, 1210:28 PM

@lame... There is a local gal who does this, then sets up a garage sale to resell the product at 10-15% off retail. She doesn't do food items, but household, cleaning and bathroom supplies. But don't tell the state, they'll want their share of sales tax.

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kennyrogersOct. 23, 1210:32 PM

Agree, and the foods will be stale by the time you eat them, if you aren't sick of it before then. This is wasteful, inconsiderate to the person behind you at the checkout, and just ruins it for people who cut four or five out of the Sunday paper, only to find the items are sold out by the time they get to the store. Stores should reserve the right to limit quantities and blah,blah,blah.

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eman2001Oct. 23, 1210:35 PM

I hate coupons. It's a shell game. Just give the best price possible on items.

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JimmahOct. 23, 1210:47 PM

What's the end game? When do you stop buying and use up that stuff in the storage room?. And how separated/unappealing will that mustard be?

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dorastandpipOct. 23, 1210:49 PM

I hope these "extreme couponers" are watching use by dates and donating what they can't use to the food shelves. I do use coupons, just not this much!

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