So we have discussed how to get coupons and what are the best ways to organize them. Now, let’s talk about probably the most important part of couponing…..GETTING A FRIEND!
Yep, I said it. You need to get out of your comfort zone and start talking to other couponers. You’ll be surprised just how much you may have in common with someone else that is couponing. Get on sites such as: IHeartB-LO or Smart Shopping Ladies, you’ll get information about deals that you may or may not know and from another perspective.
Early on in my couponing adventure, I was a member of a coupon forum where I started making friends online. Later, as I became more comfortable in this couponing game, I was talking to everyone that had a coupon in their hands; just to see what they knew and where they went to get their information. Till this very day, I still have some of the same friends. Before I moved to Lexington, SC I was fortunate to be on the local news several times where I used to live (WYFF channel 4). As a result of this opportunity I was able to meet even more like minded people.
The whole reason of telling you a little about my couponing experience is to reiterate how important “friends” are. Fast Forward to today I have at least 4 people on speed dial that I talk to weekly about deals that we are excited about and the coupons that we would use. Even now, as I post deals on iheartbi-lo some of the same names pop up under ”comments” and I consider them to be friends. I love talking to people that share the same common goal as I….Saving money using coupons!
**If you missed the other articles you can find them Here.
So You Want To Be A Couponer, Huh?
So You Want To Be A Couponer, Huh?Part 2
Alright guys, the winners who will recive a $10/ $50 purchase Bi-LO coupon are:
Congrats! We are sending you an email now.
Hey guys have great news!..Remember we told you the Bi-LO store coupons Amie found at her local Bi-LO..$10 off $50 purchase or more.
Well, she sent some to us. Woo Hoo!
Of course I want one; but the other two are all yours. So here is what you have to do to win one:
1. Comment on this post
2. Share this giveaway on your Facebook or Twitter page.
Let’ s make this a quick giveaway so you can use them this week if you’d like. Giveaway will end Tuesday 4/23 @ 8 pm EST.
Hey guys just wanted you to meet the team at “I Heart Bi-LO”. If you thought I was the only one doing all the work…then I’m totally flattered!, but I’m not.
*My name is Serena Coleman and I’m owner/operator of Iheartbi-lo. I love finding great deals at Bi-LO but like I’ve mentioned before I’m completely swamped at times with “Life” and of course the full time job of being a “Mom”.
*My friend, Leslie Shaip who I’ve know for years, helps me with the matchups for the Bi-LO ads. We actually have never met in person before because she lives in NC, but she knows her stuff and enjoys saving money.
*Toya Stanitzek is a mom and a fellow extreme couponer who loves getting items free or cheap. She is very good at finding deals and matching competitor coupons to them to ensure All couponers can get the best deal possible. She too, is addicted to this “Couponing Game”.
I love reading all the comments and suggestions readers leave under the topics of “What’s Your Thoughts”. Personally, I have tons to say when it comes to couponing but I would love to hear from you guys. Do you have a topic that you would like to write about? All topics will be considered …they just have to spark a conversation. Please feel free to comment on this post with a little snippet of your idea and if yours gets picked then your post will be featured on iheartbi-lo (with full credit to you, of course).
Okay, see your not the only one that has to jump through hoops sometimes.
What is going on with these Bi-LO managers?
This past Sunday, I happened to go to another Bi-LO in West Columbia, I was on that part of town so I decided to go and take advantage of the “Green Giant Deal”. I was extremely happy when I saw the amount of vegetables they had in stock. They were loaded! I got my transaction ready for checkout and I went to the self-checkout the young man was very nice and helpful with all my coupons. Buy when it was time for the customer service manager to take my competitor coupons , I was told that they (Bi-LO) would only except ONE competitor coupon. She explained to me that I could have 10 manufacture coupon in one transaction but if I had more than one of the same product that I could only use one competitor coupon.
Okay, needless to say I was a little shocked and I told her that is not stated in the coupon policy. She apologized and told me that is what her store manager told them. He was not accepting more than one competitor coupon for like items; they (Bi-LO) was loosing money.
With every intention of speaking with the store manager, I got his number and while I was there I asked for the district manager name and number too.
After playing a little phone tag, I received a phone call from the district manager. I let him know what happened and what I was buying, and he was very apologetic and stated that it was “human error”. That some people interpret the coupon policy differently and no where in the policy does it limit the number of competitor coupons. HOWEVER, Bi-LO managers do have the right to decline or limit the amount of coupons taking from a customer…(Yes, the famous loop hole! And again…what is the point of having a coupon policy).
We ended up having a very nice discussion about the policy as well, but the ending result of our conversation was: the store manager was wrong and they (Bi-LO) would like to make this shopping experience “Right”. He asked if he could give my phone number to the store manger and I agreed.
I have not gotten a phone call as of yet…but I’m very curious to see how this will play out.
What are your thought? Any suggestions?
I’m not above ..”Asking for Help” , so here it goes…
I’m looking for a “Deal Seeker”. If your interested in joining the iheartbi-lo team then click Here to email us.
This person must be able to provide pictures and matchup coupons and or competitor coupons to the deals they find at Bi-LO. Compensation will be offered for your time and efforts.
Every wonder why Bi-LO doesn’t give money back or give overage? I believe it’s a hit or miss thing when it comes to overage because I hear about people all the time getting overage towards the other items in their transaction.
I recently made a trip to Bi-LO and purchased Monterey products, now…I knew they were going to be free but one of the (flavors) would give 29 cents overage because the coupon I was using is $1/1. I purchase my items and the cashier said she could only give me the item free ( Hey, free is free …so no problem). But, then it got me thinking that if Bi-LO is going to reduce the coupon down to .79 cents for the item I am buying; is Bi-LO corporation redeeming that coupon from the manufacture for face value plus 8 cents or do they get the .79 cents plus 8 cents?!
Out of curiosity, I found my store manager and asked them this question: If Bi-LO doesn’t give money back ( like other stores) and they don’t don’t give overage ( which it doesn’t state in the policy) then does Bi-LO cheat the consumer out of money and redeems the coupon for full value?
His answer was “No“. Bi-LO gets back the amount that they took the coupon for and the people that process the coupons get the .08 cents.
Now, equipped with this knowledge I went out and searched the web to see what the redemption process is for retailers…this is what I found. It brought me to SEA’s website. SEA is a company that process coupons for others.
This is what is under the tab- How does this process work:
Our process is simple, you send us your coupons and we send you a check once we have received payments from manufacturers. We work on a reimbursement process so the face value paid by the manufacturer goes back to you.
So here is my question to you: Are we loosing money at Bi-LO? Should we “ the consumer” get to use the amount of the coupons as we choose to? or Should we view this as: We are all getting items for free and they are giving us money for gas…so what is the big deal?
What are your thoughts?
Hey guys our friend Debbie, wrote in and let us know that Bi-LO has discontinued the survey coupon ( A gift for you). Hopefully they will bring it back soon.
This is what Bi-LO had to say:
I apologize for your inconvenience with the survey coupon not being
available to print. The coupon has actually been discontinued for now.
Hopefully, we will have it available in the near future for our
customers. We appreciate you shopping at BI-LO. Have a great weekend!
Thanks, Debbie for providing this info.
Ever wonder why certain Bi-LO’s do certain things when it comes to their coupon policy? Why is it they will take some competitor coupons and not others?
My friend and I were discussing the policy and competitor coupons recently and I wanted to touch on some key points of the policy. I also discuss the competitor coupons as we do deals in Bi-LO . So I have created a catergory located under Announcements at the top of the page called ” What Are Your Thoughts?
This page was created for the purpose of discussing shopping etiquette, coupon policy, competitor coupons, printables, Meal Deals, Fuel Perks, and overall experiences of shopping at Bi-LO.
I think I’m a better “talker” than “writer” so check out this youtube video.