Albertsons is running a fantastic promotion right now: Buy $100 in participating gift cards in one transaction, Get a $20 Catalina ($20 coupon to use on your next transaction). The Catalina expires in one week and the promotion is running through June 21.
UPDATE: You can only redeem the $20 Catalina at an Albertsons store.
The possibilities are really endless with this promotion and one could easily get carried away purchasing gift cards just to get the Catalina. Here are some things to keep in mind:
:: Be mindful of your family’s budget. Don’t purchase something, anything, that you do not currently have the cash for. If your entertainment budget for the month is $50, don’t buy $100 worth of restaurant cards. It’s not a deal if you can’t afford it.
:: Purchase for budget items you have already planned. Think about upcoming vacations — are you planning to fly Southwest? Are you going to Disneyland? Will you eat out? Think about what you need to purchase in the next few months — back-to-school clothes? School supplies? Wedding, Father’s Day, graduation, teacher thank-you, and birthday gifts?
:: Make a plan for the $20 Catalinas before you do the deal (remember, it expires one week from the day it prints!). The $20 Catalina is only a “deal” if you are spending it intentionally. What items do you immediately need? What items do you regularly eat/use that rarely go on sale? What can you stock-up on? How can you use the $20 Catalina with a sale promotion and double coupons starting Sunday? You can use manufacturer’s coupons along with a Catalina.
I find it difficult to wisely spend $20 at Albertsons, so I need to make a concrete plan of what to buy or I’ll end up wasting it on comfort food and bananas on the expiration date.
Also note that this promotion runs through June 21, so it’s best to space out your gift card transactions and not do them all on one day. This way you don’t have to use all your cats within 7 days, which will be difficult for many of us.
Keeping these things in mind, here are the available gift cards that we found at our local Albertsons (I’m assuming selection varies by location). I’ve noted some items you may be able purchase that will help your family’s budget (remember, it’s only a good deal if you truly need it and have the cash for it NOW):
- Southwest Airlines
- Disneyland Park Pass
- Barnes & Noble
- Bass Pro
- Best Buy
- Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us — baby food
- Game Stop
- Office Max — back to school deals
- Staples — back to school deals
- World Market — Wednesday coffee deal
- Sports Authority
- Disney Stores
- Foot Locker
- Fashion Bug
- K-Mart — back to school deals
- Lowe’s — gardening, landscaping projects
- Home Depot — gardening, landscaping projects
- Pottery Barn
- Land’s End — sale & clearance swim suits!
- Pac Sun
- JC Penny
- American Eagle
- Motherhood Maternity
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Lane Bryant
- Bath & Body Works
- T.J. Maxx
RESTAURANTS — Think about restaurants that regularly release useful coupons.
- McCormick & Schmidts
- Cheesecake Factory
- Jamba Juice
- Cold Stone Creamry
- Outback Steakhouse
- Olive Garden
- P.F. Chang’s
- Red Lobster
- Old Chicago
- Pizza Hut
- Baja Fresh
- Red Robin
- Rock Bottom
- Jiffy Lube
- Regal Cinemas
Now it’s your turn! What is your plan for this promotion?
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