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As many of you may remember, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Portland, Oregon over the weekend of October 22nd-24th in order to film a shopping episode at a West Linn, Oregon Alberstons store. Why West Linn, Oregon and why Albertsons you may ask? Angie, Hip2Save’s 3rd “Follow You Monday” winner, lives in Oregon and requested to shop at Albertsons… so off we went!

We had a great shopping experience thanks in part to the wonderful customer service we received, so a BIG thank you to Wayne, the Albertsons manager who welcomed us into his store, answered all of our questions and even gave us more than a few coupons! πŸ™‚ And a BIG thank you to Angie who came equipped with her coupon binder, a great attitude, and lots of patience to deal with me, my sis, and my grandma. …So on to the video!

Enjoy!

*If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.

Albertsons Coupon Policy
It is always important to familiarize yourself with a store’s coupon policy. Here is a quick breakdown of Albertson’s Coupon policy. Albertsons will accept the following coupons…

(1) Manufacturer Coupons

(2) Store Coupons: These are discounts offered by Albertson’s directly for purchases within their store. Keep in mind that some store coupons will only be valid with your Preferred Card.

(3) Internet Coupons: Keep in mind that Albertsons will NOT accept internet coupons for any item offered free, any coupon redeemable for excess of $5, or any coupon where the UPC bar code is either absent or unreadable.

(4) Catalina Checkout Coupons/Rebates printed from an Albertsons store: Keep in mind that Albertsons does NOT accept Catalina coupons from competitors.

(5) β€œTwice the Value” Coupons (aka Doublers): Doublers can be used to “double” the value of any manufacturer coupon up to $1 in value. For instance, if you have a 99Β’ manufacturer coupon, you can use the doubler coupon to save $1.98 (double the value of the 99Β’ coupon). “Twice the Value” coupons are typically only available to be used during certain days and are not available every week (and sadly, they were not available during this filmed shopping trip πŸ™ ). They are usually found in the Sunday paper and/or in the store ad.

In addition to a wonderful shopping adventure, I also hosted an awesome reader dinner in Portland on October 22nd. Thanks so much to all the readers who attended… it was so great to meet all of you! Hope you enjoy the pictures below! πŸ˜€

*Note: I will not being doing the Hip2Save Holiday Challenge this week due to my hubby having surgery on Thursday. The Final week of the Hip2Save Holiday Challenge will start on Monday, 11/15. Thanks for your understanding.


Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn


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  1. MalibuBeachBum

    Great video and lovely photos! Congrats Angie! You saved an incredible amount of money!! πŸ™‚ Collin’s Grandma is sooo friggin cute! LOL!

  2. Olivia Smith

    WOW- what a great video. I wish we had an Albertson’s here….and one that was that coupon friendly! What an honor Angie had to go shopping with you…and to SAVE that much! πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed this video and the picture slideshows.

    BTW, is your Grandmother’s bag a Miche bag…where the shells are like magnets to the original bag? If so, I have one with that shell on it ;).

    Can’t wait for the Holiday Challenge Finale!

  3. Ronni

    Angie was very good in front of Camera too….very informative…..Good Job!

  4. Linda W

    Thanks for posting the video. It’s always a treat to watch. Great job on all the savings, Angie!!

  5. Heather

    I absolutely LOVE the “Follow Me Monday” videos. Love, love, love them! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. πŸ™‚

  6. jareds_butterfly

    I love that the tax was $0.00!! Makes me miss Oregon. Collin, I sure hope you indulged on some of the amazing coffee in Portland…some of the best for sure!

    • Collin

      Yep… I indulged in lots of coffee and enjoyed it all! πŸ˜€

  7. Casey

    LOVED the video!!! How could I win?!? And would you even travel to Michigan? Guessing not, but would be super AWESOME! I’m such a coupon nerd, but I love these videos and blogs. So much to learn. I think “couponing” is my new favorite past time!

  8. Rachel Brindley

    I love Albertson’s. This week’s deals weren’t very good either and you guys still saved that much, amazing.

  9. StephanieS

    I am so jealous of you ladies having such great places to grocery shop. We are limited here with only Walmart, a regular Target and Winn-Dixie which is ridiculously expensive. Lots of grocey stores have gone out of business due in part to the closing of Fort McClellan back in the 90’s.

  10. Anna

    I love the reusable bags, Angie! It’s how we do in the Great NW! And you did a great job in the video-very confident and concise. Can’t wait to visit the West Linn store–I had no idea they taped coupons to products! Holy Cow!!

    • Bliss Baby Designs

      I will be visiting the West Linn store for sure now! I live about 5 minutes from one but will drive an extra 10 to get there!!

  11. turboturtle_8

    Sorry if this has already been asked, but are all those coupons on the products store coupons that can be stacked with MFR Q’s? They looked like MFR Q’s…

    • Collin

      Yep… the coupons on the various products were in fact manufacturer’s coupons… but there were lots of high value ones which made for lots of sweet deals… even on non-sale items! πŸ™‚

      • Turboturtle_8

        Thanks for filling me in. I have an Alberson’s near that I haven’t been in since I began couponing because I remember the prices felt too high. Maybe I will stop by this weekend and give it a go!

        Thanks for everything Collin!

  12. Lauren M.

    dude i could only dream of having coupons already on products at my store…..wow that is awesome!

    • Collin

      I know… I felt like I was in coupon heaven! πŸ˜‰

  13. Krystal

    Your Albertsons looks SO nice! I would shop there too if ours were that clean. Ours is such a DUMP.

    I love watching these videos, keep them up :). My boyfriend will usually stop what he’s doing and watch them with me, although he has no interest in couponing (except the savings he gets from it. I make the lists and cook the food, he pays for it and gets to eat it). He always says that Collin is like me, but an even more extreme version of myself.

  14. Jenny

    Great job girls!!! Angie, can you come shopping with me?!?!? LOL…

  15. Lpmousse

    Brava girls! That was pretty amazing. I’m so proud of your awesome couponing! Keep it up!

  16. Shannon

    It looks like the cart has a cup holder right in it. Love that!

    • Stephanie Werner

      That’s how we do it in the Pacific NW… everything is equipped to get you your java fix! LOL

      • Bliss Baby Designs

        Isn’t it a bummer how our targets got rid of their attachable cup holders?! Now I have to set it in the baby seat next to one of my 3 kiddos!!

  17. Monica

    Didn’t you get an OYNO? So was it actually less than $53?

  18. BrendaEads

    Awesome, I wish I could be that good, just starting out, and love to save!! Collin you ROCK!

  19. Emily

    I always think I do a great job at the grocery store until I see one of Collin’s shopping trips. I hope you’ll come to Austin next. We would love to have you and your family.

  20. :::grace:::

    collin, do you always look so cute when you shop?! πŸ˜‰
    i’m usually bummin’… hoodie, hair in a bun, with baby attached to my chest!
    yes, i’m one of those you spoke of in your “about me” section… hehe πŸ™‚

  21. Jeremy

    OMG Loved this video. I love Albertsons too, I also have Kroger. The only thing I didnt like about that Albertsons is no doubling coupons. At my Dallas, TX Albertsons they double AND triple coupons:) EVERYDAY. πŸ™‚ They double up to .50 and triple up to .39. I cant believe that Albertsons only doubles on certain days. That must suck. BTW I work for Wags and believe it or not my boss handed me a stack of coupons :o. She said I could promote the items by taping coupons to them, I was shocked. I also saw coupons taped to items at another Wags so it is possible :).

    • Aubrie

      That is store policy when you are in the south – some store started it and the rest all followed suit to be competitive. They never double or triple coupons in the northwest. You have to have special coupons with your coupons to double at Albertsons on special sales days and there is a limit of 3 doublers per transaction. – feel lucky πŸ™‚

      • Jeremy

        IM glad I live in the south then :).

  22. Angie E

    Collin…thanks again for EVERTHING!!! I had such an amazing time!!! Still haven’t had to go grocery shopping, especially for pasta sauce!! Tell your Ma, and Bryn hello for me!

  23. jennifer

    Congrats to Angie!!! She looked like she was having so much fun!!!! I would love to shop at Albertsons!!! I just love coupon friendly mgrs too!!!! It was also nice to see Ma too!!!!!

    Happy Monday whats left!!!
    Jennifer

  24. Kirsten

    That looked like a lot of fun. Thanks for coming this way! And awesome video at Albertsons! And while you were in Portland, I was in in NC visiting fam. Now I’m back in Portland. Told my husband that you came here as well. He loves how you help our fam too! Our prayers are with your husband btw!

  25. gloria

    Great video it motivated me to try harder when it comes to groceries shopping I’m pretty good at stores like Target, Rite Aid and CVS I always save 75% or more but I’m still paying regular price for groceries that’s not good. I would love to have a stocked fridge it is also hard as a vegetarian finding good coupons. I tried emailing companies and some don’t have coupons or only send one.

  26. Lydia

    Collin, you are THE BEST!!! I look forward to Mondays because of your videos!!! Thank you, thank you , thank you!!!!

  27. Heather

    Great video! I love Follow Me Mondays and you all did a great job!

  28. jane

    We must totally be blessed in Idaho, because our stores are always giving us good deals with coupons. Albertsons is one of the best!!!!!

  29. Aubrie

    I knew you were coming to Portland, but now I am even more sad to know that you were here in West Linn – where I live shopping at the same store I shop and I missed you. Wayne is wonderful. He always knows the best deals and gives out coupons if he has them. He will also tell you about any promos or sales throughout the store with unadvertised promos or coupons attached. Way to go!

  30. Jessica

    Talk about an awesome Albertsons manager! Also, I loved that you had Angie participate so much in the video.

  31. Erica

    Love the video and the pics from Portland. Can’t wait for the next contest!!

  32. Savannah Anderson

    Collin! I was one of the winners of the Portland dinner! I brought one of my best friends, Kasi. We sat at the end of the table, you sat with us during the beginning of the dinner πŸ™‚ You, your sister and your Gramma, were awesome! What a memorable night. And, it was my bday weekend. You made my birthday πŸ™‚ Refreshing your memory (me in the really pink top!)…I have three kids (two boys and a girl, just like you). Aiden is my oldest. It was so nice to meet all of you. I felt so comfortable sitting there with all of you. The food was great, the company was amazing. You have changed so many lives and have definately changed mine, with your blog. THANK YOU. Hope the rest of your trip in Portland was amazing as well!

  33. Tracy B

    Collin,
    I was one of Angie’s guests at the dinner party and I had a great time. Your gma and sister are both so sweet and I felt very comfortable talking with you guys. I have to tell you that Angie has been recognized at work (Target) by hip2save readers because of that video – I actually witnessed one of them – how awesome is that! She’s a celebrity πŸ™‚ Again, THANK YOU for everything that you do for all of us hip2save readers

  34. Geri

    Wow that is awesome!! I wish my Albertsons had coupons on the items. I want Angie’s Manager. πŸ™‚

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