- Double 5 Coupons on Wednesday only
- Coupons that start with a 5 will double
- Must have $25 Retail ~watch coupons to double. If they don’t double, add on a Rainbow gift card
- NO expireds
- Can use store and manufacture coupon together
- Can usually ROLL catalina deals
- Sign up for gas card promo for BP gas
- Rainchecks expire in 2 weeks
- .05 credit for each of your own bag used
Rainbow Foods coupon policy 2013 HERE
Rainbow Foods is part of the Roundy Store system. Copps and Pick N Save tend to have the same items advertised. Copps ads go on a Thursday to Wednesday ad week, while Rainbow Foods and Pick N Save follow the Sunday to Saturday ads week. When talking about Roundy’s, I will just be using Rainbow Foods.
Rainbow Foods will double coupons right now on Wednesday, but there are a few rules that you have to follow.
You will want to sign up for a Roundy’s Card (free) as there are a couple of benefits to having it. There are going to be many times that in order to do a deal, the ad will say that you can get the deal only if you use your Roundy’s card.
Another benefit is having your purchases go towards getting money off each gallon of gas. For each $50 you spend (sale / regular price), you get .05 off a gallon at participating BP gas stations. The .05 off a gallon is cumulative. Once you earn .05, that .05 will expire in 3 months.
It will tell you at the bottom of your receipt how much you have earned, how much money towards your next reward, and if you have any discounts that are going to expire in the month. My last trip I earned .20, but it also told me I had .10 that was expiring this month. I had .40 off a gallon for the month, but I never made it to the gas station for the month, so I am down to .30 off a gallon. You can’t go to the gas station and say you want to use only that .10 off. It is all or none.
You can get up to 20 gallons by using your discount on the gas. You are unable to have any of it carried over. So if I filled up with only 15 gallons of gas and use my .30 off discount, I lose the other 5 gallons at .30 off. I tend to have my daughter come with me and we fill up with 20 gallons between the two cars.
I have earned $2.20 off a gallon and with the max fill of 20 gallons or $44 off my bill! Just make sure you bring your card with you so they get the numbers off the back.
On Wednesday or Saturday if your total is $25 or more before coupons, you will be able to double 5 of your coupons up to $1.00 Value. The 5 coupons will double like the following:
.25 will double to .50
.50 will double to $1.00
.75 will double to $1.50
$1.00 will double to $2.00
You will see it this way on your receipt:
If you have any other coupons above the 5, the registers will deduct just the face value of the coupon.
Of course there will always be a few exceptions to the rule above. If your products regular price is $1.25 and you have a .75/1 coupon, it won’t doubled to $1.50. It will take off .75 and then .50 will be the double amount.
Though, there is an exception to the rule to the above. If the products regular price is $1.50 and is on sale for $1.00 and you want to double the .75/1 coupon, it will double like this: .75 off and then it will take off another .75. Why the difference? The coupons will double up to the regular price of the item resulting in overage.
You will always want to give your cashier the higher valued coupons on top of the pile of coupons.
Breaking Up Orders
The best way to maximize this is by breaking up your orders into $25 amounts or getting your totals as close to $25 as possible.
Don’t be afraid to do a couple of orders at the same time when you check out. Do NOT go up to the register and hand things to the cashier until your total is $25. The cashiers and customers behind you want transactions to go quick and this is not a quick way.
When you go to the store, be sure to have a calculator with you and then keep a running total of your order. I also have on hand post it notes, paper clips and a pen.
I put one order on one side and the other order on the other side of the cart with a “path” in the middle. I have a friend who separates their orders by using the black plastic baskets and putting them in her cart.
As you add items to your cart, you put the price on the post it note and then of course you have the calculator to add it up. Paperclip your coupons together and place them on the side as you add items to your cart.
I don’t have a 100% laid out plan before I go to the store as many times there are items that are out of stock and then I am scrambling to think of another way to do it. So I go in with the list of items that I have coupons for and start to put items into my cart.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a list. You should go into the store with an idea of what you are going to buy to make your $25. If you want 10 cereals at $2.50, 4 pizzas at $5, and Frozen rolls ($2.50), you are going to want to split it like this:
2 pizzas @ $5 (reg price $6.99)= $10
5 cereals @ $2.50 (reg price $3.29) = $12.50
1 Frozen rolls $2.50
-$4 (2 $1/1 pizza coupons)
-$4 (2 $1/2 cereal coupons)
-$2 (1 $1/1 Frozen Rolls)
= $15 out of pocket (You saved $10 in coupons)
*Many of you have found out that even if your total isn’t $25 before coupons that your coupons doubled. Rainbow Foods registers are set up to accept the retail as the threshold of the $25 in order to double the coupons. It will be up to your store if they fully enforce the $25 before coupons or not.
There are a few rules that you will have to know when using internet coupons at Rainbow Foods. Your coupons can be in black / white or color. They will NOT take printable Buy One Get One Free coupons or completely Free coupons. There are mixed reviews on if your store will take higher valued printable coupons. There is no rhyme or reason to if they will take them or not.
I have never heard them not taking a coupon that is from the newspaper. It can be free, BOGO, or money off coupon.
They will also not take a coupon on an item that is free according to their policy. For example… if noodles are on sale for BOGO, you can only use a coupon on the first one. If you have a $1.00/2 coupon for the item, it will go through.
Rainbow Foods use to double any coupon even if it stated DND (do not double) as long as the register did it on its own. There are still a few Rainbow Foods stores that will still double these coupons…lucky you.
Most stores will NOT doubled DND coupons even though the registers will still double it if it is scanned.
To know if a coupon will double or not (if your store allows any coupon to double), look for a “5” at the beginning of the upc code at the bottom. If it is a “9”, it will NOT double.
Rainbow has just started to use a new phrase in their catalina deals that state that the deal has to be at or above AFTER coupons in order to get the catalina to work. There have been reports that it does work after coupons (total is below the amount stated) and others say that it has to be after coupons for the total. So I will always state in my match ups if the total has to be after coupons. It really screws up making the deal better because of the fact that you have to buy more and many times they won’t have the product in stock.
Catalina’s also can usually “roll”. This means that if you want to do the deal more than once and use the catalina to pay for the next one, you can.
Cub Foods or Walgreens Catalinas/ Register Rewards
You are more than likely wondering why I am putting this in Rainbow 101. I wanted to alert you that at many Rainbow Foods, you can use these (not expired). If you are unsure, ask at your customer service counter first.
Rainbow Foods rainchecks last only 2 weeks. If the product isn’t in yet, go to the customer service counter to see if they can extend it.
Bring in your own bags and get .05 for each bag that you use! A great way to save a little bit more money on your bill. It all adds up.
What did I forget? Questions?