How to Save Big at Bashas’

Yesterday, I made a big shopping trip to Bashas’ because our American Express card had an offer where if we spent at least $50 in one shopping trip at Bashas’ we would get $10 back in Amex rewards.  Also, Bashas’ doubles coupons up to $1, I had a few more Bashas’ store coupons, and I hadn’t been to Bashas’ yet this sale cycle to pick up all the cheap weekly deals.

I picked up 63 items valued at $223.46, for a net spend of $85.20 after tax.  I’ve included a chart below that gives a breakdown of what I bought and what savings I took advantage of via coupons, rebates, and rewards.  A few of the items I picked up out of convenience (like the paper plates, ketchup, cheese, and Orowheat bread) and didn’t save as much as I could have if I had picked them up elsewhere.  But sometimes it doesn’t make sense to run all around town just to save a buck or two.  🙂

Some Important Things to Note About Bashas:

  1. In my opinion, the regular prices at Bashas’ are just way too high.  I wouldn’t shop there except for the handful of good weekly deals and the fact that they double coupons up to $1.
  2. Bashas’ (at least the ones by me in the Phoenix Metro area) doubles coupons up to $1.  So if you have a 25 cent manufacturer coupon (Q in couponer lingo), Bashas’ will double it to 50 cents.  If you have a 55 cent manufacturer Q, they will double it up to $1.  The only exception is when the coupon states “Do Not Double”.
  3. When the store Catalina coupons first scan, they show up on the register as $0 until the cashier finishes and the system can confirm that you in fact bought the items necessary to redeem the store coupon.  Just a heads up because I got confused when the cashier scanned my $6.49 worth of store coupons and at first they all said $0.

If anyone else has information about shopping at Bashas’, feel free to comment with your tips and tricks.

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