I am so not a couponer. I have good intentions sometimes and actually take the time to look up coupons, print them out, even cut them out. IF it is a good day, I will even put them in my purse, but 99% of the time I don't use them or we really don't need the items that I have cut the coupons for. I know I should try and save money anyway that I can, especially now that we own our own house, but remembering to take coupons and actually using them is more time and effort than I care to put forth.
We have Randall's stores here in Texas, but they fall under the Safeway brand so you might have a Tom Thumb or Dominick's in your area. What they have done is roll out a new program called Just For U. It is a personalized coupon and deal application which makes it so much easier to save money without having to clip coupons. For a person like me who is so bad at taking coupons, this is a godsend!!
This past week, several bloggers from the Houston area were invited to learn more about the Just For U program, test it our ourselves with a shopping trip and see the application in action.
What is Just for U, you ask? Well, whether online or through their mobile app you can add deals and coupons to your club card and be able to use them in the store without having to actually print and cut coupons. There are several sections including the Coupon Center, Personalized Deals, Club Specials and Savings List.
From the Coupon Center, you have the choice of adding coupons that are available to most people to be able to use on everyday items. You just have to click to add them to your card and when you pick up that item in the store and head to check out, if you input your club card or have it scanned it will automatically use the coupon for you without you having to dig it out of your purse or wallet.
The Personalized Deal section is just that, personal deals that are chosen for you based on your past shopping history. This means that you could get a better price on produce or drinks based on what you have bought in the past. Every once in awhile you will even get a deal for a free item. How cool is that. Being that they are personalized, not everyone will get the same deals even if you live and shop at the same store. IT is based on things you have bought in the past. So if you are about to head to the store, take a minute to check out your personalized deals, add them to your card and when you check out they will automatically be discounted. If you don't add them to your card though, then they won't come off.
What is cool is that if you have a smart phone, you can check your personalized deals and coupon center from the phone app while in the store and by the time you get to checkout, you will get your savings.
In just a little while, you will even be able to check all of the regular club deals that are at your specific store without having to pull out a flyer. You can check these right now on the website, but will soon have that ability from the mobile app as well.
For those of us who don't coupon or forget them half the time(especially when shopping with your kids in tow), the Just for U system makes it so much easier to get your savings with just a few minutes and clicks. Then you can shop and buy what you need and your savings will automatically come off when you check out. They even have a cool feature where you can make you shopping list based on deals that you have clipped, then go in and manually type out the rest of your shopping list. AND, you can even check off what you have picked up while in the store and make getting your shopping done that much easier. If you take your hubby with you or send him to the store, he can get what is needed based on the shopping list. You can even add to the list while you are at home.. haha.. I thought that was fabulous!!!
They plan making more changes in the future and make it so it is so much easier for everyone to save money with little effort. You can find more about the program from the Randall's Website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are a few pictures from our day of learning and shopping fun :) I was a bit bummed that on our trip, I was the one who saved the lease amount of money, but I was one of only two non-couponers there.
Moms Confession, Renee of Qpon Junkie, and Crystal of Simply Being Mommy.
Moms Confession, Stephanie of Katy Couponers, Tiffany of One Deal at a Time, Me, Kristin of Coupon Kristin, Renee of Qpon Junkie, Shellie of Saving with Shellie, Crystal of Simply Being Mommy, Jennifer of Still Living the Dream and Paul of I Heart the Mart.
I was given gift cards in exchange for my time and post. All opinions are 100% mine.