Dillons to Cease Doubling Coupons Effective August 21st

All good things must come to an end…  It was announced yesterday that Dillons will no longer be doubling coupons in the SWMO area.  I’ve been in contact with the media relations manager over the past couple of days to get all of the details for you.

Dillons stores have decided to roll out the New Lower Prices campaign that has already been adopted by Kroger stores in several regions.  This program is an attempt to offer all customers additional savings instead of just the 15% who use coupons. 

You will notice that prices on thousands of items will decrease across the board.  The prices of everyday items will be comparable, if not less than, to discount store prices.

The following is the updated policy:

Dillons Coupon Policy Effective August 21, 2013

This document is subject to change and revisions, as needed

Store Management has the right to accept, decline, or limit the use of ANY coupon(s).

Store Management has the right to limit the quantity of coupons and /or items purchased in a single transaction, by a single Customer, or in a single day.

Coupons will be limited to no more than five (5) paper manufacturer coupons for the like products, each coupon value considered (1) coupon in the same transaction.

Coupons will be limited to redemption from products currently on-hand at the store location.

Limit one manufacturer coupon (paper or digital) per item purchased

All coupons will be accepted at face value

It is our practice to discourage the use of expired coupons

Only Pharmacy competitor coupons will be accepted

Couponed items will not be sold to vendors

Internet Coupon Restrictions/PAH Coupons:

  • “Free item” Internet coupons can be accepted if all purchase criteria is met?
  • Only one Internet coupon per item will be accepted
  • In some instances, Internet coupons may be limited to two (2) coupons per customer in a single day.?

Internet coupons that display characteristics below will not be accepted:

  • Blurry
  • Out of proportion
  • Do not scan properly
  • Appear to be altered in any way

My take:

I’ve said for quite some time that those who abuse the system will end it all for everyone.  Too many were using coupons to fund their stores and garage sales.  To those of you:  I hope the long term results were worth it.

I have heard from several who live in the areas that have previously implemented this program and they are happy with the changes.  After looking at this week’s ad, I can see why.  There are some great prices on fresh and necessity items that typically don’t offer coupons.

What do you think of the changes? 

Dillons Deals | Week of 7/6/11


This week’s matchups are courtesy of Frugal Fritzie. She covers Dillons over at her blog and has graciously agreed to allow me to post her matchups. Some things to remember about shopping at Dillons (individual stores may vary, always check with your store for their exact policies):

Things to know about shopping at Dillons:

  • Store ads run from Wednesday through Tuesday
  • Doubles coupons up to 50¢ and any coupon with a face value of 51¢-99¢ is raised to $1
  • Each store reserves the right to limit the number of like coupons that can be redeemed (the Springfield stores like to stick with 8)
  • Most sale prices require a free shopper’s card. You can pick one up at any register.

Don’t forget to:

Buying more now will save you later! Order more coupons from Coupons by Dede.


Nathan’s Beef Franks (16 oz.) – $3.00
Use $1.00/1 coupon HERE
Final Cost $2.00 (Great price for these premium franks!)

Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat (8-9 oz.) – $3.33
Use $1.00/1 Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat Reduced Sodium HERE
Final Cost $2.33

Tennessee Pride Sausage Roll (16 oz.) – $2.99
Use $0.75/1 Tennessee Pride Sausage Product coupon from the 6/19 RP insert (doubles to $1.00, some ares got $1.00/2 coupon)
Or Use $1.00/2 coupon HERE
Final Cost $1.99-$2.49 ea.

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (16 oz.) – $1.49*Wyb 10 participating items $1.79-$0.30
Use $1.00/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs coupon from the 5/15 or 6/19 SS insert
Final Cost $0.99

Oscar Mayer 1 Pound Lunchmeats (16 oz.) – $2.69*Wyb 10 participating items $2.99-$0.30
Use $1.00/2 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh or One Pound Shaved Lunchmeats coupon from the 5/15 SS insert
Final Cost $2.19 ea.
Catalina Alert! (Ends 7/9)
Buy five or more OSCAR MAYER Lunchmeats=$4.00 Catalina oyno (off your next order)
Buy 4=$3.00 oyno


Driscoll’s Strawberries (16 oz.) – $1.99
Use $0.50/1 coupon HERE


Sargento or Kraft Cheese (5-8 oz.) – $1.99
Use $0.55/1 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese, any 5-8 oz coupon from All You Magazine, May issue (doubles to $1.00)
Final Cost $0.99

Dillons Large Eggs, Grade AA (dozen) – $0.99

Welch’s Refrigerated Juice Cocktail (64 oz.) – $2.29
Use $0.75/1 Welch’s Refrigerated Juice Cocktail, 64 oz coupon from the 4/17 SS insert (doubles to $1.00)
Final Cost $1.29

Dannon Yogurt (4-6 ct.) – $1.88
Use $0.40/1 Dannon Light & Fit yogurt coupon from the 5/15 SS insert (doubles)
Or Use $1.00/2 Dannon Activia coupon from the 6/5 RP insert
Final Cost $1.08-$1.38 ea.

Pillsbury Grands (8 ct.) – $0.99*Wyb 10 participating items $1.29-$0.30
Use $0.30/2 Pillsbury Grands Refrigerated Biscuits coupon from the 4/17 SS insert (doubles)
Final Cost $0.69 ea.


Gatorade or G2 (32 oz.) – $0.69*Wyb10 participating items $0.99-$0.30

Coca-Cola products (2 liter bottle) – $0.89*Wyb10 participating items $1.19-$0.30


Minute Maid Frozen Novelties – $1.00 (possibly regional sale?)
Use $0.50/1 Minute Maid Frozen Novelty Product, any coupon from the 6/26 RP insert (doubles)
Final Cost FREE (Thanks Shannon!)

Banquet Frozen Entree (5-11 oz.) – $0.69*Wyb 10 participating items $0.99-$0.30
Use $0.50/2 coupon from HERE, enter code 63829897 (doubles)
Final Cost $0.19

Banquet Brown N Serve Sausage (6.4-7 oz.) – $0.69*Wyb 10 participating items $0.99-$0.30

Totino’s Party Pizza (9.8-10.9 oz.) or Pizza Rolls (15 ct.) – $0.89*Wyb 10 participating items $1.19-$0.30
Use $0.35/1 Totino’s Rolls Snacks coupon from the 4/17 SS insert (expires 7/9) (some areas got $1.00/3 coupon)
Or Use $1.00/3 Totino’s Products, any coupon from the 5/22 SS insert (some areas got $0.50/4 coupon)
Or Use $1.00/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products coupon from the 4/17 SS insert (expires 7/9)
Final Cost $0.19-$0.69


Stacy’s Pita Chips (8 oz.) – $2.00
Use $0.55/1 Stacy’s Pita Chips or Bagel Chips, any 7 1/3 oz or larger coupon from the 6/26 SS insert (doubles to $1.00)
Final Cost $1.00

Garden of Eatin’ Chips (16 oz.) – $3.49
Use $1.00/1 coupon HERE
Final Cost $2.49

Nabisco Ritz Crackers (7.5-16 oz.) – $2.49*Wyb 10 participating items $2.79-$0.30
Use $1.00/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, any 3.7-25.2 oz coupon from the 6/19 SS insert
Final Cost $2.49 ea.

Fritos or Cheetos (7.75-10.5 oz.) – $1.69*Wyb 10 participating items $1.99-$0.30

Oreo Cookies (8.5-18 oz.) – $2.69*Wyb 10 participating items $2.99-$0.30
Use $1.00/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, any 3.7-25.2 oz coupon from the 6/19 SS insert
Final Cost $2.19 ea.

Twizzlers (11-16 oz.) – $1.67
Use $0.50/1 Twizzlers Candy, any 10z or more bag coupon from the 6/26 SS insert (some areas got a $1.00/3 coupon)
Final Cost $0.67-$1.34


Chef Boyardee Pasta Cup (7.5 oz.) or Canned (14.5-15 oz.) – $0.69*Wyb 10 participating items $0.99-$0.30
Use $0.50/3 coupon from HERE, enter code 63829897 (doubles)
Final Cost $0.36 ea.

Kraft BBQ Sauce (18 oz.) – $0.69*Wyb 10 participating items $0.99-$0.30
Note: Watch for peelie coupons on Kraft BBQ, “$2.00 off Country Time wyb 2 Kraft BBQs”

Frank’s Hot Sauce Small Bottle $1.29
Use $0.50/1 Frank’s Redhot Sauce coupon from HERE (zipcode 55127) or HERE (doubles)
Final Cost $0.29

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General Mills Cereal (11.8-17.1 oz.) – $2.29*Wyb 10 participating items $2.59-$0.30
Use $0.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios coupon HERE (doubles)
Use $0.75/1 Cookie Crisp Cereal coupon HERE(doubles to $1.00)
$0.75/1 Cocoa Puffs HERE (doubles to $1.00)
$0.75/1 Fiber One HERE (doubles to $1.00)
Use $0.50/1 General Mills Original Cheerios Cereal coupon from the 6/26 SS insert (doubles, some areas got a $1.00/2 coupon)
Final Cost $1.29


Cottonelle Bath Tissue (12 Double Rolls) – $5.99*Wyb 10 participating items $6.29-$0.30
Use $0.50/1 coupon HERE (doubles)
Final Cost $4.99

Tide In-Wash Stain Release or Pacs (18 ct. or 36 oz.) – $5.99
Use $3.00/1 Tide Powder 26-50 oz, Duo Pac 15-34 ct or Liquid Stain Release 36-68 oz coupon from the 6/5 P&G insert
Final Cost $2.99

Oral B Cross-Action Toothpaste (1 ct.) – $2.99
Use $2.00/1 coupon from the 7/3 P&G insert
Final Cost $0.99

Ball Jar products 20% Off
Ball Jars (12 ct.) – $7.77
Use $0.75/1 Ball or Kerr Jars, any case coupon from the 6/12 SS insert (doubles to $1.00)
Final Cost $6.77 (Thanks Broderick!)

Dillons Making Huge Strides in Joplin Relief Effort

I received the following press release from Dillons over the weekend.  We discussed it in part on our Facebook page, but I wanted to post full details here.


HUTCHINSON, KANSAS, May 28, 2011 – In ongoing efforts to support the community of Joplin, MO, Dillon Stores as a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its commitment to rebuild and pledges a $250,000 contribution to the Ozark Food Harvest and a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution to the Red Cross’ tornado relief efforts.

While complete details of the rebuilding project remain under consideration, the Dillons team will work closely with Joplin city officials to determine the best approach, as the community begins to redevelop.

“The tragedy in Joplin is unimaginable and it will take all of us working together to begin healing.  We hope that today’s announcement to rebuild, our ongoing help to Ozark Food Harvest and financial support to the Red Cross is a step forward for the Joplin community in the aftermath of this devastating tornado.  Dillons has been a part of the Joplin community for the past 30 years and we’re pleased to be a part of its future,” said Joe Grieshaber, president of Dillon Stores.

Dillons will donate $250,000 to the Ozark Food Harvest in support of its enduring commitment to ending hunger in the communities it serves, with the donation reserved for further relief efforts in Joplin.

An additional dollar-for-dollar matching contribution will be provided to the Red Cross tornado relief efforts on behalf of Dillons to support the generosity of its customers.  With its ongoing Red Cross Relief Drive for tornado victims, customers and associates may give a cash donation at coin-boxes or round-up their grocery order to the nearest dollar at the register while doing their regular grocery shopping.  Donations are now being accepted at all Dillons, Baker’s, or Gerbes locations.  100% of these contributions and the matching donation will benefit the Red Cross’ tornado relief efforts.  In the first few days of the drive, nearly $15,000 has been collected for the Red Cross, thanks to the generosity of customers and associates.

Additionally, a semi-truck load of supplies including bottled water, paper products, and snack items has been donated to the Joplin Red Cross Command Center to assist with immediate relief efforts and essential needs.

“Our top priority has always been our associates in Joplin and the community, in the wake of this disaster, added Grieshaber.  “We are extremely proud of our team in Joplin and their efforts to quickly respond to the warning on Sunday night.  Thanks to their immediate reactions with our emergency safety plans, all 35 people in Dillons at the time of storm escaped with only a few minor injuries.  This is truly remarkable in light of the complete destruction.”

Dillon Stores has also announced additional support options for associates serving in Joplin, MO to offer continued employment with a number of options.  Dillons will offer transfers for continued employment, relocation allowances, and financial assistance through its internal “Helping Hands” fund with contributions from across the Kroger Family of Stores.  For associates with unique needs, Dillons will offer a generous severance package for associates who must make the best decision for their families. 

“We understand that everyone’s personal circumstances are unique and uncertainty about the future is difficult.  So we’re doing everything we can to help our associates find job opportunities in nearby stores and assisting them in many other ways,” Grieshaber added.

Minor Changes to Dillons Coupon Policy


Calm down, it’s nothing major!  Dillons has decided to discontinue the credit for bringing your own reusable bags.   The following letter was sent out explaining the decision:

Dear Valued Customer:

We appreciate our customers’ continued efforts to help us lessen our impact on the environment, and particularly your interest in helping us reduce the amount of plastic and paper bags used to carry groceries. Your choice of switching to reusable canvas bags and/or reusing plastic shopping bags is commendable, as we work together to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our landfills.

In the past, we have offered an incentive of 5-cents per bag for each plastic, paper or canvas bag you have returned to reuse in our stores. This program started in the 1980’s as our initial efforts began to reduce the number of paper bags used, and therefore lessen the impact to trees being harvested from our forests. Today our closed loop recycling program saves 22 million pounds of plastic from entering landfills each year.

Together, the great success of our plastic bag recycling efforts has made our 5-cent bag refund program a relatively ineffective way for us to positively impact the environment. We are writing to make you aware of an important change to this program.

Effective January 1st, we will no longer offer this incentive. Instead, the money that has been used to fund the program will be redirected into other recycling, energy conservation, and composting efforts that will serve a more positive benefit to our environment, our customers and to the communities we serve.


Joe Grieshaber

President, Dillon Stores

Electronic Coupons

I’d also like to use this post to remind everyone of the issues with stacking manufacturer and electronic coupons.  While a few e-coupons will still allow you to stack it with a manufacturer coupon, I have absolutely no way of telling until I use them- which isn’t very often! 

Some electronic coupons are manufacturer coupons while others are store coupons.  I’ve noticed less issues with stacking when using the coupons loaded directly from the Dillons (or Kroger) sites. 

If you’d like, I can keep a spot open on the site where you can submit which coupons did or did not work for you- might save everyone some confusion in the long run. 

I’m (not so) Patiently Waiting…

First thing’s first:  Kudos to the United States Postal Service.  You have successfully caused me more anxiety issues today than I’ve had in the past year.  I understand that the time of mail delivery may vary due to conditions that are out of your control, but this is a LITTLE extreme.

If you ‘like’ (I still really despise that term) Gateway to Saving on Facebook, you’ve been given a heads up that there is a HUGE Mega Sale at Dillons, Gerbes, and Kroger (yes, and all other affiliates) this week.  If you don’t ‘like’ us on Facebook and missed this early notification, you ought to get ‘yer rump on over there and ‘like’ us.  There is going to be a LOT of free and cheap stuff with this sale.  I mean a LOT.  Definite stock up time.

While I’ve had a full listing of the items featured in this week’s sale for nearly 2 weeks now, I’ve been waiting for my ad to get here to confirm the prices of these items.  In Southwest Missouri, we really don’t fall into any of the other ‘ad regions’ and seem to have higher prices than other areas.  Sometimes these prices are nearly triple, so I want to be careful of what deals I post and what coupons I order.

I get the ads mailed to me, and usually receive them on Mondays- around 10:30 a.m.  There was some severe flooding around here last night, so I sat on pins and needles while I waited for my mailman to arrive.  The kids were getting really tired from hopping up every 10 minutes to check the mail.  When he finally got here around 1:30, I threw everything else down (including my Kraft cheese coupons and my free Soap Opera Digest- and I am dying  to know what’s going on with Sami and Rafe) and ripped the Dillon’s ad out.  I ran to my office and turned the computer on while scrambling to get the ad open.  Wait- Kraft Singles are $1.79?  I thought they were part of the mega sale.  As I looked further down the ad, this is what I found:

CIMG0058 Notice the dates?  (and my freshly painted toenail?)  Yup- it’s LAST week’s ad.  Talk about an immense letdown!

So, since I don’t have an ad, I am going to give you a small listing of the Mega Sale items.  Order coupons at your own risk.  Some of this stuff is free in other locations, but it might still be pretty high here.  I’m only listing items that I’m purchasing coupons for myself.

  • Kraft Shredded Cheese
  • Sargentos Cheese
  • Kraft Singles
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Amp Energy Drinks
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Keebler Cookies
  • Keebler Crackers
  • Nabisco Crackers
  • Pepsi
  • Spaghettios
  • Scotch Brite Sponges

I’m holding off on posting prices and ordering other coupons UNTIL I get confirmation of the ad! 

Buying more now will save you later!  Order more coupons from Coupons by Dede or The Coupon Clippers.