I have been asked if I think it is ethical it is to use Albertsons Doublers at WalMart. While I obviously did it the other day, I wanted to clarify my opinion on the matter. This is just my opinion. You are entitled to agreeing or disagreeing with me. I also want to give some tips on how I will handle Doublers.
I feel very blessed to live in America where companies compete for my business. Do you know how expensive things are in other countries? My grandma lives in Canada and we always take food when we visit because of their crazy prices. Even other states have crazy prices. I grew up in San Diego and the grocery store prices were so outrageous that when WalMart opened, I shopped there (and the grocery stores for my coupon items). I can't stand to pay more for the same item.
Albertsons wants my business. WalMart wants my business too. They have a sign that says they will take other store coupons (which Albertsons did until last year as well.) I also shop at WinCo because they have low prices. I obviously do a ton of shopping at Albertsons. I shop where the deals are. Many stores offer price matches and such. It works great for the consumer.
It's true that at WalMart you don't get help when you need it, but sometimes I choose to find it myself to save money. They have earned some of my business by having low prices, just as Albertsons has earned some of my business with great deals for couponers. With that said, if you look at the "My Deals" tab you will see that most of the deals I get are at from Albertsons. I love the deals I get there but I do not buy anything else I need there, I can't afford to. But I will continue to shop there for the deals. They still make money off my deal shopping.
Here is how I am planning on handling my Doublers: I will probably use them at both stores. I will not take any Doubers from the store over to WalMart. I will only use what I get in the paper. I don't think that using ones from the newspaper will hurt Albertsons, there are many people who get the newspaper and don't use them. They also have many shoppers that don't use any coupons that they make a lot of money off of (I know, I see them all the time!) I happen to buy 6 papers so I have 6 sets. I am not taking away from the store.
So I am Pro-WalMart, Pro-Albertsons, Pro-WinCo. Pro-Saving $$ where I can. I don't think I have to choose just one store. If it becomes detrimental to Albies then they will get my complete loyalty with coupon shopping. Who knows, maybe Albertsons will start to offer more Doublers in one transaction to compete back with WalMart? I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you feel that you shouldn't use any store coupons at any other stores, I can respect that.