Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bad News for Dillons Couponers

A wonderful frugal blogger who I follow daily, Frugal Fritzie, has been in contact with Dillons over the past several weeks regarding coupon issues.  Shoppers in various regions have started to notice that their electronic coupons were no longer working with paper coupons.  It seems that Dillons will be transitioning to a new policy, whereby you will no longer be able to stack the two types of coupons.  Though it's not happy news for shoppers, it does make sense because of reimbursement policies set forth by manufacturers.

I do not know when this will hit all Short Little Mama's Dillons shoppers, but I do urge you to be prepared that it will most likely be sooner than later.  I would suggest that shoppers start preparing for this by only selectively loading electronic coupons & here's the reason.  Once the computers are reprogrammed, your electronic coupons will ring up as soon as you scan your Dillons card.  At that point, you will not be able to use a paper coupon.  Electronic coupons, however, do not double like their paper counterparts.  In other words, not only will you lose stacking, you'll lose your doubled savings from the paper coupon too. 

When you load coupons from the Dillons website, you are able to to remove them from your card.  However, coupons that you load from many other websites (Cellfire, Shortcuts, etc.) cannot be removed and may stay there for several months before expiring.  Therefore,  if you buy that item, you will have no choice but to use the electronic coupon over the paper.  Not scanning your card won't help, because you need that in order to get a doubled paper coupon also.  Plus, you would lose all sorts of other in-store pricing savings that come with using the card, along with your fuel points.

For more details, please click here to read Frugal Fritzie's full report and explanation.


  1. Major Bummer! I do understand, but I was just getting good at that whole stacking process! :)

  2. The good news is that they are currently still stacking in this area : ) Just be sure to watch what you load to your card & stick with things you think you'll buy in the near future.