Grocery sales disappearing?
Has anyone noticed a distinct lack of impressive sales in the last couple of months?
Of course, there have been weekly specials. There have even been some decent deals. (Last week, Fry's had Keebler Fudge cookies for 99 cents, which made us happy.) But it seems like some of the staples just aren't going as low as they used to.
It's been at least 6 weeks since I've seen Albertsons do a special of "Buy X participating products, get $X off." That usually happens at least ever 3 weeks. I haven't seen any stellar cereal deals in over a month, either. If a register coupon hadn't printed out, I could have only gotten two boxes of cereal last week. (It was $1.88 per box, so the coupons brought it down to $1.38. That's still more than I'm used to paying.)
I don't know how many of you have a Fry's near you, but it seems like it's the store staying the closest to normal sales trends. It's had offers of special savings when you buy 10 products. Even then, I haven't seen as many of the usual items on sale.
It also seems like, when the deals are on, it's getting harder to match coupons to the sale items. I'm not trying to be whiny. I still do okay. Last week, I even got some items free after coupon. Still, it's making me wonder what's going on.
Part of me is blaming the recession. As people tighten their belts, they are becoming more budget-conscious shoppers. So they'll use a coupon and a sale, but won't keep buying after that. In other words, coupons aren't doing as well at building loyalty among consumers. That could cause manufacturers to rethink large coupon values -- or perhaps even the frequency with which the savings are issued.
But maybe it's just a seasonal thing, though I don't recall sales changing this much in previous years. And I know it's not just me: My mom has confirmed that the sales in Seattle have been a little lackluster.
What's happening in your area with sales and/or coupons? Any idea what could be causing the shift?