At a local Mom & Pop (technically a Super Valu store) I bought some ground beef for dinner. I go there specifically to buy my meat because my hubby is a former meat cutter and, as such, he shuns beef at the local Food Lion. He has always complained that the beef there doesn't have a beefy flavor. Anyways, I got through the line and out popped a catalina for a free meat, up to $5.00. The expiration date is 12 days out and since I don't go there as often, I loaded my groceries in the car and went right back in and selected a package of meat for $4.99.
Have you ever done this? I used to go back into Tops a few times when I lived in Erie, especially when they were running triple coupons! Since I'd already bought a bunch of meat that I intended to vacuum seal, I thought it was worth a quick return trip through the line to use the coupon. I don't know if the coupon is local or if other Super Valu participating stores are also printing out the coupon. I don't know if it was triggered by the amount of meat I bought (over $10 worth of ground beef), but I didn't get one the second time and this is a store where there's no loyalty cards. Good luck! Hope your store is doing this too.