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Growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970’s, my parents shopped at “Canned Foods” which later became what we know today as “Grocery Outlet”. Back then, it was primarily canned foods as its name indicates. I still remember those huge cans of chili! There is an interesting page HERE about the inception and history of Grocery Outlet. One of the CEO’s is even the grandson of the original owner from the 1940’s.
As a college student in the 1990’s, I shopped at Grocery Outlet, and they accepted manufacturer coupons back then. I recall often getting cookie dough and cereal for free after using coupons. It’s probably a good thing that I can no longer get cookie dough for free, but I wouldn’t mind a free box of cereal now and again. 🙂
At some point, they stopped taking manufacturer coupons. But, they do offer store coupons for a certain dollar amount off a minimum purchase. There are a few ways to get these coupons:
In a Mailer: This month, I received a $3 off $30 or $5 off $50 purchase in a coupon booklet called “Local Buzz”. I have received these the last couple of months. I also received a $3 off $30 or $5 off $40 in a ValPak mailing that I have been receiving for a long time.
In an E-mail: if you sign up for their emails, you will receive a $3/$25 coupon. Details HERE.
On a Receipt: Sometimes there will be a certain $ off coupon you can use for a subsequent purchase.
Update 4/01/21: Check your local store’s Facebook page, we currently have a $5/$50 for the Concord, CA Willow Pass location.
I love seeing what I can find at Grocery Outlet, and am pleased that they carry a lot of vegan and plant-based groceries. And, I’ll try to forgive them for no longer taking coupons, or selling those huge cans of chili my parents bought in the 70’s. LOL! 🙂