Attention, Jewel-Osco "Black Belt" shoppers...
... time to hang up your black belts.
Corporate has confirmed that the big Catalina update (in which the deals were totally down on Monday) also fixed the price "spread" in Catalina deals that many of us have enjoyed for quite some time. (And honestly... who didn't think that "someday," this would be fixed?)
Rest assured that we'll still continue to see great deals - the current $30/$10 diapers deal runs on regular prices and is still fabulous. But for anyone who had trouble with the ice cream deal after Monday of this week - this is why. Thanks to Tracey for confirming with corporate.
This will now make parts of her video outdated and that has got to be frustrating and annoying.
I didn't teach Black Belting on video or in a live setting - I always viewed it as one of those "nice while it lasts" things that we shared on the blog, but I never expected it to be forever - plus it was so specific to Jewel-Osco.
And, my video examples are aimed at a nationwide market -- "black belting" really was unique to Chicagoland, and to Jewel. Videos are fine :)
My kids will be so bummed about the lack of pudding and jello in the house, as will all their friends who drooled over our stockpile. At least I was able to stock up for a while on the hot chocolate and soup for Fall. I just wish I had known about this site alot earlier.
Maybe the stores will find sales are down, and come up with some other "deals".
Oh well. You know what though, I will spend much less time in the grocery store at that scanner!!! haha.
IT WAS SO FUN THOUGH!!! I really liked it more for the fun of it and the thrill than really the savings. For P&G, there aren't too many products that I can't get cheap on other sales with coupons.
However, I will SINCERELY miss the ConAgra ones. :(
As most have said, it was fun while it lasted!!!
I think we should have a memorial service for Black Belt deals. I'll bring the HC soup. It's potluck. What will you bring?
... the start of the 2011 Super Coupon picnic?
It's bee more than a year and a half since the first one, and I couldn't stay very long due to a schedule conflict. Can't wait for another one.
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate for sure. It was the best deal and I have plenty to share. :)
I'll bring 10 bottles of Wesson that I shelfcleared.
You just know with all that oil this is going to be one of those frat-house kind of parties.
You are engaging my arch nemesis.
When the blackbelt door closed, something else will open. Give it time to surface.
BTW I don't buy oil
I'm the kinder gentler Kay9 who doesn't write every single post something negative.
and an oil hoarder - and if you think your post was not negative....?
OK kids--no fighting.
pet (who just joined the blog today)--you are down for bringing oil, however you got it.
pets (who's been around a bit)--what are you bringing to the memorial service?
Only those who play nice can come to the service. We want lots of you there, so let's behave.
he just signed up for new account today because I refused to accept his pm's and blocked him, so he decided to try some cyber bullying. Glad to see this blog has such high standards.
I'll bring the Tide to make clean up easier. I'm going to miss getting Tide for $2 a bottle.
That was mine, my moms and grandmothers favorite blackbelt! :(
I'll bring the hunts snack pudding or popcorn
So the "glitch" is fixed. Guess our once small community got too big. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.
I was wondering why my icecream catalina didn't work...
can we thank tlc for this?
This really does suck. But I figured it was around the corner with the lack of deals jewel has had...
Back to shopping at walmart and food4less..
Wow.. This just really made me sad.. so long free HC soup, Frozen veggies, and so on...
I did have a good run with the diaper deals this past week.. but what the HECK was up with the Jewel $10 off baby coupon beeping and not working at every Jewel?!? Do they WANT us to frustrate the cashiers?? I was buying Jewel brand diapers with it so they didn't question what I was buying, but I held up the line while people were stocking up on their Easter goodies so I felt bad being "that" couponer.
Someone at my store said it is coded wrong, and the register isn't recognizing it. I don't know if this has been fixed.
I have no problem if they start doing more of the buy 10 save $5. Get some cheap free stuff when they do that.
It was just so much fun but all good things come to an end.
I just saw your thread below, coupons are not affecting the diapers spend $30 get $10. THanks.
I was going to do 4 diaper deals today, do you think my $30 is going to change to be spend $30 after coupons??
That Healthy Choice soup deal last fall was a thing of beauty. This is really a shame.
"Your Bucks" came and went.
No more black belt deals.
C'mon, Jewel! Throw us a bone! Start doubling!
about the cat coming after all man. q's are calculated in be true to the last detail or are they strictly going off pref. price and not factoring in coupon usage? Just wondering how this will all play out.
... and the current diaper sale has not been affected by coupon usage, but I guess the rest remains to be seen.
we haven't seen too many of these deals lately, so my addiction was cured..so to speak! I don't really think this will effect my shopping at all...just last week I was able to get my $90 bill down to $15.15...with all the knowledge we learn on this site and others, we can still save our family's BIG money on grocery's and HBA products. I am thankful that I was able to participate in the black belt deals, but not that depressed over it!
It was fun while it lasted..... no more cheap Wesson Oil and Tide I guess!
I'm confused what update and what is changed.
... it really doesn't matter. It's a reference to the way a Catalina sale used to work.
It is too bad. It will stop me from trying new products. We can live without Skinny Cow ice cream, cake mixes and many other items I purchased because they were a great deal. It will make the care packages for my parents smaller too.
Thanks Jill for the update. It's sad news, but you are right, there are still plenty of wonderful deals to be had.
Thanks again for all that you do and have a wonderful holiday.
Wow always new this day was coming ): So their goes my favorite words Black Belt is history , Glad I still have lots of soup !
Thats about what I thought when it didn't work for me on Monday. Its very sad to see this end, it was very exciting while it lasted, it will be missed!