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July 2, 2012

Why HEB Coupons Vary From Store To Store

Have you ever found a deal posted here on HEB Bargain Hunter that sounds like the perfect stockpile price on one of your favorite products -- then when you got to your local HEB store, you couldn't find the coupon I talked about?

It turns out that HEB yellow coupons can vary quite a bit from store to store -- even in stores just a couple of miles away from one another.  Here's why.

Why HEB rotates sales and coupons

There are two main reasons why HEB coupons vary from store to store.  First off, HEB breaks the stores down in various regions or zones, that are organized by geographic proximity, as well as demographic factors.

In other words, stores may run different promotions based on the side of town they're on, as well as their particular product assortment.  Stores in lower-income neighborhoods may also have different deals and specials that a nearby store in a newer or pricier neighborhood.

Secondly, HEB rotates sales based on these zones in order to help them keep stock of advertised items on store shelves.  If HEB decided to run a coupon or sale in all 116 Texas stores, and ran out of a product in all stores on the same week, that could be a state-wide customer service nightmare!

So HEB has adopted this rotational approach towards their sales and coupons in order to increase customer service satisfaction and maintain inventory levels across the company.

What this means for shoppers

Still, you really want that deal you heard about -- so how do you make that happen?

In some instances, it can be worth getting friends in other neighborhoods or cities to actually swap HEB coupons with you!  Although HEB coupons aren't the same in every store, many can be used in a store that's different from the one you found it in.

For example, I have sent HEB coupons before to a friend of mine who lives in Corpus Christi, who had a great price on pasta in her store, but no coupon to stack.  She was able to use them successfully at her store.

It's probably also useful to shop two stores consistently -- maybe one store in your neighborhood and one by your work -- to see which store offers better deals on the items you buy.  

Since I live on the NE side of town, my two nearest stores are actually in two different zones -- one in San Antonio, and one in New Braunfels/Central Texas.  So that means double the deals for me!

Finally, keep a close eye on the HEB Bargain Hunter Facebook page -- when readers find deals in their stores, they will usually post which store they were shopping at.  That way, you can hit up the exact store where the deal was spotted if you live nearby.

Your turn

Do you have other questions about HEB yellow coupons?  Check out the HEB 101 page for more information, or shoot me the question in the comments section below!

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1 comment:

  1. I ran into this just last week. I saw in my HEB ad (for Beeville) the meal deal on the precooked brisket. Also, you posted about it being in SA stores. While traveling through SA, we stopped at the HEB on SW Military Dr, near I37. They did not have the meal deal on brisket. Instead, it was on ribs and sausage. The same free items, just different meat. I was very disappointed. We left and didn't purchase anything. Stopped at HEB in Pleasanton and they had the brisket on the meal deal. My Beeville store had the brisket, as did several in Corpus Christi that I have been to since. That's just crazy!