7 Ways to Save at Wegmans

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Several years ago, while driving through upstate New York, we stopped at a grocery store my friend from the area absolutely raved about. I had never heard of Wegmans and was a little surprised we were stopping there because it was lunchtime.

Little did I know what was in store for me!

In the years since, and after a Wegmans opened near my home in Maryland, I’ve come to appreciate how well they run and how it’s a pleasure to shop there.

If you’re a fan and looking to save money at Wegmans, here are my best tips.

1. Coupon Doubling Up to 99 Cents

Wegmans has some of the most competitive prices, but did you know they will also double coupons with a face value up to 99 cents? There are a few rules to keep in mind, such as the doubling or face value of the coupon cannot exceed retail price and you can only use four manufacturer’s coupons on four of the same product per day.

If the coupon’s face value is $1.00 or more, it will be redeemed at face value (no doubling).

2. Join the Shoppers Club!

Wegmans has a Shoppers Club, like many other stores, but not only do you get discounts in the store, you’ll be sent mailers that often include more coupons. You will also receive the Wegmans Menu Magazine which often has great recipes and other fun educational articles.

3. Use the Wegmans App

The Wegmans App is a rich-featured shopping-list app that integrates nicely with your local store. You can create your shopping list at home and it will give you your total, pulling prices from the store. This can be very helpful if you’re on a tight budget and help you plan your trip better.

In the store, there are signs throughout that, when scanned with the Wegmans app, reveal videos, recipes, and product information. The app also gives you access to the Wegmans Menu magazine and can pull recipe ingredients from the recipes.

If you have a favorite money saving app, you may want to stick with it. If you don’t and go to Wegmans often, consider using theirs.

4. Create a Shopping List Online

If you don’t have a smartphone, or don’t want another app, you can always create your shopping list on the Wegmans website. Afterwards, you can print it out and see exactly how much the trip will cost you.

The list will organize ingredients based on the store’s aisles, which can save you a ton of time in the store.

5. Consider Wegmans Brand

Most stores’ generic brands are mediocre but not Wegmans – some of their products rival the brand names in quality. Nearly every category of product, from frozen pizza to sauces and packaged baked goods, has a Wegmans brand and they’re usually good and well-priced. At my local Wegmans in Maryland, a 29 oz. can of tomato sauce will cost you just $0.79 versus big brand name tomato sauce priced at $1.69.

6. Don’t Miss the Hot Food

Most grocery store hot food bars can be depressing affairs of overcooked food that’s overpriced. Wegmans has an impressive food bar with nearly every kind of food imaginable, but where they really shine is in two areas — sushi and the burger bar.

The sushi is delicious, fresh, and well-priced, especially if you compare it with a sushi restaurant. If you don’t see what you like, you can make special requests and they are happy to make a roll or package you want. The burger bar is a full-fledged restaurant and they offer a variety of great burgers and sandwiches that are also well-priced.

7. Personal Shopping

If you are short on time, Wegmans offer “personal shopping” where they will get everything on your shopping list and deliver it to your car. You need to place the order online the day before but you pay for it without ever having to leave your car. It costs just $5.95 with no minimum order. It’s not available at every store though, sadly. It is available only in three locations – the flagship store in Pittsford, New York, and the stores in Bridgewater and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Finally, if you live in a state where grocery stores can sell beer and wine, give their bargain wines a shot (just remember to drink responsibly). At just a few bucks a bottle, what do you have to lose?

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Be on the Lookout for This Fake Wegmans $100 Coupon

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If you’re planning to head to Wegmans to stock up on goodies for your 4th of July barbecues, take note. There’s an online discount coupon scam bearing the company’s name that appears to be making the rounds on social media.

The alleged scam involves a fraudulent Facebook post advertising a free $100 voucher to Wegmans, according to a press release issued by the grocery chain on June 30. Wegmans first became aware of the issue the day before when a customer questioned the validity of the post, the grocery chain said.

According to a statement the grocery store issued on their Facebook page Thursday: “This giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans. We’re actively working to have the fraudulent post removed. We urge consumers not to click it, share it, or provide any personal information.”

Facebook representatives didn’t immediately respond to Credit.com’s request for comment.

Protecting Yourself From Scammers

It is a good idea to always be wary of online coupons and other deals you see on social media or in your email, especially if they appear too good to be true. And, if a company is offering an online discount, it’s important to confirm it’s legitimate before you give out any personal information to claim the deal. If you do provide any personal details — including your full name, address or email — and it is a scam, you could potentially be targeted for future fraudulent activity. Scammers may even use your information to steal your identity, which could ultimately damage your credit.

If you feel like you’re a potential victim of identity theft, whether because you gave personal information to a scammer or because of something else, it’s important to take action right away. To start, you can review your credit for signs of a problem, like a sudden dip in your scores as well as addresses or new accounts you don’t recognize. (You can see your free credit report summary, updated each month, on Credit.com.) You can learn more about what to do if you fall victim to identity theft here.

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