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Albie’s Sale/Ham Rebate Participating Product Match-up

I thought this information might be helpful for those of you who want to take advantage of two GREAT promotions taking place this week.
The Albertson’s promotion is this:  “Spend $25 in participating Kraft/Unilever products, get FREE meat or seafood, up to $10.” (Check out PYP to see a scan of the ad, as well as their list of product/price/coupon breakdowns).
The Unilever Ham rebate promotion is this: “Purchase $40 worth of participating Unilever products and one ham or turkey and receive a ham or turkey rebate up to $20” (this is a mail-in rebate that came in the 4/5 Unilever coupon insert)
If you’re like me, and you’d like to take the best advantage of BOTH promotions, you’re going to have to do a bit of homework.  

First: You’ll need to know which of the Unilever products in Albertson’s promotion match up with the Unilever products in the ham/turkey rebate offer.  I’ve cross-referenced the PYP Albertson’s list with the list from the ham/turkey rebate site (www.makinglifebetter.com), and the brands that match up to both promotions are:
Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Country Crock, Dove, Good Humor, Best Foods, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, Knorr, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Lipton Tea, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragu, Skippy, Slimfast, Suave, Vaseline, Wish-bone.
I suggest you print out the PYP list and put a star next to all the products in the list above (that’s what I’ll be doing).  I think this will simplify your choices for you.
Second:  Now that you know which products on sale at Albertson’s this Wednesday match up with the rebate offer, your next step is to figure out which of those products you want to buy in order to reach $50 worth (BEFORE coupons) of product.  This will qualify you for FREE meat, up to $20.  Pick out a ham or turkey as close to $20 as you can to maximize your savings, then buy your $50 worth of products and get your FREE ham/turkey instantly. 
Third:  When you get home, go through your receipt and circle all the Unilever products you just purchased (again, refer to the list above if you need help remembering).  The total of all the Unilever products has to be over $40 (before coupons) to get the ham/turkey rebate, and should be no problem, since you just spent $50 in Unilever products to get the Albertson’s FREE meat promo).  Then fill out the rebate form and send it with your receipt to the address on the form.  You will get your (up-to) $20 rebate within 8-10 weeks (see the rebate and website for full details).
So that’s the long story, but what’s the short, you ask?
Essentially, you will spend $50 OOP (BEFORE coupons, remember), and get a free ham/turkey.  Then you will get $20 back by mail, making your total $30 OOP (before coupons) and a free ham/turkey.  If you can use coupons on the items you buy, you can reduce your final OOP dramatically! 

And as an added bonus, if you wait and do this trip on April 9th-12th, you will ALSO qualify for Albertson’s other promotion (announced in the Statesman this past Sunday), which is “Get two 10% off coupons when you spend $25 or more between Thursday, April 9th and Sunday, April 12th using your Albertson’s prefered card” (promotion limited to two 10% coupons awarded per transaction.  First coupon effective Apr. 13-19th, Second coupon effective Apr. 20-26). 
 
So many things to think about this week–what are you going to buy?  How low can you get your final OOP?