Mariano’s Gift Card Deal
Check your mail for a postcard from Mariano’s with two coupons offering $10 off a $50 purchase. Of course you can easily spend $50 on groceries but I didn’t need that much so the coupon wasn’t really useful to me until I read the fine print.
Always read the fine print
It says: Excludes pharmacy, Mariano’s gift cards, liquor, tobacco and service counter items. No Mariano’s gift cards allowed but it doesn’t exclude thrid party gift cards! Someone messed up.
Always talk to a manager if a deal gets rejected
So I went to my Mariano’s and picked up a $50 Nordstrom’s gift card (hello Happy Hour!). The person at the register said it wouldn’t work but I said it doesn’t exclude third party gift cards. The manager happened to be at the next register because a woman was trying to pay with a check (?!). He agreed that the coupon just excludes Mariano’s gift cards. She had to manually enter the $10 discount. Cha-ching!
Lesson learned: Always read the fine print and always go up the food chain to use a discount even if it’s initially rejected. I will repeat the process on May 8. Hope you got the coupon and good luck. Marianos sells Amazon, Panera, Starbucks and many more gift cards. At my store gift cards are located in several places. If you don’t find what you want ask someone where other gift cards racks are located. Also be sure to pay with a credit card that earns bonus points at grocery stores.