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straightscoop
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Do the grocery stores on St. John take coupons? I use them all the time on the mainland and I figured since the prices were higher in the USVI I'd like to save as much as I can.

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Topic starter Posted : March 14, 2009 7:41 pm
dntw8up
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I've never seen anyone use coupons here. We don't get them in newspapers or via junk mail, so there isn't customer expectation or compelling reason for stores here to honor coupons. We're usually happy enough to find what we want in stock!

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Posted : March 14, 2009 8:09 pm
Xislandgirl
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To add to dntw8up's reply, you will not find the brand names that you are used to buying at home. While some will be familar depending on what area of the country you live in, I know from New England, many of the brands are not available here.

Of course, Doritos, etc are everywhere, but it is not likely that you will feel like you are in your hometown grocery store.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 8:56 am
billd
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cost you less does but it is a real hassel

billd

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Posted : March 15, 2009 9:40 am
A Davis
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i do believe that they should be taken. i know that when i purchase an item with coupon included on the package, they honor that with no questions, and when i save the coupons from purchases, where you have to cut them off the package, they have been honored as well.

i don't do this very often and cannot definitively say which stores do it, but i have not been turned down. at the kmart, coupons are generated based upon your purchase that you can use later.

i'd try it on and see what happens... you never know unless you ask.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 7:41 pm
Marty on STT
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I know the economy is really tight right now, and this is only my own opinion, but if you are cutting this so close that coupons make a difference in your trip, you may want to consider other destinations for a vacation, as it's kinda pricey here...$6 for a gallon of milk, in some places a half galloon is $4.50. Now, don't get me wrong, we have people here who are on welfare (section 8) and receive Gov't assistance and I don't even see them using coupons at Pueblo...although, when I see someone with the welfare slips in their hand, I get in another line, as it takes forever for them to check out, what with all the singing and stamping and validating, etc....I'm all for keeping as much of your own money in your own pocket as possible, but coupons are not something you find much of here...

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Posted : March 17, 2009 7:18 am
islandrealtor
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I have printed coupons from the internet and used them in stores on St. Thomas with no problem. The major issue is that many of the items for which I can find coupons are not carried in any stores here.

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Posted : March 17, 2009 9:22 am
STT Resident
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I've used manufacturer's coupons here with no problem but, as has been said, they're not automatically available here in the newspapers and not all brands are available here either.

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Posted : March 17, 2009 10:38 am
straightscoop
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Thanks for all the replies! I am not on welfare or anything like that, I just like to cut costs where I can and to me coupons are like free money. I typically save 50% off my grocery bill by using them at home but it wouldn't make or break my trip by any means. I may bring a few for things I know I'm more likely to find there that tend to be expensive (like diet Coke)

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Topic starter Posted : March 24, 2009 5:19 pm
lovelyanneofcleves
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No, grocery stores on St. John do not take coupons unless they are their own and I have never seen any of those. In fact, even if an item has a coupon right on it when you buy it and it's an instant money off coupon, they will not accept it. St. Thomas stores do sometimes accept them but I have never seen one on St. John do it.

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Posted : March 24, 2009 8:51 pm
bfpbrady
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We were just on St. John for a week and took a cooler with meat, dairy products, veggies, fruits. This saved us a lot of time and $. We still used the grocery stores, but had the basics.
wonderful week!

BFP

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Posted : March 24, 2009 9:09 pm
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