Posted by Chuck on March 16, 2017
Manufactured Spending

Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Chuck


Stop&Shop/Giant/Martin’s: $15 Shopping Credit with $250 Visa Gift Card Purchase [3/17-3/23]

The Offer

S&S Link Giant Link Martin’s Link (ad p8)

  • Buy $250 in Visa gift cards at Stop&Shop or Giant or Martin’s and get a $15 shopping voucher

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The Fine Print

  • Valid Friday 3/17 through Thursday 3/23
  • $15 shopping credit will print on receipt
  • $15 shopping credit will expire on April 6
  • Fine Print indicates that you must use your shopping card to get the deal
  • One offer per transaction
  • You can’t buy a gift card with the $15 coupon, you’ll have to use it on regular groceries

Our Verdict

Great deal being that buying VGC at the grocery can be profitable to begin with if you get bonus points there. Either put exactly $250 on the variable-load card or what I would do is just buy the full $500 amount to increase my MS.

What’s really incredible is that the fine print indicates that this deal is repeatable, so you can buy multiple $250 or $500 cards in separate transactions and get another $15 voucher for each. It remains to be seen whether you’ll be able to redeem all of those vouchers in one big shopping trip or if you’ll have to use them one on each shopping transaction.

Update: In the comments, some people are reporting success with doing this deal multiple times with the same shopping card while others are reporting failure.

Hat tip to FWF and DDF

75 Responses to Stop&Shop/Giant/Martin’s: $15 Shopping Credit with $250 Visa Gift Card Purchase [3/17-3/23]

  1. Daniel says:

    I assume of you purchase a gift card over $250 it also works?

  2. Joe says:

    Can you use the voucher/coupon on the same day/shopping trip

    • MonetaryDragon says:

      Yes. Go to Customer Service first to buy your gift card, and your receipt will have the coupon. Then buy groceries and use an ordinary human-manned checkout to use the coupon. I did this today with no issues.

  3. frugalman says:

    I think my local S&S now only accept cash or bank issued debit card for Visa gift card purchase. Remember to have seen such sticker on register during the check out. Haven’t tried in person though. Might not hard coded.

    • joe says:

      Where is your local Stop and shop?

    • Deb says:

      How recently have you checked this? Someone on redditt posted that his S&S just started taking cc again for vgc and a bunch of people had a chuckle. They started it back up again last fall. But I don’t know, you could have a vigilante manager at your place or something. It should be hard coded but he might have trained people to deny. You can find pictures online advertising they take it now and see if a cashier will let you try.

    • A lot take credit card again, so check if you haven’t been there recently. They have even had signs up saying as much as some locations.

    • Chuck says:

      Frugalman, that was the policy at one time. Now, however, there is a clear sign displayed in some/all stores that card is fine. Additionally, they clearly advertise in all their ads that card is fine.

      • JASON says:

        This is still YMMV. The nearest local S&S near me allows credit card, however cashier have to call their manager to use key on machine in order to process. I was once told by cashier that they have limits on buying it. I knew for CVS it’s $2000 per driver license/state ID per day but I didn’t ask them what the limit is. I don’t want to attract too much attention by asking “in-depth“ questions. A few days ago I drove to another S&S which is 3 miles away from me, while waiting in line I saw the sticker/label that said effective immediately purchase of gift cards require cash or pin-enable debit card. I didn’t bother asking then just put it back and left. It appears that some stores change back to no to CC probably to avoid trouble/fraud.

  4. Kevin says:

    This deal is going to wipe the shelves of VGC inventory. I sure hope they don’t use it as an excuse not to restock.

    • Zer0cul says:

      I went today and there were about 7 racks with about 10-15 cards each. Way better than the Staples that was completely empty.

  5. Jon says:

    Can you guys let me know where you are liquidating these Meta VCGs? I havn’t been able to get rid of them since USPS blocked it, and the people in my local Walmart are meaner than people that denied soup to Oliver Twist.

    If you rather email me, my email is Thanks in advance!

  6. Jason says:

    The cashiers in my local S&S always asks their manager to use a key whenever I purchase a gift card there, and that makes the waiting time very long.

    I don’t have AE so the following CC is what I’ve been using to MS there:

    Santander Bravo 3% with $5000 cap per quarter
    BofA Cash Rewards 2% with $2500 cap per quarter, or 2.2% if deposit into BofA bank account
    Consumers Credit Union cash rewards CC 3% with $6000 cap per year

    The $15 is basically merchandises that worth $15.

    One thing I don’t understand is that what if I or someone else with the same idea, grab all the visa gift cards and pay them all separately at check out.

    Visa gift cards sold at S&S by gift card mall so they should be pin-enable. However, for the VGC I bought on GCM in the past, I never successfully buy a money order with PIN at post office. Please share your method of liquidating those VGC too. Thank you

    • Kevin says:

      The service desk has the key and that’s where you should go to buy VGC. Don’t make the cue behind you wait for a cashier to call the manager on duty.

  7. Bodiddely says:

    Glad I have plenty of bandwidth left on my OBC! I’m guessing the terms of the $15 shopping credit will exclude alcohol though? Still a great deal.

  8. Dave says:

    Cmon guys,this isn’t really that great a deal. It’s not easily scaleable… sure you can repeat but it’s time consuming to do these one at a time, I don’t want to put 10 of these on my favorite credit card, and it draws attention in a negative way.

    I can see individual people doing one of these, but it’s not going to wipe out the shelves.

    • Justin says:

      Not a great deal? It’s at least a $20 money maker, more if you do it multiple times, which you should.

      • Dave says:

        To be at least a $20 money maker you have to be using better than a 2% card to account for purchasing fees and money orders/cashing out. Not to mention it’s not cash, it’s groceries that you have to spend quickly (which you lose out on your percentage spend for also.)

        For me the problem is that if I have a 5% card that I want to use (I do), but I do not want to do 10 $500 transactions on it.

        I don’t like things that draw attention to myself. Going to customer service to make 10 transactions in a row does that. Only buying 1 or 2 of these nets me a few bucks, hardly worth the effort unless I’m already going to the store, in which case I want to be buying $5000, not $500. It’s not a bad deal, but it’s certainly not the deal of the century.

      • sam says:

        It is actually less than $20 unless you use a card that gives you 5% back.
        As Dave said earlier due to separate transactions required, the chances being flagged for repeat similar transactions is a risk that I won’t personally take. I will spread a few over different cards and that’s pretty much it. Liquidation is also becoming more difficult, at least here in metro NY.
        It is still a good deal, but I doubt people will wipe out the shelves given that it is right after a gas promo and everyone must have done high numbers. Around Christmas they had $20 credit for $100 and there was still plenty of inventory in my 2 local S&S.

  9. Deb says:

    Where to liquidate? I buy my MOs right at the same store! Never in the same trip of course. Plus we have a bunch of these in a small area so I hop around. It is one stop shopping.

    Did anyone notice at the service desk the register wants you to enter your phone number but if you wait the cashier does something and it clears it? Kinda spooked me at first. I don’t want them tracking my mo purchases.

  10. Livvy says:

    Just did two separate transactions. Got $15 on first tx, but zero on second. Message that prints on receipt: one per household. I suggest you test the first purchase by reading the fine print on your receipt before you buy amy subsequent gift cards.

    • joe says:

      I have Amex EDP. Bought 4. Got 4 coupons. Used them all.. had to do separate transactions for them though. Thanks DOC. Liquidated all GCs to pay federal taxes.

      • david says:

        JOe… did you used separate giant cards?

        • joe says:

          no…. just input my ph#. Anyone think hitting 4 swipes on 1 card is too many.. i hope not.

          wouldn’t mind to see this promo again in April for the chase freedom quarterly… bonus.

          • Eric says:

            Did you buy all 4 in the same visit? I would think it would be very awkward to make that many purchases at CS.

  11. Dave says:

    Confirmed I was able to use the $15 coupon immediately. Also confirm it is one per Stop&Shop card #, as my 2nd purchase did not print another $15 coupon. Bummer.

    location: Stop & Shop in Edison NJ on Route 1 South.

    • Eric says:

      In the past the coupons said “one per transaction”. Do they now say “one per household”?

      Is the $15 coupon on a $15+ purchase?

      • MonetaryDragon says:

        They say both “one per household” and “one per transaction”, at least at my Giant in Maryland.

        I believe it specifies a $15+ purchase but I can’t confirm that because I no longer have the coupon. Regardless, there is no cash back, so redeeming for a slightly greater than $15 purchase is optimal.

  12. david says:

    I was able to buy 4 cards and received 4 coupons at Giant. Coupon can be used with no minimum level of purchase. So this deal is great!

  13. Jason says:

    Giant-PA: Used Giant Bonus card,made first $250+ Visa GC purch, got $15 coupon; made second $250+ Visa GC purch, and got $15 coupon again. SAME Giant card used. Therefore, “One offer per transaction” confirmed at Giant in PENNSYLVANIA. NOT limited to one per household, in which case Giant bonus cards within the household can be linked (and limited in some cases).

    Keep in mind: Giant-PA is a separate division from Giant-Maryland, Martins, and Stop and Shop, even though all are owned by AHold, sometimes different rules apply.

  14. bmanamex says:

    I’m confused. My Stop & Shop doesn’t have any $250 dollar gift cards. I bought a variable load Visa gift card for 500 + 5.95fee. No coupon printed out. Purchased with Amex PRG.
    Any ideas?

  15. escot says:

    Say Chuck, just what fine print are you referencing that led you to believe we can get more than one $15 coupon? Just tried this tonight at a Virginia Shenandoah Valley area Martin’s (a very nice store I hadn’t visited in a long time), and the folks there were very attentive and helpful to me in getting a new Martin’s card, then buying my first Visa GC with a credit card there….. (and yes, it did require a manager’s approval and checking)

    I was already hesitant about getting a second one on the first visit — but then I too saw the clear bold print on the receipt — just above the code for the coupon: “One per household.”

    I didn’t try going for a second tonight…. (I am grateful for the $15 worth of “free groceries” — all the while knocking out another chunk of my CSR spend.)

  16. Silvercan says:

    A DP here in Giant in PA: I made two separate purchases of $500 VGC and successfully got one coupon on each receipt. However, the code for this two coupons are the same, and it clearly stated ONE PER HOUSEHOLD. I succeeded to use one coupon immediately. Have not tried the second one but my guess is it will not work. Will try tomorrow.

    • SteveH says:

      I think it is a single bar code for the coupon and they are just going off the fact that it is printed on the receipt paper (and hence the reason they will not allow the coupon thru self service). I actually had a situation where the first gift card didn’t activate for some reason (even though I was charged) so they had to process a second gift card at customer service. I ended up with two receipts each having a $15 coupon on them (same code). One was through my shoppers club card and I realize now that the second was through the customer service store card.

    • Dustin says:

      Giant PA also, I’ve now used 3 of the $15 coupons. I haven’t attempted to use more than 1 in the same transaction though.

  17. MonetaryDragon says:

    Just used the deal at a Giant in Maryland. Like some of those above, the coupon said both ‘one per household’ and ‘one per transaction’. I will be back again on Sunday to try again, and report back with my results.

    To those who have made multiple purchases and either been successful or not: what state are you buying your gift cards in? So far the data points indicate that PA allows multiple coupons (but maybe not multiple successful coupon uses), while NJ does not.

  18. Nick says:

    Martin’s Grocery Stores – Richmond: Used Martin’s card, bought a $500 VISA GC, got $15 coupon, unfortunately, on the receipt it says “Limit 1 coupon per household”. Does anyone know if Giant in Virginia, has this limit as well?

    • escot says:

      Hi Nick. I think you’re referring to a different Giant chain — the ones omnipresent across northern Virginia. The Giant he’uh in Hoo’ville IS part of the PA chain, but curiously, they don’t participate in these promos. (bummer — so I went over to Waynesboro for the Martin’s there….)

      Like you, I saw the “limit 1 coupon per household” — and yet the doc here seems to think we should ignore that clear printed limitation and instead trust the isolated poster or two here who claims they got more than one coupon and then actually successfully used more than one. I’m not close enough to my Martin’s to just drop on by…. How about you or others, can anybody else attest to getting more than one coupon to work (for real) at your Martin’s/Giant/S&S

      • escot says:

        SELF CORRECTION (wish I could delete/revise my own post)….

        Apologies Nick, your question about Virginia Giants is a good one, and the Giants here in Virginia are participating (at least according to their ads). I hope others can chime in with their experiences.

        PS: Lame excuse for my mistake: a. The Charlottesville Giant has long NOT participated in many of the point promos that others Giants do. and b. I’m originally from near Wind Gap, PA — home of a very different “Giant”

      • Chuck says:

        Should be easy enough to just test buying two $500 VGC’s in separate transactions, and then you’ll know whether or not your store works for doubles.

  19. Prezmot Prezmoten says:

    There is an activation fee of $5.95 for each gift card. So you are paying $268 for $250 worth of gift cards.
    The final verdict is that you are losing $3 so this is more of a scam than a good deal.

  20. Prezmot Prezmoten says:

    There is a $5.00 activation fee on these cards. People need know this before falling for this. Please do not delete my comments.

  21. DAVID says:

    Based on my experience today near Baltimore.

    1. The 1 per household isn’t enforced (I purchased 2, $250 cards at one store and another 2 at a separate store) All separate transactions and received 3, $15 off coupons.

    2. Despite what the coupon says..these CAN be used at self checkout

    2. Despite what the coupon says…you CAN use more than one of the coupons at the same time (at least at self checkout you can)

    • XP1 says:

      Did you use the same reward card? Are the coupons the same code or unique?

    • JP says:

      if the codes are same, did you tried to use same coupon twice? I wonder if its tied to your rewards number..

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks for datapoint on using multiple coupons in same transaction at self checkout.

      Question: when scanning coupons at self checkout is the attendant promoted to authorize the coupons? Or can you truly self checkout without need of an attendant?

      • David says:

        No attendant necessary. It scans and says one cent off. Then when you click payment the 15 is taken off.

        • Deb says:

          That seems pretty brave of you to try. Here you have to slide the coupons in after scanning. So I’d have to insert them after seeing them only take 1 cent off and just hope the $15 would show up later. Or did you know they would work that way?

  22. DAVID says:

    Correction…received 4 coupons….not 3

  23. Johnny says:

    Here’s an interesting DP… stopped by my S&S after work and followed all the protocols: scanned S&S card, purchased $250 VGC with Amex ED along with a few grocery necessities. CS desk had to key for tx to go thru, but then no $15 on receipt. WTH! So I ask CS about this, they scratch their heads and call over MOD. MOD is also baffled, so gives command to hand me $15 CASH.

  24. Poker pro says:

    I’ve bought 9 $500 vgc in the last few days and got 8 $15 coupons (forgot to put my s&s card once), so even though each coupon reads 1 per household it has been highly repeatable for me…

  25. joe says:

    how hard is too hard for amex edp?
    8 $500 cards in 2 trips?

  26. Justin says:

    Tried to use my 5th coupon today and the register said something along the lines of “Null exception.” I was buying mixers (not actual alcohol as the coupon excludes) so not sure if that was the case or if my store is blocking my repeated use.. Will try a different store tomorrow

    • Lynn says:

      It’s also possible that even though the mixers are not alcohol that if they are in the alcohol mix section – they code that way somehow?

      • Justin says:

        Yea was thinking that too. But others have said that the coupon worked for milk which is also excluded. So we’ll see

  27. Justin T says:

    Tried to use my 5th coupon today and the register said something along the lines of “Null exception.” I was buying mixers (not actual alcohol as the coupon excludes) so not sure if that was the case or if my store is blocking my repeated use.. Will try a different store tomorrow

  28. Silvercan says:

    Bought 5 coupons using two different Giant bonus card and used four of them successfully. This deal is insane that my third bonus card did not even bought any gift cards but still can use the coupon generated by other bonus card purchase. All the coupons I got were identical. This means everyone who has a bonus card can use this $15 coupon.

  29. Wynn says:

    too late now, but whoever started the idea of “might as well get $500” (even if only 1 $15) since the free is ~$7 did me wrong.

    My fault too, I was thinking along the lines of the occasional Staples rebate for $300 GC, so instead of buying $200+$100GC with 2 fees, we get 2x$200 with 2 fees

    I could have about ~$10 more for the $500 if I bought $250 paid the fee, get $15 coupon, buy another $250 paid the fee and get $15 coupon. 30 mins to go before the promo ends…. not going to the store now, though. lol Next time…

  30. Jason says:

    My learning from this promo is: if you have NO other options to make spend reqts / MS, and have no other supermarkets like Aldi which will crush Giant’s prices everyday, and are a regular Giant customer anyway, you can get as many $15 off coupons as you can handle, in separate transactions, and this will give you some free groceries and free CC points.

    BUT if you recognize Giant is overpriced, and there are more scalable MS strategies, in some areas of the US, where you can buy 3K – 10 K Visa GCs at once and stack points much faster, this is not such a good deal.

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