QUOTE(abbygolden @ Jul 18 2011, 09:37 AM)
I didn't realize any defense was needed, and, read #3 above. I don't care any more about this topic but I can gaurantee you that you can take any credit card other than a HEB one into HEB to shop and not get a grocery card from them back. Call it what you want, but to me that is just another loyalty card, perhaps clothed in a credit card cloak. My intent when responding to this subject was to set the story straight that some employees didn't know the whole story and there may be some snowbirds who would be interested in saving some money by getting a grocery card back after spending "x" amount over the winter.
The HEB credit card is just like any number of other rewards cards out there, but more restrictive in that the "reward" can be used only at HEB. If a snowbird doesn't go back to south Texas for some reason, then he can't use the reward.
My credit card gives me up to 1.35% "cash" back--on the January statement, they give me a credit for the previous year's activity. Something like that would be a much better deal for someone who travels a lot.
QUOTE(Tweetie13 @ Jul 17 2011, 10:20 PM)
3) Some sad news for you...I don't know how we managed to do it, but when I checked my sales receipt from HEB, I found I had saved $1.72 in "OUR BRAND SAVINGS" and $2.83 in "ON SALE SAVINGS". So, alas, items do go on sale at HEB...
Oh yes, HEB does put things on sale, but you don't have to have a loyalty card to get that price. They circle your savings just like they do at places with loyalty cards, which is kind of lame because you didn't have to do anything special to get that price.
One kind of jinky thing they do is have in-store coupons for stuff, which are always hanging right by the item so it's kind of stupid. Good advertising for the item, I guess, but bad for people who don't like coupons (and I don't blame those people for not liking them, even though I use them).
HEB also frequently pimps their house brands by giving them free if you buy the national brand, like if you buy Doritos, you get a free bag of HEB chips IF you use the coupon that's hanging there. Or they have a coupon with this big complicated list, where you get a free bag salad and HEB shredded cheese if you buy a pound of ground beef and a jar of spaghetti sauce and a package of spaghetti. Probably good savings, but requiring precision work.
But at HEB, if you see a shelf tag that says "Sale $.99" you know you can buy it for $.99, no card required.
And now that I think about it, the Meijer chain up in Illinois/Michigan--not sure where all in that area--doesn't use loyalty cards, either. Gigantic stores, more like a Walmart than a grocery store.
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Jul 18 2011, 10:29 AM)
There is still an Albertson's in New Braunfels, TX, and maybe some in Austin. There are also some Kroger's here and there--some in College Station, I think.I haven't seen a Safeway in Texas in years, but I think there are some Randall's in Austin (aren't they affiliated with Safeway somehow?). Other than that, it is pretty much HEB (or WalMart).
Albertson's left Austin several years ago. Randall's is Safeway, and they're in Austin--a much more civilized shopping experience than HEB, but way more expensive.
HEB started in South Texas and is inching its way north. Kroger and HEB are in Houston; Kroger and Randalls/Tom Thumb are in Dallas.
It's complicated to keep track of who owns which store, but vital to fulltimers who want to have "only" 10 or so loyalty cards.
QUOTE(Tweetie13 @ Jul 17 2011, 10:20 PM)
4) I enjoyed reading of your experience at HEB in Corpus. What a hoot! Hot dogs with no mustard??? Eeeeeeuuuwwww...hopefully they were on sale..
I think I could take a hot dog without mustard if it were cooked. But raw? In public?
The worst part is that my friend who saw it is from Colorado, which is the only state in the union with an obesity rate less than 20%. So his report was tinged with judgment and I found it hard to mount a rousing defense of my fellow Texan.
One night at that HEB, they had the sprinklers on but the incessant wind was blowing the water all over the pavement. I purposely drove through it to try to rinse some of the salt off my car, and circled around to get the other side. My boyfriend was totally embarrassed, and then I pointed out somebody who was doing the same thing under another sprinkler. Not that the behavior at a Corpus HEB should be any
kind of a standard, of course.
But I have found fewer soiled diapers in this parking lot than the Walmart, so there is that.