Jewel-Osco’s annual Monopoly game kicked off a week ago, and as in previous years, the game involves both saving game pieces on a Monopoly board toward large prizes, as well as instant-win pieces, codes to enter online at www.playmonopoly.us and coupons for products in store. (Nearly 20 chains under the Safeway parent company are playing the game simultaneously too.)
Coupons In The News noted that the odds of winning are better this year than last:
Last year, there were about six million free product prizes available across the country. This year, there are nearly 100 million of them(!), good on any of more than a hundred different products ranging in value from 72 cents to $24.99.
So you may not win that million, but you have a 1 in 13 chance of scoring some free food. And that alone might make this year’s Monopoly game worth your while.
So, after our first week of Monopoly, our family had brought home 60 Monopoly game pieces. As in past years, I’ve put my children in charge of opening all the pieces and attaching them to the game board, then sorting the remaining coupons for me. (I dread the day when they no longer think this task is “fun” — they are such great helpers!)
Of our 60 game pieces, here’s what we received:
- Two instant-win tickets for free products: Free Jolly-Time microwave popcorn and free Safeway or Signature hamburger buns.
- 18 dollar and cents-off store coupons for products. Some of the better ones included $1 off a Weight Watchers Pure Protein bar (aren’t they around $1 anyway?) and .50 off a 2-liter of Coke.
- Four instant-win tickets for 2 free Monopoly tickets on my next trip to the store.
- Two vouchers for $10 off a Let Life Bloom purchase and a free Shutterfly photo magnet. These aren’t really “free” prizes though, as most items at Let Life Bloom cost around $50, and shipping is not included for the free magnet.
- The rest of our tickets were codes. I entered the codes online at www.playmonopoly.us and won:
- 20 Fandango movie tokens. Every ten tokens generates a code for $5 off a Fandango movie ticket, so now we have two $5 discounts.
- Five Nickelodeon kids’ activity books. I thought these were something I would pick up in the store, but then I realized that 1) It’s a PDF of a game book that you have to print, and 2) All five books are the same.
- Three Nickelodeon digital game codes for an online boating game.
That left six online code pieces that were not winners. So, technically, from a statistical standpoint, we “won” a lot of things, but I really consider the two free food items as the real prizes here. We did not win anything (yet) from our game board pieces.
So… are you winning anything at Monopoly?
Additionally, I thought I’d share how I organize my coupons from this game. Whenever I get Monopoly pieces that are straight-up store coupons like “.50 off Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat,” I sort them in alphabetical order and use a small binder clip to hold them together.
I keep them in my coupon wallet, and this way I can easily flip through and see what I might have coupons for when I’m planning a trip or in the store. Remember, these can be stacked with manufacturer coupons too for additional savings.