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New coupon kiosks in Food Lion

Posted May 18, 2010

Food Lion is rolling out new coupon kiosks to stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia this year.  My local Food Lion in the 40/42 area between Garner and Clayton has one and it is definitely another good resource for savings!

Here's how it works:

  • Swipe your MVP card under the card reader at the kiosk.
  • The kiosk then searches their coupon database and finds offers based on your past purchases.
  • A page worth of coupons then prints out including some for store brand products and some for national brand products.
  • The majority of the coupons are only good the day you print them out.Actually, I have only received coupons good on the day I print them out but I have read where others received some dated into the future.
  • Some of the coupons are store coupons with a Food Lion logo.
  • Many of the coupons are Point of Sale coupons that are sent to the manufacturer from the retailer for redemption. They do not say Manufacturer Coupon on the coupons, but they sure seem like manufacturer coupons. They all start with a bar code number "9" so they will not double at Harris Teeter, Lowe's Foods or Kroger (if these stores will even take them). Nowhere on the POS (point of sale) coupons does it have the Food Lion logo or any indication they are store specific, but because they don't clearly indicate Manufacturer Coupon, some other stores many not take them. We shall see.

Make sure you swipe your card the next time you are Food Lion and you may save a little extra! If your Food Lion has the kiosk, please post here and let us know.

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 20, 2010

    I put in a call to FL corporate about getting an option to decline printing or select only those you want. Waiting to hear back from them. Wouldn't hurt if others did the same thing. The customer service # is 1-800-210-9569.

  • estrauch May 20, 2010

    A recycling bin is a good idea, but I still think there should be an option to select (touch screen) the coupons that you would like to use that day. And instead of printing on a full sheet of paper, print on a strip like a roll of receipt paper. Food Lion are you listening????

  • bo55 May 19, 2010

    I went in Food Lion Youngsville last Friday and saw the kiosk at the door. It prints a full page of coupons (unlike a strip of coupons you get at CVS), some down the right and others turned vertically on the left; all mine expired that day; it worked, I used a couple of them, but yes, it will mean extra paper waste when you don't use them all; they may need a recycling bin at the door on the way out.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 19, 2010

    boomer - that was really funny! I'll have to listen for the constant hellos next time I am at the 40/42 FL.

    estrauch - I didn't see an option to view coupons before printing but you make a very good point. I'll take a closer look next time I shop there (which will be soon because they have .99/lb vine ripened tomatoes that went on sale today!).

  • boomer3145 May 19, 2010

    They print a whole page but are good only for that day. They also don't seem to tie into your card as Kroger mailer coupons do. The FL at 40/42 in Clayton has it at the entrance so every time you move the door open/closes & all the kids yell Welcome to FL.

  • estrauch May 19, 2010

    I hope this kiosk gives you the option to print or not. What if I don't want to use any of the coupons that it suggests for me that day? It prints anyway and wastes paper! There goes our environment. I hope Food Lion thought of this. I will be looking for the new kiosks in my local Food Lion store.
    Please consider the environment before printing!!!!!