Costco Coupon Book, Puerto Rico – August 19 – September 12, 2010

August 17th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Thanks to Carlos in PR, I’m able to post the upcoming Costco Coupon Book for Puerto Rico that runs from August 19 – September 12.  Several of the items are identical to what you’ll find in the US coupon book, but there are some different brands and different items offered as well.  What is really nice is that they include the prices for all of the items in the coupon book.  So, you can easily see, for instance, that Jif peanut butter would normal be $7.99 but with the $2.00 coupon, it’s just $5.99.  This is something that they do in the UK coupon books too and I find it really helpful.  It makes it very easy to do price comparisons and know what kind of a deal you’re getting with the coupons, before you go to the store.  Also, you’ll notice that the book is all in Spanish and a different format than the US or UK books because it is smaller, with just 4 coupons per page in a vertical arrangement instead of the horizontal alignment with 10 coupons per page.

I’ve got a PDF of the PR Costco Coupon Book that you can download or view, in case you haven’t gotten yours yet.  According to Carlos, it isn’t necessary to clip the coupons because the discounts are given automatically at the registers.  Of course, it’s always nice to have a copy of the coupon book to make a shopping list or know what is available before you get to the warehouse.  Carlos also says that, in Puerto Rico the coupons are usually picked up inside the store, but these last two booklets have arrived by mail, but he hasn’t seen this latest one in the warehouses yet.

Here’s some other observations from Carlos about the differences between PR and other Costco location:

Now, I don’t know how many people go to Costco in the UK, but here it is really crazy, always long lines to pay and for the food-court too. I don’t know if this is only in PR, but you can buy the food for the food-court when you are paying for the warehouse products and then go and pick it up at the food court and save yourself a second line and one receipt for all!   When I was in Dallas for 6 weeks a couple of months ago I went into Sam’s Club (I have both memberships) and I was taken aback that there was so few people in it, I couldn’t go to a Costco over there because it was more than 5 miles away from my hotel. Here Costco and Sam’s lines are always crazy, but prices are way cheaper than buying from the supermarket and the electronics tend to be cheaper, especially with Costco coupons.

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  1. 1 Carlos // 2010.08.21 at 2:05 pm

    Hi everyone, I sent this booklet, hope people like it 😀 Any questions or translations just me let know! I really like this site and I always come by to check it out, but this is my first time posting!

    Steve,
    I agree with you that it would be more comfortable for us members to get them by email/online, it’s eco-friendly and one can carry and see them directly from our internet enabled phones (carry one less thing) and also great for some of us that almost never receive them by mail.

    Now my theories on why they don’t:

    I don’t think it would be a smart move by them to do it since people like the feeling of paper coupons (I would call it the subconscious feeling of ‘euphoria’ when they actually see the cashier scan the coupon and you see the machine give you the discount and it feels great that you saved $ …I believe this new Generation Z (I’m Gen. Y) will not get this feeling since paper coupons that are scanned are becoming extinct everywhere). Also, if people have access to the coupons before-hand, then they might decide to skip going to buy something and wait until the next one.

    Usually coupons here in PR are given at the warehouse from around 1 week before they start and this makes people go to Costco in the days/weeks where there are no discounts and buy stuff they might need at regular prices. Coupons here are not scanned at the register, but the discount is given automatically, because I think that since there are so many people buying, the lines would be endless. There were various times here that coupons where needed at the time of purchase, but it’s been years ago.

    I think the point I am trying to make is that they want you to go to Costco as many times since one always ends up buying at least one thing once you get to it, if you leave people wondering what would be in the coupons then they will go more times… I know it works with me because I buy constantly from Costco and infrequently from SC since I know what to expect of things and prices.

  2. 2 Steve // 2010.08.18 at 7:21 am

    Kim,

    Not sure I understand what you’re saying. My impression was that coupons are mailed to all members so anyone coming into the store should have been on the mailing list. Their system keeps a fantastic record of everything you buy (for better or for worse) so it could highlight / prevent multiple uses. Maybe the alternative would be for Costco to implement “clipless coupons” as many stores have done.

  3. 3 Kim // 2010.08.18 at 6:52 am

    Steve,
    Good reasons they don’t do that.
    1. people would come in to use them, even if they hadn’t received them.
    2. those coupons are only good for one purchase. even the ones with no limit. their computer system doesn’t handle it properly for them to post online.

  4. 4 Steve // 2010.08.18 at 3:13 am

    Nice job posting the various coupon books but has anyone considered suggesting to Costco that they post the books themselves to their website? Seems like it would be an easy and effective improvement to their business process especially given that their is no “magic” to having an original coupon. (As I think has been mentioned in the past, they just need to scan a single coupon and all the coupons in the book are applied.)

  5. 5 Evan Brom // 2010.08.18 at 12:34 am

    This reminds me of when my parents brought me back French coupons from Quebec

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