Ralphs Cash Back Offers

So, yesterday, I was looking to see if we was going have a Ralphs Friday Freebie when out of nowhere, they gave us the freebie on Wednesday.  Normally, Ralphs would have given us that non-Friday freebie via their Facebook page but their FB page only has recipes and weekly ads that you already find on their website.

I clicked on the Ralphs Cash Back which I first posted about the Ralphs New Cash Back Program in October and imagine my surprise when I saw that I had accumulated $8.60.

Like most cash back rebates offers, you must accumulate $20 in your account to be able to transfer the money into PayPal but it looks like I can transfer the $8.60 to my Ralphs loyalty card.

When I first found the Ralphs Cash Back category, I added a bunch of offers to my card but you must be very selective as to which offers you want to add because it will take up a slot from you adding digital coupons to your loyalty card.

I believe Kroger only allows for 75 digital coupons and/or Cash Back offers and this restriction also includes the Friday Freebies or any other 5X coupons.  Within a month of me finding out about the Ralphs Cash Back offers is when Ralphs stopped offering the Friday and Saturday Only 5X digital coupon in California, although, theses coupons are still being offered at Kroger stores and other affiliated stores.

I think Kroger is using Southern California for a beta test and they want to cut out the middleman – Ibotta, Checkout 51, Savingstar, Fetch – to keep the profits for themselves.

It looks like we will not be getting a Ralphs Friday Freebie as there is not a preview but I won’t no for sure until Friday morning.

{ 6 comments }

  • Nick January 24, 2019, 09:03

    There are a couple of things you should know about the cashback. First, if you decide to wait until you have accumulated $20 it opens up the PayPal option. This is better, because the money can be spent anywhere! However, it takes awhile to reach $20 unless you are specifically targeting cashback offers for purchase. So, my other point, is that you may be less patient and simply want to send cash to your account to be used in the grocery store. Here’s where it gets tricky: many cashiers work so quickly they “skip” the prompt at the end of your order which asks if the customer wants to apply the cashback. If that happens, your cashback isn’t applied to your purchase. So, to actually use the cashback you need to do one of two things: either alert the cashier to watch for it at the end of your order and press the key that says “YES” (to redeem). OR (and this is what I do) shop at a location that offers self checkout. There you can actually make the choice yourself when you are ready to pay. Sometimes I choose NOT to apply cashback. I don’t in cases like when there’s an offer from Saving Star and I want a “clean” receipt showing only the full purchase price with no discounts. Good luck!

    • Ms. B. January 24, 2019, 12:37

      Nick, thank you for the wonderful information! I thought that the Cash Back would automatically apply to my transaction like the Vons rewards. However, most of the time, I do self checkout at Ralphs as I do most of my weekly grocery shopping at Vons because it just a block away from my home. I prefer PayPal cash out because I can use my PayPal debit card pretty much anywhere!

      • Nick January 24, 2019, 14:23

        That’s a very good strategy! The way I accumulated $20 was to look for items that had some other promotion attached, like a sale item (example: the Barbara’s cereal a few weeks ago were $1.99 each on the “Buy 5” plus earned $1 each cash back, limit of 5). There are matches every week for those who do their homework! But, as you suggest, DO NOT activate every digital coupon or cashback offer available because you will exceed the limit . And unlike digital coupons I don’t think there’s a way to remove cashback offers once you add them!

        • Ms. B. January 25, 2019, 09:32

          I don’t like that you cannot deactivate a cash back offer.

          • Nick January 25, 2019, 10:03

            I agree, because when the program was rolled out I simply added everything because I thought this was separate from digital coupons and didn’t have a limit. But all offers expire at some point, so eventually spaces are “freed up” for new cashback offers or digital coupons. Currently due to the limit I am only adding high value ($1 or more) cashback offers of items I am relatively sure I will buy. The other “trick” to free up space is to search digital coupons by expiration and remove any expiring soon if you’re certain you won’t be buying those items.

          • Ms. B. January 25, 2019, 14:56

            I am hoping at some point that Ralphs or Kroger fixes the problem with the limits because it’s a simple problem that can be fixed by their programmers. It’s my understanding that cash back offers is now being offered to Kroger stores.