Here is a confession for you: I suck at money. It’s true. I can budget in the sense that the rent/bills get paid- but I am horrible about saving and deals. I buy the paper to get coupons, but I then I forget about them or just don’t do the homework to make them work for me. I live my life on the go, and that includes grocery shopping. My 4yr old will not sit patiently while I sort coupons, nor do I have that much time to just clip/sort/match and plan. I always say, if it was an app or something that I can just add to an app or card and just scan, then I would probably use it…and save more money. Vons/Pavillions must have read my mind because they just rolled out this amazing brand new savings program called Just for U.
I was invited to attend an informational Just for U launch at one of Von’s headquarters in Arcadia. We went for a day to learn not only about Just for U, but about Von’s itself. Who they were and what they strive for. It was lovely to meet high level execs who genuinely wanted to know what we, as influencers and consumers felt household shopping needed and how Von’s could make saving easier for families and women like us.
What Just for U is… is a way to log in before you go shopping, add deals, coupons and stuff from your circular- BUT the bonus is, that this program … learns! It will cater your savings based on how you shop. Like organic stuff only? You will see the best deals, coupons and specials for organic stuff on your page 1 & 2. Have pets? These deal will be pushed to the front so you don’t have to go searching for it. Best of all? It’s all in your card.
We got a chance to try loading our shopping lists to see how easy it was. You just register, add your Vons Card number- and voila– it’s all there. When we all got a chance to create shopping lists based on our deals- we were in for a treat.
Vons…took us shopping.
We were each given a $50 Von’s Gift Card to go and experience what shopping was like with Just for U on our side. I do have to say, this store was gorgeous. I have gone grocery shopping 1-2 times a week since… geez, 6 yrs? This was the cleanest, prettiest store (Arcadia- you go!) and the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I kinda wish I didn’t live an hour away.
Anyway…you know how I said if it was on a card or app I would do it? That is EXACTLY what Just for U did- and guess what? On my shopping trip I saved 42%!! For me to go from zero savings to 42% on my first try, I was amazed and I cannot wait to see how much more personalized my deals get as I keep using it.
Oh, side note- I went to my local Vons in Studio City a week after this event to try more shopping. While in there, the website went down on my phone, so I couldn’t pull up my savings list I created. I mentioned it to an employee and he was so pleasant and whisked me to a little desk set up with a computer to re-sign in and print things out and make sure everything was as expected. It proved to me that this store…cares about it’s customers and it has won me over completely.
Oh and guess what? YES THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT. MM hmm.. Iphones is already available, and Android will be coming in just a few weeks. No excuses not to give it a whirl. Take my word for it… you need Just for U, so get yourself to Vons/Pavillions and watch your shopping world get rocked.
Disclosure: I was invited to a media event for the Just for U Launch and was given Gift Cards to try and use the service and give my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.