Thursday, February 2, 2012

H Mart ends discount coupons

Super H Mart 008
Super H Mart 008 (Photo credit: Michael Kappel)
Inside H Mart.

 Editor's note: Today's bill of fare includes the end of an H Mart discount-coupon promotion and how I got a pound of free organic salad mix at ShopRite.

H Mart, the Korean supermarket chain, has stopped issuing discount coupons to its Bergen County customers.

I started receiving a coupon booklet in the mail last June, a few months after I applied for an H Mart 1% cash rebate card. But I didn't get any coupons in December or in January, and stores said they also didn't have any.

Today, I spoke with a company marketing employee who said customers didn't use the coupons as much as the Lyndhurst-based Hanahreum Group had hoped.

A new coupon booklet will be issued this month, but only for customers of the Edison store, she said.

Five of the seven H Mart stores in the Garden State are in Bergen County: Fort Lee has two, and there are stores in Little Ferry, Englewood and Ridgefield.

Although the coupons were welcome, discounts with them were relatively small and that may have been a factor in customer indifference.

At the Little Ferry store on Wednesday, I found plenty of items on sale, and the Smart Savings Card still gives you $10 back for every $1,000 you spend. Of course, that's small comfort.

Nongshim Gourmet Spicy Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup was on sale, either in the Family Pack of five portions ($3.49) or in the box of 20 ($14.99). 

But the former was a better buy by about 5 cents on each 4.2-ounce package. The Family Pack usually sells for $4.99.

H Mart always has a terrific selection of fresh whole fish and greens, both Asian and Western, often on sale.

On Wednesday, I picked up fresh spinach for $1.39 a bunch, fresh Chinese broccoli for 58 cents a pound; and fresh yuchoy, similar to but leafier than Chinese broccoli, for 79 cents a pound.

I also bought three prepared items, including stewed tofu for $3.99 and non-spicy radish kimchi for $2.49.

Free organic salad

When Earthbound Farm's organic spring mix and baby spinach salad began showing up at Costco Wholesale in Hackensack late last year, I e-mailed the company to find out if it was a permanent replacement for 100% spring mix.

In response, Earthbound Farm said Half & Half, as the mixture is called, is being sold at Costco in addition to Organic Spring Mix, and sent me a $5 discount coupon.

Costco doesn't take manufacturer's coupons, so I used it this morning at ShopRite in Hackensack, where 1 pound of the Half & Half salad mix was on sale for $4.99 or $2 off.

The cashier in the express lane called over another employee, who took the coupon to show to a manager. Then, it was brought back and applied to my order, so I got the salad mix for free.

I also purchased three 59-ounce bottles of Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice at two for $5 or for about the same price per ounce as the larger, 64-ounce cartons of Tropicana at Costco.

The bottles were marked "100% Pure Florida Orange Juice," in contrast to others I bought recently at ShopRite that contained juice from the U.S. and Brazil.

I used a credit card, but the cashier forgot to give me credit for my reusable bag, so I had to ask him for a nickle. H Mart gives 10 cents back for each reusable bag.  

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  1. Victor - have you read about "natural" orange juice processing? I've pretty much stopped drinking it because I learned that even the "all natural not from concentrate" products are allowed to de-oxygenate the juice and store it for up to a year, then to re-oxygenate it (using a chemical process) and add back aroma and flavor with agents created from real orange skins and pulp, and they don't have to disclose any of this because the aroma and flavor agents are considered "natural" by the FDA. That's why every carton of Tropicana (or similar product) tastes the same.

  2. Thanks, Nancy. Doesn't sound "fresh" at all. I'll check out that link you sent me.


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