Pick ‘n Save Monopoly Game – Worth the Time or Waste of Time?

Our family’s dilemma with the grocery store’s recent promotion.

How many of you are playing the Monopoly game from Pick ‘n Save?  I’ve played the McDonald’s version of Monopoly and it’s fun to win a free French fry or a free drink, but the grocery store game is not nearly as exciting.

My husband was the first one to come home with a Monopoly game card from Pick ‘n Save a couple weeks ago and tried to assemble the little product stickers.  He had numerous complaints about the game.  He said tearing open the game pieces was a pain. It was too hard to find where the stickers go.  Then you have to lick and stick the product stickers on, but they don’t stay.  After hearing him complain for quite some time I figured I would be the one to take over.

I love contests and I can’t bear to pass up the possibility of winning big… or small.  Five-dollars cash?  I’m all for it!  Two dollars?  Sure. Even though my husband reminds me that the time I put into collecting all the game pieces, tearing them open, locating where they all go, sticking them on and then re-sticking them when they won’t stay is not worth the time and effort of “winning small.”  But I’ll take any prize I can get. 

I’m one game piece away from winning some serious cash and the thought of needing just one more to win a prize keeps me coming back for more. I haven’t heard of any actual winners yet, however. (If any of my readers have won, I’d love to hear from you.)

I did receive an Instant Winner ticket once.  Hooray!  Or so I thought.  I didn’t actually win a prize; I won 2 more Monopoly game pieces.  And since we receive 10 of them or so at each grocery visit, that didn’t seem like a prize in my mind.  I would have preferred a free McDonald’s French fry. My husband exclaimed, “That’s ridiculous!” before tossing it into the trash. 

I was beginning to side with my husband and thought about tossing the whole game, until I realized that my sons might actually think it’s fun to locate where the product stickers go and affix them to the game card.  That way I wouldn’t have to give up the hope that maybe – just maybe – my game card was a winner.

It started off great.  They were excited to be playing this game and were under the impression that we were certain to win something.  I overheard my 5-year-old say, “I hope we win the dream house!”

The fun lasted close to a half-hour (we had accumulated quite a few game pieces that neither my husband or I had wanted to complete ourselves.)  Then my two boys decided they were done with the game, too.  Now we might never know if our game card was a big winner.  Although since it’s not in the trash yet, knowing me, I’ll probably hang on to it and keep playing - I can’t let it go without knowing for sure if we were destined for a new house or new car.

If we end up with a $5 winner I’ll be happy – probably not worth the time put into playing the game – but happy nonetheless.

Shannon Carr July 07, 2011 at 05:18 PM
It seems like a lot of work to win a $3, $2 and $5 grocery gift card. I'm not liking this game - pieces too small, no instant winners. I'd rather get coupons for $1 or $2 off my grocery bill, and have fewer pieces to collect. McDonalds is much more fun - but not good for the cholesterol or weight loss plans.
Judy Beehler July 07, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I never even looked at my pieces the first time I got them and last time I just said I didn't want them. Too much trouble. I would just like some kind of cash back program based on how much you spend -- or some kind of instant win game. Who has time to mess with all these little pieces?
Cx2plusE@aol.com July 08, 2011 at 09:46 AM
I play the game but I shop every 2 weeks. I won't stop at pick and save just to get some tickets The odds are high for winng the big prizes McDonalds game I only won little prizes
Larry Reeder July 08, 2011 at 12:56 PM
We play the game and one of our boys enjoys playing it and we all enjoy dreaming, perhaps for naught. There are instant winners, we have one for a free bag of Fresh Express Salad, not to mention four or so of the free tickets winners. I agree that the tickets are too difficult to open. The individual stickers could be larger. I disagree that there is any difficulty in finding where they belong - there are three clues as to where it belongs: 1) color coding just like the real Monopoly game 2) Letter prefix is unique to a prize 3) partial picture of the product on which it is stuck. Oh, and a bonus clue - the number also pinpoints where the sticker goes. While we may win nothing, it adds several activities to the shopping experience during and after they're put away. While shopping price is always a factor, but now you're looking for more bonus tickets for the game - perhaps a reach, but it does add a facet that wasn't there before. Admittedly, it keeps you in the store longer which makes you more likely to buy something you didn't plan on purchasing, but, hey, it's good to see something different at the grocery store.
kate July 11, 2011 at 06:22 PM
There has been a 5,000 cash winner in Milwaukee n $100 cash winner in Racine. Right now I have a $10 grocery gift card. Not cashing it in yet. Why would I if the big winners still out there. Its not that hard they have numbers, colors n the description on each game piece. I'm glad they came ul with this. Even better they made a separate one for employees. Not as many prizes, no dream house, but 50,000 dollars or vehicle.
Chris July 18, 2011 at 02:48 PM
We stared out exited to play the game but by the third week even the kids had enough. I agree monopoly from mcdonalds was fun. Pick n save you lose a turn and go straight to jail
Tricia July 29, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I do all my grocery shopping at PNS. I have gone through a ton of game pieces and I am basically one away from winning in every category. I am wondering if some pieces haven't been released yet. The best thing I won was a free Hershey Bliss candy bar. We have also won over twenty instant winners for 2 more game tickets-ughhhh! My school aged kids really enjoy the game but we are getting frustrated because we haven't got a new game piece in over two weeks. Seriously, I thought we would have at least had the $2 winner. I have used some of the coupons (maybe 5 or 6) but they are always only 25 cents off. I do much better with my savings on double coupon day. At any rate, we are knee deep in the monopoly drama so we will continue to play to the end; hoping one of these times we win an actual prize and emerge victorious :)
Amy Graff August 29, 2011 at 08:44 PM
I was actually searching for a blog that would discuss the Monopoly game as I am seriously DONE with this promotion, totally and completely disenchanted. With a family of seven, two of them being teenagers, you could imagine how much money I spend at PNS on a monthly basis, (a monthly average is about $700) and how many tickets I get on one shopping trip. On average, about 30 tix/trip. Knowing that and how much I invest into their company, you would think they would have more "carrots" to come back for more. Seriously, I have not even won $2! IF they do this again, they need to make the odds of winning much better. I prefer the promotions where you can earn dollars towards gift cards. After opening my last round of about 50 tix today and still not even winning $2, I am throwing in the towel.
JHzP October 28, 2011 at 03:15 PM
how about this next stupid game they have? The packer game, you know PNS; give up these ripoff games and keep the food prices low! Ever since they started this shell game the grocery prices have jumped 10 cents
Jenn August 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
we all need to voice our opinion to the grocery stores involved with this contest. This is the second summer we have partiipated and agan no luck winning anything! It must be a gimic. I too have not read about ANY winners! Jen
K Hartman August 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I have t527 2012 do u have t530. Well share
Nicole Geboy August 12, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I need V518 or S532 - I have V519 and S534 - If you have V518 or S532 please email me at nlgeboy@yahoo.com so we can work something out. Thank You - Nicole
Teresa Sulok August 12, 2012 at 08:12 PM
ANy one have P 551, S532 ?
laura August 17, 2012 at 02:59 AM
i already won 50dlls cash, a free 2lt pepsi next, 1pizza, 1 roll of paper towel and a ton of free ticket but i am still hoping to win something big :)
jennifer August 26, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I won 2 bags of rice and like a million tickets but no luck
angel September 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
does any one have t530 or x511


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