FAQ’s

From time to time, customers ask a variety of questions that we feel are valuable to share with others. We’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) for your use. Please feel free to contact us at any of our locations or via the Customer Comment section with any additional questions.

Q: What are your store hours?
Q: How do I find specials at my local store?
Q: How do I apply for a job?
Q: Where can I buy a Food 4 Less gift card?
Q: Where can I use my Food 4 Less gift Card?
Q: Can I return an item that I am not satisfied with?
Q: What do I do if I find an error on my receipt? For example, was charged for too many items.
Q: Can I return a perishable item?
Q: Can I return Alcohol or Tobacco products?
Q: Do you need a membership to shop at Food 4 Less?
Q: Do you have electric carts available for customers with a disability, are elderly or have injuries?
Q: Can I bring my pet into the store?
Q: Do you take WIC or Food Stamps as a form of payment?
Q: Do I get credit if I bring my own reusable bags?
Q: How I can be added to your mailing list?
Q: Does Food 4 Less offer online coupons?
Q: What is your coupon policy?
Q: Does Food 4 Less accept credit cards?
Q: Why does Food 4 Less not bag groceries?
Q: Can I use a check to pay for my purchase?
Q: What are the requirements for writing a check at Food 4 Less?
Q: What types of checks are not accepted at Food 4 Less?
Q: Can I write a check over the total amount?
Q: I received a letter/phone call regarding my check bouncing at one of your locations, how do I resolve this issue?
Q: Do you sell money orders or offer other money services?
Q: What types of Western Unions Services do you offer?
Q: Is there an ATM inside the store?
Q: I’m a vendor, how can I schedule a meeting with a Food 4 Less buyer to discuss my product?
Q: I would like to setup a sales table in front of your store or in your parking lot to solicit my product?
Q: Why can’t I get a price over the phone or via email?
Q: How can I apply for a donation or sponsorship?
Q: Where can I find information about product recalls?

Q: What are your store hours?

A: Food 4 Less is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; with a limited schedule on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and closed all of Christmas Day.

Q: How do I find specials at my local store?

A: You will find savings throughout our store with our everyday low prices.  For additional savings look for our Wall of Values and Temporary Price Reductions, indicated by a green tag.  We also accept coupons (restrictions apply, check our Coupon Policy for details).  Visit the Savings TAB of our website for in-store specials and coupons.    

Q: How do I apply for a job?

A: Check your nearest location for job openings or call our Job Hotline at 209.957.2555 x121

Q: Where can I buy a Food 4 Less gift card?

A: Gift Cards are available in the check stands at all of our locations and make a great gift for any occasion.  Gift Cards may be purchased for any denomination from $5-$500.  California State Laws regarding Gift Cards apply. 

To order Gift Cards in bulk please contact our Retail Support Center at 209.957.4917 for details.

Q:  Where can I use my Food 4 Less gift Card?

A:  Please visit the Store Locator section of our website for participating locations.  You may also use your gift card at Rancho San Miguel Markets.  Please visit ranchosanmiguelmarkets.com for store locations. 

Q: Can I return an item that I am not satisfied with?

A:   Yes.  Please bring in the unused portion of the product, original packaging and original receipt, at your earliest convenience.  The will allow us to determine how to best resolve the issue.


Q: What do I do if I find an error on my receipt? For example, was charged for too many items.

A: Return to the store at your earliest convenience, with your receipt, and ask for a Front End Manager. 


Q: Can I return a perishable item?

A: Yes. You may return your perishable item if the product does not meet quality standards.  Please bring the original packaging, as much of the product as possible and the original receipt.  We will do our best to ensure customer satisfaction.

Q: Can I return Alcohol or Tobacco products?

A:  These items may be returned at the discretion of the Store Director.  Each individual situation will be assessed.  California State Laws apply.

Q: Do you need a membership to shop at Food 4 Less?

A:  No!  There is no club card and no membership needed; just everyday low prices.


Q: Do you have electric carts available for customers with a disability, are elderly or have injuries?

A: Yes, each of our locations provides electric carts for our customer’s convenience. These carts are available on a first come, first serve basis and can be found at the inside of the entrance area.   


Q: Can I bring my pet into the store?

A: Food 4 Less allows service animals inside the store, any other animal is not allowed.


Q: Do you take WIC or Food Stamps as a form of payment?

A: Yes, Food 4 Less gladly welcomes WIC and EBT (Food Stamps) transactions as forms of payment.   


Q: Do I get credit if I bring my own reusable bags?

A: Yes, you will receive a $0.04 credit for each reusable bag.


Q: How I can be added to your mailing list?

A: From time to time, Food 4 Less will mail out a circular packed with additional savings.  If you would like to make sure you are receiving our special circulars, please register online and you will receive the circular right to your email inbox. 


Q: Does Food 4 Less offer online coupons?

A: Yes! Visit the Coupon section of our website for current offers.

Q: What is your coupon policy?

A: Food 4 Less gladly accepts manufacturers’ coupons where all the following apply:

Manufacturers’ Coupons

  • Free product coupons (except those printed from the Internet)
  • Buy one; get one free (BOGO) coupons
  • Must have “Manufacturer Coupons” printed on them.
  • Must have a valid expiration date
  • Must have a scannable bar code
  • One coupon per item
  • Restrictions and requirements listed on the coupon are met. This includes but is not limited to: quantities (minimum required and maximum allowed), sizes, brand names, product variety, expiration dates, and store location
  • Soft drink container caps

Internet Coupons

  • Must be legible
  • Must have “Manufacturer Coupons” printed on them.
  • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer.
  • Must have a valid expiration date
  • Must have a scannable bar code
  • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons with a specified price
  • May not be duplicated

Food 4 Less reserves the right to deny any coupon at any time.

We do not accept the following coupons:

  • We do not double or triple coupons; if a coupon has been used with an item, no other coupon may be used with that item and no other item may benefit from that coupon
  • Food 4 Less stores do not accept competitor’s coupons
  • All coupons must scan properly
  • Coupons must be presented at time of purchase
  • No cash back for coupons with a higher value than the items’ purchase price
  • Coupon must be 75% of a product value
  • Internet coupons that do not require a purchase “Free”
  • Internet coupon with a redemption value exceeding $2.00

Guidelines and Limitations

  • We only accept coupons for merchandise that we sell
  • Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase
  • Only one coupon per item
  • Item purchased must be identical to the coupons (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)
  • There is no limit on the number of coupons per transaction
  • SNAP items purchased in a SNAP transaction are ineligible for cash back
  • WIC items purchased in a WIC transaction are applied to the basket purchase and may not be eligible for cash back. Refer to state-specific WIC guidelines
  • Food 4 Less stores have the right to reject coupons that have altered or have a torn expiration date
  • Food 4 Less stores will not accept coupons that have been duplicated, are blurry or altered in any way
  • Coupons are to be accepted for their intended purpose and may not be accepted or exchanged for cash
  • Coupons cannot be purchased, sold or transferred
  • Customers are responsible for all sales tax, including CRV
  • No photocopied or visibly altered coupons
  • Food 4 Less stores will not accept checkout coupons
  • Food 4 Less stores will not accept competitors’’ coupons 


Q: Does Food 4 Less accept credit cards?

A: Food 4 Less accepts credit cards at the locations listed below:

  • Atascadero
  • Paso Robles
  • San Luis Obispo

We gladly accept cash, checks (that comply with our Check Writing Policy), debit cards, WIC and EBT transactions as forms of payment at all of our locations.


Q: Why does Food 4 Less not bag groceries?

A: In order to pass on every possible savings, Food 4 Less customers bag their own groceries. 


Q: Can I use a check to pay for my purchase?

A: Food 4 Less gladly accepts personal checks for the purchase of merchandise upon the condition that our Check Writing Policy guidelines are met.


Q: What are the requirements for writing a check at Food 4 Less?

A:  

  1. Customer must have a valid California Driver’s License
  2. Check must be for exact amount of purchase
  3. Customer must provide a home and work/alternate phone number
  4. Check must have customers printed physical address
  5. Check must have customers name pre-printed
  6. Travelers checks are accepted with a minimum of 80% of purchase

Q: What types of checks are not accepted at Food 4 Less?

A:

  • Government Checks
    • Social Security/Welfare Checks
  • Unemployment Checks
  • Out of Area/State Checks
  • Finance or Loan Company Checks
  • Payroll Checks
  • Money Orders
  • Checks with a P.O. Box Number listed as primary address
  • Two Party Checks
  • Cashier’s checks
  • Unprinted Checks
  • Checks with unreadable magnetic ink numbers
  • Post Dated Checks
  • Insurance Settlement Checks
  • Checks Without Preprinted Name
    • Counter checks


Q: Can I write a check over the total amount?

A: Checks are limited to the amount of the purchase.

Q: I received a letter/phone call regarding my check bouncing at one of your locations, how do I resolve this issue?

A: Please visit the store nearest you and ask for a front end manager prior to the COLLECTION DATE stated on correspondence.  They can assist you with making a payment and resolving the issue.

Q: Do you sell money orders or offer other money services?

A: Yes.  Western Unions Services are available at the following location(s):

  • Los Banos-At the Service Counter


Q: What types of Western Unions Services do you offer?

A:

  • Money Transfers
  • Bill Payments
  • Money Orders
  • Prepaid

See store for service fees and details.

Q: Is there an ATM inside the store?

A: Yes, an ATM machine is conveniently located at all Food 4 Less stores.  Service fees apply. 


Q: I’m a vendor, how can I schedule a meeting with a Food 4 Less buyer to discuss my product?

A: Please complete a Customer Comment Form and a team member will contact you, to schedule a meeting, if the product described is a fit for our stores.

Q: I would like to setup a sales table in front of your store or in your parking lot to solicit my product? (Examples: cookies, popcorn, event tickets, personal care products, services, etc.)

A:  Food 4 Less abides by a strict No Solicitation Policy that covers all of our locations, parking lots and all property owned, managed or operated by our company.  This policy is set in place to protect our customers, staff and visitors from unwanted solicitations.  No exceptions. 

Q: Why can’t I get a price over the phone or via email?

A: In order to ensure that our prices are the best in town, we price check our competition weekly and sometimes adjust prices daily!  Due to this, our prices are subject to change at any time therefore we are not able to provide prices over the phone or via email. 


Q: How can I apply for a donation or sponsorship?

A: Visit the Community section of our website for restrictions and details. 


Q:  Where can I find information about product recalls?

A: Food 4 Less is committed to your safety.  From time to time there are government recalls of products and we want to quickly and conveniently share the details with you.  If such an occasion occurs, you’ll find additional details in the Recall section of our website.