‘Safeway’ Articles

FREE Liberte Yogurt at Safeway ~ Digital Coupon


Login to Safeway’s website & their JustforU program.  Load up this freebie coupon.

Get a FREE cups of Liberte Mediterranee yogurt.  You’ll have through 8/14 to pick it up.

Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt
Free Just for U digital (exp. 8/14/15)
Final price:  FREE

Everyone should have this deal.  It’s not a Personalized Deal!

See the full Safeway list here.

(Thanks, Chasing Bargains!)


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FREE Yoplait Light Yogurt ~ Almost Anywhere!


Make sure you don’t miss the coupon that’s good on a Weight Watcher’s endorsed product.

You should be able to pick it up, almost anywhere, for FREE.  I think everyone starting price isn’t any higher than 75¢.  If it’s higher, wait for a sale or go somewhere else!

Yoplait Light Yogurt (under 75¢ most anywhere)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Weight Watchers branded product, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link )
Final price:  FREE

The Yoplait Greek Light yogurt is also included and it’s often around $1.00.  The only price I know of is Safeway, $1.00 (reg. price).

Here’s a list of the Weight Watcher’s branded products.

$0.75 off Weight Watchers branded product

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Senior Day is Wednesday, July 1st at Albertsons, Bashas’, Fry’s and Safeway


Just a reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday, 7/1) is Senior Day at the following locations:

Albertsons ~ get 10% off your grocery purchase.
See the weekly Albertsons deals here.

Bashas’ ~ get 10% off your grocery bill (sometimes there is a min. purchase amount).
See the weekly Bashas’ deals here.

Fry’s ~ get 10% off your grocery purchase.
See the weekly Fry’s deals here.

Safeway ~ get 10% off your grocery purchase.
See the weekly Safeway deals here.

Some exclusions apply (cigarettes, liquor, lotto, etc…) See store/ad for details.
Seniors are anyone 55 or better!


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Safeway Arizona Coupon Match Ups & Grocery Deals ~ 7/1/15 – 7/7/15

IMPORTANT! ~~  Safeway (in AZ) will only take coupons at face value now.  The final price is calculated based on that.  Read more here, if you missed it.
NOTE:  This was not in their ad.  Please comment if you go and report how it went at your location.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

NoteJust for U coupons are not available until Wednesday.  Besides the ones listed below, check out your personalized deals each week.

Wednesday July 1st is Senior Discount Day.   Those 55+ save 10% off your grocery purchase.   See store for details and exclusions.

$5 off when you make a $50 grocery purchase w/ ad coupon or digital Just for U (thru 7/4).  Excludes Safeway Club Card Savings, Store Coupons and Sales Tax.   See coupon and store for exclusions.

Get $10 OFF your NEXT Grocery purchase of $25 or more when you buy $100 or more in Visa Gift Cards.  Thru 7/14 (see store for details and fees)

Get a $25 Gift Card with a new or transferred prescription.  Fill 5 prescriptions, get a $50 Gift Card w/ad coupon.   Expires 1/31/16

4 Day Sale July 1- July4:

Gatorade Sports Drink (32 oz)   58¢ (when you buy 15, limit 1 reward per transaction)

Northwest Cherries   $1.77 / lb

Coke, Pepsi or 7-UP (12 pk, 12 oz cans)   $2.22 (when you buy 4, minimum $25 additional purchase, limit 1 reward per transaction)

8 Inch Apple Pie (Bakery Fresh) $2.99

Corona, Heineken or Modelo (12 pack bottles)   $10.99 (limit 2)


Buy 4 Save $2, Mix and Match (no limit): The first price assumes you buy in groups of 4.  The second price is if you don’t.  There are more items included in this sale.  I listed the best in the ad.  See ad/store for more items.

** Chobani Yogurt (5.3 oz)   88¢ / $1.38
$1/3 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  55¢ / $1.08 each when you buy 3 if Flip is included

** Herdez Salsa (16 oz)   $1.49 / $1.99
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.55/1 Herdez Salsa Product 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/24/15)
Final price:  94¢ / $1.44 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce (23.5 – 24 oz)   99¢ / $1.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Vlasic Pickle Chips, Spears, or Stackers (24 oz)   $1.99 / $2.49
$1/2 Vlasic Pickles, Peppers or Relish 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/31/15)
$1/1 printable (Bold)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
Final price:  As low as 99¢ / $1.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Chili’s Entrees (10.35-15 oz)   $1.88 / $2.38
$1/2 printable
$1/2 printable
Final price:  $1.38 / $1.88 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Kraft Salad Dressing (16 oz)   $1.99 / $2.49
$0.75/2 Kraft Salad Dressings 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/9/15)
Final price:  $1.49 / $1.99 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Heinz Ketchup (38 oz )   $1.99 / $2.49
$0.25/1 Heinz Tomato Ketchup 06/21/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/15/15)
$1 off Heinz Tomato Ketchup AND Yellow Mustard 06/21/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/15/15)
Final price:  As low as $1.74 / $2.24 (Buy 4, Save $2)(Mustard is $1 not on the buy 4)

** Capri Sun Juice (10 pk)  $1.99 / $2.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Nabisco Oreo Cookies, Ritz Crackers or Honey Maid Grahams (7-14.4 oz)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
$1/2 Honey Maid Grahams 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15) (14 oz+)
Final price:  As low as $1.99 / $2.49 each when you buy 2   (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Gevalia Coffee (12 oz or 12 ct k-cups)   $5.99 / $6.49
$1/1 Coupons.com (use zip 85225 if not in yo
Final price:  $4.99 / $5.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

Deals With Coupons Matched:

Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt     NEW
Free Just for U digital (exp. 8/14/15)
Final price:  FREE

Yoplait Light Yogurt unsure of price, but under 75¢, I think NEW
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Weight Watchers branded product, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link )
Final price:  FREE

Yoplait Greek Yogurt   $1.00 (reg. price)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Weight Watchers branded product, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link ) NEW
$1/5 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as 25¢

Herdez Salsa (7 oz can)   99¢ (reg. price)
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.55/1 Herdez Salsa Product 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/24/15)
Final price:  44¢

Farmer John Meat Franks (12-14 oz)   99¢
$1/2 Farmer John Hot Dogs 05/03/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/3/15)
Final price:  49¢ each when you buy 2

Popsicle Ice Pops (8 pk)   $1.00 (thru 7/28)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (use zip 07738 if not in yours)
Final price:  As low as 50¢

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (12 oz)   $1.50
$0.35/1 Frank’s RedHot Sauce 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/1/15)
$1/1 Frank’s Redhot Sauce 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/1/15)
$0.30/1 printable (register)
Final price:  As low as 50¢

Dannon Light & Fit or i Greek Yogurt (5.3 oz)   $1.00
$1/3 printable (Triple Zero, is pictured)
Final price:  66¢ each when you buy 3

Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (10 oz)   $1.00
$0.20/2 Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/2/15)
Final price:  90¢ each when you buy 2

Hefty Plates, Cups or Bowls (16-50 ct )   $1.50
$1/2 Hefty Foam 05/17/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/31/15)
$1/2 Redplum (foam Hefty)
$0.50/1 Betty Crocker (cups, register) 
$0.50/1 Tablespoon (cups, register)
$1/2 printable (plates or cups)
$1/2 SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)

Final price:  As low as $1.00

Nabisco Newtons or Nilla Wafers (8.75-12 oz)   $1.67 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
Final price:  As low as $1.30 each when you buy 2

 Nabisco Snack Crackers or Toasted Chips (3.5-9.1 oz)   $1.87 (limit 4)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 2

Dreyer’s Ice Cream or Outshine or Nestle Frozen Novelties   $1.97 (must buy 4, mix & match, limit 1 reward)
$0.75/2 Nestle Bars, Sandwiches, Drumstick or Push-Up Frozen Snacks 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/10/15)
$1/2 Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream or Grand Ice Cream 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/15/15)
$1/2 Coupons.com (use zip 77477 if not in yours) NEW
Final price:  $1.53 each when you buy 4

General Mills Cereal 8.7-13 oz or Nature Valley or Fiber One Bars 5-6 ct   $2.50 (FREE gallon of milk (up to $3.99) when you buy 4 participating General Mills Products )
$1/2 General Mills Big G Cereal 6/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
$0.50/1 Cheerios Original Cereal 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/18/15)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Cinn. Toast Crunch, gone-use if previously printed)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Lucky Charms,gone-use if previously printed)
$1/2 Coupons.com (any, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Protein Cheerios, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 printable (Cheerios)
$0.50/1 printable (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, future savings)
$1/2 SavingStar eCoupon (Cheerios, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Lucky Charms, future savings)
$0.75/1 Betty Crocker (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Tablespoon (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Pillsbury (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.50/1 Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chewy Bars, Streusel Bars or Cheesecake Bars 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/1/15)
$0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, Nut Crisp Bars, Granola Thins, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares, Fruteria or Simple Nut Bars 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/1/15)
$0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars Nut Crisp Bars, Granola Thins, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares or Breakfast Biscuits 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/4/15)
$1/2 Coupons.com (Cinn Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
$0.50/1  Coupons.com (Orig Cheerios,, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
$0.75/1  Coupons.com (Golden Grahams, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
$0.75/1  Coupons.com (Star Wars, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Star Wars, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Orig Cheerios, future savings)
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Golden Grahams, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Fiber One Bars, future savings)
Final price:  As low as $1.75 for cereal (or possible future savings).   Buy 4 cereal and 1 milk for as low as $1.40 each.

TCBY Frozen Yogurt (1.5 qt)   $2.99
$1/1 off any TCBY Frozen Yogurt, 1.5 quart 05/31/2015 SS Insert (ex 7/11/15)
Final price:  $1.99

Mott’s Apple Sauce (6pk or 48 oz)   $2.50
$1/2 Mott’s Juice or Sauce 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/31/15)
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2

Farmer John Bacon (12 oz)   $2.99
$0.75/1 Farmer John Bacon Product 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/7/15)
Final price:  $2.24

Blue Bunny Ice Cream (1.75 at, 8 ct sandwiches or 8 ct mini swirl cones)   $3.99  (thru 7/28)
$3/3 Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream or Novelty in ad manufacturer’s coupon,expires 8/10/15 (in ad manufacturer’s coupon,expires 8/10/15)
$1/1 Coupons.com (use zip 07738 if not in yours)
Final price:  $2.99 each when you buy 3

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Novelties (6-12 ct )   $3.99  (thru 07/28)
$3/3Weight Watchers Frozen Novelties in ad manufacturer’s coupon,expires 8/10/15
$1/1 printable
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (weight watchers branded porduct, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link ) NEW
Final price:  As low as $2.99

Secret Clinical Strength Dedorant (1.6 oz)   $5.00 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)
$2/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $3.00 register for the Loyalty Rewards Program HERE and get a Free one when you buy 4.

Deals without Coupons:

Sweet Corn 25¢ (limit 8)

Maruchan Instant Lunch (2.25 oz) 33¢

Red or Yukon Potatoes 99¢ / lb

Red Bell peppers 99¢

Sanderson Farms Whole Frying Chicken 99¢ / lb

Safeway Kitchens Plates, Party Cups or Cutlery (20-50 ct ) $1.00

Kraft Cool Whip (8 oz) $1.00

Kraft Barbecue Sauce (17.5-18 oz) $1.00

Safeway Kitchens Sweet Relish or Olives (5.75-10 oz) $1.00

Safeway Kitchens Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns (8 ct ) $1.00

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce (18 oz) $1.00

Pepsi or 7UP (2 liter) $1.00

Totino’s Pizza Rolls or Party Pizza (7.5 oz-10.9 oz) $1.00

Safeway Kitchens Pasta Sauce (25 oz) $1.00 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)

Open Nature Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water (5 oz) $1.00 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)

Safeway Kitchens Pinto Beans or Brown rice (16 oz) $1.00

Mezzetta peppers (10-16 oz) $1.25

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers (6-8 oz) $1.25

Lays Family Size Chips, Fritos, Cheetos or Lay’s Kettle Chips (7-10.5 oz) $1.77

Pantry Essentials Milk (1 gallon) $1.99 (limit 2)

Ball Park Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns (8 ct ) $1.99

refreshe Premium Drinking Water (24 pack, 116.9 oz bottles) $1.99 (limit 2)

Fresh Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops (Family Pack) $1.99 / lb

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99 / lb

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.99 / lb

Sargento Cheese Slices (4-8 oz) $2.50 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)

Extra Meaty Pork Loin Back Ribs (previously frozen) Buy One Get Two Free (reg $8.99/lb)

Fresh Boneless Center Cut Loin Chops Buy One Get One Free (reg $5.99/lb)

Boneless Beef Chuck Tender Steaks (Family Pack) Buy One Get Two Free (reg. $9.99/lb)

Boneless Chuck, Cross Rib, Bottom Round or Eye of Round Roasts $3.99 / lb

Blueberries (18 oz) $5.00 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)

8-Inch Single Layer Patriotic Cake (White or Chocolate) $5.00 (Friday 7/3 ONLY)


Current Deals Listed Last Week:

Mahatma Yellow Saffron Long Grain Rice (5 oz)   99¢ (reg. price)
$0.50/1 Mahatma or Water Maid Rice 04/26/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/31/15)
Final price:  50¢

Knudsen Cottage Cheese Doubles (7.8 oz)   $1.00 (reg. price, has real CA seal)
$0.35/1 printable
Final price:  65¢

Snackwells On the Go   $2.50 (thru 7/19)
$1/1 Snackwell’s On the Go Item 03/08/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/30/15)
$1/1 Facebook (use w/ coupon below)
Final price:  $1.50

+ Check out  Safeway’s weekly ad.
+ Details on Just for U program, combining coupons, etc.
+ Use a Safeway Club card to get savings (grocery shopping card).
+ As of 6/3/15, coupons are only taken at face value.
+ Confused?  Abbreviations & Safefway’s coupon policy
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased
+ All listed coupons with dates come from Sunday newspaper inserts.
+ Get coupons in the Arizona Republic for $1 per week (3 months, then cancel or pay full) HERE!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)
+ Safeway accepts eCoupons loaded from their website.
+ They will accept the higher value MANUFACTURER’S coupon (eCoupon or paper), not both.  If it’s a digital store coupon, you can use both.


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Help! We Need Your Catalina Notifications! ~ (& Juli’s Luck …)

If you get any Catalina notifications, please send them our way because . . .

There is a serious conspiracy against me getting Catalina notifications!  I joke that the only way I get them is to reach in trash cans or bend down in dark, wet parking lots.  No joke — almost.  I may get a notification every couple months.  That’s it.

Well, I did my usual . . . reached in a trash can on the way out the door at Fry’s today.  (Yes, I’ll stoop that low — just for you!)  :)

Here’s what I got . . .  I can’t read dates, products, etc.  There are lines going through it.  Figures.


Here’s what Allison had already sent me last night . . . Why do I bother trying?

allison_catAnd, I got this “bonus” . . .


I’m not sure if it’s an exclusive offer or one we can all get.  It looks like it’s adding up all the Minute Maid drink purchases and spiting out a coupon, at some point.  It’s not the typical Catalina offer.  They are only 88¢ / $1.38 starting Wed. at Fry’s, so . . .  if I had all the details, it might reveal a better bargain.  But, I don’t.  Those types are usually only for select people, but ??  I’ll buy one tomorrow and see if I get the printout — sure!  If you get any details, let us know!

If you see an offer on the master Catalina list and it doesn’t thank someone … it means Gina, Susan, or Allison got it.  Without them or you … that list would be blank!

Catalinas are a great way to maximize your savings.  If you don’t know what they are, read here.

If you want to see the most current list, go here.

I hope to add some more.  Send us pics of your notifications!!  THANKS!

juli @ bargain believer .com  or gina @ bargain believer .com (take out spaces)

Or, you can post them over on the Bargain Believer Facebook page.  Thanks so much!


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Recipe Contest ~ Win a $50 Safeway Gift Card!


Safeway has given me a $50 gift card to give away.  (More to come!).  They won’t value our coupons at $1 anymore (in AZ), but I’m confident we’ll still find good deals.  We just need to watch the sales and carefully match them with coupons, as we always have.  Like you, I wish we could get that added savings, but …. let’s stretch our budgets where we can.  It can still be done!

One way to save big is to make sure you’re cooking & baking with items that are on sale.
  You don’t want to be at the mercy of a random recipe and have everything overpriced the day you need it!  Develop a good stock of common non-perishables, freeze meat when it’s at a rock bottom price, and jump on the fresh items when they’re on sale.  The fresh stuff is what inspires most of my cooking.  If I can get it cheap, I want to use it with the other items I already have on hand.  Sometimes, something as insignificant as sour cream can be all I need to be inspired.  It makes a great beef stoganoff and I may have everything else on hand.

I want to tap into the creative, bargain loving brains out there.  I hope to share some recipes with you all, using items that commonly go on sale, when they’re on sale. 
I know many of you love a bargain as much as I do and plan your meals around the common sale items.So, here it goes … Honestly … I’m hoping this doesn’t flop!  If it does … just be the one person who enters and you’re set … a $50 Safeway gift card is up for grabs!  :)I’m looking for recipes using common items that we get coupons for or items that go on sale.  Think of meats you may get during a sale week or that you have stocked up in your freezer.  Consider all the great fruits and veggies that often go on sale.  Remember all the staples you have stocked in your pantry, so you don’t have to wait for a sale.

What does your family love?  What do you make, that everyone asks for your recipe?  What are you inspired to make, after XYZ goes on sale? 

Requirements & how winner will be chosen . . .

1)  Get two entries for each original recipe (slight tweaks are fine), just not a link to another recipe or a recipe copied from somewhere.  Get one additional entry, if you submit a photo(s).  (Up to three entries per original recipe.)

2)  Get one entry for each recipe that references another recipe you’ve found somewhere, but have tried.  These are only accepted if you submit your own picture.  (So, you can use a published recipe, but snap a good quality pic when you make it and send it along with the recipe.)

3)  Up to three recipe submissions per person (max would be 9 entries).

4)  Use common ingredients we see in the grocery ads or get coupons for.
5)  Winner will be chosen by random.org, after numbering all entries.

How to enter . . .

1)  Read & follow guidelines above.

2)  Submit in “recipe ready” format — list of ingredients with short directions below.  You can have other narrative, but also include an easy “copy & paste” recipe for us.

3)  Email your submission to juli @ bargain believer . com (take out spaces)

4)  Let us know if it’s an original recipe or give proper credit.

5)  Attach original recipe pictures (if any)  Do not copy from somewhere!

6)  Give us your name (credit will be given if we publish).

7)  By submitting a recipe, you’re agreeing that it’s either your own recipe or you gave appropriate credit.  And, you’re giving us permission to publish your recipe and picture (if submitted).

8)  Submissions must be received by Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8pm  midnight or before I wake up and choose.  :)

9)  Winner will be notified by email, by July 2, 2015.
I hope to be inspired to save more and provide some tasty food for my family!

(Thanks, for the gift card Safeway!  We’ll still find plenty of bargains at your store.  I’m confident of that!)


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44¢ Herdez Salsa (Fry’s or Safeway) & NEW Printable Coupons


There’s a new coupon for $0.55/1 Herdez salsa.  The smaller cans are 99¢ at both Safeway and Fry’s, last I checked.  (Fry’s puts them on sale for 79¢ sometimes.)  They larger jars often go on sale for around $2, several places.  It’s a coupon you’ll want, if you like Herdez salsa.

Herdez Salsa (7 oz can)   99¢ (reg. price at Fry’s or Safeway)   NEW
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  44¢

I was skeptical the first time I tried this.  I guess the salsa in a can thing had me wondering, but … it’s really good, better than most jarred salsa I’ve tried.  Don’t be afraid.  :)

This is tasty for dipping, but makes a super simple meal if you dump it over some meat in the Crock Pot.  Just shred it and you have tacos or burritos.

$0.55 off any one (1) HERDEZ Salsa productLook around while you’re there.
More new coupons have popped up today and over the weekend.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Just click on the image you want and you’ll get right to it.

$1.00 off ANY two Kemps Frozen Yogurt
$1.00 off TWO V8 100% vegetable juices
$0.75 off one (1) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. beverage
$1.00 off ONE V8 variety 46oz bottle
$0.50 off any (1) Wholly Guacamole product
$1.00 off 1 McCormick Grill Mates Smoked Sausage

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Safeway Ending Double ($1) Coupons in AZ ~ It’s Official


Well, it’s official … Safeway is ending their generous coupon policy of raising all coupons to $1,  everywhere in Arizona & Gallup, NMCoupons will be taken at face value, beginning June 3, 2015 Yesterday, I wrote about it here, but it wasn’t confirmed.

I was able to get an official answer from the company.  I’ll copy it below.

First, I urge you to look at it fairly, without intense anger.  It won’t help, so save your energy for finding deals.  We’ll still find them.  Don’t worry!

I will say that I’m disappointed.  I’ve lived in Arizona all my life and have used coupons my entire adult life — even in my late teen years!  I have loved having one of the most generous coupon policies in the US, for a long, long time.  As time went on, I knew it probably wouldn’t last forever.  I don’t like that this will affect our wallets, but the reality is that Safeway is a business.  They need to make money to stay in business.  If they feel like it affects their bottom line too much, it’s their call.  On the other hand, it’s our decision whether we shop there or not.  They have competition and they know it.  They’re not dumb enough to think this decision won’t impact their business.  I’m sure it came with much deliberation, thought, and future strategy plans.

This will definitely affect the way I shop.  Most likely, I’ll be doing more ad matching at Walmart (even some at Target), with little incentive to make a special trip to Safeway.  The exception will be sales on meat.  Meats are hard to ad match at Walmart.

We’ll have to adjust our budgets some, along with our thinking on when to stock up.  The “buy it now” price on some things will be going up.  It doesn’t mean we still won’t get free things (elsewhere) and get good deals.  It will probably mean that paying 50¢ for toothpaste or Angel Soft is now a rock bottom price, not free.  You may want to explore what CVS & Walgreens have to offer and learn how their programs work, if you don’t already.  Target is another place to stack up some ways to save and end up with a super deal.  You can still get toiletries and other items cheap!  And, don’t forget that Bashas’ is still doubling coupons.

** All links given above are to current shopping lists, if you want to check them out.

Honestly, I feel like my frustration is more with the TLC show “Extreme Couponing,”  but I realize it doesn’t help to blame them.  I really can’t even claim it’s all their fault.  It’s not.  Some would even say that I’m as much to blame as them.  I can understand that, to some degree.  Some of you saw that show and were inspired, even hunted down this website after viewing it.  Others were appalled.  I guess I have a love/hate feeling towards it.  I love that the show opened people’s eyes to seeing that they could save huge amounts of money.  That’s really why I started this website, so we have that in common.  I hate that it seemed to turn couponing into a competitive sport, where rules were often not followed and losers ended up (sometimes) being you and me … Juli, coupon user who likes to save for her family, but not rent a U-haul to get things home.  (Okay, slight exaggeration –  in some cases!)  The reality is … enough people got “extreme” and the stores couldn’t sustain their profit margin.  I get that.  It doesn’t help to point fingers at who got too much (how can you really judge “too much?” — okay, sometimes it seems easy!?!) or who took advantage of what.  For now, it is what it is.

I already wish for the “good old days!”  But, as much as I wish for those days, I also wish that everyone would stay determined to save money for their family.  It can be done — at Safeway and beyond, with or without coupons or coupons with added value.  I’ll share some more general, tangible ways, in the coming weeks.

If you want to give Safeway one last shop before it ends, make sure you check out their list here.  Let us know if you find something we should add.  We all want our last minute deals!  Too bad I’m in California.  Well, for the last shop — not for the weather!  :)

Here’s their official statement:  (Received on 5/29/15)

Good afternoon Juli:
I received your email from my colleague regarding changes to Safeway’s Coupon Policy.  The information you’ve received is correct.
Recently Safeway began investing major resources to strengthen its weekly ad flyer by lowering prices on popular items featured each week.  Additionally, on Weds. June 3, 2015, Safeway locations in Arizona and Gallup, NM will begin Senior’s Day the first Wednesday of each month.  This promotion will offer shoppers, who are 55 and older, 10% off their grocery purchases. 
Consequently Safeway locations, in Arizona and Gallup, NM, have initiated a change to its coupon policy.  Beginning June 3, 2015 coupons will be accepted at face value and no longer doubled.  Safeway’s new coupon policy aligns with many other grocery retailers.
Currently Safeway locations in Arizona and Gallup, NM have signs displayed at all registers to provide advance notice to customers regarding the  coupon policy change.
Safeway’s Just For U app is available to shoppers and is another convenient way to cash-in on extra savings while shopping at Safeway.  Signing up for Just For U is easy.  Visit:   www.safeway.com/Just-For-U
Again, thank you for your email.
Nancy Keane
Public Affairs and Government Relations
20227 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ. 85027


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Is Couponing Worth It?


I was asked (after hearing Safeway will probably be accepting coupons at face value in AZ soon, more here) …

Is couponing worth it?

If you want the short answer … yes, for me.

If you want the long answer, grab your coffee (maybe it’s a smoothie this time of year?) and snuggle up to your computer or mobile, as I share my thoughts.

When, I say “couponing,” I mean using paper coupons (printable, from Sunday paper, & misc. coupons that may show up) or digital coupons you can load directly to your shopping cards.

I only use coupons for products I will use or have a specific purpose for (donating, giving to friends, etc).  I’m not a true “extreme couponer.”  I’ve only seen a couple of the TLC shows, but I’m nothing like what I’ve seen.  I like to call myself an “intentional couponer.”  I use them wisely and save a bunch of money!  I don’t need a trailer to get my groceries home and one bottle of mustard will usually last us until it expires, around my house.

For me, couponing will still be worth it, even if coupons are taken at face value.  (Keep in mind that most of the country can only redeem coupons at face value and many do it.)  There is still money to be saved.

I’m a firm believer that pennies add up to quarters, add up to dollars, add up to $20, etc.  I’ll even still bend down to pick up a penny.  The bonus is a little bit of exercise, if nothing else.  :)

On the other hand, I also value my time.  If I’m finding that saving $3 is taking me an hour, I won’t do it.  My time is worth more than $3/hour.  On the other hand, if it takes me an hour to get ready to go to the grocery store (or an extra hour to run somewhere else & look at ads, etc.) and I end up saving $30 (random number for example) … totally worth my time.  I should say … usually!  There are weeks when I don’t have an hour to spare to save $30, as much as I want to.  I value my sanity more than thirty bucks.

As much as I love the savings and the financial freedom it helps bring to my family, it’s not for everyone.  I have different time, priorities, and needs than you do.  Don’t blindly use coupons, without counting the cost.  There are costs.  I would never deny that!

  • Time — What “wages” are acceptable to you?  Remember, it’s tax-free “income.”
  • Space — How will you store surplus?  Do you have room or need to stick with basics?
  • Sanity — Does the extra clutter (coupons or treasures you get) drive you nuts?
  • Need — Do you need to do it to make ends meet?
  • Want — Do you enjoy using the savings for something else that makes the effort worthwhile?
  • Respect — Does your spouse value the fact that you do it or does it drive him/her nuts?
  • Cost — How much are you spending on newspapers, ink, paper, buying coupons, gas, whatever?

Take a serious inventory of the above list.  Ponder it and calculate it.  If you feel it’s more of a burden, stop — unless you feel it’s a necessity!  (Well, I don’t see how you can resist clicking and loading a few digital coupons.)  :)  Yes, I know I run a coupon website.  Well, I don’t fully see it that way.  I run a money saving website, that often involves coupons, but there’s much more!

Whatever you end up doing with your coupon usage, I hope you stick around Bargain Believer.  We’ll always share deals that have coupons, but we go beyond that.  We want you to have fun with your family, without spending a bunch.  We’ll point you to those deals and other bargains we just can’t seem to keep to ourselves.  As long as there are businesses competing, there will always be bargains out there and we’ll help you find them!  We may even tempt the non-coupon users out there to click and load a digital coupon or even print a coupon every once in awhile.  The coupon/non-coupon line can be crossed at any time.  :)

I was going to share some other ways to save, but I’m afraid you’re falling asleep now.  And, I’m out of time.  Stay tuned … more on saving (beyond coupons) soon!

What do you think?


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Safeway Ending Double ($1) Coupons in AZ?

safeway_coupon_sign(Thanks for the pic, Nicol!)

It’s official … update here.

We’ve been hearing rumors for awhile, that Safeway was going to stop making coupons worth $1 (in AZ) soon, even with a specific date of June 3rd.  (Several of you have commented or emailed, saying your cashier told you.)  I only semi-believed the cashiers since I heard similar, for about nine months before Fry’s changed their policy.

But … I now believe it, though it can’t be confirmed.  Here’s my long story long …

Someone in Tucson sent Nicol the picture above (said we could share).   I know a picture is worth 1,000 words, but I still wanted to confirm it.  I called a couple stores in the Valley to see if it was going to be everywhere.  Two locations I called said it was true.  Another store asked me where I heard it, then told me they weren’t allowed to confirm or deny.  They were supposed to direct people to their corporate office.  Even though I felt like that was a confirmation, I called.

At corporate, I got someone who said she lives in Arizona and shops in Phoenix.  She said stores in Arizona don’t double coupons.  What!??!  The stores near me do and I’ve never heard that any of your stores don’t.  She acted like I was dumb and didn’t have a clue about Safeway or coupons.  I told her I had a website and wanted an answer to share with people.  That convinced her to go ask for a “real” answer.  Unfortunately, as “real” as it gets is that each store can do whatever they want.  It’s up to each manager.  I asked her why so many stores are deciding to end it now and her only reply was that not all ever did it and managers could do anything they want.  Okay.

So … my advice to you is to call your store or ask the next time you’re in.  I’d love to hear what you find out and for you to help others, too!

If you would leave the location (address and/or cross streets) and what they tell you, in the comments that would be great.  Facebook comments are fine, but I’d love a comment on the website below this post, too.  It will be easier for people to find and then they’ll all be together, to reference later.  If there are enough and it’s really varying, I might compile a list.  Honestly, I’m skeptical that it’s going to vary (at least for very long), but ??

I don’t even know which locations I called, since I just clicked on the map and called.  My regular store wouldn’t answer the phone and my secondary store is the one who told me to call corporate.  (It’s at Elliot & McClintock in Tempe.)

Here’s a link to store locations, so you can find your neighborhood Safeway’s number

And, just in case you want it, here’s the corporate number  1-877-723-3929


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