‘Safeway’ Articles

NEW Printable Coupons!

It’s May!  New months mean new coupons and reset coupon.  Below are some of my favorite that you can click on, to get right to them.  If you prefer, go here and browse.  There are many more than I put below.  If you see any exciting ones in another zip, let us know.

We’re working hard to get today’s insert coupons and these to the lists.  We’ll highlight some of the best later.
$0.50 off one HORMEL NATURAL CHOICE Deli Meat $2.00 off any ONE Curel lotion 13 oz
$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc brand Slider Bags
$1.00 off ONE Unstopables Downy Scent Booster
$1.00 off 2 Muir Glen products
$1 off on any one FRESCHETTA Artisan Crust Pizza
$0.50 off 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars
$1.00 off 3 Old El Paso products
$0.50 off 1 Old El Paso Chiles OR Enchilada Sauce
$1.00 off one JENNIE-O Turkey Breakfast Sausage
$1.00 off (1) Wish-Bone EVOO or Ristorante Variety
$0.50 off 1 Honey Nut Cheerios
$1.00 off 2 General Mills Big G cereals
$1.00 off Any Two Tai Pei Single Serve Entrees
$1.50 off Any 1 Tai Pei Appetizer
$1.00 off TWO Vlasic products
$0.50 off 2 General Mills Fruit Snacks
$2.00 off ONE Luvs Diapers
$0.50 off ONE Charmin Basic 12ct or larger
$0.50 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
$0.75 off (1) Brut Antiperspirant or Deodorant
$0.75 off (1) Sure Antiperspirant/Deodorant
$2.00 off any ONE package of HUGGIES Diapers

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Best Deal on AZ Republic Home Delivery 2016!

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The Arizona Republic is celebrating their 126th birthday with a super low price of $1.26 per week!

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday home delivery for $5.42 per month for the first 6 months.

Go here to get this amazing offer now through May 10th.

Sunday papers normally cost $2.  If you’re lucky, you can find them at Dollar Tree for a buck, but they often run out and not all stores have them.  And … you often get the “diet” version … skinny without all the coupons home delivery offers.  I love having my paper show up on my doorstep (okay, the end of my driveway) with full coupon inserts.

You need to cancel, if you want, at the end of the 6 month promotion period or you will be auto-billed the full rate.

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Safeway Coupon Match Ups & Sales (Arizona) ~ 4/27/16 – 5/3/16

Monopoly is back!    Collect & Win Game prizes thru May 3, 2016.    Look for Bonus Ticket Item labels through out the store.  You can use the same pieces at Albertsons.

Look for the Big Book of Savings at your store.   It has month long deals, in ad coupons, and sometimes a few manufacturer’s coupons as well.  You can pick it up at the Service Desk if you don’t see them out.   The book is now good at both Safeway and Albertsons.  Some of the in ad coupons are also available to download to your Safeway Card.

Get a $25 gift card with your new or transferred prescription AND get $50 gift card when you five additional prescriptions and fill your prescription stamp card with in ad coupon (thru 6/30/16).  See pharmacist for details.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

♥ ♥ = We love this deal!  We doubt it will go much lower than this.  Stock up!
♥  = This is a great deal.  If you use this product, get it!

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

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Deals With Coupons Matched:

♥ ♥ Blue Bunnyt Ice Cream (5.5 oz)   $1.00 (thru 7/1)   NEW
$1/1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Novelty 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/31/16) (Limit 2 )
Final price:  FREE

♥ ♥ Chobani Simply 100 Crunch (4.2 or 5.3 oz) (Thanks, Dena!)
Free Safeway digital (exp. 6/4/16, coupon may disappear before exp.)
Final price:  FREE

Yoplait, Lucerne or Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt (4-6 oz)   40¢ (limit 10)
$0.50/5 Coupons.com (Yoplait, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$0.50/5 printable (yoplait)
$0.50/5 SavingStar eCoupon (Yoplait, future savings)
Final price:  As low as 30¢ ,each when you buy 5, (or possible future savings)

Ragu Pasta Sauce or Signature Kitchens Pasta (12-24 oz)   99¢ (limit 6 , w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$0.50/1 Safeway digital (Signature Kitchens Pasta, exp 5/1/16 , not sure if the register will let you use 2 store coupons)
Final price:  As low as 49¢

Plum Organics Pouches   $1.00 (thru 4/27)
$1/2 printable (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/3 printable
Final price:  As low as 50¢ each when you buy 2

♥ ♥ Red Vines Red or Black Licorice (5 oz tray pack)   $1.00 (thru 4/27)   NEW
$0.50/1 Safeway digital (avail. Wed., can’t use w/ paper coupon)
Also look for previous printables we told you about.
Final price:  50¢

Gerber Graduates Pasta, Fruit, or Veggie Pick Ups; or Breakfast Buddies   $1.29 (thru 4/27)
Gerber Gradutes Lil’ Entrees $2.00  
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  54¢

♥ ♥ Sara Lee Honey Wheat, Butter Bread or Skippy Peanut Butter (20 oz, 15-16.3 oz)   $1.25 (limit 4, FRIDAY 4/29 ONLY)
$1/2 Sara Lee Snack Cakes, Bread or Bagels 04/17/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/31/16)
$0.55/1 printable (Skippy)

Final price:  As low as 70¢

♥ ♥ Signature Cafe Cookies   $1.99 (thru 12/31)   NEW
$1/1 Signature Cafe Cookies at Safeway or Albertsons 4/17/16 RP Insert (exp. 6/12/16)
Final price:  99¢

Butterball Turkey Bacon (6 oz)   $1.67 (thru 6/21)   NEW
$0.55/1 printable
Final price:  $1.12

Stagg Chili with Beans or Mahatma Rice (15 oz or 2lb)   $1.79 (limit 6, , w/ Safeway digital or big book of savings coupon, thru 5/24)   NEW
$0.50.1 Mahtma/Watermaid Rice 01/31/2016 RP Insert (exp 4/30/16)
$0.50.1 Mahtma/Watermaid Rice 04/24/2016 RP Insert (exp 7/31/16)
Final price:  As low as $1.29

Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn (3-pk)   $2.00 (thru 5/3)
$1/2 Jolly Time Popcorn 03/06/2016 SS Insert (exp 4/30/16)
$0.65/1 printable (Healthy Pop)

$1/2 printable
Final price:  As low as $1.35

Sara Lee Honey Wheat or Butter Bread, Skippy Peanut Butter, Nutella Hazelnut Spread or Signature Kitchens Grape Jelly or Strawberry Preserves (20 oz/15-16.3 oz/13 oz/18 oz)   $1.99 (limit 6, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$1/2 Sara Lee Snack Cakes , Breads or Bagels 04/17/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/31/16)
$0.55/1 printable (Skippy)

Final price:  As low as $1.44 each when you buy 2

Gerber Graduates Puffs or Lil’ Crunchies   $1.79 (thru 4/27
$1/3 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  $1.46 each when you buy 3

Blue Bunny Ice Cream (1 pint)   $2.50  (thru 5/24)
$1/1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Novelty 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/31/16) 
Final price: $1.50 (sign up on Blue Bunny’s website and get coupons emailed to you as well.)

 Huggies Wipes (56-72 count soft packs)   $2.00 (thru 4/27)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$0.50/1 printable (register)
$0.50/1 Safeway digital (exp. 5/7, can’t use w/ paper coupon) NEW

Final price:  $1.50

Suave Professionals (12.6 oz gold bottles)   $3.00 (thru 5/25)   NEW
$1.50/1 Suave Professionals Gold Hair Care Product 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/14/16)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$2/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/1 Safeway digital (can’t use w/ paper coupon)
$2/2 Safeway digital (can’t use w/ paper coupon)
$1/1 Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner or Treatment Product 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/14/16)
Final price:  As low as $1.50

Daisy Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese (24 oz)   $1.99 (limit 4, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$0.45/1 printable (Squeezable, if included)
Final price:  As low as $1.54

Nabisco Snack Crackers, Good Thins, Chips Ahoy! Cookies or Ritz Crackers (3.5-13.7 oz)   $1.99 (limit 4)
$0.75/2 Chips Ahoy! Cookies 03/13/2016 SS Insert (exp 4/30/16)
$0.75/2 Ritz Crackers Boxes 04/10/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/21/16)
Final price:  As low as $1.62 each when you buy 2 (look for previous $1/2 Ritz prints)

Coffee-Mate Flavored Creamer, Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels or Silk Nut or Soy Milk (32 oz/6 pk/64 oz)   $2.49 (limit 6, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$0.75/1 printable (Silk, register and get an instant coupon)
$1/2 Sara Lee Snack Cakes or Bagels 04/17/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/31/16)
Final price:  As low as $1.74

Vita Bone Flavor Small Dog Biscuits (24 oz)   $2.89 (thru 7/1)
$1/1 printable
$1/1 Safeway digital (can’t use w/ paper coupon) NEW
Final price:  $1.89 (also look for blinkie coupon machine for $1/1 coupon).

A-1 Steak Sauce, Oroweat Potato Buns or Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise (10 oz/8 pk/ 22-30 oz)   $2.49 (limit 4, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$0.55/1 Oroweat Bread Products 03/06/2016 SS Insert (exp 6/30/16)
$0.50/1 Kraft Mayo 03/20/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/15/16)
$0.50/1 Kraft Miracle Whip Dressing 03/20/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/15/16)
$0.55/1 Oroweat Bread Product 05/01/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/31/16) NEW
$0.50/1 Kraft Mayo 05/01/2016 SS Insaert (exp 6/12/16) NEW

Final price:  As low as $1.94

HIllshire Farm Smoked Sausage Ropes, Links or Litl’ SMokies (12-14 oz)   $2.49 (limit 4, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Smoked Dinner Sausage Product 04/10/2016 RP Insert (exp 5/22/16)
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (Litl’ SMokies, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $1.94

American Greeting Cards
Buy 3 cards $1.99+, get a $5 coupon off your next purchase at Safeway. Offer ends 5/8/16.
Note: I spent some time, but never found cards for $1.99. They may be there, but I’d plan on finding cards for $2.99+
Final price:  Varies

Kellogg’s Cereal (12.2-18 oz)   $2.49 (limit 6, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digita, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes Pictured)
$0.40/1 Coupons.com (Raisin Bran, gone if not on top, after clicking link, if included)
$0.50/1 printable (Frosted Flakes)
$0.50/1 printable (Rice Krispies, if included)
$1/2 printable (Frosted Mini Wheats, if included)
$1/2 printable (Raisin Bran, if included)
$1/3 printable
$0.50/1 printable (Crispix, if included)
Final price:  As low as $1.99

Oscar Mayer Lunchables Uploaded (14.1-15.6 oz)   $3.00
$1.50/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1.50/2 Safeway digital (can’t use w/ paper coupon) NEW

Final price:  $2.25 each when you buy 2

Sun Maid Raisin Bread (16 oz)   $2.99 (thru 5/10)
$0.55/1 Sun-Maid Cinnamon Raisin Bread 04/10/2016 SS Insert (exp 6/18/16)
Final price:  $2.44

Sea Cuisine Seafood Selections (8.5-10 oz)   $3.99 (limit 2, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$1/1 Sea Cuisine Frozen Product 01/31/2016 SS Insert (exp 10/31/16)
$1/1 Sea Cuisine Frozen Product 03/06/2016 SS Insert (exp 12/6/16)
$1/1 printable
$1/1 Smartsource
Final price:  $2.99

♥ ♥ Shamrock Farms (Select Varieties)   40% off Regular Price
$0.50/2 Shamrock Farms Products 04/10/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/29/16)
Final price:  Unsure

Johnsonville Dinner Sausage or Brats (19 oz)   $3.99 (limit 4, w/ ad coupon or Safeway digital)
$1/2 Johnsonville Sausage 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 6/19/16)
Final price:  $3.49 each when you buy 2

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Deals without Coupons:

Powerade (32 oz) 68¢ (when you buy 6, limit 3 rewards per transaction)

Iceburg Lettuce 77¢ (limit 2, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Pepsi or 7 UP (2 liters) 88¢ (limit 6, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)  (There is a $0.50/1 Safeway digital (store coupon on 7-UP but I do not know if the register will let you use 2 store coupons).

Large Hass Avocados 88¢

Sanderson Farms Split Chicken Breasts or Whole Fryer Chickens (Jumbo Pack) 97¢ / lb

Signature Kitchens Refried Beans, Taco Shells, Enchilada Sauce or Diced Green Chilis (16 oz/12 ct/10 oz/7oz) $1.00

Signature Kitchens Mustard, Marinade, Relish, Worcestershire Sauce, Ketchup or Olives (6-20 oz) $1.00

Signature Home Party Cups, Freezer, Storage or Snack Bags (15-20 ct ) $1.00

Celeste Pizza for One or Polar Treats Bars (5.5-9 oz/6 ct ) $1.00

Barbasol or Pure Silk Shave Cream (8-10 oz) $1.00 (limit 10, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Ken’s Salad Dressing or Sweet Bay Ray’s Barbecue Saucer (16-18 oz) $1.49 (limit 6, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Campbell’s Chunky Soup or Hot or Lean Pockets (15.25-19 oz/ 9 oz) $1.49 (limit 6, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Lucerne Large Eggs (12 ct ) $1.49 (limit 2)

Signature Kitchens Oatmeal, Cereal, or Eating Right Fruit Grain Mix Berry (10 ct/12-18.7 oz/10.4 oz) $1.49

♥ ♥ Lucerne Gallon Milk $1.89 (limit 2)

Signature Kitchens Sugar, Flour, Vegetable Oil, Spray or Chocolate Chips (4lb/5lb/24 oz/ 6 oz/ 11.5-12 oz) $1.99

Steall D’oro Cookies, Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers or V8 Splash (5.7-9.25oz/9-12.4 oz/64 oz) $1.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Fresh Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs (Bone In, Family Pack) $1.99 / lb

Minute Maid Premium Orange Juice or Blue Diamond Almond Breeze (59 oz carton or 64 oz) $1.99 (limit 6, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Cape Cod Kettle Chips, Popcorn or Dipping Shells (3.5-8.5 oz) $1.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Bar-S Smoked Loop Sausage (13 oz) $1.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Nestle Pure Life Water or Arizona Tea or Juice (28 pk, 16.9 oz or 128 oz) $2.27 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Kraft Shredded Cheese (6-8 oz) $2.49

Strawberries (1lb) $2.50 (FRIDAY 4/29 ONLY)

Pepsi (12 pk, 12 oz cans) $2.67 (when you buy 3, with additional $25 purchase, limit 1 reward per transaction)

♥ ♥ USDA Choice Beef Cross Rib, Bottom Round or Eye Round Roast (Boneless, or Family pack of steaks) $2.99 / lb

Bar-S Bacon (12 oz) $2.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Gatorade Sports Drink (8 pk, 20 oz bottles) $3.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Signature SELECT, Signature Kitchens or O Organics Coffee (31.5 oz, 10-12 oz or 12 ct ) $4.99 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

Eckrich Virginia, Honey Ham, Margherita Genoa, Hard Salami or Pepperoni (Sliced Fresh in the Deli) $4.99 / lb (limit 3lbs, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)
Tyson Cornish Game Hens (Twin Pack, Frozen) $5.00 (FRIDAY 4/29 ONLY)

♥ ♥ Pepsi Cubes (24 pk 12 oz) $5.00 (FRIDAY 4/29 ONLY)

Large Raw Shrimp (31/40 ct, prev frozen) $5.00 / lb (Friday 4/29 ONLY)

♥ ♥ Butcher’s Cut or Signature Farms 80% Lean Ground Beef Patties (40 oz) $5.00 (limit 4, w/ad coupon or Safeway digital)

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+ 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 the lowest price we know of right now, on the Arizona Republic 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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♥ ♥ Hearts on Lists! ♥ ♥ (Find Best Deals More Easily)

♥ ♥ = We love this deal!  We doubt it will go much lower than this.  Stock up!
♥  = This is a great deal.  If you use this product, get it!

This is pretty self-explanatory, but for those who haven’t noticed yet … we just started adding hearts to the coupon match ups.

As you can imagine, we don’t use every product we have on the lists.  We aren’t 100% sure what a good deal is on everything.  This is just a guideline to get you focused in on some of the best deals.  If you use a lot of something or specifically need a product, it doesn’t mean nothing else on the list is a good deal.  Don’t be afraid of the other deals.  :)

If you ever see something that’s an amazing deal, to you, and we missed marking it … let us know!  We’d love to make sure we highlight it for others, so they don’t miss out.

Hope this makes your life a little easier and helps you save even more!

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Safeway Digital Coupon ~ $3 off $20? (Check Your Account!)

sw_$3Make sure you check you Safeway Just for U account each week.  (Look in the “Personalized Deals” section.)  Sometimes, there are some good coupons waiting for you!

I often have a $$ off coupon.  This week I have a $3 off $20.  Cheryl emailed me to say she had one, too.  That must mean I’m not the only special one out there.  :)  (Thanks, Cheryl!)

At Safeway, you need to be at $20 (or whatever your amount is) AFTER coupons come off.

See the full Safeway list here.

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Note from Juli . . .

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Please tell everyone in AZ you know (or even strangers!) to check us out.  If they don’t already love you, they may start!  :)  Most of you know this, but just in case you don’t … I pay people to help me since I just don’t have time to spend on what is needed  to keep this site going.  I use affiliate links and advertising, to generate an income.  We get to continue because of those who use our links and help us grow by telling others about Bargain Believer​.

I want to be honest/clear … our #1 priority is to save you money, not make money.  But, for one to happen, the other needs to happen or we can’t continue.  I still refuse to post things that I hope a few of you might jump on, just to make a buck .. at the expense of wasting everyone else’s time & diluting the things I find valuable.  We really pick and choose what we feel is the best, especially for AZ residents, without becoming a site that just lists Amazon & other affiliate deals all the time.  That means the majority of our posts make us a whopping $0.   I get as excited to post those as I do the money making ones, if I know you will benefit.

With that said, sometimes I feel guilty for posting the things I make money on.  In some ways, it would be easier if I didn’t make/need money.  My guilt would be less.

Later this afternoon, I will put up a post about Pogo Pass.  I’m sorry for those of you who are sick of seeing it.  However, please realize that it’s extremely popular and I get thanked for sharing it all the time.  It’s an amazing value and I completely believe in it.  Also, keep in mind that we have new people come to the site each day and most people don’t see every post we do (shocking to a few of you loyal followers, I know)  :)  Honestly … we probably couldn’t afford to keep doing what we’re doing without Pogo’s generous commission.  I’d love for you to share or tag people on that post (or any!) if you think anyone would benefit.  Side note:  Pogo can also be used for fundraisers.  If you know a school or non-profit that needs to make some money, please send me an email (juli@bargainbeliever.com).  Or, it can even be a business that wants to put flyers on their counter.  They are a super company to work with.

Okay, this didn’t start out so long in my mind, but I’m a world-class rambler.  I’m glad you’re here and really don’t know how to fully express that to you, but just believe me … I love sharing deals and it’s much easier to share them, than keep them to myself.  Well … in some ways.  :)  THANK YOU!  ~ Juli

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Mexican Haystacks Recipe ~ Unique Dinner Using Waffles

We have a recipe to share with you.  Becca calls it Mexican Haystacks.  It’s almost too unique, not to try!
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.Here’s what she says about it . . ..
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“This is a recipe that my grandma used to make all the time when I lived with her in college.  I’m not sure where it came from but I grew up having it at her house and haven’t seen it anyplace else!  It’s my go to meal when I don’t know what else to make and I’m shopping my pantry!”
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Give them a try and tell us what you and your family thinks!

Mexican Haystacks
Ingredients:
1 small can chunk pineapple
1 cup small cubed chicken – fresh or canned
1 10.5oz can cream of chicken soup – cream of mushroom works also if you like mushrooms
1/3 cup milk
Frozen waffles – any variety
chow mein noodles – optional
slivered almonds – optional
salt & pepper – as needed
Directions
Combine cream of chicken soup, cubed chicken, & milk in large deep skillet on med-high heat until bubbling.  Turn down to medium and add pineapple until warm, liquids should be a thick, gravy-like consistency.  While cooking liquids, heat up frozen waffles in toaster oven.
Place cooked waffle on a plate and spoon chicken/pineapple mixture on top.  Add a sprinkle of chow mein noodles and/or slivered almonds on top for crunch.  Add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy!
Makes approx 4-5 waffles.  Can double recipe for larger crowds.
(Thank you for submitting the recipe, Becca Holt!)

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Get Facebook Page Updates to Show Up in Feed (New Way!)

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I just found a new (at least to me!) setting for pages you follow on Facebook.  One of the most common questions we get is how to see all Bargain Believer posts in your Facebook feed.  It’s frustrating when you want to see something and Facebook just doesn’t show it to you.

We know that commenting, sharing, and “liking” posts helps.  But, it looks like we may have a new option.  Hope this really works!!

Some deals go quickly, so it’s a great way to follow us, if you’re on Facebook a lot.  Plus, we post some added information or have a Facebook-only giveaway from time to time.

Assuming you want to see everything we post  . . .

Supposedly, Bargain Believer posts will show up at the top of your feed.  Give it a try and let us know what happens.

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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.

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

allison_catAnd, I got this “bonus” . . .

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

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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.
Sincerely,
Nancy
 
Nancy Keane
Public Affairs and Government Relations
20227 N. 27th Ave.
MS-14022
Phoenix, AZ. 85027

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