‘Safeway’ Articles

Safeway Arizona Grocery Deals & Coupon Match Ups ~ 8/26/15 – 9/1/15

Get 2 codes from buying select Unilever frozen products, get a $5 gift card, thru 9/14.  Read more about it here.

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

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.

Deals With Coupons Matched:

Yoplait Yogurt (4-6 oz oz)   50¢
$1/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/26/15)
$0.50/5 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/5/15)
$1/10 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/10 printable
$1/10 printable
$1/10 SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)
Final price:  40¢ each when you buy 5 or 10 (or possible future savings)

C&W Vegetables (16 oz)   $1.99 (thru 9/28)   NEW
$1.50/1 C&W Vegetable Variety 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/23/15)
$1.50/1 printable
Final price:  49¢

Bounty Basics Paper Towels   $1.00
$0.50/1 Bounty/Charmin Basic Product 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15) NEW
$0.25/1 Bounty Product 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15) NEW

$0.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 printable (register)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as 50¢

Libby’s Canned Vegetables (select)   79¢ (thru 9/22)   NEW
$1/4 Libby’s Vegetables 08/23/2015 RP Insert (exp 10/3/15)
Final price:  54¢ each when you buy 4

Nutella & Go (1.8 oz)   $1.25
B1G1 Nutella & Go Single Pack 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/13/15)
B1G1 Smartsource
Final price:  63¢ each when you buy 2

Ken’s Salad Dressing (16 oz)   $1.25 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$1.25/2 Ken’s Dressings 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/30/15)
$3/$12 SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)
Final price:  63¢ each when you buy 2 (or possible future savings)

Progresso Vegetable Classics Soup (18-19 oz)   $1.00
$1/3 printable
Final price:  As low as 67¢ each when you buy 3

Dawn Dishwashing Soap (9 oz)   $1.00
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 printable (register)
Final price:  75¢

Puffs Facial Tissue (56 ct)   $1.00
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 printable (register)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Softpack, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  75¢ (less if Softpacks included)

Chex Mix, Bugles, or Gardetto’s   $1.00
$0.50/2 Chex Mix, Bugles, or Gardetto’s 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/26/15)
$0.50/2 Chex Mix, Bugles, or Gardetto’s 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/5/15)
Final price:  75¢ each when you buy 2

Shamrock Farms Milk (singles)  $1.00
$1/4 printable
Final price:  75¢ each when you buy 4

Michelina’s Frozen Entree   $1.00
$1/5 printable
Final price:  80¢ each when you buy 5

Snack Pack Pudding (4 pk)   $1.00
$0.45/3 Smartsource
Final price:  85¢ each when you buy 3

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta   $1.00
$0.50/4 Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta or Microwave Cups 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/30/15)
Final price:  88¢ each when you buy 4

Danimals Smoothies, Dannon Light & Fit, or Activia Yogurt (4 – 6 ct)   $2.00
$1 off Dannon Light & Fit 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/23/15)
Final price:  $1.00

Hungry-Man Dinners   $1.67 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$1/2 Smartsource
Final price:  $1.17 each when you buy 2

General Mills Cereal (8.9 – 13 oz)  $1.77
Pictured:  Reeses’ Puffs, Golden Grahams, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Orig. Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios
$0.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios or Cheerios 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/22/15)
$1/3 General Mills Big G Cereals 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/13/15)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Honey Nut, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Trix, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Cocoa Puffs, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Chex Cluster, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 printable (Orig. Cheerios, register, others available to print)
$1/2 printable (select)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Honey Nut, future savings) 
Final price:  As low as $1.27 (or possible future savings) (less if others included)

Shamrock Farms Sour Cream     $1.99
$0.50 Coupons.com (Sour Cream, use zip 85225 if not in yours)
Final price:  $1.49

Nutella Spread (13 oz)   $2.99
$1.50/1 Nutella Jar or Mini Cups 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/11/15)
$1.50/1 Smartsource
Final price:  $1.49

Nabisco Snack Crackers, Ritz, or Toasted Chips  $1.99 (limit 6)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/19/15) 
Final price:  As low as $1.62 each when you buy 2

Yopait Go-Gurt (8-ct)   $2.00 (reg. price)
$0.75/2 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/2 Pillsbury (register)

$0.75/2 SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)  
Final price:  $1.63 each when you buy 2 (or possible future savings)

Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream or Novelties (1.75 qt; 6-12 ct)   $2.88
$1/1 Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream or Novelty 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/30/15)
$0.75/1 Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream or Novelty 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/30/15)
$0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

Final price:  As low as $1.88 (+ Ibotta cash back)

Sargento Sliced Cheese $2.50
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (Ultra Thin, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.40/2 Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/11/15)
Final price:  As low as $1.95

Ball Park Meat Franks   $2.50
$0.55/1 Ball Park Hot Dog Product 08/02/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/13/15)
Final price:  $1.95

Nabisco Nilla Wafers or Fig Newtons  $2.50 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/19/15) 
Final price:  As low as $2.13 each when you buy 2

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (64 oz)   $2.99
$0.75/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/13/15)
Final price:  $2.24

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip   $2.99 (thru 9/1)   NEW
$0.55/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/26/15)
Final price:  $2.44

Hillshire Farms Lunchmeat (7 – 9 oz)   $3.50
$0.55/1 printable
Final price:  $2.95

Oroweat Wide Pan Bread   $3.99
$0.55/1 Oroweat Sliced Bread Product 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/7/15)
$0.55/1 Oroweat Sliced Bread 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/31/15) NEW

$1/1 Coupons.com (use zip 90808 if not in yours)
$0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

Final price:  As low as $2.99 (+ future cash back)

Hormel Natural Choice Deli Meat (8 oz)   $3.50 (thru 9/22)   NEW
$0.50/1 Hormel Natural Choice Deli Sandwich Meat 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/19/15)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)

$0.50/1 printable (register)
Final price:  $2.99

Land O’Frost Premium Lunchmeat (16 oz)   $3.99
$0.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium … 07/26/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/30/15)
$0.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium … 06/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/29/15)
$0.55/1 printable
Final price:  As low as $3.24

Galbani String Cheese (24-ct)   $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$/1 Galbani Snack Cheese Item 08/16/2015 SS Insert (exp 11/30/15)
Final price:  $4.00

Al Fresco Gourmet Grillers (28 oz)   $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$1/1 printable (register)
$1/1 Facebook
Final price:  $4.00

Viva Paper Towels or Cottonelle Toilet Paper (12 rolls TP, 6 rolls paper towels)   $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)
$0.50/1 printable (Viva, register)
$0.50/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15)
Final price:  $4.50

California Pizza Kitchen or DiGiorno Pizza   $5.99
$1/1 printable (CA)
$1/1 printable (DiGiorno)
$1/1 printable (DiGiorno)
Final price:  $4.99

Deals without Coupons:

Powerade 58¢ (when you buy 15, limit 15)

Open Nature Greek Yogurt (5.3 oz) 79¢

Cantaloupe (jumbo) 87¢ (limit 4)

Roma Tomatoes 87¢ / lb

Pork Sirloin Chops (bone-in, family pack) 99¢ / lb

Pepsi or 7Up (2 liters) $1.00

Pantry Essentials Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns $1.00

Lucerne Sour Cream (16 oz) $1.00

Jet Puffed Marshmallows (10 oz) $1.00

Safeway Quick or Old Fashioned Oats (18 oz) $1.00

Safeway Instant Oatmeal (10.1 – 13.7 oz) $1.00

Safeway Kitchens Olives (5.75 – 6 oz) $1.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Safeway Kitchens Pinto Beans (2 lbs) $1.25 (FRIDAY ONLY; one lb bag = $1 all week)

Split Chicken Breasts or Whole Frying Chickens (bone-in, family packs) $1.29 / lb

Safeway Kitchens Apple Cider or Juice (64 oz) $1.49 (limit 4)

Bush’s Best Baked Beans (21 – 28 oz) $1.49 (limit 6)

Safeway Kitchens Rice (32 oz) $1.49

Newman’s Own Lemonade (59 oz) $1.67 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Safeway Kitchens Syrup (12 oz) $1.67 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Doritos (9.5 – 11.5 oz), Fritos or Cheetos (8 – 9.75 oz) $1.99 (when you buy 3, limit 3)

Nature’s Own or Roman Meal Bread $1.99

Lucerne Milk (gallon) $1.99 (limit 2) $0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

Refreshe Drinking Water (24 pk) $1.99 (limit 2)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (in full service area) $1.99 / lb

Boneless Half Pork Loin Roast (sold in bag) $1.99 / lb

Lucerne Butter (1-lb quarters) $2.49 (limit 2)

Coffee Mate Creamer (32 oz) $2.49

Lucerne Ice Cream (1.5 qt.) $2.50 (FRIDAY ONLY) $0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

80% Lean Ground Beef (3-lbs+) $2.77 / lb

Frito Lay Party Size Chips (13 – 20 oz, pictured: Doritos & Tostitos) $2.99 (limit 4)

Angel Food Cake (12 oz) $2.99

Gatorade (8-pk, 20 oz) $3.99 (limit 2)

Boneless Beef London Broil $3.99 / lb

Safeway Home Bath Tissue (12 rolls) $4.99

Safeway Home Paper Towels (6-8 rolls) $4.99

Cara Cara Oranges (3-lb bag) $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Waterfront Bistro Raw Shrimp (21 – 25 ct., previously frozen) $5.00 / lb (FRIDAY ONLY)

Virginia or Honey Ham, Swiss Cheese (deli counter) $5.00 / lb (FRIDAY ONLY)

Safeway Home Laundry Detergent (100-oz) $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Frito Lay Multi Pack Chips (20-ct) $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Eggo Waffles (24-ct) $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)

Earl Campbell’s Hot Links (36 oz) $5.00 (FRIDAY ONLY)


Current Deals Listed Last Week:

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


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$5 Gift Card at Safeway or Albertsons w/ Purchase of 4 Unilever Ice Creams

safewayI went to Safeway yesterday and got a printout at the register.   I investigated this morning and found out what it’s about.

Through September 14th, buy any two Unilever ice cream products in the same shopping trip, get a code at checkout.  Collect two codes (buy 4 products) and you can submit them online for a free $5 gift card.  Products include Fruttare, Good Humor, Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, Magnum and Ben and Jerry’s.

Even better, I bought two boxes of the 8 count Popsicles and got the code.  The printout says “max two codes issued per transaction.”  So, you can buy all 4 items in one transaction.

Let’s do the math here….buy 4 boxes of Popsicles at Albertsons or Safeway this week for $1 each.  Spend $4, get two codes, submit codes online, get a $5 gift card.  That’s 4 free boxes of Popsicles, plus $1 fun money!  :)

Popsicles (8 count) $1.00 (Albertsons and Safeway, thru 8/25)

Go here to enter codes and for more information.

Offer valid in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX,  UT and WA.

You’ll get the gift card in the mail in 8-10 weeks.

I couldn’t find anywhere if you can get more than one $5 gift card.


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New Month = New Printable Coupons

It’s the first, which means we woke up to lots of new printable coupons.

We got all the grocery lists updated with the current coupons, so be sure to check those out too:

Go here for the full Fry’s list.
Go here for the full Safeway list.
Go here for the full Abertsons list.
Go here for the full Bashas list.

Just click on any of the pictures below and the coupon will be “clipped” for you and ready to print.

$0.50 off (1) pepper sauce from TABASCO brand
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$2.00 off 1 Aleve-D product
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$2.00 off Sundown Naturals Adult Gummy Product
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$0.50 off 1 HORMEL NATURAL CHOICE Deli Meat
$2.00 off 1 Aleve 40ct or larger
$0.75 off 1 Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage
$1.50 off ONE Always Discreet Incontinence Liner
$1.50 off ONE Always Discreet Incontinence Pad
$1.50 off Always Discreet Incontinence Underwear
$2.00 off ONE bottle of Flonase Allergy Relief
$3.00 off 2 Vicks DayQuil, NyQuil, Severe products
$1.00 off 1 Vicks DayQuil, NyQuil, Severe product
$10.00 off (2) Zantac Maximum Strength
$5.00 off (1) Dulcolax 50 ct or 100 ct
$0.25 off ONE Dawn Product
$0.50 off any (1) Color Scents scented trash bags
$1.00 off Disney, Marvel, Star Wars Gummy Vitamin
$1.00 off (2) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Products
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Liquid Bleach
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Clean Up Spray
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Manual Toilet Bowl Cleaner
$3.00 off ONE Tide PODS 31ct or larger
$0.35 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
$0.25 off ONE Charmin Basic 4ct or larger
$2.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern and bath tissue
$1.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern and bath tissue
$1.50 off any up&up baby diaper boxes
$0.50 off (2) Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
$0.50 off ONE BOX Fiber One™ Chewy Bars
$0.50 off 1 box Fiber One Cheesecake Bars
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
$1.00 off any 2 Kettle Brand items 4oz or larger
$0.75 off Food Should Taste Good products
$1.00 off Totino's Blasted Rolls
$0.50 off any TWO Chex Mix™, Bugles or Goardetto's
$0.75 off ONE box of Nature Valley™ Bars
$0.75 off 3 Larabar,Uber, Alt bars, RENOLA Pouches
$0.55 off two Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce
$2.50 off 1 multipack of BOOST Nutritional Drink
$1.00 off any one HORMEL ALWAYS TENDER Meats
$0.50 off any Old El Paso Refried Beans
$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products
$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad™ Pasta
$1.00 off any Glad Food Protection Item
$0.60 off THREE CUPS Liberte Mediterranee yogurt
$1.00 off TEN CUPS any variety Yoplait Yogurt
$0.75 off TWO any flavor Yoplait Kids Yogurt
$0.50 off (1) Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
$1.00 off 2 General Mills Big G Cereals
$0.75 off one box Cocoa Puffs cereal
$1.00 off ONE box Chex™ Clusters™ cereal
$0.75 off ONE BOX Trix cereal
$0.50 off Pillsbury Toaster Pastries or Pancakes
$1.00 off ONE Nature Valley™ Toasted Oats Muesli
$1.50 off 1 Hefty Trash Bags
$1.00 off 1 Seattle's Best Coffee K-cup packs
$1.00 off 1 Seattle's Best Coffee bag
$1.00 off any 2 KRAFT String Cheese or Twists
$1.10 off 2 Horizon Mac and Cheese
$1.10 off 2 Horizon snack time favorites
$1.00 off two PLANTERS Products
$1.00 off 2 JELL-O Ready-to-Eat Gelatin or Pudding
$2.00 off (1) SheaMoisture Bath & Body product
$2.00 off (1) SheaMoisture Hair product
$1.00 off 1 Horizon Single Serve
$0.55 off 1 bag Meow Mix Irresistibles Cat Treats


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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!
.Here’s what she says about it . . ..
“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!”

Give them a try and tell us what you and your family thinks!

Mexican Haystacks
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
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!)


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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New Printable Coupons

Quite a few new coupons popped up today and the last couple days.  Below are some of them, but there are more.  You can click the coupon below, to get right to the coupon or go browse here.

We’ll be adding these to the lists very soon (already started).  We’ll also be looking for good prices to match them up with.

This first pasta coupon looks promising?  Anyone know pricing on this, anywhere?

$1.00 off any ONE (1) Barilla Collezione Pasta
$1.50 off TWO Tampax Pearl Products
$1.00 off any TWO (2) bottles of V8 Splash
$3.00 off ONE OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent
$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's products listed
$1.00 off any 1 Mars Ice Cream SNICKERS Multipacks
$1.00 off TWO jars of Pace Picante Sauce or Salsa
$1.00 off TWO Prego Italian sauces
$1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries
$0.50 off Kellogg Frosted Blue Raspberry Pop-Tarts
$0.75 off any TWO Pringles Tortillas


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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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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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