Every few weeks, Safeway releases a $10/$50 purchase coupon on the back page of the Tuesday Oregonian in the Food Day section. This coupon is a great way to snag good deals at Safeway. I just spent $44.56 on a $137 purchase. Garnering this type of savings takes some forethought and concentrated effort, but is totally worth it!
1. Make sure you are receiving the Food Day every week. It is a free paper, so it should be delivered to your home on Tuesday mornings. This is pretty hit-or-miss in my neighborhood. Call the Oregonian if you don’t receive it. In addition to the Safeway $10/$50 coupon, the paper will include the Safeway, Albertsons, Rite Aid, Bi-Mart and New Seasons weekly ads. If worse comes to worse, go out and buy the newspaper if you know the coupon is in there.
2. Read the fine print. There are some exclusions. In my experience, an unwritten rule is that your total must be $50 after discounts, including Safeway and manufacturer’s coupons. And sometimes cashiers impose their own rules on the coupon, so be ready to politely stand up for your savings!
3. As always, plan your trip. Pour over the ad, make your list, pull your MQs, print off your IP coupons, and check out blogs, especially our post on this week’s Safeway deals.
4. Bring a small notepad, calculator & pen. I write down the price of everything I put in my cart, after MQs, to make sure I am not going over the $50 (or at least coming as close as possible). If you are planning a huge trip that will come close to $100, break it into two trips and use two coupons. You will probably have to actually come in twice, or have your spouse be your second transaction.
5. Shop the perimeter of the store first. I always walk down the dairy, meat and produce aisles before I enter the non-perishable section of the store. Look for markdown stickers! Remember that anything you find is basically an additional 20% off. For instance, I purchased four packages of bacon on clearance for $.99 each. After the coupon, each one was $.80. I now have bacon for the next few months (I freeze the packages as soon as I get home. Or after I’m done with this post…). I will now plan upcoming meals based on all the food I picked up for free or free with overage!
6. Buy the “loss leaders.” These are the items on sale with a Safeway coupon. Tillamook cheese is a loss leader this week. Make sure you are buying this, even if you don’t need the cheese right now. Separate them into weekly portions and freeze it. My cheese, with the $10/$50 coupon, was $3.99 for 2 lbs, well below my baseline price for cheese. Too bad I can’t stock up.
7. Buy only the full-price items you absolutely need for the week. Safeway, even after the 20% discount, is often more expensive than the 2Ws (WinCo & Super Walmart). I will buy a full-priced item or two if it saves me from driving 10 miles. And remember, don’t go overboard. The savings is only 20% when you purchase $50. If you go over that amount, your % savings will go down. Make sure your total is within a few dollars of $50.
8. Leave your kids at home. This is one of those trips that requires some serious concentration and wandering up and down aisles. My trip yesterday took about 80 minutes–way longer than a usual Safeway trip for me. Most kids will not behave in such a way to allow this to happen. I know that if my little boys are with me, my savings will plummit.
Do you have any tips on how to get the most out of your Food Day coupon?
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