The Safeway near me was having their 12 hour Grand Re-Opening Event Saturday so I ran over to scoop up some sweet deals.
(6) Nestle Baking Chips $2.50 each = $15
(2) Gold Medal Flour $1.50 each = $3
Safeway Sugar $.99 (Re-Opening sale price)
O Organic Chicken Broth $2.50
McCormick food coloring $3.77 (30% off)
-(6) $.50/1 Nestle
-$2/1 O’ Organic product (found in a booklet at the 122nd store only, good through 1/1/10)
– $1/1 McCormick IP
-$1.20 (10% off with new club card for Grand Re-Opening!)
Total OOP: 18.06 and received a $5 catalina!
Plus, I will send in for the $5 rebate through Real Simple!
So after dividing up the $5 catalina between the 11 items my cost for 6 bags of Chocolate chips was $3.10!!! That’s just $.05 per ounce compared to Costco’s $.12/oz.
Today, Sunday is the last day to purchase anything for the Real Simple rebate, so hurry in and do this deal if you need chocolate chips! Go here to see the rebate info and other qualifying products.
I love these grand re-openings! These coupons were mailed to those near the 122nd & Powell store and are also available at the store. They were handing them out on Saturday, but I would imagine they are at customer service now. They are all good through 1/1/10.
Safeway case of bottled water Free w/$25 purchase (before coupons!)
SW apple juice Free w/$20 purchase
dozen eggs Free w/$20 purchase
SW Peanut Butter Free w/$20 purchase
Signature Cafe Soup 24oz. Free w/$20 purchase
Bright Green Bleach $1.79 – $2 BG coupon also in booklet ($.21 overage!)
There is also a $10/$50 purchase coupon in the same booklets at the Free items, but this coupon does say after manufacturer coupons. Since I was more than halfway there after the HFTH promo and buying apples ($.49/lb.) and bananas ($.25/lb.) I knew this was the perfect time to buy cat food.
$9.99 for a 18lb. bag -$10/$50 coupon = free cat food!
To boost my total without more coupon matching I planned on buying 2 bags. To boost my total even further I decided to buy a magazine to put in a gift box that I am filling for a soldier serving in Iraq. I was planning on buying one to put in it so this was the perfect timing to do so.
Along with everything I have already listed I also bought a loaf of Artisan round bread for $.49(coupon) and a dozen donuts for my 1st grade Sunday school class I teach. Those were just $1.99, also a coupon.
So I had used my calculator at the store and double checked my math to make sure I did the HFTH deal correctly and met my $50 total after coupons. I had it figured to be $50.92.
Unfortunately, as many of you know from experience, things went wrong. The total came to around $50 after the $10/$50 coupon. I knew something was wrong but as there were hordes of people there I figured I’d pay and then deal with it at customer service. So I had her take a bag of cat food off, since I didn’t need it to be over the $50, and ended up paying $39.22.
I did receive my $5 HFTH catalina, so that was nice.
Well, what happened was: most of my free coupons didn’t scan! The manager was less than patient, not mean or rude, but hurried and not willing to make sure I was credited correctly. She ended up giving me $11 back in cash but after more careful inspection at home I was still shorted out of $1.86.
This just reaffirms that I need to hand the cashiers my coupons ONE AT A TIME. I think that is the only way to be sure something doesn’t slip by.
Now here’s the even funnier part of this long and drawn out saga. I ended up buying two extra Nestle baking chips more than I was needing to. I actually bought 8, not just the 6 I have above, but after getting home and realizing my mistake I planned to take the two back and getting a refund. Well, upon even further inspection of the receipt I found that they only charged me for 7 bags and not the eighth!
So here is my dilemma:
They shorted me $1.86 in coupons, but I received a bag of chocolate chips priced at $2.50 (did not use coupons) for free. But I also bought an extra bag of chips for $2.50 and did not use a coupon. I also didn’t actually spend $50 before the $10 coupon once she gave me the $11 back.
So: do I take my chocolate chips, kids and receipt back into Safeway to give them their extra bag back, while returning the other one and also trying to get my $1.86 back in coupons? Or do I just leave it all alone knowing it was not even my mistake (other than grabbing too many bags) in the first place. I definitely don’t want to cheat Safeway out of anything, but I also don’t want to be inconvenienced even more from their mistakes. What would you do?
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