A few weeks ago, Safeway rolled out their new savings program, Just4U, in Oregon and Washington. Just4U is unique in that the savings offered are personalized, meaning you’re getting deals that not everyone else is getting, and many of the deals are tailored to your shopping history.
Here’s how you get started with the Just4U program:
:: Register your Safeway Club Card by going to Safeway.com and clicking the “Register Now” button. You will get a FREE dozen eggs just for registering!
You will need a registered Safeway Club Card (which means it is linked to an actual name and current mailing address). You may have to fill out this form to get your Club Card updated. If you don’t have a Club Card, you’ll need to fill out an application at your local store. Some people have problems getting their Club Card working, so you may have to contact Safeway’s customer service by phone to get everything straightened out.
:: Once your Club Card is registered, click the “Personalized Deals” section of the site (you may have to re-log into Safeway.com for this to work).
Now you’re in the Personalized Deals section. You will see probably two pages of prices that are “Just4U.” They are all lower than Safeway’s regular price. Some are based on what you’ve purchased in the past and some are certainly there to entice you into purchasing certain products (I’ve never purchased Comet Cleanser at Safeway, but I have a personalized price of $.99).
:: Start adding the deals you like to your Safeway Club Card by clicking the red “Add” button. When you do so, a deal go from looking like this:
to looking like this:
This means the price has been loaded to your Club Card. When you purchase that item, you will be charged the personalized price, not the price tagged at the store.
Note the details listed on the graphic: “Unlimited” means you can get this price on any items you purchase before the expiration date. You can purchase multiples of that item in one transaction and get the price AND you can purchase this item in multiple transactions and get the price until the expiration date listed. You can also click the “See Details” link for the fine print.
Continue to add the items to your Club Card. There should be two pages of deals available to you.
:: Print your shopping list out once you’re finished adding deals to your Club Card. Click the red button that looks like this:
It is very important that you either print the list out or email it to yourself if you have a smart phone. Some personalized prices are not registering at checkout, so you’ll need the list to show your cashier so he/she can modify your total.
It’s also helpful for you to reference the size and variety restrictions as you shop to make sure you’re purchasing the correct items.
:: Go shopping! Purchase whatever items you’d like from your list. At checkout, you will receive your personalized price. Just like most Safeway deductions, the amount will come off at the end, not as the item is scanned, so don’t freak out that your price doesn’t show up immediately.
The deductions are listed nicely under each item, labeled as “Just4U” so you know exactly what each deduction is for. This will also help you determine if the register in fact recognized your personalized price. If there’s a problem, you’ll have to go to customer service to have your total adjusted.
Here are some details on the Personalized Deals:
- New Personalized Deals will load each Wednesday morning, so be sure to check Safeway.com each week for new offers.
- You can use a manufacturer’s coupon (and a double coupon in Oregon and SW Washington) on a Personalized Deals item. Since we all get different deals, you won’t see coupon match-ups on FrugalLivingNW.com for your deals. You’ll want to check the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database for manufacturer’s coupons that match with brand name items.
- It can take up to 30 minutes for a Personalized Deal to load to your Club Card, so you may want to double-check deals that you load while in the store on your smart phone.
- You are not required to purchase an item just because it’s loaded to your Club Card, so there’s no reason to be conservative with your loading.
- You cannot remove a deal once it’s loaded to your Club Card (not sure why you’d be worried about this one).
There are two other sections on the Just4U site:
Coupon Center: This is a section with digital coupons (eCoupons) that you load to your Safeway Club Card. Once you purchase the item, the price will be adjusted at the register. These are not personalized, so the offers are available to all Safeway Club Card holders. There are two types of eCoupons available:
1. Safeway store coupons — These are listed as a price (not a deduction) and can be stacked with a manufacturer’s coupon. They look like this:
You will get unlimited $.99/pound tomatoes, but you’ll only get the price in one transaction.
2. Manufacturer’s coupons — These are listed as a deduction (not a price) and cannot be stacked with a manufacturer’s coupon. They also cannot be doubled in Oregon and SW Washington. They look like this:
$.50 will come off once, even if you purchase two bags of Almond Accents.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT eCOUPONS: Once you load an eCoupon to your Club Card, it cannot be removed by you, your cashier or customer service. It will stay there until you use it or it expires. If you load an eCoupon to your Club Card, but wish to use a paper manufacturer’s coupon instead, in theory the register will give you the deduction that is greater once the paper coupon is scanned (or the better deal for you), but it will not take into account using a double coupon in Oregon and SW Washington. Your cashier cannot override this function either.
For this reason, I suggest you only load manufacturer eCoupons to your Club Card for a specific deal and you are absolutely positive that there’s not a higher value paper coupon out there. Don’t just go crazy and load all the eCoupons to your Club Card. It is a rare occasion when we list an eCoupon deal at Safeway because simply, they don’t yield good prices.
Your Club Specials: This section is just advertising Club Card prices that may not be advertised in the weekly ad. You don’t need to add these deals to your Club Card, you’ll get the price in the store like you normally do.
Neither of these two sections get me particularly excited, but the deals can be added to your shopping list to make your shopping trips easier.
What questions do you have about the new Just4U program?