We have been sharing tutorials about how to shop at the different grocery stores using coupons and taking advantage of store rewards programs and today we are talking about Safeway. You can always find the most recent Safeway coupon matchups and store deals under our Safeway store category.
The first most important step to save money at Safeway is to make sure you get a Safeway Club Card to get the advertised prices found in their ad. You can either sign up in the store for a Club Card or online. Safeway new store deals start every Wednesday and run through the following Tuesday. You should receive a Safeway ad in your mail on Tuesdays; if not, pick up a store ad / flyer in the store starting on Wednesdays.
Safeway Coupon Policy:
The Safeway Coupon Policy can be found online to make your shopping trip easier – I recommend printing a copy and keeping it with you when you shop. This is the most recent Safeway coupon policy, updated on January 20th, 2012.
Here are a few of the most important points of the Safeway coupon policy (make sure to read the full policy though):
*We will redeem coupons only for the specific items included in our customer’s purchase transaction. The redemption value will be as stated on the coupon, unless that value yields a final price for such item less than zero; if application of the redemption value yields a price less than zero, the coupon will be redeemed only for the amount that yields a zero price (our customer cannot net a cash credit or payout from a coupon purchase).
This just means that Safeway will accept a coupon even if it makes an item free. If the coupon value is more than the value of the item, then the cashier should adjust the coupon down to the price of the item.
*Coupons may not be applied against any free item received in any offer.
An example of this situation is if there is a promotion to buy 4 boxes of pasta and receive a free bag of salad mix. You cannot then use a coupon on the free bag of salad mix.
* Safeway will not accept manufacturer coupons (including, but not limited to, coupons issued through a Catalina or other in-store coupon dispenser) that display another retailer’s logo or name unless such coupon is for a specific item with the same product identifiers as the product included in our customer’s purchase transaction and is sold and available at the store.
* Purchase reward thresholds (if any) will be calculated based upon customer’s final price (after deducting Club Card savings and all other discounts and savings) before deductions for any manufacturer coupons. As an example (and not as an offer), if a $10 minimum purchase is required for a customer reward, a customer’s order at full retail would be $12, a Club Card discount of $1.75 applies, and a manufacturer’s coupon of $1 applies, the customer would be given credit for a $10.25 purchase, and would be eligible for the reward (assuming compliance with all other requirements) even though the customer’s cash payment would be only $9.25. The manufacturer’s coupon would not be deducted from the total for purposes of determining reward eligibility. Purchase reward thresholds (if any) will be calculated based upon customer’s final price (after deducting Club Card savings, and all other discounts)
This relates to the times that a store or manufacturer’s promotion may require a minimum $10 purchase. Their policy states that if you have met the minimum $10 before manufacturer’s coupons, you can then use manufacturer’s coupons to bring the price down further.