Grocery Geek Presents: $50 Will Get Ya $170

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Safeway recently sent me a $50 gift card to see how far I could make it stretch at my local Safeway affiliate, Vons. The card arrived yesterday so after some internet research and some clever coupon clipping, I devised a plan and headed out bright and early this morning with FishBoy5 in tow.

Savvy coupon shopping at Vons in Southern California requires excellent manufacturer coupons straight from the manufacturer or from the newspaper. They have a limit of one printable coupon of its kind for each order. They offer double coupons, but they also limit this to one coupon of its kind as well. This can be a total bummer if you’re comparing to other states and stores that don’t have these restrictions. However, if you know the rules, you can work within the system well. For example, I make sure that when there are good coupons in the newspaper, that I buy at least 3 copies on Sunday morning. (While there won’t be any more inserts for the rest of the year, you can usually get a head’s up on coupons at A Full Cup.)

The items pictured cost $171.08 before sales and coupons. Afterward? $48.36! Even the checker was impressed with my savvy shopping. Here’s the breakdown:

cornflakes (sale price, when you buy 4, $.99) FREE after coupons
martinelli’s $1.99
Nabisco Crackers (sale price, when you buy 5, $1 each) FREE after rebate
Crescent rolls $2
Sargento cheese $2.99 – $1 coupon = $1.99
ham ($.77/lb) = $5.88
whole chickens ($.67/lb) = $4.50 and $3.88
bananas $1.94
Clementines $4.77 – $1 coupons = $3.77/box

Obviously, stocking up on loss leaders can really stretch those dollars! My kids are stoked about the clementines while I’m dancing a happy dance about all the crackers and cereal.

What’s been your experience shopping at a Safeway store?

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  1. I am impressed! You have definitely learned how to beat the system. Good for you. I love having a stocked cabinet. BTW, no Safeway stores in our area.

  2. 1) I have so much to learn…
    2) I'm totally impressed!
    3) I loved Safeway when we lived in Idaho and in Alaska, but sadly there are none where we live now in Tennessee. 🙁

    Thanks for sharing – it encourages me to try harder! Merry Christmas!

  3. Michele says

    I just went to Safeway and got some good deals, too. The clementines here were only $3.99 minus the $1 coupon. Great deal! Plus the Tropicana OJ was on sale for $2 per carton. And I bought a bunch of Ritz crackers to use over the holidays for $1.50 per box minus some coupons. I love Safeway!

  4. Southern Gal says

    I just wanted to say it looks like your little girl in the background is standing on the table with your goods! I did a double take! A miniature food display model.

  5. No safeway here either and so far NONE of the store I have gone since moving to OK will allow me to stack coupons. Some goes as far as to not allow internt coupons at all and some won't take them on top of sale prices and other will limit how many of an item a shopper can get……so tell me how to do this if I can't stack….also….how can I do this if let's say I don't like Corn Flakes….and I do have SOME storage, but not enough for that much Corn Flakes that I could only use for cooking and still have room for cereal my family will actually eat!

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