Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hot Safeway Promo: My Moneymaker Trip

I mentioned earlier in the week that Safeway is having a hot General Mills/Betty Crocker Promotion.  Today I was able to make a quick trip.  It didn't turn out exactly how I planned, but I still ended up getting a great deal.  I'll explain what I got first and then explain what didn't work out!

I only did one transaction today:
(4) Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes:
(2) Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers
(2) Boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios:
Spent: $2.60 using manufacturer eCoupons, paper coupons and the promotional discount.
Earned: $3.50 off my next order catalina= Moneymaker!

For details on how you can get this deal see my Safeway Promo post!
I actually tried to do a second transaction using the $3 Off Quaker Manufacturer coupon from the Fred Meyer Extra Savings Guide.  But, the cashier questioned it and would not accept it because it would not scan.  She said that it is Safeway policy not to accept internet coupons that will not scan, so she would not accept any MF coupons that wouldn't scan either. 

The second problem was that Safeway coupon policy prohibits the use of coupons that are more than half the value of the products being purchased.  I was trying to buy Quaker Instant Oatmeal at $1.50 per box after the instant discount.  My coupon was for $1.00 off, more than half the value of the oatmeal.  The reason I was able to do my first transaction was because I had a different cashier who wasn't aware of the policy (and I didn't realize it either).  I did a little research and could find a policy for printable coupons and a policy for store coupons.  The printable coupon policy states "We will not accept Printable Coupons for more than 50% of a product's value."  I assume this is the value after all other discounts.  Very disappointing, and a little goofy in my opinion considering the manufacturer reimburses the store!

I bagged the second transaction, even though it would have still been a great deal using the $3.50 OYNO catalina, as I already have about 20 boxes of cereal in my pantry.  I figure I can use the catalina on meat and save the oatmeal coupon for Old Fashioned Oats, which I prefer.  And seriously, how can I complain when my first transaction was a moneymaker!

While you are shopping at Safeway, make sure to pick up the hot new manufacturer coupon book!

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thecouponproject said...

WTH? They won't accept a coupon that's more than 50% the value? That sort of nonsense is exactly why I stopped doing Safeway weekly matchups. UGH.

I'm glad you got a good deal though!! And glad you found those coupons!

Kim said...

I know, right! I start loving them again, then this happens! I hear there are a few more different MF coupon books in the store now. I'm going to try and find them today.

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