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This has been quite a memorable spring for us! As you know, Jai and I have been on the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel since June 2012. I’m pleased to say that we just wrapped up the program and lost a combined total of 86.9 pounds, 13.9 BMI points and 55.7 inches! Yeah! Currently, we are transitioning off the program, eating Nutrisystem dinner entrees with our own lunches and breakfasts. Prior to our last week, I placed an order on Amazon in anticipation of our transition:
I ordered a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Peanut Granola Bars – 48 Count Box (Amazon Associates Link) for $20.45 and two orders of Kashi TLC Cereal Bar 6-Count Boxes (Amazon Associates Link) for $12.80 each. I had some Amazon gift cards saved up, so it didn’t cost me anything out of pocket. I chose these because the portion size/calories and nutritional information match up with the type of things we’ve been eating on Nutrisystem, so these make for effortless breakfasts & lunches. Initially, I planned to do a big batch of freezer cooking before phasing off Nutrisystem; however, we are remodeling our kitchen this month, so I realized it just wasn’t going to be practical. Having the kitchen torn up is going to make food preparation a lot harder, so I wanted to go easy on myself the first month with pre-packaged foods that will be ready to go without any prep.
In addition to the pre-prepared meals, we’ll be continuing to supplement with fresh foods as we have been on Nutrisystem. The photo above show an example of the type of things we’ve been picking up – eggs, brown rice, fruit & salad supplies. I snagged some savings on the Minute Rice and Dole Pineapple using coupons from the February issue of All You Magazine – I’ve been getting press copies of the magazine in the mail all year, which has been really handy. Since I run this site, I will often receive promotional items in the mail for review consideration; and I can’t think of anything more frugal than getting free coupons in the mail. 😉 I also used the January issue of All You to save on some cream cheese I bought at Walmart for a recent birthday party I hosted. Many of the coupons in All You are for products sold at Walmart – naturally, since the magazine is only sold in Walmart stores! – so it can be hit or miss whether I can use them or not, since I can’t get to Walmart often due to the distance; but I have still gotten some useful coupons from it. And of course it’s always fun reading the frugal articles and recipes!
Readers: Gotten any good deals this spring?
The holiday season is a time for giving, so it seems only appropriate to host an end-of-the-year giveaway to say thank you to my wonderful readers! One reader of Super Coupon Girl will win an envelope containing 15 coupons good for a free bag of Contessa World Cuisine frozen meals, plus 25 additional coupons for $2 off! Now how’s that for an awesome coupon haul?! You can enter via the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post! Read on for more information.
Since Jai and I started our diet program, I’ve been doing a lot less shopping because all of our food is being provided to us free of charge for participating in the program. I figured I would still do a fair amount of shopping for other items, but I realized that there just isn’t much that we actually need at the moment! I’m stocked up on most cleaning and personal care items, so all that really leaves is the purchase of supplementary items like milk or fruit. And I did a big stock-up at Walmart in September because I had won a $100 gift card, so all told, I just haven’t needed to buy much of anything! Even my Christmas shopping is covered, because my gift list receive either items I’ve won in contests or things I’ve reviewed for Contest Corner.
When I do go shopping, I always receive a warm welcome from the cashiers at our Safeway. One of them asked me where I’ve been, and when I explained that we were getting free food at the moment, she immediately got it. This was the same cashier who rang up my epic Windex haul, so she knows I definitely won’t be running out of cleaning products any time soon. 😉 But that doesn’t mean I have completely stopped shopping:
I stopped by Safeway last night to pick up a few things before Christmas. Contessa had offered to send me an envelope full of coupons for free products and $ off, as well as provide a giveaway for the same, so naturally I had to take them up on this offer. What could be a better prize for my readers than a ton of coupons to save money in the New Year? I used one of the coupons they sent me to pick up a bag of Orange Chicken for free. I also picked up a quart of half and half, a bag of ripe bananas marked down to .54 cents per pound, and two dozen eggs, on which I used this printable coupon to save .55 cents. All told, I spent $6.51.
Contessa frozen convenience meals feed two people, and this variety came with vegetables, a bag of chicken, sauce, and rice. We reviewed two other varieties of these meals earlier in the month on Contest Corner, and they were really tasty. This time, I thought I’d try out the Orange Chicken, and the first thing I noticed was that this variety was a tad easier to cook than the Mongolian Beef as all the ingredients were already separated in their own bags. That being said, none of the ones I’ve tried were hard to prepare!
To cook, all you do is heat up a pan with vegetable oil, add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes. Then you add the vegetables and sauce, and you’re done about 5 minutes later. The rice is packaged in a bag that you stick straight in the microwave to heat up and cook, which takes 2-3 minutes. Open the bag, serve up the rice, then add the meat and veg. That’s it!
Jai and I treated ourselves to the dinner and oh man, it was good! The tender battered chicken is so yummy and does a good job at recreating the restaurant experience. The vegetables are pretty typical for frozen, with a nice sauce and rice. We thoroughly enjoyed it and love the ease and speed of preparation – not bad for an all-in-one meal! Of the flavors, I would have to say Mongolian Beef is still my favorite simply because it was loaded with garlic, but this came in a close second! All three varieties of Contessa frozen meals which we’ve sampled over the last month have been great.
Now, time for the giveaway! One reader will win an envelope containing 15 free product coupons for Contessa frozen skillet meals, plus 25 additional coupons good for $2 off. The free coupons are good up to an $8.99 value, making the total possible savings with these coupons $184.85! Coupons are valid through 5/31/13, do not double or combine.
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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open to residents of the United States, 18+, and ends on January 4th, 2012 at 12:00 AM PST. We are sorry, but APO/FPO addresses are not eligible to win. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter the same day and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. By entering this giveaway, you are releasing Facebook and understand that you are providing information to Contest Corner and the giveaway sponsor, not Facebook. Super Coupon Girl is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. A sample was received to facilitate this review.
Phew! This has been one busy summer for us, as I’m sure it has for you, too. We’ve been working on a lot of major projects this week, including a transfer of all our websites from one web host to another, which you may have read about on Facebook. Everything went smoothly and I’m happy to be on a new host, as we’d been having a lot of problems with slow loading times and site outages; but it was definitely a big job!
Another exciting project that we’ve embarked on is joining the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel over on Contest Corner! As members of this panel, Jai and I are receiving the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions and results through blog posts and videos. If you’re not familiar with Nutrisystem, it is a diet plan where you receive pre-portioned, pre-packaged food for all your meals. Not only is this a very frugal opportunity, but it’s been life-changing for our health. So far I have lost over 8 pounds while Jai has lost over 20, so it’s a really exciting time for us.
Now, you may be thinking that since we’re participating in this Nutrisystem program, that I won’t be doing any coupon shopping at all. While it’s true that I don’t have to buy much food, we still do supplement our meals with fresh fruit and vegetables to round out the program; and of course I’m still buying household supplies. I’ll still be on the lookout for great deals – I’ll just be focusing on different areas while I’m on the Nutrisystem program. With that said, here’s my most recent shopping trip from Monday:
Safeway Shopping trip, July 30th
Total spent: $12.22
Total before coupons: $23.39
1 packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations – regularly .89 cents, had a personalized Just4U offer for a free packet. Final price: Free!
1 dozen eggs – regularly $2.19, had a personalized Just4U offer for a free dozen. Final price: Free!
3 half-gallons of fat free milk – regularly $1.99 each, had a personalized Just4U coupon that made each carton .99 cents each. This was the lowest price on milk anywhere so I snapped up the maximum of 3 cartons.
1 half-gallon of half & half – price: $3.49
1 package of Oscar Mayer Selects Ham – regularly $4.49, used one free product coupon. Final price: Free! I got this coupon in the mail recently and I’m honestly not sure why. It came with a note that read: “To say ‘Thanks’ for choosing Oscar Mayer over the years, we wanted to surprise you with a coupon good for a FREE PACK of Selects!” Well, you certainly won’t see me arguing with free luncheon meat. 😉
6.04 lbs of bananas – regularly .64 cents per pound, I had a personalized Just4U offer which brought the price down to .54 cents per pound. Final price: $3.27.
5 lb bag of carrots – price: $2.49
Everything we bought fits into our Nutrisystem diet plan – well, obviously not the frosting packet or half and half, but the frosting stuff was free and will keep for a long time, and I need coffee with creamer to survive. 😉 The fat-free milk, eggs, and lean ham are all recommended by our diet plan as supplementary, protein-rich snacks to have between meals; and of course, fresh fruit and veggies are an important part of any diet plan. I wrote a post here with tips on how I follow the Nutrisystem plan frugally, if you’d like to check it out.
I have noticed that the offers in my Safeway Just4U account have definitely been tailored to what I’m buying, which is pretty cool. For example, I’ve been getting offers on bananas, eggs, and fat free milk, all of which I’m purchasing regularly as part of our diet plan. My only critique is that I’ve been encountering a few bugs with my account and promotions not coming off at checkout. I’m in the middle of talking with customer service about this, so I’ll have more updates for you once they investigate it and let me know what the issue was.
So what are you up to this summer?
Tonight I got $24.31 worth of groceries for $3.40 out of pocket and $3.43 on a gift card:
As you may have noticed from this week’s posts, I’m a lot more mobile than I have been for a long time. Going to Portland and running all over the place would have been a near impossibility even a month ago. My knees have been improving in leaps and bounds – well, not LITERAL leaps, but you know what I mean! I feel a lot more “Normal” than I have ever since this happened. I’m overjoyed to be able to function more normally! So what better way to celebrate than to do multiple transactions at my local grocery stores? 😉
I needed to pick up a few things at the store today, and when I stopped by bloggy buddy and Just4U attendee Frugal Living NW‘s site, I noticed a couple of great catalina deals happening at Safeway and Rite Aid, so I added those scenarios to my list as well. First stop, Rite Aid –
Total spent: $1.18, and received $3 back in UP+ rewards
2 travel-size bottles of Jergens hand lotion – these were on sale for “Buy one, get one half off”, so one bottle was .79 cents and the other was .39 cents. Rite Aid was running a promotion where you would receive a $3 UP+ reward (Rite Aid’s version of a catalina coupon) when you bought ANY two Jergens lotions. So, I paid $1.18 and received $3 back to spend on anything in the store; hence, I was “Paid” to buy them!
Total spent: .52 cents
Total before coupons: $3.52
4 boxes of tissue – regularly .88 cents each, used my $3 UP+ reward from the previous transaction to make the final cost for all 4 boxes .52 cents. I wanted to use my UP+ reward to stock up on something that would not only cost me little out of pocket, but be the best overall value. Prices on certain household items are higher at Rite Aid than other local stores, so I picked up this tissue because it had a good shelf price, was a great deal after the UP+ reward, and will save me money in the future as it is something we need/will use.
Total spent: $1.18, and received $3 back in UP+ rewards
2 travel-size bottles of Jergens hand lotion – you’re allowed a limit of 2 identical UP+ transactions, so I bought two more lotions for $1.18 and received a $3 UP+ reward back.
Total spent: .52 cents
Total before coupons: $3.52
4 boxes of tissue – regularly .88 cents each, used my $3 UP+ reward from the previous transaction to make the final cost for all 4 boxes .52 cents.
Next, I headed over to Safeway.
5 packages of Oscar Mayer lunch meat – price: .99 cents each, and I had a $2.00 credit that was automatically deducted at the register because of the Just4U milk promo not coming off. (Just FYI, the credit didn’t show up in my account, it just came off automatically when I entered my club card info at checkout.) My final total was then $2.95, and I received a $4.00 catalina back.
1 dozen eggs – regularly $1.49, received them free through a Just4U offer. This offer is available to all new customers who register for Just4U.
1 can of Pam spray – regularly $3.99, used one free coupon that I received through a blog panel that I am signed up with through Contest Corner.
4 lb bag of sugar – regularly $2.89
1 bag of black beans – regularly $1.59
I then used the $4.00 catalina from my previous transaction to bring the final total down to .48 cents. As an aside, when I talk about these multiple transactions, I am literally walking out of the store, putting my bags in the car, then heading back into the store for round #2 (Or #3, or #4…). I think sometimes people have a mental image of me clogging up the line for hours with a bazillion transactions, but I assure you that’s not the case. 😉
Super Coupon Girl & other Safeway Just4U bloggers with the media at the press conference in Oregon City. Photo courtesy Crystal Abel of Eccentric Eclectic Woman.
During the Safeway Just4U blogger event on Wednesday, we made a shopping expedition to a Safeway store in Oregon City in order to test out the new program and see how much we could save. The shopping trip was a blast, and a very fun challenge to my coupon skills!
You see, while I had known that we would be visiting a store during the event, the shopping trip itself was a total fun surprise. After watching the presentation on Just4U, the other attendees and I were asked to log into our Just4U accounts, check out the offers, and make a shopping list. We were provided with a gift card for the field trip so that we could pick up groceries using Just4U offers and see the program in action. I had a relatively short period of time to get to grips with the new system, figure out what deals I could get, and assemble a list, and I enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure out a good deal scenario on the spot. In addition, due to it being a hot day with a long drive ahead of us, this trip would be strictly for non-perishables only, so I quickly thought about some of the things we can always use around the house. After looking through all the e-Coupons and personalized offers, I decided to load up my card with any offers that might result in a good deal so that I’d have them at the ready, and planned to make my final decision once I was at the store and could see what the shelf prices were.
Once we got to the store, I met with a cameraman named Justin from KOIN 6 news who was assigned to “Shadow” me during the shopping event and interview me about my experience with Just4U. So picture this scenario: I am in a Safeway store that I have never visited before, about to implement a savings program that I had never used until half an hour prior to the trip, I had no idea what I was going to buy or what the prices would be, and I had a cameraman filming my groceries and interviewing me about coupons as I added up prices on my calculator. It was funny, surreal, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I considered this to be a fine challenge to my coupon skills, as I was doing everything completely on the fly. It’s not so easy to quickly identify the best deal on the shelf and do the math while being interviewed for the news at the same time, and I had a blast putting my skills to the test!
I identified a few items on my list of offers that looked like the best deal and headed to those aisles first. Many of the personalized offers available to me were for household and personal care items that we can always use, so as I went through the store to pick these deals up, I quipped: “I always wanted to be on TV buying tampons.” 😉 I had a mic hooked to my jacket and was answering questions while I shopped; it was so funny to be standing there with my coupon binder going through my routine as Justin stuck the camera into my cart in order to get the best shot of what I was buying. As I walked through the store with him trailing me, all the other customers looked pretty bemused!
So here is the final tally of what I bought. I only bought items that I had a Just4U offer for, because I wanted to put the program to the test and see how much it could save me by itself.
Total spent: $38.44, put on a gift card provided by Safeway
Total before Just4U offers: $48.13
1 box of Safeway tissue – Regular price: $1.59. My personalized Just4U price: .99 cents.
Safeway bath tissue, 24 double rolls – Regular price: $10.99. I had a Just4U store e-Coupon for $2.00 off loaded to my card, which brought the final price to $8.99.
1 box of Safeway trash bags, 45 ct. – Regular price: $6.49. My personalized Just4U price: $3.97.
2 bags of Pedigree dog treats – Regular price: $8.00. I had a Just4U store e-Coupon for $2.00 off loaded on to my card, which brought the final price to $6.00. (I bought these for grandma’s dog Bob!)
1 box of Ziploc bags, 50 ct. – Regular price: $4.79. My personalized Just4U price: $3.79.
1 package of Charmin bath tissue, 16 double rolls – Regular price: $8.99. I had a manufacturer’s $1/1 e-Coupon loaded to my club card via Just4U, which brought the final total to $7.99.
1 bottle of Axe shower gel – Regular price: $3.49. My personalized Just4U price: $3.42.
1 box of Tampax, 20 ct. – Regular price, $3.79. I had a manufacturer’s .50/1 e-Coupon loaded to my club card via Just4U, which brought the final total to $3.29.
So what do you think – how’d I do? I think that I did pretty well, given how on the spot everything was. All the things I bought are things that we need and will use, and I was somewhat limited in that I wasn’t buying perishable items, as there were additional deals on my card for milk, eggs, and produce. And I did all this with a news camera stuck in my shopping cart, so all in all, I think it was a success! 😀
As for the process of using Just4U, I was unsure of how everything would ring up, but I had added up all my groceries prior to going through the checkstand and knew what the total should be if everything worked perfectly. And, it did – the total was exactly as it should have been, and all of my Just4U offers came off without a hitch. If you look at my scan of the receipt, you will see that the new receipt layout is easy to read and explains each discount, so it’s much easier to decipher than some previous versions of the Safeway receipts! But also important to note, we got a gallon of milk at the store last night which I had a personalized offer for, and the Just4U offer did NOT come off, so my milk was .40 cents higher in price than it should have been. I called Safeway customer service this morning, and they said that the system might have been offline temporarily at that time; they said they would be adding a $2.00 credit to my Just4U account to make up for it. As this system is just being rolled out, I’m not surprised to encounter a glitch; as always, I would recommend reading your receipts closely at any grocery store you visit, new savings program or not!
As for the KOIN 6 news spot – apparently there were segments at both 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday, but I missed the second spot because we were still on the road. I’m going to (Hopefully) get a copy of the 6pm broadcast, and when I do I’ll be posting both of those here. (And if you’re a local reader who happened to tape the news on Wednesday…could you please email me?)
Here’s a photo of me, laughing as I use my iPhone!
And here we are on the bus, on our way to shop at the Oregon City Safeway store!
When I attended yesterday’s VIP Blogger Event, I had the opportunity to learn in-depth about Safeway’s new savings program, Just4U. We watched a presentation from Tamara Pattison, Director of Loyalty Product Management and were able to chat with Mir Aamir, President of Customer Loyalty and Digital Technologies, so it was a rare chance to speak directly with the creators of this program, ask them questions, and share our feedback. I have a ton of information to share with you, so I’m going to break it down point-by-point.
What is Just4U? Just4U is a new digital savings program which Safeway is introducing. This program will allow you to use the Safeway website to load e-coupons and special offers to your club card to be redeemed at checkout. Just4U also allows access to a variety of organizational tools that will allow you to look up prices and make lists.
Just4U is a supplement to existing programs, not a replacement. Safeway will still offer its club card prices, accept paper coupons, offer catalinas, and provide weekly circulars – Just4U is not meant to replace anything, but rather provide additional savings on top of existing programs.
What Does Just4U offer?
Just4U is an all-digital program, so by logging on to the Safeway website, you will be able to access the following feature:
- e-Coupons: Just4U will provide a centralized hub of all e-Coupons available on partner websites from around the web, such as Cellfire. You will be able to add these e-Coupons to your club card with the click of a button. As Just4U is rolled out nationwide, Safeway will become the exclusive access point for these e-Coupons; so in the future, instead of going to Cellfire’s website to load coupons to your club card, you’ll be going to Safeway’s website to load those Cellfire offers. This is to eliminate confusion of consumers attempting to load the same coupon on two different websites. They also hope that by offering e-Coupons from partner sites around the web, it will streamline the process by allowing you to visit one website for those offers instead of multiple. e-Coupons can be displayed by order of relevance (Which ones match your shopping history the closest) or by category.
- Personalized Offers: These are special offers which Safeway will customize based on your purchasing history. Some of these may be offers for totally free products, while others are “Price Point Offers”, which are essentially special club card prices that are available only to you. For example, when I used my account for the first time yesterday, I had a price point offer for a 24-pack of Safeway Softly Bath Tissue for $8.99. The shelf price on this was $10.99, so my personalized price saved me $2.00. Each customer will have different personalized offers in their account based on their purchasing history and zip code. You must log in to your Just4U account to see which offers are available to you and you must be sure to add the offers you are interested in to your club card before you go shopping. This is done by simply clicking the “Add” button.
- Your Club Specials: This section of the website will allow you to look up what club card specials are available in your store. This will allow you to do some price-checking online for items that may not be listed in the weekly circular. This will be filtered by your purchasing history.
- Create a Shopping List: You can print out a list of all the Just4U offers added to your club card to keep track of what’s on there, and add your own items as well. You will also be able to use a mobile app to create a custom shopping list – which lead us to:
- Safeway Just4U Mobile App: This app brings Just4U functionality to smartphones, so that iPhone and Android users can navigate their account, add offers, and create a shopping list from their phone. During the presentation, it was revealed that at some point in the future they plan to add a function where your list could be sorted by aisle according to your store’s layout in order to maximize efficiency – so there are a lot of developments in the works to continue improving the Just4U program and mobile app and offer more tools to save customers time.
Just4U was introduced in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana markets yesterday, May 16th. This program will be rolled out nationwide by mid-August, and will also be available at Safeway affiliates such as Von’s.
How do you register for Just4U? Simply visit Safeway.com, click on the “Just4U” tab, and click on “Register now”. You’ll be prompted to input some basic information, such as your email address and club card number. You will then be able to log into the Just4U landing page and see what offers are available to you. By registering, you will automatically receive an offer for free eggs!
Just like Safeway’s other sale cycles, Just4U personalized deals will be updated every Wednesday. e-Coupons will be updated as new ones become available throughout the week, so for optimal deals, you’ll want to check your account prior to shopping.
Your phone number is important – make sure you have the right one tied to your account. If you’re not sure which phone number is associated with your account, it’s important to find out and make sure that all your information – especially your zip code – is accurate and current. If you have any issues, you can call Safeway customer service at 1-877-723-3929 and they can get everything up-to-date. For example, my club card was a bit of a mess because I had no idea which phone number (Landline or cell phone) was attached to it, and I lost my physical club card recently. When I tried to punch in my phone number, it would bring up my dad’s club card. When I spoke with Safeway customer service, I found out what had been causing the confusion. You see, I inherited my house after my mom passed away in 2003, and the primary phone number I use is the same landline number which has been in use by my family for 20 years. So when Safeway pulled up my account, they found that my parents were still listed in their files as having club cards with that number. The mystery has been solved! Safeway removed those club cards from my account and input my correct phone number. They also linked Jai’s club card with mine, so as far as I understood it, we should accumulate savings on the same account now.
And since your phone number is important – don’t let others use it! Ever been in the store without your club card, and punched in a friend’s phone number instead? Well, you won’t want to do that anymore. Since offers are now customized specifically to you, if another person uses your phone number, they will get your deals – many of which are one-time use only. This is also why it’s important to update your information if your phone number changes.
You may stack paper coupons with personalized Just4U price point offers. For example, let’s say that Tide detergent is on a club card special for $8.99 at your store. When you log into your Just4U account, you see a personalized offer that makes Tide detergent available to you for $5.99. You also have a paper manufacturer’s coupon in your binder for $1 off. You could then add the personalized price to your club card AND use your coupon to make your final cost $4.99. You can think of personalized price points as a sort of club card special that is only available to you. Since they work just like club card prices, you can definitely use coupons with them. On the flip side, personalized offers for free items CANNOT be stacked with other coupons, as these are essentially a digital Safeway store coupon versus a personalized club card price.
Just4U e-Coupons cannot be stacked with paper coupons. That is because these are digital manufacturer’s coupons, and you cannot use a manufacturer’s e-coupon with a manufacturer’s paper coupon.
What happens if I forget that I have an e-coupon on my card and use a paper coupon for the same item? If you have an e-coupon and a paper coupon for the same dollar amount off the same item, then the cashier will accept the paper coupon and the e-coupon will be left on your card for future use. If you have an e-coupon and a paper coupon for different dollar amounts off the same item, the system will accept whichever coupon will give you the largest discount. So in theory, if you load a $1.00/1 Tide coupon to your club card, forget about it, and then try to redeem a paper coupon for .50/1 tide, the register should beep and prompt the cashier to hand you back the paper coupon as the system should automatically take off the e-coupon with the higher value.
No computer? No problem. Every Safeway store is going to be equipped with a computer that patrons may use to set up and access their Just4U account. This way, customers who do not own a computer can still take advantage of Just4U. We heard of multiple instances where customers were assisted by Safeway employees in creating an email account and registering for Just4U in-store; those customers then come in every week, use Safeway’s computer to check out the Just4U offers and load them on to their card, and then go on to do their shopping.
Here is a sheet of frequently asked questions which we received at the event – click on the thumbnail to view it full size.
Alright, so we’ve gotten the program facts on how Just4U works. So what does Super Coupon Girl think of the program, its practical application, and its savings potential?
I must admit that I was a little trepidatious of this new program before I had any details on it, as I was concerned that other programs would be phased out and replaced with this. However, I think one of the most important things to note about this program is that it does not replace anything – it is a compliment to all existing savings programs. I remember when the Safeway Club Card was introduced years ago, and everyone I knew was concerned that they would stop accepting coupons in favor of club card prices. But as we know now, club card prices and coupons are meant to be used together – and now, Just4U can be combined with these programs for additional savings.
Based on what I have learned, I’m now extremely happy about Just4U as it provides me with one more tool in my coupon arsenal for savings. Just4U will offer me special savings by providing me with free offers and lower prices on select items. I can then combine those price point deals with coupons for further savings. I’m also really excited to check out the “Your Club Card Specials” section – it’s not available on my account at the moment (The program only launched yesterday, so it’s a temporary glitch), but from what I learned at the event, I will be able to access a price list for current club card specials in my local store. This is really handy to me, as I’ve actually been using the “Grocery Delivery” section of the Safeway website for years as a price reference. I like to plan deals and my budget by checking prices online, as it saves me time tromping through the store; so I think this will be another great tool for helping me plan my shopping trips at Safeway.
There’s just no downside that I can see thus far to this program, judging by what I’ve learned and my brief experience with it. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a full recap of my shopping trip during this event so you can see Just4U in action and get a little more detail on how it worked for me in-store, how it rang up on my receipt, and so on. And of course, I will continue to update you as I learn more about it. Bottom line: If you’re a major coupon user like me, you’ll have another way of snagging deals and augmenting your savings. On the flip side, if you’re busy and you don’t want to spend any time clipping coupons, you can simply load the website, click a few buttons, and save money on things you were going to buy anyway. The only critique I can think of so far is that the mobile shopping app is not compatible with first-generation iPhones – Apple only allows first generation users to update to OS 3.1, so I’ve found that my iPhone is not compatible with a lot of new apps.
Other Coupon Policy Information/Notes:
Double coupons: If you live in one of the few Oregon markets where Safeway doubles coupons (Like me), you’ll be glad to know that they do not have any plans to discontinue it. However, they are unlikely to roll it out to areas that do not have it already. Previously, you could double 4 coupons per transaction; in recent times, this was changed to 4 per household per week. We were told that it is unlikely to be changed back to 4 per transaction. Honestly, I don’t know how changing the wording to “4 per household per week” will help cut down on “Unethical couponing”, because it’s practically impossible to enforce, so those who would do things unethically will continue to do so while those who are honest and honor this policy, such as myself and my readers, will have our savings reduced. Naturally, there are a lot of factors that go into deciding coupon policy, so as always I like to point out what I determine in my research and experience in order to educate my readers as well as provide feedback to the stores.
FoodDay Coupon Schedule: For Oregonians wondering when to check their paper for the coveted Safeway FoodDay coupon, those should be available on the first Tuesday of each month.
Other notes: During this event, Safeway provided us with lunch, took us shopping, and provided us with gift bags to say “Thank you” for our time. I very much enjoyed meeting everyone at Safeway and appreciate their kindness. However, you should know that I was not asked or obligated to write nice things. I always look to coupons with a critical eye, since my aim is simply to find the best ways to save money. I’ve always been analytical in my opinions of Safeway, from what I like to what I don’t like; this recap details my genuine opinions, as always.
OK, readers: What are your questions/comments on this new program? Feel free to leave a comment or email me and I will answer anything that I may have neglected to cover here; I can also check with my contacts at Safeway regarding any questions or issues that arise with the program.
Yesterday, I traveled to the Safeway Portland Division Office for a special VIP blogger event. During this event, we would receive an inside look at Safeway’s newest savings program and have the opportunity to meet other local bloggers. With as much time as I’ve spent dissecting Safeway’s coupon policies, I was excited to have the chance pick the brains of the people behind these programs. I also couldn’t wait to meet some old blogger pals and make some new ones!
The event started in the morning and lasted until mid-afternoon. Safeway provided us with a large breakfast and lunch buffet during the event, including the best pasta salad I’ve ever tasted. As we joked, you will never go hungry at a Safeway event! 😉
After breakfast, we watched an in-depth presentation outlining the Just4U program and were able to ask questions pertaining to Just4U and Safeway coupon policy in general. I have a wealth of information to share with you from this event, which I’ll be detailing in a separate post later today.
After the presentation, we got on our laptops and loaded up the Just4U portion of the Safeway website in order to load coupons and sales to our club cards and create a list for a shopping expedition to a local store. This was my first time using Just4U so it was a fun challenge to get to grips with it in a short time period and create a shopping list on the fly!
We all loaded on to a shuttle bus headed for a brand new Safeway store in Oregon City.
Once we arrived at the store, we attended a press conference with Steve Frisby, President of the Portland and Seattle Safeway Divisions. After that wrapped up, we began a shopping excursion courtesy Safeway, using the list we had printed earlier. Another blogger and I joked that it felt a little like “Supermarket Sweep” – which used to be one of my favorite shows, by the way! 😉 During my shopping trip, I had a camerman from KOIN 6 news (Hi Justin!) following me through the store and interviewing me as I worked out my coupon deals on the spot – more on that later!
Once all the bloggers had finished shopping, we loaded up our groceries and headed back to the Portland Division Office. Steve insisted on helping us carry all our groceries, so it was pretty surreal to have the president of our local Safeway division loading toilet paper into my car for me!
After our shopping trip was finished, we went back inside for a wrap-up Q&A. Afterwards, we were each given a lovely gift bag as a “Thank You” from Safeway for attending. Included was food, coupons, gift cards, and some neat Safeway promo items, such as lip balm shaped like Refreshe soda!
Here’s a group shot of all of us who attended – I know it’s blurry, but I swear I’m in there somewhere! 😉
It was an awesome day – very informative and fun. I really enjoyed meeting everyone at Safeway as well as all the fantastic bloggers who attended!