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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Safeway Stores Mix & Match Event: Some great deals (Updated)

There's a new promotion at the Safeway family of stores, which out here in Southern California includes Vons and Pavilions. It's the Mix & Match Event, which gives you $5 off whenever you buy 10 qualifying products in a single transaction. And you'll get $5 off per 10 items, no matter how many you buy at once (i.e., you can buy 30 items at once and get $15 off).

The weekly ad only lists selected items, and at least where I shop, the shelves aren't always tagged properly. I can't guarantee anything, but this is how I plan my shopping trips:

I go to Safeway's Home Delivery site, and find an item that's included in the promo - for example, Kraft BBQ sauce. Then I click on the link at the bottom of the listing that says "Special Online Offer." A new window will open and all of the qualifying items that are sold online will appear (it may take a while for the window to load). I don't know if the list includes all of the qualifying products, but it gives me a good idea of what to look for in the store so I'm not wasting a ton of time wandering around and studying the shelves.

I found some good deals, too. The aforementioned Kraft BBQ sauce is on sale for $1.25. There was a 75-cents off coupon in the 5/3 inserts that will double to $1. I calculate my promo savings at 50 cents per item, which means the BBQ sauce will be a 25-cent moneymaker after coupons.

Also, if you sign up for the Cheerios 10% in 1 month program, you'll receive four weekly $1 off printable coupons. The 8.9-ounce box is part of the promotion at $2, so with the coupon and promo savings, it'll be only 50 cents per box. (Thanks to CouponGeek for the link.)

Finally, Joint Juice is 99 cents during the promo (I'm not sure if it's only one flavor so you should definitely check tags - hopefully they're up). There was a $1 off coupon in the 4/26 newspaper, making this a 51-cent moneymaker after coupon and promo savings. But keep in mind that the coupon will probably beep because the sale price is less than the value of the coupon. The cashier may adjust it down to 99 cents. Alternatively, you can buy more than one item because as long as the total value for that item is greater than the value of the coupon, the register won't beep. (For example, if you have an item that's on sale for 50 cents but have a coupon for 75 cents off, if you buy two for $1, the coupon won't beep and if it doubles, you still get both for free.)

Update: If you still have the $2 South Beach Diet coupons that were printable a couple of months ago, this is a good time to use them since they expire at the end of the month. The Fiber Fit Smores variety is $2.49, so it'll be free after the coupon and promo.

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