I’ve noticed an uptick of questions and confusion about Safeway’s Just4U program lately and specifically, how you can stack coupons legitimately, so I wanted to write a post that breaks it down for you for handy referencing. (You might also want to read the Just4u Blogger Event recap for additional notes.) Please note that prior to publishing, I had Safeway’s coupon team review my post, so you can rest assured I’ve put some time and care into sharing complete information with you. (PS thanks Safeway!)
The Three Sections of Just4U
When you log onto your Just4U account, you’ll notice there are different sections. Let’s discuss each of these.
The coupon center may be comprised of BOTH manufacturer and store coupons. At Safeway, you are allowed to stack a manufacturer and a store coupon, so if you’re able to differentiate which e-coupons you’re dealing with, you can maximize your savings opportunities.
So how do you know if it’s a store or manufacturer coupon? Unfortunately, there is no definite way to know for certain. However, there are some general guidelines you can use to help you make a best guess. I’m going to quote directly from the email I received from Safeway for the following bullet points:
- Any coupon specific to Safeway Brand products will be considered a Store Coupon.
- Any coupon that lists a product at a certain price (i.e. Personalized Price $1.79) is also a Store Coupon.
- Unfortunately, ‘cents off’ coupons that are not for Safeway Brand products can only be determined by our Customer Support Center.
Let’s look at a couple examples so I can help you further.
This Oikos e-coupon is likely a manufacturer’s coupon because it is one-time use a cents-off e-coupon for a particular product for a brand that is not sold exclusively at Safeway. Provided it is a manufacturer’s coupon, you could not stack it with another manufacturer’s coupon (such as from your newspaper insert).
Based on the guidelines above, this is most probably a store coupon because it’s a price point ($1.99 each) and not a discount. Notice you can also use this e-coupon up to 3 times – something you could not do with a manufacturer’s coupon. It’s also important to note that it’s a one-time use, meaning you’d only be able to use it for one transation, whether you buy 1 or 3.
Provided this is a store coupon, you COULD stack it with a manufacturer’s coupon (such as a printable or insert manufacturer’s coupon). If it were me, I would most certainly try to stack it with a manufacturer’s coupon if I had one.
Let me share one additional example of a store coupon:
Why is this a store coupon? Simple – because Lucerne is a Safeway brand. Notice that this e-coupon reads “unlimited.” Unlike the creamer example above, that means you could take advantage of this offer across multiple transactions (as many times as you want!) up until 2/24. The folks at Safeway told me in this scenario you would need to buy 3 to get the $5 price since it’s an e-coupon offer.
A final word about the Coupon Center – the coupons you find here are available to anyone that logs onto Just4U.
Let’s cut to the chase; everything you find in the Personalized Deals section is considered STORE COUPONS. These offers will be personalized to you based on your shopping history at Safeway.
Here’s what I found when logging onto my Just4U account this morning:
As you can see, these are special prices. If I shop at Safeway with my club card and load the deal, I can buy Roma tomatoes for $0.79/lb vs the regular price of $1.49/lb. There is no limit to how many pounds I can buy at this price between now and 2/26.
If someone else logs onto the Personalized Deal section, they may well see different deals. Sometimes, you may even find “free” offers!
Again, Safeway has informed me that you should treat any coupon in this section as store coupons. Given that, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for any opportunity to stack manufacturer’s coupons. What you should be mindful of is that this section comprises a mix of both one-time and unlimited use e-coupon offers.
Your Club Specials
So I learned something new from Safeway about this section that I thought was kind of neat. Your Club Specials is simply a list of items you’ve purchased in the last 6 months at Safeway that happen to be on sale that week.
You can add items to your personalized list if you want, which you can then bring with you on your phone or print old school style (ahem, that would be me!).
Just4U and Safeway’s Coupon Policy
If you are new to shopping at Safeway and/or the Just4U program, I highly suggest you start by reading through the current Safeway Coupon Policy and maybe printing a copy to keep handy.
With a lot of different ways to save at Safeway, you may be wondering how to know if you are getting the best deal. I’ve been told from Safeway that their system is intuitive and will work to make sure you’re getting the lowest price. For instance, say you loaded that $1.99 International Delight Creamer offer pictured above only to note that the sale price dropped to $1.49! When you check out, you’ll automatically get the $1.49 price. Of course, the work is on you (or er me, as your coupon blogger!) to make sure you have all the manufacturer coupons ready to use on top of those sales and discounts.
I know that this can seem like a lot of information to take in, and I want you to rest assured that we work to highlight the Safeway weekly ad in a way that maximizes your savings while abiding by Safeway’s coupon policy and guidelines. I also want you to know I had a representative from Safeway review this post before publishing it with you to ensure everything presented here is true and accurate as of this posting (February 20, 2013).
If you have additional questions or comments about Safeway’s Just4U program? I’d love to hear them! Please leave a comment below.