For all you Coupon Virgins who are wondering how to shop at Safeway with coupons, here is the video for you! Below is the written version if you’d rather read our “instructions.”  Happy Couponing!

Safeway Basics

  • Safeway is a great place to coupon shop. It fits the bill of what we watch for when choosing a store: high normal prices but lots of sales, Catalinas, store coupons, and promos.
  • Safeway affiliate stores include Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Vons. Most of the deals we post will be the same throughout these stores. (Some regional differences might be for produce, dairy, or meat prices.)

Acceptable Coupons

  • As per their Coupon Policy, Safeway accepts manufacturer and printable coupons.
    • Managers retain the right to deny any coupon they believe might be fraudulent, distorted, blurry, or altered.
  • eCoupons
    • Depending on your region, your store may participate in the Just4U program (mainly Hawaii and Northern California, with new regions being expanded).
      • If your store is a Just4U (it will say on the weekly ad), you will need to register for a card and download eCoupons to that card.
      • Just4U stores do NOT accept eCoupons downloaded from Cellfire, Shortcuts, or P&GeSaver.
    • If your store is NOT participating in Just4U, you may download eCoupons from Safeway.com. UPDATE: All Safeway locations no longer accept eCoupons downloaded from Cellfire or Shortcuts.
      • You may only add one of the same eCoupon per card.
      • You cannot stack a paper coupon and an eCoupon on the same item.
  • Store Coupons
    • In-ad coupons are called “Super Coupons.”
    • They can be stacked with manufacturer coupons.
    • They will often have limits (e.g. Limit 2, Limit 4)
      • Limits, as stated in the ads, are “per household, per day.”
    • You must spend at least $10 to use Store Coupons.
      • $10 is BEFORE manufacturer coupons but AFTER store coupons and card discounts.
  • Coupon Booklets
    • These are located throughout the store at various times in the year.
    • They contain both manufacturer and store coupons.
  • Catalinas
    • These are coupons that print at checkout separate from your receipt and are good on your next purchase.
    • You can use manufacturer coupons on your purchase and still receive your Catalina.

Buy One Get One Free Sales

  • Safeway does not allow a coupon to be applied to any free item received in an offer.
    • This means that you cannot use 2 value-off coupons on a BOGO store promo.
    • However, most stores will allow you to use 1 BOGO coupon along with a BOGO store promo, making both items free.

Safeway Coupon Policy

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29 thoughts on “Video: Extreme Couponing at Safeway with the Krazy Coupon Lady”

  1. mrs. robinson says:

    How can you count a catalina twice and call it a savings? Example in the video you paid $4. for the biscuits then count $4. off due to getting a catalina, and then counted the $4. on the reach toothbrushes as a savings. You are counting twice! You make it appear the you are saving $8.00 and really you are not and biscuits catalina don’t count on the biscuits at all. I have seen this in many of the coupon videos.

  2. sonia says:

    I am still sort of new and have found the videos to be very helpful. My question is about the catalina’s. Do you know in advance if they are going to print…similar to cvs with eb or wags with RR?

    I don’t think I have ever received a catalina from Safeway. Does it print out at the register and the cashier gives it to you?

    Thanks a bunch.

  3. Autumn says:

    Sorry, if this is a silly question but I’m so behind when it comes to technology. I have a blackberry phone which I was told is a smartphone but I did not pay for all the internet extras. I pay for unlimited calls and unlimited text @ $64 a month so must I upgrade to get internet in order for all these e-coupons or extra barcode scannable coupons to work. I’m thinking that’s what everyone is doing. I just wanted to justify spending an extra $15 to $20 a month but it sounds like it’s worth it. I signed up for Target and it didn’t work so I’m guessing that’s what my problem is.
    Thanks for all this great info here.

    • L says:

      e-coupons are loaded to your store card, not to your phone. For Target coupons sent via text message, you need to have internet capabilities on your phone to use them.

  4. Karen says:

    I have the worst luck at Safeway. Today I had a few items and only used 4 coupons…he did not apply the $4 off Brita printable coupon with the in ad coupon and did not give it back either.I thought my total was a few bucks more than it should have been but didnt realize why until I got home. The last time this happened to me was also at Safeway and I had a $5 off 5 Kraft items coupon and he ‘adjusted’ it down to $1.00 for God only knows. I don’t know how you Extreme Couponers do it on your big carts full when I cant even get my handful of items to scan right. :-/

    • Karen says:

      @Karen from another Karen. I had a problem with that Brita coupon too. Apparently they are coded wrong. They are coming up as a floral coupon which obviously is not a Brita filter. I went to customer service and they took care of it.

      • Karen says:

        Thanks…I will take it in to CS on my next trip. I did see a .00 under Floral on my receipt.

  5. J says:

    The Las Vegas/Henderson Vons stores that I have been to are VERY COUPON NOT-FRIENDLY (I wish I could use bigger capital letters). I have actually emailed corporate multiple times regarding specific coupon problems that I have had until finally felt like I needed to not shop there EVER EVER AGAIN!!! (and I haven’t!!)

  6. Beth says:

    I was just wondering, from your own experience, which would you say is the best store to shop at considering the least amount of hassle with coupons, and the best prices? I read most of your lists even though there are no Safeways, RiteAids, or several of the other stores around here (central Indiana). There is not even a Target closer than 60 miles, so we rely on Kroger, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens.

  7. Traci Wells says:

    Thank you so much for the great video! I can’t wait to see the new binder!! I need a better way to manage my full inserts!

  8. AJ says:

    The only thing I don’t like about Safeway is the ad coupons or super coupons. Having to buy min. $10 just to save a couple of dollars doesn’t make sense to me.

    I’ve also had trouble in the past with the e-coupons not working after I scanned my card and had to go back with mfr coupons and clipped super coupons.

    Too bad they don’t double the coupons.

    Anyways, great video Heather.

    Is their a link for all the videos?

    Can’t wait to see what is inside that Huge binder.

  9. Natalie says:

    Heather, just a quick note to tell you what a excellent job you’ve done on the store videos. You’ve presented the information in a professional and thorough manner. The video you did on Walgreens really helped clarify things for me. KCL is indeed a business and as a fellow small business owner, I can appreciate the time, effort and attention to detail you and Joanie have put into this. Well done ladies!

  10. becky says:

    Hi, Enjoyed the video! Wondering about discount grocery stores such as Food Maxx. They do not have a club card, many promotions or in store coupons, no double coupons, no BOGO (not sure if they have Catalinas), however, they do have deep price deductions on many, many items that are not necessarily advertised, they just appear on the shelves. It seems as if their regular prices on items are cheeper than Safeway too. If I prepare myself a day before shopping on the reductions, I may be able to save big. I am wondering if going the discount grocery store route is a good or better way to go compared to a store like Safeway? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appriciated. :)

  11. Kathy says:

    My local Vons Market,a Safeway owned store, interprets item #21 of the coupon policy to mean that the customer cannot use more than 2 manufacturer coupons for the “like” items in a single transaction. In other words, if I bought 3 cans of green beans, I am only allowed one manufacturer coupon per item per transaction for a maxium of two. A third manufacturer coupon would not be allowed even though there is a third item being purchased. I have talked with management without any resolution. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions? See below for the actual wording of the policy.

    21. Safeway does not allow a customer to redeem two or more manufacturer coupons against the same item in a single transaction.

  12. Monika says:

    Heather, is the BOGO policy a new one? I have used 2 coupons on BOGO sales in the past with no problems, however just last week I bought 4 breads on BOGO and 2 out of 4 of my coupons beeped. The cashier was just as surprised as I was, and he just pushed them through. Now I see why they beeped…

  13. L says:

    So during a BOGO sale, if I used a $1/2 coupon, that would be incorrect, right?

  14. Stephanie says:

    I had a question…where do you find information on the catalina’s offered at Safeway?

    • chloe says:

      I also was wondering how to get info on CAT coupons? I seem to be on this cycle of buying LaLa yoget smoothies. Every time I buy some I get a CAT for more its ok my kids love them but I would like to know what else triggers these CATs?

  15. L says:

    Hi I am a newbie in couponing and went out with my first trip yesterday to Safeway. I followed the list on your website and savingwellspendingless.com and was pleasantly surprised that it took only 45 minutes to print and/or gather coupons (I have started with the portable file box for now) for Safeway & Target. I spent over 3 hours as I found unadvertised sales and had to clip in the store. I went to bakery & grabbed a free cookie for my 3 year old while I madly clipped a few more coupons and organized my stuff. Too bad there was only one grumpy checker and she told me after I rang up my order that only one internet coupon per transaction is allowed. I DIDN’T have my printed Safeway coupon policy. ACK! I voided 16 boxes of cereal. Let the lady behind me do her order and then rang up 3 separate transactions. I almost gave up completely on Couponing!

    I went onto Target and saved a chunk o’ change and ran into a newbie couponer who said she had no problem at a different Safeway. After grabbing the store policy, I went to speak to the manager politely asking him to let me know if his store has their own variation from the national chain. He immediately took my coupons and refunded me $17 in cash and was going to investigate this from corporate and retrain cashiers. I saved 49% on my first shopping bill while couponing!! I also bought all of my normal groceries (w/o coupons-meat, milk, etc) and still saved $125! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  16. DENISE says:

    Great video! I would love more info on your binder I happened to spy in the video.

  17. Kimberly says:

    Is there a Safeway in Idaho?

    • Joyce says:

      No. They pulled out many years ago. The closest ones are in Baker City, OR and Salt Lake City, UT.

  18. holly says:

    They also do something other stores doesn’t. A few times I have either gotten cash back or had to spend very little on cash items (I get food stamps) Like yesterday, I spent about 50 bucks on food, and my 6.99 cat litter was only like 1.00. A few weeks ago same thing. I bought 2 things of cat litter, at 6.99 each but was only charged 5.00. Some times we get a snack at the hot case and that ends up being free. They have also put money back on my FS card because they can’t give cash back. I don’t know why but I don’t ask.

    • Melissa says:

      I have the same experience with food stamps. The money comes back in cash if they push the “wrong” button, and it comes from some of the coupons you used. However, they can push the “right” button which puts it back on your card. I think the “wrong” button is their normal register routine so out of habit that is what they push.

      • Kent says:

        Attention politicians: please read the posts above.

      • Jean says:

        Here, Here Kent…I (and all the other tax payers)am paying for your cat litter. AWESOME!!

      • Heather says:

        At least you are using the coupons to save yourself (and the state!) money. Good thinking! And yes peeps, people with foodstamps have jobs and pay their taxes also.