Did you get the Safeway flyer in yesterday’s [gazette]? In the middle, there were coupons for a different free product every day until Christmas! The coupons require a $20 minimum purchase, and each coupon is good for a particular day only. If you didn’t get the flyer, you can print the coupons here. Thanks to Mommy’s Wish List for the printable link!
Now, if you’re already planning on shopping at Safeway and picking up the good deals, I’d definitely plan to use these coupons, but remember, they aren’t that big of savings. I thought I’d go through each coupon and assign it a “couponer’s value” – the maximum it’s probably worth to you if you shop sales with coupons.
Free Fresh Express Garden Salad (12/13 only)
Max value: $1 – these go on sale for this price all the time
Free Betty Crocker Cake Mix (12/14 only)
Max value: 25-90¢ – these quite frequently go on sale for about 88¢, and if you hit the right deals, they can go even lower.
Free Dozen Lucerne Large Eggs (12/15 only)
Max value: 99¢
Free Hillshire Farms Lit’l Smokies Smoked Sausage, 14-16 oz (12/16 only)
Max value: $2-2.50 – I think this is actually a pretty decent deal. You could actually potentially combine this with a manufacturer’s coupon to get it better-than-free, except that I don’t believe there are any coupons out for $ off one. Most of them are for $ off two, which means you’d need to buy a second at full price, which would then probably bring your average savings to… not much. I’d just get the free one.
Free Safeway Brown or Powdered Sugar, 2 lb (12/17 only)
Max value: 30¢-$1 – we just went through several sales where C&H brown sugar was around 50¢ per bag, I believe, and store brand sugar was just $1 at Albies last week.
Free 2 Liter 7Up (12/18 only)
Max value: 50¢-$1 – especially during the holidays, this goes on sale for around 75-80¢.
Free 5 Lb Bag Russet Potatoes (12/19 only)
Max value: 50¢-$1 – the most I’ll pay for ten lbs of potatoes is $1.99, and we get sales for 99¢ for a 10 lb bag fairly often.
Free Safeway Breakfast Sausage Links, 12 oz (12/20 only)
Max value: $1.50-2.00
Free Safeway Semi-Sweet Baking Chips (12/21 only)
Max value: 50¢-$1
Free Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip or Orange Cranberry Muffins, 12 ct (12/22 only)
Max value: $2?
Free Safeway Brown ‘n Serve Rolls (12/23 only)
Max value: $1
Free 2-Liter Safeway Mixer (12/24)
Max value: 50¢-$1
Now, keep in mind these are somewhat subjective “maximum values” that assume that you are shopping strategically with sales and coupons. Personally, I don’t think too many of these are that great of deals (most of them are only about a 5% savings, with the exception of the meat), but we’ll see what they’ve got on sale starting Wednesday.
For the deals going on today and tomorrow, to get to the $20 minimum the Kraft cheese and Nabisco cracker deal could be a good one to get you to the minimum required purchase. And, it looks like Safeway Shank Half or Whole Hams are 89¢/lb, which is a pretty good price, so one or two of those would get you close to $20, I’d bet.
What do you think about the free products? What is their “maximum value” to you?
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