Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Safeway coupon frustration!

I didn't think to pick up bananas and bread at Albertsons earlier, so after dinner we made a quick run to Safeway. I wanted to take advantage of the sale on ground beef and frozen chicken as well, so I printed and clipped a couple of Safeway coupons from the site before we left. I spent $23.49 on 5.5lbs beef, 4lbs frozen chicken breast, bread, Starbucks ice cream, 2lbs bananas, and a pound of their fancy sliced turkey. (saved $20.02 or 46%). I only used 3 coupons: a $2 Starbucks ice cream, $2 off Safeway deli turkey, and $1 off Safeway frozen chicken. All was good, except of course that the Safeway coupons wouldn't scan!

Has this happened to anyone else? It seems as though nearly every Safeway coupon I print is either unscannable or else takes off nothing more than a penny. The lady tonight even made a big deal about, asking every other cashier if she could accept these (waving my coupons in the air) if they didn't scan. Then she called for a manager to come check them out, he looked and said they were okay, so she manually pushed them through. My problem is that the coupons never work, and it gets embarrassing to stand there while they wave your coupons around and shout to each other about coupon policy. I can't figure out why they don't scan, and it's not like I can use the coupons for Safeway products anywhere else. I'm also super careful about matching coupons and products because I'm fairly shy and hate when deals don't work. The manager at my store is always awesome, but the employees are getting to be a bit much. I think I'm going to skip shopping at my Safeway for a bit- I want the cheap hot dogs this weekend, so I'll hit the store across town where all the employees know the Safeway coupons are legitimate and watch to make sure they work the way they should...LOVE those guys! In the meantime, I'm thinking Albertsons has been a pretty nice place to shop even if it is a bit of a drive.


  1. I have had much better luck at Albies than Safeway, too!! My small-town Safeway has given me some hassles as well (even one of the managers telling me they didn't accept IP coupons, when they do). Albertson's is just so much more familiar with couponers and very willing to help!

    I did run into a problem with Albies tonight, though, in that they never received their shipment of fliers w/the double coupons! And I didn't get them in the mail. Ugh! They said they got next week's ad and not this week's. Bummer!

  2. I just usually avoid Safeway all together. I find they are higher priced anyway and the cashiers are not as friendly in general. I only go there if they handing out free diapers and even then...I just love Albertsons.

  3. I don't have a Safeway. But I'm pretty sure that the rotten and embarrassing cashiers you have are related to the ones at my stores. They love nothing more than to talk loudly about coupon fraud when you try to use them. I hope they get a paper cut!

  4. Thanks everyone, I feel a little bit better that I'm not the only one with Safeway issues...of course, I'd feel tons better if no one had coupon issues there.