Well finally the Safeway coupon policy has been updated. This is a massive policy and I guess it wouldn’t hurt to print it out if you have a troublesome store.
You can see the entire thing right HERE. I am going to give you some of the highlights. There are a few bad things and a whole lot of good- so here goes:
#4. Coupons cannot be applied against the free item received in any offer where a customer buys one or more items to get one or more items free.
I read this to mean in the case of a Buy One Get One Free sale, you get to use one coupon and that is it. I also read this to mean you can not use a BOGO coupon and a $ off coupon on two items- like we have been doing on the Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayers.
#8. Safeway will accept valid manufacturer coupons that display another retailer’s logo or name.
So while this isn’t competitor’s coupons- this will help with those Target coupons that are manufacturer but have the Target logo on them!
#9. Safeway will accept valid Catalina manufacturer coupons that are issued to a customer by another retailer.
Now this is interesting. Many people are already using Register Rewards at Safeway! I know I personally do not shop at Walgreens often because it is so challenging to roll Register Rewards. This is pretty spectacular news if that is the case. I am a little apprehensive on this one because it just seems to good to be true but I am going to test this baby out as soon as I can!
Edited: Safeway has amended this point and issued a retracted policy- read more HERE.
#12. The transaction amount may not fall below zero value, or go negative, meaning we will not give the customer money back.
If you read point #5 it does say that they will adjust the value of the coupon down and they will not give any overage. This is wonderful news though because it means they can adjust a coupon down. Many stores now just refuse coupons that are higher in value than the item.
#15. Safeway reserves the right to refuse any coupons at its discretion.
Internet Coupons- Items 16-20:
This says very clearly they will accept them! Many of you have stores that will not- so print this baby out and take it with you. The caveat is that they must scan. Also the new addition is that they will no longer accept any “free item” coupons that are printables. I am sure this is a direct result of all the fraudulent coupons circulating for various free products right now. I suspect more stores will also implement similar policies soon.
Coupon Stacking- Items 23-25:
Well this makes it as clear as it has ever been. For those that don’t understand what coupon stacking means in this case, it is loading the e-coupons from Cellfire, Shortcuts and P&G which are all manufacturer coupons and also using a paper coupon on the same item. I have been a bit of a waffler on this point because the actual policy has not been clear. Safeway stores also have coupons available on the website that are from coupons.com and can be loaded onto your club card. Since they are from coupons.com, there is a lot of overlap with the printables that I tell you guys about frequently. They can technically be stacked- meaning you can add them to your card and use a regular coupon as well. I personally don’t feel comfortable with that as it just feels wrong to me. Now if the Safeway coupon policy does indeed say this is OK- well we are really in for some sweet deals. Sadly, Safeway has clarified this issue nicely by saying you can’t do this if you live in Hawaii. What? So the rest of us can?
I am going to clarify this point asap with my contact at Safeway and if they will allow for the stacking of coupons- well sit back and strap yourselves in because this is going to be awesome!
So what do you guys think? I am happy to finally have a decent coupon policy! Do you have any questions or comments? I can not wait to hear how the Register Rewards go over at Safeway!
Thanks Centsable Shoppin!