Step By Step Safeway eCoupon MoneyMaker – Eating Well On $1 A Day


Readers have asked me to do detailed accounts of how I manage to create my moneymaker scenarios. This is a moneymaker deal I did on 7/6/2010 at Safeway

Although this is a small moneymaker, it is an easy one and would be a great one to start off with if you are new to couponing since it is relatively simple. The only question is if your local Safeway has marked down some of the varieties of Betty Crocker Warm Delights as at my local Safeway:

betty crocker warm delights

The truth is that under normal circumstances, I would have waited to do this because there is a good chance that Betty Crocker Warm Delights will go on sale at a much cheaper price making this a decent moneymaker (as much as $1.00 or more) in the future, but since I have been getting so many requests to explain how I do these, I thought it best to go ahead and do it. You should check at your local store on your next trip what the Warm Delights are priced at and whether you want to wait for a better deal or give it a try. Here is what I did:

1. Check to see the price for Betty Crocker Warm Delights at your local Safeway. If there are any varieties under $1.75, it will be a money maker (and free at $1.75)

2. Go to ShortCuts and load the $0.75 off 1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights (expires 08/27/2010 for those that want to wait for a better moneymaker deal) eCoupon onto your Safeway card.

3. Go to CellFire and load the $0.50 off 1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights eCoupon onto your Safeway card.

4. Print a $0.50 off 1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights Internet coupon here

betty crocker war delights coupon

5. The two eCoupons will automatically come off without you doing anything once you swipe your Safeway card giving you a discount of $1.25 ($0.75 + $0.50). Then you will get another $0.50 off when you use the physical coupon for a total savings of $1.75 and since the price is $1.64, that makes $0.11 that goes toward reducing the cost of another item you purchase. (Note: I actually had $1.75 come off from eCoupons – I must have loaded another Warm Delights eCoupon earlier that I don't remember that also came off, but I can't find it anywhere to load onto your card now so assume that you will only get $1.25 off from eCoupons)

warm delights ecoupon receipt

In addition to the Warm Delights moneymaker, I stacked a Safeway store coupon that made Wheat Thins Toasted Chips $1.69 with a $1.00 off 1 Wheat Thins Toasted Chips manufacturer coupon making each bag $0.69.

toasted chips coupons

For the Safeway Wheat Thins Toasted Chips coupon to be valid, I needed to make a purchase of at least $10.00, so I also purchased 13 KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce which were on sale for $0.99 each and used thirteen $1.00 of 1 KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce coupons from the 5/9 SmartSource Sunday newspaper coupon insert making them free.

All together I purchased 13 bottles of KC masterpiece BBQ sauce (will be donated to local food bank), 2 bags of Wheat Thins Toasted Chips (mine for snacks) and 1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights (will be donated to local food bank) with a retail value of $57.29 for $0.64:

toasted chips BBQ sauce warm delights safeway purchase

day 67 safeway receipt

day 67 safeway receipt total

This is the current list of food I still have
This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Goal: 100 days eating on $1 a day
Current Money Spent: $40.53
Money Left to Spend: $59.47 ($5.54 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of Everything Purchased: $1251.47

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The Beginning ::: Day 66: Wild Turkey (not the drinking kind)

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17 Responses to Step By Step Safeway eCoupon MoneyMaker – Eating Well On $1 A Day

  1. Sara says:

    When I look at this post it all looks so easy but then when I go to do it, it’s another story. I have been reading this blog for a couple weeks (and read all the back postings too) and you’ve definitely encouraged me to give this a shot.

    Due to a long list of medical reasons (and being currently pregnant) I am no longer working so we are trying to make ends meet on just my fiance’s salary. If we can save even half on our groceries it will make a huge difference.

    I did my first shopping trip yesterday with my new coupons and knowledge. I managed to save 56% off my bill at my local Safeway brand store. I would’ve saved more if it weren’t for my two impulse buys while there. It made me giddy to see $40 worth of groceries for less than $20. That alone is an encouragement to continue learning how to do this and get better at it.

    This comment is really just a rather long way of saying, “Thank you”. Thanks for taking the time to share with us how to do this. A lot of people are grateful I’m sure.

  2. Sherry says:

    I live in Alaska, where our chain store specials are always 30 to 40 cents higher than the lower 48 states’ sales prices. So we usually aren’t able to do the moneymakers here. I’m so envious of your prices that enable the moneymakers! Love your website and read it daily for updates.

  3. Emily says:

    I’m jealous of your ability to use 13 “like” coupons. My local Vons doesn’t allow you to use more than two. Which I don’t understand, because coupons are money to their store…but I’ve talked to the manager about it and she sticks to the policy. 🙁

  4. Ryan says:

    Jeff, when you look through your weekly sales fliers, do you look through and research every single item in the flier, and then match it up to a coupon database?

    I’m trying to do this without spending a huge amount of time, but in my initial runs I’m finding out that I’m spending hours comparing the best deals between fliers, then checking my best price lists, then doing the coupon matching, and then researching other sites to find out if better deals can be had. Is there a faster system that you do to limit the research time, yet still yield decent results as you so cleverly seem to find?

    I mean, what is your systematic researching strategy that enables you not to go crazy doing this? What do you do the moment you get the sales fliers, through to the moment you walk into the store?

  5. Ryan says:

    Also, I didn’t see Warm Delights in the Safeway sales flier. How did you come across the fact that it was on sale? A run to Safeway to check out what was on sale in-store?

  6. josh says:

    Will the ecoupons loaded on the safeway card work more than once, or are they only good for one item?

    I previously loaded an ecoupon and tried combining with other coupons, but it did not appear on my receipt. Would this happen if I was already at the point of overage?

  7. jeffrey says:

    @Ryan

    Oh, definitely let the others do the work for you when you are first beginning. You have enough to worry about just getting the coupons straight and getting comfortable using them.

    It doesn’t matter if you miss some deal and blogs / websites do a great job finding most of the deals. If you have stores other than the ones being covered on this blog, find a blog that does cover them and let that blogger do all the work.

    I spend very little time because I now know for the most part what a “good” price is for the basics. It is much easier when you know this because there is no need to input 95% of the deals listed in the flier (because they really aren’t much of a deal).

    I don’t input more than 10 a week into the database. Now, if I were shopping with a bit larger of a budget, then I would probably input a bit more for things that I wanted to buy, but as for now, I am very limited.

    Warm Delights was just luck – I had noticed that they had eCoupons on both cellfire and shortcuts and last week they were only $0.88 at CVS, so I wondered what they were selling for at Safeway. When I saw, I realized that they were a small moneymaker.

  8. jeffrey says:

    @Josh

    eCoupons only work once so there is no way to do the transaction again and again as you often can with Catalina coupons.

    No, that would not happen because the eCoupons come off first (before you give any regular coupons). Make sure that you purchased the correct size for the coupon (that is where people often mess up) and if you still think it should have come off, contact the eCoupon provider to ask why it didn’t.

  9. Ryan says:

    Interesting. So when you see multiple stacks of coupons at about the same time, does that historically mean the item may be on sale soon at retailers? I’m trying to figure out what is giving you the hunch that this money maker will be an even bigger money maker in the near future.

    Also, I never thought to ask, but do coupons at cellfire.com and coupons.com stack together? Warm Delights is .75 at one and .50 at the other. I can see how those are separate coupons, but are they separate coupon providers in that their coupons will stack cleanly every time, even if the prices matched?

  10. Ryan says:

    Oh and can you update your Couponing Basics guide with an extreme example of stacking coupons (like what are all the sources of stacking – ie, what can be stacked). I know its mentioned elsewhere on the site, but I can’t seem to find it.

  11. Ryan says:

    speaking of stacking, is this printable coupon for Warm Delights also stackable with your Warm Delights money maker scenario for an additional .50?

    http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=7DN3UJAEL7TCS

  12. jeffrey says:

    @Ryan

    So when you see multiple stacks of coupons at about the same time, does that historically mean the item may be on sale soon at retailers? I’m trying to figure out what is giving you the hunch that this money maker will be an even bigger money maker in the near future.

    No – what gives me the hunch that it will go lower in the future is the $0.88 price point at CVS last week. That indicates that it is an item that will go on sale for about $1 or less at some point. It is just a guess, but stores tend to have similar items on sale around the same times.

    do coupons at cellfire.com and coupons.com stack together?

    The following coupons will all currently stack together:

    ** Physical manufacturer coupon from any source (a coupon that you physically hand to the cashier)
    ** Physical store coupon
    ** Cellfire eCoupon
    ** Shortcuts eCoupon
    ** Safeway eCoupon
    ** Catalina coupon
    ** Instant store savings coupon (buy 4, get $4 instant savings)

    is this printable coupon for Warm Delights also stackable with your Warm Delights money maker scenario for an additional .50?

    No. For the physical manufacturer coupon you hand over to the cashier, you can only use one regardless of source

  13. Sheri says:

    I just checked the Cellfire coupon policy via the Genuardi’s (my local version of Safeway) site and it specifically says that Cellfire coupons cannot be used with any other e-coupons. It also says they “discourage” people from using a physical coupon in conjunction with a Cellfire coupon. Now, is it that you aren’t technically supposed to stack e-coupons, or use e-coupons with physical coupons, or is it that they prefer you did not? Because it apparently works for you, so it should work for the rest of us, too.

  14. jeffrey says:

    @Sheri

    I just checked the Cellfire coupon policy via the Genuardi’s (my local version of Safeway) site and it specifically says that Cellfire coupons cannot be used with any other e-coupons. It also says they “discourage” people from using a physical coupon in conjunction with a Cellfire coupon. Now, is it that you aren’t technically supposed to stack e-coupons, or use e-coupons with physical coupons, or is it that they prefer you did not? Because it apparently works for you, so it should work for the rest of us, too.

    This is my interpretation of it (and only mine). eCoupons are still new and and the eCoupon companies and grocery stores are still trying to figure out how they will fit into the entire coupon system. Currently Safeway allows customers to sign up with both cellfire and shortcuts (and encourages you to do so on their website) and their system takes off those coupons automatically when you swipe your coupon card. If the companies and Safeway don’t want customers to use multiple sources, then they need to choose one or the other (which I assume they will eventually do one day)

    Until Safeway decides it is against their rules, I assume that stacking ecoupons are fair game (since Safeway is the one that automatically accepts these eCoupons and Safeway has easy ways to block eCoupons if they don’t want people to use them at all or from different sources)

  15. Sheri says:

    I checked around the blogosphere and it looks like Safeway has updated their coupon policy to say that you can stack an ecoupon with a physical coupon. They will now also accept Catalinas from other stores and coupons that have others stores’ logos on them. It doesn’t specifically say anything against stacking ecoupons, but I’m guessing they just aren’t advertising the fact that it can be done.

  16. jeffrey says:

    @Sheri

    They will now also accept Catalinas from other stores and coupons that have others stores’ logos on them.

    They will accept Catalinas from other stores for specific products, but will not accept the general $2 off your next purchase catalinas from a competing store.

  17. bj says:

    Thanks for this detailed explanation. Ir really helps when you take us step by step. Unfortunately I checked my Safeway today and the cheapest price on the Warm Delights is $2.19. So I am still waiting for my first “money maker”. But I did use a $2.00 Catalina coupon toward some other purchases. Also, the Friday special is $5 whole roasted chicken and I have a $1 off coupon. Sounds like a good idea since it is too hot to cook here!