Friday, September 18, 2009

Safeway Coupon Policy

Does Safeway have store coupons?
Yes! Find Safeway store coupon in their weekly print ad as well as at

Can I use a store and manufacturer coupon together on one item?
Yes! Kate, author of the official Safeway Blog commented this "You can combine a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon. . ."

Does Safeway accept competitor coupons?
No. Kate, author of the official Safeway blog commented this ". . . unfortunately, we do not accept competitor’s coupons at this time."

Does Safeway accept eCoupons?
Yes! eCoupons are a great way to save at Safeway. Go to one of the following websites, enter your Safeway club card number, then load coupons from the web directly onto your club card. When you swipe your card at checkout, or give the cashier your phone number you will automatically receive the eCoupon savings. You'll be able to see the savings on your receipt. eCoupons available on the following sites:

What is Safeway's sale cycle?
Safeway sales and weekly ads begin Wednesday and end Tuesday. The new ad and the coupon match-ups on KCL post every Wednesday.

Does Safeway double coupons?
Select stores double coupons (depends on market competition in your area). If your store doubles, they will double coupons up to $0.50 in value 7 days per week. I don't live in an area that doubles, but I've read that coupons $0.51 or greater are rounded up to $1.00.

Does Safeway pay overage?
When the value of a coupon exceeds the value of the item, the register alerts the cashier and the cashier will have to manually type in the value of the item purchased. In my experience, Safeway does not pay overage.

Does Safeway accept printable coupons?
Yes, but they have a widely unenforced policy that states the printable coupon cannot exceed 50% of the item's value. Example, you may not use a $1.00 off coupon on a $1.99 product. In my opinion, though I see that they're trying to avoid taking high value, fraudulent coupons, this rule is silly. If your store enforces the rule, express your disappointment, show how your coupons are clearly legitimate and hope that corporate Safeway will decide to make a better anti-fraud policy. Find printable coupons on our coupon database.

Here is Safeway's official printable coupon policy: This only pertains to printable coupons!

Safeway's Printable Coupon Acceptance Policy

Effective September 2008, all Safeway owned stores accept legitimate, printable manufacturer’s and in-store coupons (“Printable Coupons”) pursuant to this policy. We recently engaged Coupons, Inc. to offer Printable Coupons on and the websites of other Safeway owned companies. Help us make your shopping experience a pleasant one and prevent the abuse of this program by keeping in mind the following rules applicable to Printable Coupons.

We can only accept Printable Coupons if they scan properly at the register. Printable Coupons are delivered using special software, designed to print a properly rendered barcode and limit the number printed.

It is not an industry practice and we will not accept Printable Coupons for "FREE product" (i.e., no purchase required). Buy-one-get-one-free coupons and other varieties that have a purchase requirement are acceptable.

We will not accept Printable Coupons for more than 50% of a product's value. For example, a $2 off coupon will be acceptable for a product that sells for $5 or more, but a $2 off Printable Coupon for a product that sells for $2.25 will not be accepted. If there are exceptions, we are usually provided an advance notice by the applicable manufacturer upon which we will pass the appropriate savings, if any, onto you.

Printable Coupons will be rejected if they appear to be distorted or blurry, or are altered in any way or copied. You should always print them directly from the website or email that is offering it. Printable Coupons will never appear on your computer screen or sent as a graphic, PDF or Word document.

Printable Coupons are non-transferable, and should not be copied, scanned, sold, traded, or otherwise distributed to others. They have unique serial numbers printed on them and follow an industry-standard format.

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