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September 13, 2011
Safeway changes gas rewards program and other news

Get out the pen and paper, shoppers. There's a lot to report on this week.

First, we tackle the Safeway ad, which is rather complicated - but in a good way. For all of you who shop at Safeway to earn the 10-cents off a gallon of gas, get ready for some changes. Instead of getting the flat 10-cents for spending more than $50 on groceries, you will now earn reward points by shopping with your Club Card.

Here's what's new: You get 50 points for prescriptions; you earn 1 point for every $1 you spend and 2 points for every $1 you spend on gift cards (*see below for more on this). In the end, 100-points = 10-cents off per gallon; 200 points = 20 cents off, and so on.

*But, shoppers, if you need gift cards, now is the time to buy because for every $1 you spend, you earn 4 points. For example, buy a $50 gift card, get 200 points and save 20-cents per gallon of gas.

Now for the real sales...If you shop this weekend (Friday-Sunday) and spend $75 or more, you will receive a $10 off coupon for your next shopping trip. Here's how to earn that $10 off coupon:

Raspberries are buy 1, get 2 free; refreshe water is $2.88 a case and Signature Cafe pizza is $6.99 in the deli.

Eating Right boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99 a pound; fresh spare ribs are $1.99lb and chuck steak is $1.99lb.

In produce, tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound and a box  of Clementines is $5.99. Kiwi fruit is 3/$1; large avocados are 2/$3 and Cara Mia artichoke hearts are $1 a jar.

They are crazy for coupons this week. Here are the highlights: Nabisco snack crackers for $1.99; Oscar Mayer deli fresh lunchmeat for $2.49; Kraft sliced cheese for $2.49; Prego pasta sauce for $1.49; Goldfish crackers for $1.50; chunky soups for $1.25 and Lucerne butter for $2.79.

Quaker Quakes (mini rice cakes) are $1 a bag; Rosarita refries are 99-cents (get free tortillas when you buy 4 cans); Gatorade and Powerade are 79-cents each and Oroweat breads and English muffins are BOGO.

The Friday only $5 specials include: Signature cafe meatloaf; personal size watermelon or cantaloupe; and a chocolate chewie Bistro Cake in the bakery.

Over at Raley's they are celebrating Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16) with pork shoulder roast for $1.99lb; Tia Rosa tortillas for $1.99; shredded cheese for $4.99; and Pace picante or salsa for $2.50.

In produce, white corn is 12-cents an ear on Saturday and Sunday only. Roma tomatoes are 69-cents a pound; limes are 6/96-cents; cilantro is 4/$1; strawberries and raspberries are BOGO; melons are 2/$3 and onions are 2lbs/$1.

Clip the coupon and get Gatorade for 78 cents; 8-piece fried chicken is $4.99 in the deli. Raley's Take & Bake pizza is buy 2, get 1 free.

Save Mart has pork roast for $1.27lb; ribs for $1.57lb and tri-tip roast for $2.99lb.

The price of Bohemian Hearth bread has finally come back down to $1.99 a loaf. Barilla pastas are $1 a box; Powerade is $1 a bottle and 12-packs of soda are buy 2, get 2 free.

In produce, seedless grapes are 79-cents a pound; red bell peppers are 4/$1; Roma tomatoes are 79-cents a pound and onions are 69-cents a pound. Raspberries are BOGO; cantaloupes are 2/$4 and pears are 97-cents a pound.

Special K cereal, bars or crackers are 4/$10, plus you get a free 35-pack of Sunny Select water when you by 4 items.

Save Mart coupons include: Ramen 10/$1; Farmer John sliced ham for $2.49 and Sunny Select tomato sauce is 5/$1.

To round out the week, we must report on Sprouts' produce. Seedless grapes are 69-cents a pound; white nectarines and black plums are 88-cents a pound; beefsteak tomatoes are 88-cents a pound; apples are 88-cents a pound and corn on the cob is 4/$1. Baby peeled carrots are 88-cents a bag and leaf lettuce is 88-cents a bunch. Even organic bananas are only 88-cents a pound. Sprouts is also offering $5 off you next shopping trip when you spend $30.

Happy Shopping!


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About Shop Cheap

Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at

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