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Mod Edit: This will become the new Northern California Grocery Stores Thread.

Thank you to missusg and mcube for starting up threads for the individual stores for Northern California.

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INFO FOR BEGINNERS:Forum Related
1/2, 2/3, X/Y - X dollars of the purchase off Y (Y can be #items, amount spend, ect)

Acronyms

B1G1, B2G2, ect - Buy One Get One, Buy Two...
B1G$1, B2G$2, ect - Buy One Get 1 Dollar Buy Two...
CAT - Catalina [they have machines at the registers that print out store and/or manufacturer's coupons called CAT's--sometimes random CAT's print from the machines (like when you buy a competitor's product), other times a $ off ONYO will print when you do a certain deal like the ones at the bottom part of the wiki. Some CAT's are Safeway Q's, while others are MQ's.]
CSR - Customer Service Representative (cashier)
DH - Dear Husband
HH - Happy Hunting
HTH - Hope This Helps
IP - Internet Printable (coupon)
MM - Money Maker
MQ - Manufacturer's Coupon
ONYO - On Your Next Order (in reference to a $ amount CAT coupon that prints to use on your next purchase)
OOP - Out Of Pocket
OP - Original Poster
PM - Private Message
Q(s) - Coupon(s)
RAOK - Random Act of Kindness
RC - Rain Check
SD - Slick Deal(s)
SQ - Safeway Coupon
SW - Safeway
SCO - Self Check Out
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TLOD - The Land of Doubles
WYB - When You Buy

Current Food Deal Related
BE - Birds Eye
ER - Eating Right
HH - Heart Healthy
MA - Michael Angelo's
M/M or M&M - Mix and Match (Buy 10 participating items, get $5 off instantly)
RTS - Race To Saving (see above)
WFB - Water Front Bistro (aka WTF )

Phrases
Roll - usually refers to using a CAT on the next transaction and having a CAT still print for that transaction that you can use on the next one again

Useful threads:
Printable Manufacturer coupons thread link to printables

List of Unexpired newspaper coupons (YMMV - NorCal sometimes gets different values, sometimes we don't get a coupon in our region, and sometimes we get extra coupons! LINK

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Birthday Freebies

Restaurants/Fast Food
Denny's - Free Grand Glam Breakfast - or valued $? (about $4.69 or less than $5), still worth it.
IHOP- Free Tutt n' Fruity - or other entr?e valued $ about $7
Panera - Free birthday freebie
Starbucks - Free item - via starbucks card
Red Robin - Free Burger
Fudruckers - BOGO burger
Noodles and Company - Free bowl of noodles
Benihana's - $30 Dinner - M-TH DINNER time only - valid for one month
Chevy's - Free entr?e - valued $12.99
BJ's Brewery - Free pizookie dine-in - no other purchase required (Pizza Cookie)
El Torito - ?
Baja Fresh - Free burrito wyb a soda
Black Bear Dinner - Free Waffle (or pancakes) with eggs and bacon (or sausage)

Dessert
Godiva - Free piece per month, $10 bday month
Pink Berry - ?
Cold Stone Creamery - ?
Basket Robbins - free cone
Cinnabon - Free Mocha Cocolatta

Retail Stores
Origins - $10 bday mon, $10 christmas
Sephora - Free birthday gift - pre-set, no purchase nessasary just go in and pick up
Aveda - Free $25 Personal Blend link [aveda.com] - worth $25
Benefit - Free Brow Arch, week of your bday - Sun-Sat - more info here [benefitcosmetics.com]:
Body Shop - $10 credit need to be Love Your Body member. Or in the past, you can use that credit towards a membership - in your bday month.
Naturalizer - $10 postcard and email.
Kohl's Rewards- $10 via snail mail
DSW - $5 code to use on anything in store
Famous Footwear - $5 code to use
Sports Authority - $10 code to use in store, must be The League member

Grocery
Raley's/Nob Hill - Birthday Cake Mix or 6 pack of cupcakes from Bakery/ $10/20 Custom bakery - via Something Extra rewards - valid all month long
Cost Plus World Market - 15% discount, must be an explorer member

Hardware
OSH - Free $5 to use at the store - must be a rewards member




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receive 1 Point for every participating item purchased. A total of 100 points needed to redeem for a $50 Gift Card
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Where are Nor Cal'ers purchasing eggs for Easter? I need two dozen and don't think I'll have time for a costco trip, so thought I'd check to see if there were any other sales? I didn't get a SW ad or a Lucky's ad in my mailbox this week. TIA!
I got mine at Walgreens 2 dozen for $2.
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Found a $1/2 eggs Target q in my file - heading there today. Thanks so much all!
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found my Keebler Flipsides, included in SW & Lucky sales. Not @ Raleys according to online ad.
1.69 @ Lucky - $1/2 IP
1.99 @ SW. I had 2 x $1/2JFU Qs & hoped that both would come off with purchase of 2 but no.

Lucky had me ready to walk out. Shopped early, when only SCO was open. Had Qs for everything but after I scanned the in ad freebie Qs, the scanner light went red and attendant had to manually enter all my qs. she gave me the line about one Q per purchase = one per transaction. Luckily, keebler Q also says 4 like Qs per trans.
still called mgr...grr..not a happy morning person & going thru Q 3rd degree didn't help.

JennieO turkey bacon is 2.49 thru late April (not in ad). There's a $1/1 IP
also $1/1 for chub sausage, which is $2.99. Dated 4/13 so I think I'll check next week & see if marked down Wink
bought Triscuit brown rice 1.99 -1IP. Not seeing these @ SW. Bought them last week @ raleys when I had bogo Q & 3/30. Really like red bean/roasted pepper variety, brown rice makes them light & crispy.

rattling on...must mean it's time for my nap ZzZZz..nighty...
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Hi peeps!

There's all sorts of trading going on for the $10 off $25 JCPenney coupon that expires 3/31. I got a card in the mail for mine, and would prefer for it to go to someone local. So, just send me a pm if you're interested in the code to use online (the $25 minimum needs to be met prior to taxes & shipping). I'll update my post when it's been claimed. Smilie

ETA: Just in case I wasn't clear...offering as a RAOK
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Didn't get Overage with the coffeemate BOGO at Target. The coupon scanned at 3.99 but cashier caught it and adjusted down to $1.50 :-(

Other items I thought I'd share, but nothing crazy exciting:
Eggs = .99 a carton

Playtex sexy wipes 24ct $6.29 - $5/1 printable MQ (tossing in my gym bag for days I don’t need a full shower after work out but could use a general freshen up, nothing sexy there!) (Boxes had 20ct, but soft packaging had 24ct)

Bona hard wood floor cleaner $5.49 - $3 printable MQ (from their website) - .50/1 TQ and BONUS Free Clorox 32ct wipes wyb Bona (this did not come off automatically but cashier adjusted when I told her about the tab on the shelf) =$1.99 for both

Annie’s Chocolate granola bars 7ct $2.99 - $.75 MQ printable from their website - $1 ibotta offer = .1.24
Up and Up Dish soap $1.97 each - $2/2 TQ (NLA) = $1.97 for two

Quaker Chewy granola bars (got boxes with 2 extra so 10ct) $2.19 x2 - $1/2 TQ and (2) .50/1 peelies on box for any Quaker bars = $2.38 or $1.19 a box

Kleenex 8ct purse packs = $2.29 - $2/1 Target Texted Q (cashier had to scan my phone) = .29
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[QUOTE=amc2007;58549804]Didn't get Overage with the coffeemate BOGO at Target. The coupon scanned at 3.99 but cashier caught it and adjusted down to $1.50 :-(

My experience was even worse. I was buying the 2/$6. The middle aged cashier checked with his supervisor and absolutely refused to allow me to use the coupon - even to adjust it down. "It is more than the product costs. Here you might as well take this back (he handed me the coupon)." He said it angrily.

He apologized to the person behind me for the wait and asked me how I was going to pay for my items. No apology to me, and cut me off when I mentioned it was expiring today and it was a good coupon. I had 5 items and only one coupon. I would have gone to CS, but I was exhausted after a very long day of Easter errands.

This is the third time in a few weeks that I have been treated poorly at Target after a long, long run of pleasant experiences. It was not my regular Target or I am sure I wouldn't have had a problem. I am very careful with my coupons and well liked. I make small purchases and do not push the limits.

Anyone else having bad experiences at Target again?
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For those who don't follow CVS closely the coupon center should be spitting out a coupon for free Clear hair care products. Ibotta has a $1.25 when you buy one. you might be able to combine both for a money maker. I am going to try ti today and will let you know if it works.

Anyone get the pp at safeway on the spices sounds like people who got it are getting some of the fancy spices really cheap
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My SW clearanced out the large boxes of Morningstar spicy black bean patties, 8 per box for $8.49 with the red 50% sticker on it. Came out to $3.24 after the 50% sticker was scanned. Also had the breakfast sausage patties large box for same price on clearance.
6.49/16oz sauzages@my store - no clearance Frown yet did qualify for the b30/g10 ff promo - today's last day Sadbye

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Anyone get the pp at safeway on the spices sounds like people who got it are getting some of the fancy spices really cheap
nope Crying they gave me the garden fresh - tube herbs in produce - not that great of deal
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well, heck, I would've offered my SW card if I knew it was spice price was a unicorn.
I didn't get PP on gourmet, just the red cap, but have had plenty of requests to use it. It's going to seattle for the next two days, TX if it doesn't work there and may come home via Oregon..

CVS:
the free Clear CRT worked after x/xx was scanned woot
-between POise, Clear, Brookside & Pantene bogos, my trans was $30BC, .59AC (no ECBs)
Revlon 3CRT beeped with x/xx, but I read that it works with beauty 4/12

WAGsSpider (I'm still caught in their web)
.99RR wyb .99 7up "10"
-I found .75/1 mq x 4/15 that I'm 99% sure came from SW glossy midweek flyer, had SQs across the bottom.

RA: I bought some seeds as fillers, and they rang up less than I expected.
the pkg pre-priced 1.59 and 1.79 rang up .76 and .86
I think reg. price is 40% off pkg price, and gold is 80% of that. Nice price for decent quality seed.

I spent the week thinking today was 30th, and had to jam at 2am to get Easter stuff ready to travel as well as my Qs ready for Danville stores. At least they have lots of stock up there.

Hope the Fools of April Evillaugh are tired after Easter & take tomorrow offSly
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No spice PP on either of my j4u. Are the prices on the spices still good even without pp? I am out of thyme and cumin so a good price will work even if not free....
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Quote from amc2007 View Post :
No spice PP on either of my j4u. Are the prices on the spices still good even without pp? I am out of thyme and cumin so a good price will work even if not free....
A slightly OT response... I really recommend getting your spices in bulk. You wouldn't believe how much cheaper they are! Really! The best place we've found is Berkeley Bowl. I have no idea where you live, but I would say it would even be worth a trip once a year to stock up. We fill up little baggies, and rarely spend more than $1/baggie for any spice, even ones that are usually expensive. Occasionally, something like saffron or an equivalent very expensive spice will come to ~ $2. (If you make a special trip, don't forget to check out the produce -- we've been getting boxes of organic blueberries there for $1.39 for the past several weeks. Smilie ) Just a thought... sorry for the OT. wave
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Quote from missusg View Post :
well, heck, I would've offered my SW card if I knew it was spice price was a unicorn.
I didn't get PP on gourmet, just the red cap, but have had plenty of requests to use it. It's going to seattle for the next two days, TX if it doesn't work there and may come home via Oregon..

CVS:
the free Clear CRT worked after x/xx was scanned woot
-between POise, Clear, Brookside & Pantene bogos, my trans was $30BC, .59AC (no ECBs)
Revlon 3CRT beeped with x/xx, but I read that it works with beauty 4/12

WAGsSpider (I'm still caught in their web)
.99RR wyb .99 7up "10"
-I found .75/1 mq x 4/15 that I'm 99% sure came from SW glossy midweek flyer, had SQs across the bottom.

RA: I bought some seeds as fillers, and they rang up less than I expected.
the pkg pre-priced 1.59 and 1.79 rang up .76 and .86
I think reg. price is 40% off pkg price, and gold is 80% of that. Nice price for decent quality seed.

I spent the week thinking today was 30th, and had to jam at 2am to get Easter stuff ready to travel as well as my Qs ready for Danville stores. At least they have lots of stock up there.

Hope the Fools of April Evillaugh are tired after Easter & take tomorrow offSly
Thanks missusg, what's the deal with poise and pantene?
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Always looking for huggies and Pampers Qs! Currently looking for $2 Pampers Q's and $3 huggies IPQs. Smilie

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A slightly OT response... I really recommend getting your spices in bulk. You wouldn't believe how much cheaper they are! Really! The best place we've found is Berkeley Bowl. I have no idea where you live, but I would say it would even be worth a trip once a year to stock up. We fill up little baggies, and rarely spend more than $1/baggie for any spice, even ones that are usually expensive. Occasionally, something like saffron or an equivalent very expensive spice will come to ~ $2. (If you make a special trip, don't forget to check out the produce -- we've been getting boxes of organic blueberries there for $1.39 for the past several weeks. Smilie ) Just a thought... sorry for the OT. wave
We trekked to Berkeley Bowl on Saturday and were really thrilled by the blueberry prices too. Picked up 4 cartons so that we could go on a smoothie bonanza. bounce Nice tip on the spices, will have to keep that in mind. I did see a gal in line who was buying the McCormick spices though and was like EEK!

I did notice that the SF Chronicle newspaper guy who was sitting outside Berkeley Bowl was offering a full year of the Sunday paper for $20. I don't know if that was an introductory price, but it was a much better deal than anything that I've seen in awhile from SF Chronicle
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Quote from Lisa123 View Post :
A slightly OT response... I really recommend getting your spices in bulk. You wouldn't believe how much cheaper they are! Really! The best place we've found is Berkeley Bowl. I have no idea where you live, but I would say it would even be worth a trip once a year to stock up. We fill up little baggies, and rarely spend more than $1/baggie for any spice, even ones that are usually expensive. Occasionally, something like saffron or an equivalent very expensive spice will come to ~ $2. (If you make a special trip, don't forget to check out the produce -- we've been getting boxes of organic blueberries there for $1.39 for the past several weeks. Smilie ) Just a thought... sorry for the OT. wave
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We trekked to Berkeley Bowl on Saturday and were really thrilled by the blueberry prices too. Picked up 4 cartons so that we could go on a smoothie bonanza. bounce Nice tip on the spices, will have to keep that in mind. I did see a gal in line who was buying the McCormick spices though and was like EEK!

I did notice that the SF Chronicle newspaper guy who was sitting outside Berkeley Bowl was offering a full year of the Sunday paper for $20. I don't know if that was an introductory price, but it was a much better deal than anything that I've seen in awhile from SF Chronicle
I have never heard of this berkely bowl place...berries and spices at good prices? Might be worth the trek for me, but it would be a trek! Thanks for the tip!

I do usually buy all of my spices in bulk at Whole Foods. It's crazy way cheaper but if the spices at Safeway are available with $4 off, I'm sure they'd end up being pennies?
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