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Northern and Central California Grocery Store Deals Thread

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Last Edited by sacramentogirl March 1, 2016 at 12:58 PM
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 entrée 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 entrée – 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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Safeway codes
$2 Codes appear to no longer be working
O Organic 77207=$2 25569=$1
77207 has worked on:
  • Prepackaged produce, 3 pack romaine, salad mixes, baby carrots, etc
  • Beans, canned
  • Broth
  • Croutons
  • Herbs, fresh
  • Mac & cheese, boxed
  • Rice bowls
  • Salsa
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Spices
  • Tea-bags and bottled
  • Tomatoes, canned
  • Vegetables, Canned
  • Vegetables, Frozen -mixed, peas, corn
Not worked on:
  • Herbs, arugula
  • Milk
  • Soup aseptic, chicken noodle (worked on aseptic broth)
  • Vegetables, frozen CA mix
  • Vegetables, organic tomato sold by lb
  • yellow mustard
Open Nature 77015=$2 30055=$1
77015 has worked on:
  • Bread & buns
30055 has worked ON wheat loaf
  • Pasta, refrigerated
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt, Greek plain & honey
  • Not worked on:
    • Bread, buttermilk wide pan loaf
    • Bread,19grain wide pan loaf
    • Bread, quinoa wide pan loaf
    • Chicken, cooked now works on whole chicken from deli
  • Frozen dinners
  • hummus from deli area
  • Ice cream/fro yo
  • lunchmeat from meat deli
  • salmon, frozen 12oz
  • Turkey, ground frozen 1lb chub
  • Yogurt, fruit flavors (Lime greek yogurt did not work)
  • Select
    20154 ("skip bagging") has worked on:
    • Artisan bakery bread
    • Dipping sauce
    • Frozen family size dinner-Lasagna
    • Frozen entree- Lasagna, Pot roast
    • Ice cream
    • Pizza
    • Salsa-except tomatillo chipotle
    • Sparkling cider
    Not worked on:
    • Frozen entree- tikka masala, Lemon Orzo chicken, mac cheese with bacon
    • Frozen Yogurt pint
    • Salsa-Restaurant style Tomatillo Chipotle 24oz
    Refreshe
    10170 ("please insert your coupon") has worked on:
    • Club soda, 1-liter
    • Seltzer water, 1-liter
    • Seltzer water, 6 pack with a pp too
    • Soda, 2-liter
    • Water, bottled 6pk

    30055 has worked on
    ON wheat bread loaf

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    Quote from Thriftymomof2 View Post :
    Okay so it's not just me laugh out loud Speaking of Sprouts.... the two times I have been able to get the ads from work, the Sprouts ad has a $3/$30. Is this a weekly thing they do with their ads? Have not made it to Sprouts yet, but you gals are always posting deals for there that I am thinking I should check them out nod
    from what I can glean reading MFA, they seem to print them micro-regionally in ads-I'll have one but MIL in Danville won't. I've had them about once in 2 months. Always have been 5/30
    They have an 8 day ad that overlaps Wed, so there's a good chance of finding $30 I can use.
    Posted yesterday about my discoveries about using x/xx, SQs, & MQs together

    Once they sold $100 GC for $90, built in addtionali 10% savings. May be regular occurance, our store is pretty new

    Nice service, most known for cheap, decent produce
    Also have meat counter & I think their chicken has good flavor.
    Raleys always sold choice cuts of beef
    SW/Lucky sold select
    I don't see a grade on Sprouts beef & haven't bought much, I think only organic gr. beef. No complaints, esp. for teh sale prices I paid
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    Quote from missusg View Post :
    Target:
    made it!
    not much of a trans
    5 cereal, 2 steamfresh and gave away ketchup Q (2.69 here)
    steamfresh $1 items included plain brown rice, white rice & brown rice with veg. Liked that better than froz peas or corn
    was way on the bottom, in this store the shelf tags had curled around in a circle

    I didn't see any Wolf chili-is that something we have in CA?
    wanted to price Yoplait Greek 100 with TQ/MQ (heart the lemon flavor) but didn't find it
    or v-day clearance
    Target was in Oakridge Mall, so it may have less space & not stock everything others do.
    Don't know if Target carries Wolf chili, but I got it at Safeway about two months ago when it was a freebie on j4u! (And now I keep getting j4u prices on it, but it was just a donation item for me, LOL!)
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    GO
    I was googling Grocery Outlet today and on the San Jose site you can get a $3/20 q by entering your email and zip. Coupon is valid at all GO. Exp 2/28/13

    Link [southbaygroceryoutlet.com]
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    Quote from Thriftymomof2 View Post :
    Is anyone still shopping at Raley's?!?:
    no Frown
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    Quote from Thriftymomof2 View Post :
    Is anyone still shopping at Raley's?!? I have not been only because I am not getting any offers and their weekly ad is not that great Frown They have mentioned on their FB page that if you don't shop, you won't get offers, but my thinking is more along the lines of... give me offers and I will shop laugh out loud

    Being as I am about one mile from Winco and about 3 miles from Safeway (while at work) I just don't have a need to go to Raley's anymore. Kind of a bummer too as I was in there 2-3 times a week when they had their e-coupons. Man, I miss those Sadwalk
    I do only because it's the closest grocery store to us when I need to run in and get something quick. I did buy the Chex cereal when they had it on sale a few weeks ago and also used my free Q for the energy bar. The offers still stink. Frown I have earn an extra 300 pts when you spend $30 right now and 2.50 off a $12 frozen food item. They keep giving me frozen food offers, but I don't really buy that there!
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    #5676
    I only shop at Raleys if I'm out of something because it's the closest. I ran in the other day and onions were $1.99 a lb. Ever since they went off strike, the store seems to have gone downhill. I don't know if that is why or just a coincidence. I did the try-it program and got a nice silicone strainer that hooks to the side of the sink. I also got a free lettuce mix, chipotle infused broth (yum!) and some kind of rice mix. I keep forgetting to pick up the rice but it's going to the foodbank. They just added a free deli soup to my card. What I did on the tryit program is take the surveys and link to FB. I made about 4 or 5 FB posts BUT I made it so that I'm the only one that can see the post. I have a twitter account that I just use for contests so I tweeted the Raleys stuff there. It added a bunch of points for the try-it program. My other offers were $1.25 off $6 in produce and .75 off clementines. I probably won't use either because I've been getting all my produce at Sprouts. It was Safeway before they quit giving me $3 off $10 J4U.

    I love Sprouts!!! The store is always clean and orderly. The all-natural chicken tenderloins are $1.99 lb. I love their fresh sausage. The spaghetti squash is .49 lb so I bought a case to store in the garage. I bought a case last time and we're down to the last 2. The red and green peppers are .33 each. I love their produce too.
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    Can I just say that those of you who do coupons at the grocery store just impress the heck out of me? I think catalinas at Safeway are way tougher with all the programming issues than ECBs at CVS.

    OAN, I was calling to cancel my subscription with the San Mateo County Times since the year was up (Th, Fr, Su). When they asked me why I was canceling, I told them it was because I wanted a higher number of coupons in the paper. Anyway, they sent me over to retention who offered a full year for $20 (I could choose between Sunday only or Th, Fr, Su for pennies more). This was pretty much the same intro price that I originally had, so I signed back up again.

    Furthermore, if I allowed them to autorenew on my credit card, then next year's price would also be $20 plus they will be sending paperwork to me so that I can pick out a $10 gift card. I don't remember what all the other options were...just got very excited when they said "CVS giftcard". You can cancel the auto-renew option if you want at anytime. I probably won't cancel since they will lock in the same pricing for one more year.

    So if you're part of the Bay Area Newsgroup (Oakland Tribune, Mercury News, etc.), this is something to keep in mind when your subscription is at its end!
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    raleys
    So my birthday month is coming up and Raley's sent me a free cakepop to load on to my card, as well as a eq for $5 off $12+ cake (or $10/$20+)
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    Quote from sacramentogirl View Post :
    raleys
    So my birthday month is coming up and Raley's sent me a free cakepop to load on to my card, as well as a eq for $5 off $12+ cake (or $10/$20+)
    nice! they have ice cream cakes too Whee
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    SW:
    The O Organics code at SCO worked on O Organics frozen veggies (16oz). Does not work on 6 count eggs.

    Bought the two Katy's kettle chips, minus BOGO, jfu for $1.50 each, - 10% tortilla chips came out to .51 for both bags. Weird math.
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    Quote from CQ1 View Post :
    nice! they have ice cream cakes too Whee
    & just a cake note - bakery personnel heart

    i *needed* some of the clear glaze typically used w/fresh fruit on top of a cake. if i could buy it, i would. yet i don't really know what it is laugh out loud anywayz, i asked bakery about it, and was given a good bit for n/c woot
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    RA:
    I haven't found the Poise product that is a MM next week & wondering if our stores stock them
    one store didn't have anything but big pkg, near the fem. supplies
    the other had them way in the back, next to a wall with paper supplies & near the canes, etc.
    I found pkg of liners for 6.xx, but from what I've been reading the product is 3.99 reg. price

    Looked near Vagasil, etc, for the washes, wipes with no luck

    If you have the Diabetes meter RAQ expiring tomorrow, I was able to use it beeplessly when I bought 2 meters & also used flu Q
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    Quote from Thriftymomof2 View Post :
    Is anyone still shopping at Raley's?!? I have not been only because I am not getting any offers and their weekly ad is not that great Frown They have mentioned on their FB page that if you don't shop, you won't get offers, but my thinking is more along the lines of... give me offers and I will shop laugh out loud

    Being as I am about one mile from Winco and about 3 miles from Safeway (while at work) I just don't have a need to go to Raley's anymore. Kind of a bummer too as I was in there 2-3 times a week when they had their e-coupons. Man, I miss those Sadwalk

    no, haven't shopped there in ages... prices are sooo outrageous on most items... i miss the e-q's too. Frown
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    #5684
    Where is good place for fresh produce, especially vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, brocolli, mushrooms, onions ...??? I normally goto Felipe's market or Foothill Market for their freshness and price. Also love Lucky's weekly specials on vegies. Just found this thread. What do you think, any recommendation?

    I'm also looking for frozen leafy vegies, like spinach or mix, maybe 5 pounder?? Do they sell such thing? Costco looked at me weird when I asked. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) I'm not vegetarian, but I do eat huge amount of it.
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    Quote from green_key View Post :
    Where is good place for fresh produce, especially vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, brocolli, mushrooms, onions ...??? I normally goto Felipe's market or Foothill Market for their freshness and price. Also love Lucky's weekly specials on vegies. Just found this thread. What do you think, any recommendation?

    I'm also looking for frozen leafy vegies, like spinach or mix, maybe 5 pounder?? Do they sell such thing? Costco looked at me weird when I asked. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) I'm not vegetarian, but I do eat huge amount of it.
    Lucky's does run some good prices on fruit and veg, but not too many great deals on organic.

    I recently joined a CSA in my area and wow, i can't believe I haven't done it sooner. At least the one I joined, it is a fabulous deal. I got a huge bag of veggies for $15. I weighed everything in my bag (spinach, kale, swiss chard, apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, caulliflower and pears) and if i had purchased the same amount at Whole Foods or Safeway, i would have spent $30. And, it's all organic. We are so lucky in california to have CSA options. You just have to ask around or start googling to find one near you.

    Costco does offer good prices on bulk produce, but I haven't noticed good prices on frozen produce. Their prices are so good though, that it would be a good deal to purchase their veggies and freeze them yourself!
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