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While Safeway is no longer giving big gas discounts for purchases with their Club Card, it is still quite worth joining their Club. They've gone on a rollback-style campaign and prices have dropped on just about all the staples. They're being quite good about putting every day items like eggs, bread, cheese, and baking stuff on sale regularly, making it easy to stock up. They've also gone digital, and there are several sites you can use to pre-load your shopping card with coupons, which are automatically used at checkout when the requirements are filled.
I've also discovered the magic day and time when "my" Safeway does markdowns. They take stuff that's close to the "sell by" date and mark it cheap to they don't have to dispose of it. If you have a freezer, take advantage! The deli meats, dairy, and meat areas are where you'll usually find these extreme deals. At "my" Safeway the magic time is 9am on Fridays. The lovely lady who works the deli meats tells me that she marks them lower that day because she doesn't want them sitting there over the weekend. And it works! Just remember when you thaw whatever it is that it only had a couple days left before the sell-by date hits. Not so important with preserved meats, but some stuff you'll want to eat as soon as it's thawed.
I went to Safeway today to check the markdowns: I got pork chops, some London Boil tips, and four packages of high-quality lunch meat for $14.53. That's $15.32 or 51% savings off the full price! And here's a tip if you're freezing mark-down meat: Find the "sell by" date and use a permanent marker to write how many days it had left when you froze it! Then when you thaw it you know exactly how quick it needs to be eaten.
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