I feel very blessed to live in the Bay Area. It’s a large metropolitan area with MANY choices for your grocery needs. I am one of those nerds that looks at my weekly Safeway ad to see what’s on sale. I find Safeway to not be the cheapest option (It is the Bay Area! Everything is so costly) but with a little homework, you can get the most for your dollar at this major grocery chain.
Shop on Fridays
If I HAVE to go to Safeway, I’ll go on Fridays. They sometimes have good deals such as whole rotisserie chickens for $5 each or bushels of fruit for only $5. You can potentially save some big bucks especially if you have a big family (or a boy in-a-constant-state-of-growing-pains. Like me!).
After you figure out your Friday savings, try to maximize your precious time there by taking a brief look at the following three places.
Go to the Discount Rack
Located at the back of the store by the warehouse entrance you will find at least 1 large wire rack with items marked for discount. Don’t be disillusioned that this area is restricted to dented cans of corn, missing labels of canned ???, creased boxes of discount cereal, and expired products. Yes, you may find those. However, you will find artisinal coffees such as these which are from local coffee roaster
Manager’s Special in the Meat and Fish Areas
In the Meat area (sometimes the fish area too), you will find the Manager’s Special sign. These are meats that are approaching their Sell To date. Definitely use commonsense judgement. I look at the color of the meat to indicate whether it’s fresh and of course look at the date. I buy regularly from this area and have NEVER gotten sick, and I like a medium rare steak.
Frozen Aisle Discount
Usually located at the end of the frozen aisle. You will find things like frozen burritos, non-dairy ice cream, and frozen appetizers. Once in a while, I’m surprised to find Amy’s Organic frozen meals or other non-processed foods. It doesn’t seem to correlate to expiration dates but rather what they are just getting rid of to make room for other frozen items.
Safeway also have monthly coupon books, U-save app. I do wish that Safeway would just offer all across the board savings without having to search for Waldo for each visit. This is my grocery store of choice but sometimes they have items like Diet Dr. Pepper which I like on occasion.