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Safeway (an Albertson’s subsidiary) is offering More Free Money .  These deals are mostly about travel hacking (accruing miles, points and dollars on credit cards to use for free or discounted travel), but also offer a little free money. BTW – If I see a penny on the street I pick it up…

Safeway is offering a digital coupon that provides a $10 discount on any Visa Gift Card purchase $100 and over.

Steps to load this digital offer (see screenshots at bottom of post):

  1. By 6/3/17, login -or- create a Safeway Club Card account
  2. Navigate to the “Just 4 You” page
  3. Navigate to the $10 off Visa Gift Card offer and click “+Add” to card

Steps to use the offer:

  1. By 6/3/17, pick up a Visa Gift Card at the gift card center in your local Safeway
    • Fees vary depending on the specific card you purchase
      • Dining Everywhere Visa ($20-$200) Gift Card – Fee $4.95 (can be used at grocery stores and restaurants)
      • Visa ($20-$500) Gift Card – Fee $5.95
    • Not all stores carry Visa Gift Cards
    • Stores that haven’t converted their registers to accept chip-enabled credit cards do not sell $100+ cards
    • Not all stores carry all denominations of gift cards
  2. Provide your Club Card number at checkout
    • Make sure the purchase rings up for less than the face value of the card
    • All Visa cards $100+ seem to work with the coupon
  3. Ideally, pay with a credit card that is offering a grocery store bonus
    • I always provide my Photo ID along with the credit card I’ll be using to speed up the process
  4. Use the gift card as you would use a credit card at merchants that accept Visa
  5. Make $4-$5 (depends on the fees for the card you purchase)

Options to maximize the offer and why you may care beyond $5 in your pocket:

  • Get the most benefit from your transaction by using a credit card that’s offering a bonus at grocery stores
    • American Express’ Blue Cash Preferred Card offers 6% in cash back for grocery store purchases
      • Buy $500 gift card for $495.95 = $4.05 return
      • Earn 6% on $495.95 purchase = $29.76 return
      • Total = $33.81 return
    • Chase Freedom offers 5% in Ultimate Rewards during the 2nd quarter of 2017 for grocery store purchases
      • Buy $500 gift card for $495.95 = $4.05 return
      • Earn 5% on $495.95 purchase = $24.80 return
      • Total = $28.85 return
    • American Express’ Blue Cash Everyday Card offers 3% in cash back for grocery store purchases
      • Buy $500 gift card for $495.95 = $4.05 return
      • Earn 3% on $495.95 purchase = $14.89 return
      • Total = $18.94 return
  • Meet minimum spend requirements on a current credit card sign-up bonus
    • One of the best ways to earn travel reward points is through credit card sign-up bonuses. These bonuses almost always require a minimum amount of spending within a limited time frame in order to qualify for the bonus. (e.g. Spend $3,000 in 90 days and earn 50,000 points). If you aren’t spending on credit cards at a rate that allows you to meet the minimum spending requirement during the time frame allowed, buying one of these gift cards helps you meet minimum spend requirements
  • Take your $5, and don’t worry about the credit card bonuses
    • Buy $100 gift card for $94.95 = $5.05 return

Things to remember:

      • You can only use one digital coupon per account
      • The offer expires 6/3/2017
      • Fees vary from card to card. The fees are usually displayed in small print on the top front of the packaging
      • Make sure the card you purchase isn’t restricted to stores that you don’t intend to frequent
        • There are fashion-only, fuel-only, etc. versions of Visa Gift Cards. Standard Visa Gift Cards have a little higher fee, but these cards work at all merchants that except Visa
      • You must remember to use your Club Card at checkout. Make sure the price you’re paying rings up for less than the face value of the card
      • Not all Albertson’s chains participate in these offers. If you don’t find this offer in your loyalty card account, the offer does not apply. Albertson’s chains include:
        • Acme
        • Albertson’s
        • Carrs
        • Haggen
        • Jewel-Osco
        • Market Street
        • Pak ‘n Save
        • Pavillions
        • Randall’s
        • Safeway
        • Shaw’s
        • Tom Thumb
        • United Supermarkets
        • Vons

      Screenshots for loading this offer:

      1)         By 6/3/17, login or create a Safeway Club Card account

       

       

      2)         Navigate to the “Just 4 You” page

      3)         Navigate to the $10 off Visa Gift Card offer and click “+Add” to card