Old Jan 9, 2018, 8:49 pm
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This is the thread for 2018. The old thread is here.

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xx/xx/15 - xx/xx/15 Promotion

Participating items must be purchased in a single transaction. Limit one(1) offer per transaction

These coupons often do not scan properly(coming up -0.01 along with a 0.01) and require override. Override is always required at SCO.

If the coupon off your next order does not print out, you can request it online here.

When redeeming the coupon, the following items are excluded in the calculation of the minimum spend requirement:
-Fluid dairy such as Milk, Half & Half, etc
-Blunts, alcohol, and smokes
-Gift cards, Lottery tickets, MoneyGram, etc
-Taxes

2021 J4U offers
Feb. 10, 2021: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 2/23/2021
Mar 28, 2021: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 04/10/2021
May 2, 2021: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 05/15/2021
May 23, 2021: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 6/5/2021
July 1, 2021: Post 1235 reported that Safeway is switching vendor from Blackhawk to Incomm


2020 J4U offers
Feb. 9: 1) $15 off two $100 Visas; 2) $10 off two $50 Visas (non variables)
March 29, 2020: Two J4U offers: save $15 off 2 x $100 MCs and save $10 off 2 x $50 MCs. Exp: 04/11/2020.
May 3, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ MCs. Exp: 05/16/2020.
May 24, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 6/6/2020
June 14, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 6/27/2020
June 28, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ MCs. Exp: 7/11/2020
Aug. 16, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 8/29/2020
Aug. 30, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off two $50 MCs. Exp: 9/12/2020
Sept. 13, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 9/26/2020
Oct. 18, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 10/31/2020
Oct. 25, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 Visas. Exp: 11/7/2020
Nov. 15, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 11/28/2020
Nov. 29, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 Visas. Exp: 12/12/2020
Dec. 6, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 12/12/2020
Dec. 27, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 1/2/2021

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Safeway/Vons Master thread (2018 onwards)

Old Dec 3, 2019, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by mroseman13
I got a $500 HD GC and idk if I can go use all 100 rewards without a car to fill up. I doubt there are 50 rewards worth of grocery redemption options per month.
Your best bet might be to try and get a VGC from HD with your GC you just got from Safeway. Ive had mixed success, but the registers arent hard coded.
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Old Dec 4, 2019, 5:32 pm
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There is a new J4U coupon for 2x gas points for your next shopping trip good till 12/10



Originally Posted by ElPresidente
Home Depot GC $150 = 3,000 FR points today
Seems the HD 10x and GC 10x promos stack.
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Old Dec 4, 2019, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by ElPresidente
Home Depot GC $150 = 3,000 FR points today
Seems the HD 10x and GC 10x promos stack.
lucky you! I bought a $50 HDGC today and only got the 10x. I was a little bit bummed I didnt take part in the Happy promo that was giving $25 off $100 on a future trip that paired with the 10x instead last week.
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Old Dec 4, 2019, 6:29 pm
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Originally Posted by doggiefizzle
lucky you! I bought a $50 HDGC today and only got the 10x. I was a little bit bummed I didnt take part in the Happy promo that was giving $25 off $100 on a future trip that paired with the 10x instead last week.
Oh Jesus Im an idiot! I didnt expand the promo in the J4U app and missed I had to spend $150 in HD gift cards. Weak and very embarrassing!
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 2:50 am
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Just FYI, there was a document that came out saying that Blackhawk will now have cooldowns at all stores. This applies to the ENTIRE store, not just one register. The cooldown period begins once a gift card of a certain type is sold. If the limits are exceeded within the cooldown period, the gift cards will fail to activate (will return a DECLINED error during the activation phase) and will void the gift card.

Right now the Visa/MC/Amex GCs are not on the list. When I get a chance, I'll post the limits and cooldowns here (I skimmed the doc at work today). Most of the limits were $500 and most of the cooldowns were 15 minutes. Cards that I remember seeing on there were iTunes, Google Play, and Best Buy.
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by diburning
Just FYI, there was a document that came out saying that Blackhawk will now have cooldowns at all stores. This applies to the ENTIRE store, not just one register. The cooldown period begins once a gift card of a certain type is sold. If the limits are exceeded within the cooldown period, the gift cards will fail to activate (will return a DECLINED error during the activation phase) and will void the gift card.

Right now the Visa/MC/Amex GCs are not on the list. When I get a chance, I'll post the limits and cooldowns here (I skimmed the doc at work today). Most of the limits were $500 and most of the cooldowns were 15 minutes. Cards that I remember seeing on there were iTunes, Google Play, and Best Buy.
Very interesting. It isn't in affect as of yesterday in the LA area.
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by diburning
Just FYI, there was a document that came out saying that Blackhawk will now have cooldowns at all stores. This applies to the ENTIRE store, not just one register. The cooldown period begins once a gift card of a certain type is sold. If the limits are exceeded within the cooldown period, the gift cards will fail to activate (will return a DECLINED error during the activation phase) and will void the gift card.

Right now the Visa/MC/Amex GCs are not on the list. When I get a chance, I'll post the limits and cooldowns here (I skimmed the doc at work today). Most of the limits were $500 and most of the cooldowns were 15 minutes. Cards that I remember seeing on there were iTunes, Google Play, and Best Buy.
Thanks for the update.

Would you describe what is meant by "cooldown"?

I'm guessing it's something like if a stores sells a $500 iTunes gift card, it will decline all iTunes gift cards purchased within the next X minutes?

And it seems rather odd/annoying that a gift card purchased within this period will decline to activate, presumably after the payment method has been approved.

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Old Dec 5, 2019, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by danpeake
I'm guessing it's something like if a stores sells a $500 iTunes gift card, it will decline all iTunes gift cards purchased within the next X minutes?
Yes. The instructions say to notify the customer about the cooldown and ask if they want to wait. If not, the customer can be refunded.
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by diburning
Yes. The instructions say to notify the customer about the cooldown and ask if they want to wait. If not, the customer can be refunded.
This aint good. I cant spend the whole evening just to buy a few GCs. Hoping it won't be implemented where I go shopping ...
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by planetmans
So the way to really milk earning points on variable VGCs was to stack the $X off your $X purchase offers, and get cash back when you did not spend enough.

The following offers are available each month:

$10 off $10 - 7 rewards
$7 off $7 - 5 rewards
$5 off $5 - 4 rewards
$4 off $4 - 3 rewards
$2 off $2 - 2 rewards
$1 off $1 - 1 rewards

The total comes out to $29, and you need 22 rewards to redeem them all.

The second part comes into play with the department specific offers:

$7 off a $7 in the meat department - 4 rewards
$3 off $3 in the produce department - 2 rewards

To add all these offers you needed a total of 28 rewards.

So what you do is go to the meat department, dig through the meat packages and find one that was as close to $7 as possible, but not below, then go to the produce department and try to get as close to $3 worth of produce, but not below. By doing this, you trigger the $7 off $7 meat offer, and the $3 off $3 produce offer for a total of $10 off. Because the items in the purchase were over $10, it also triggered all of the $X off $X offers, for a total of $29 off. The total value of the money back offers is $39.

The transaction would have $10 worth of items, but $39 worth of credits. So you could get a maximum refund of $29 if you bought exactly $7 of meat and exactly $3 of produce.
Can you buy a $100 VGC with those rewards and only pay $71 plus the fees?
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 7:39 pm
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I can imagine this being a disaster at high volume stores when they run J4U deals on GCs.
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 10:03 pm
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Originally Posted by westlaker
Can you buy a $100 VGC with those rewards and only pay $71 plus the fees?
No, gift cards (along with fluid dairy, booze, etc) are excluded from J4U point redemptions.
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Old Dec 5, 2019, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by westlaker
Can you buy a $100 VGC with those rewards and only pay $71 plus the fees?
Yes, it works. If you buy $10 minimum of groceries the negative balance can br applied towards a GC.

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Old Dec 6, 2019, 9:17 am
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To be clear, both the above posts are correct. You can't redeem rewards to pay for a Visa/MC GC directly. But if you're handling rewards so that your grocery purchase should produce a cash refund, you can apply that to the cost of a Visa/MC GC. The alternative is getting the refund in cash, which confuses the cashiers and often results in a manager being called over.
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Old Dec 6, 2019, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by Bigzamboni
Yes, it works. If you buy $10 minimum of groceries the negative balance can br applied towards a GC.
Thanks. I will try tomorrow to see if it can stack with the $10 off VGC.
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