I got an email the other day from my contact at Safeway, the other day. I guess they liked my review of their Just For U program. They've got something to promote and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Oh and if you don't have a Safeway near you, but have a VONS, Dominick's, Genuardis, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, or Carrs you might want to stick around.
They are looking for people try their home delivery service. How much do they want you to try the service? They are offering $15 dollars and free delivery for new customers (use promotion code CHEER). That's the kind of deep discount that put Webvan out of business. The code expires December 31st, so get to it.
In the next few hours I will be getting my first Safeway home delivery. Shortly after that, I hope to publish a review of the ordering process as well as some pictures of the food. I think I have a lot to say and I think it should be a separate post than this one.
Before I go too much further, I need to do a little do a little full disclosure. Safeway gave me some gift cards to test out the delivery service. Given the opportunity for free groceries, who am I to argue? However, as part of the deal, they offered me some extra gift cards to give to you... I love it when we all win. Finally, as Lazy Man, how can I turn down an incentive to have food brought to my door?
I'm going to give away three (3) $25 gift cards Safeway (which look to be good at VONS, Dominick's, Genuardis, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, or Carrs) to commenters below. How do you get your $25? I'll be looking for the following types of tips:
- A Great Easy, Money-Saving Recipe - I found that this hummus recipe takes a couple of minutes and is a lot cheaper (and better) that what I can find in the store. It lasts all-week and we have a handy, healthy snack. I would love to find similar recipes that just wow me. No need to type up a whole recipe; if you can find it elsewhere on the web, just link to it.
- A Great Healthy Food - I'm trying to make a conscious effort to eat healthy. I found that Greek yogurt (Fage is one popular brand) is a shockingly nutritious food. Edamame and quinoa are great as well. Surprise me with some similar unsung foods that I should be order from Safeway's
- A regional grocery food that you think I must try - In Boston, where I'm from originally, there is something called Ah-So sauce. I didn't know it was a regional food until just a couple of months ago. I had just figured the company went out of business around the time I moved to California. Ah-So sauce is very much the pink sauce that you see in pork strips and ribs... I've seen a lot of similar sounding products, but none taste anywhere near it. (Oh and since Ah-So sauce is almost pure high fructose corn syrup, we'll leave the healthy food option from above aside. Moderation right?)
Before you enter, let's get a few notes out of the way. Please enter only if you can use the gift cards - I know these stores are regional. If you want to leave me a good tip on the above stuff, awesome, just leave a little note that you aren't interested in the contest. Sometimes my spam filter is a little over-zealous, so I'll be looking for the word "Safeway" in my spam comments. You would be wise to toss it in there in some form as it will help me search for and rescue them easily. Also be sure to sure to use a real email address. I can't contact you to tell that you won and get the address for where to send the cards if you give a fake email address. I hate spam as much as you and will only email you in the event that you win. The contest ends December 24rd at 11:59 PT because I need to be asleep for Santa.
As a final note, the other thing that Safeway mentioned is that you can call their Holiday Hotline and have them do all the cooking for you. Just call in your order and pick it up at your local store. They have three menu options including turkey, ham, and prime rib. With the turkey serving between 6 and 8 people for $40, that seems like a good value. The prime rib serving 4 to 5 people for about $15-20 each looks to be a good deal as well. Just like how people are using stacations to squeeze extra value of their vacation budget, they can use picker-upper-supper to get a little extra value from their restaurant budget. (Yes, I believe I just made up picker-upper-supper.) It's worth considering this holiday season.
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