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Vons Just For U & giveaway!

If you follow me on twitter you know I like to post pictures of how much I save when I go grocery shopping. I’m no ‘extreme couponer’ I just buy what I need for meal planning, no 500 sticks of deodorant here.

People always ask me to give them a tutorial on how I save money. Today’s the day! Saving money is fun and can be time consuming, but it just got easier.

Vons (Safeway for all you Hawaii readers) invited me and a few bloggers to their headquarters and showed us how to use Just For U, a new way that savings are tailored to the things that YOU frequently buy!

You go online and add your deals to your Vons Club Card and the savings are automatic, so there’s no coupon clipping/forgetting them in the car etc. The money just comes off during checkout, no fuss! Not only that, you get one dozen free eggs just for signing up for Just For U – hey, you’re already ahead! The program is currently in California and Hawaii and about to roll out in the next month.

Vons took us to a local market where we shopped using Just For U and I ended up saving 54%. Not bad. Here’s how I did it – first I registered for the Just for U program, then I added digital coupons and then my favorite page: Personalized Deals. That’s where you get EVEN CHEAPER prices based on your purchasing history. Since I meal plan and use basic pantry ingredients, this is great.

You can even email all your deals to yourself so you have your complete list with you. This is awesome if you shop for groceries with your list on your phone like I do.

Now let me show you the ways of the couponing force, my young padawan…

1. Personalized Deals
So I needed lemons. At the store they are 88 cents and even if I walked in with a club card I’d still have to pay 88 cents. But with my Just For U personalized deal, they were selling lemons JUST FOR ME at a mere 33 cents. Come on!

This deal was seriously just for me, the woman next to me did not have this offer in her online deals. Vons must know I do Lemon recipe Week every year I guess…

2. Digital Coupons
So as far as the digital coupons go, once they are loaded they’re always in there. Barilla pasta sauce was 2/$4. Which means $2 for one jar. I had loaded a digital coupon for one dollar off, so in the end I only paid $1.00 for the regularly priced $3.29 jar of sauce and I only had to buy ONE not like a hoarder’s 100 of them.

3. Stacking Club Specials+Personalized Deals+Coupons too!
Finally – you can also STACK deals, which is key to saving a lot of money. Orville Redenbacher popcorn was on sale for 2/$4, basically $2 each. But my Just For U price was $1.49 PLUS I had a paper coupon for $1.50 off two, thus making the regular $3.59 popcorn just 75 cents!

So that’s my little ‘how to save $$’ tutorial. See how easy it is? And now I’m going to make it easier and let you save 100%! Vons generously gave me a gift card and since I saved $50, I’m going to give the $50 to you!

This is Super Bowl weekend and even if you don’t watch football, parties are a lot of fun. I should know, I throw a lot of them. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite party food is to make OR eat! (You have from now until February 6th, midnight pst.)

If you need party food ideas I have plenty for you right here. Vons is having a ton of Superbowl shopping deals this week and thank you to them for their generosity in hosting the blogger event and providing the gift card!

Disclaimer: I received a gift card from Vons/Safeway. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.

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Vons Just For U & giveaway!



47 Responses to “Vons Just For U & giveaway!”

  1. Jen says:

    What’s a party without something fried. I LOVE just about any type of lumpia. It’s like heaven in a deep fried wrapper!

  2. Nancy says:

    Party Food…fried mozzarella sticks. yum!

  3. Sandy says:

    I have a weakness for warm chili dip (chili with no beans and Velveeta in a mini crockpot).

  4. Cheryl says:

    guacamole and chips!! its not really a party without it!

  5. Shari says:

    I’m a simple girl. Guacamole. Anything dipped in guacamole.

  6. Heidi says:

    For the guys in my house it isn’t a party unless there are wings and 7-layer dip served with tortilla chips!

  7. I-Yin says:

    Bacon wrapped little smokies. Total YUM!!!! Can’t wait till Sunday to eat them all up!

  8. Yuri says:

    My friend makes these amaaaaazing bacon wrapped smokies with a little brown sugar, but that’s not even the best part. He makes this delicious dipping sauce that’s just so yummy. I look forward to parties, potlucks, and events when I know he’s gonna bring them! YUM!

  9. Mary says:

    Party foods to eat … lumpia, some kind of crazy dip (my boyfriend makes this good dip called “Fart Dip”…) or just about anything wrapped in bacon! Like bacon wrapped dates. YUM.

  10. Stef says:

    Spinach dip yummy…..and who can’t pass up spam Musubi!!!! Ono!!!

  11. Bethany Zarinelli says:

    I love crackers and any form of cheese, whether it is a dip, ball, or cubes. What other time can you justify nibbling on crackers and cheese for an evening?

  12. Toya says:

    I went onto my store today and did the text sign up. Looking forward to getting those deals!

  13. sophia says:

    OOH…. some broiled sushi and korean nori!


  14. Janice says:

    Lumpia or chicken wings. Yum.

  15. Amber E says:

    What a cool giveaway! I love nachos and I have a terrible sweet tooth-so any kind of dessert is my favorite! I love a good homemade brownie sundae!

  16. Mariel says:

    I love lumpia, hot wings, and spam musubi.

  17. Stacy says:

    Meatballs made in a crock pot are very easy to make (I have your recipe bookmarked to try).

  18. Fran says:

    How can you go wrong with spinach artichoke dip…or cheesy bread…or….

  19. Cindi Ti says:

    Gotta have pizza and diet coke!!!

  20. Renee says:

    I like tortilla chips and guacamole.

  21. John says:

    We enjoy homemade chili during the game.

  22. Toya says:

    Sushi and Beer…yea I know :)

  23. Nanette says:

    Fun! I shop at the Safeway here in Portland, and I’m excited for them to roll that program out here.

    My favorite party foods are usually desserts, like cupcakes, bars, etc.

  24. Emily says:

    Lumpia and kim bap are favorites in our house!

  25. Lindsey C. says:

    In the midwest, Vons is called Randall’s. :)

  26. x3flo says:

    My favorite party food, is definitely just simple chips and dip. Simple, easy, and tasty. Yummy finger food

  27. Kelli says:

    I can’t resist tortilla chips. I don’t even need salsa or dip.

  28. Staci A says:

    We love nachos or chili!

  29. Maria says:

    My favorite are super spicy chicken wings.

  30. Jennifer says:

    My favorite party food is Spinach Dip…I always use this
    recipe from Gina’s Skinny Recipes-Believe me it is a HIT!!!

    The newest top request are these spicy chicken tortilla rollups-

    If you can’t tell, I love to cook.My husband is a chef and I have a culinary degree-but for home and family gatherings-It’s all me doing the cooking.

    Oh and Jenn-I love lemons. My mom has a meyer lemon tree and I go off with lemon recipes. Here is my Pinterest Board for Lemon-stuff! Thanks, have a fun Superbowl Party!


  31. Iliana says:

    My fave party food to make is to throw some turkey meatballs with my own sauce (heinz chili,cranberry sauce,brown sugar and lemon juice) into the crockpot and serve them with King’s Hawaiian Rolls. So good! I feel like making some now :)

  32. Gina M Maddox says:

    I love making 7 layer mexican style dip and serving with tortilla chips! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  33. Jodi says:

    We love Vons and the shopper in my house is already good at combining coupons and club deals. Now the Just for U makes it even sweeter! (Got our free eggs…saved 49% total…not as good as your 54%, but not too shabby!). We don’t really throw parties anymore, but did make your brown sugar, bacon wrapped ‘Lil Smokies for a Christmas Eve party and they were a big hit!

  34. Deanna G. says:

    I’d have to say nachos for eating! :)

  35. Lexi says:

    Omg I’m probably way to excited to try this shopping
    Just for U deal!!!

    My friend gave me a great bean dip recipe that I now make all the time.

  36. Lorena says:

    My favorite party food to eat is probably lumpia. My favorite party food to make is guacamole — easy and relatively healthy (unlike deliciously deep fried lumpia)!

  37. Jen says:

    I love to make homemade guac (extra jalapeños, please) served with blue corn chips.

  38. Sarah says:

    My favorite thing is beans! Any kind will do me. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I am really enjoying the Vons Just for U program. Just checked mine and I get 59 cent organic bananas. Schweet!

  39. kasey says:

    They’ve been test running Just for U for awhile now in Hawaii and I love it! My favorite party food is 7 layer bean dip. :)

  40. Kenna says:

    I would love to win this right about now!

    My go to party dish is spinach artichoke dip. Ahhhmazing!!!

  41. felicia says:

    i love making cupcakes, even though i know thats not reallllly normal party food!

  42. B says:

    i loooove spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips! i can’t stop eating them when they’re around, so addicting.

  43. Christina says:

    Jicama Fries

    1 jicama, cut into fry shapes
    3 tablespoon olive oil
    ½ tsp sea salt
    ¼ tsp garlic, or more, to taste
    ¼ tsp cayenne, or more, to taste
    1 pinch cumin, or more, to taste

    Mix oil and spices together. Toss with jicama strips. these are eaten raw.

  44. Rachel says:

    tacos + porto’s cheese rolls + cadillac margarita = best party combo ever! try it & you’ll love it

  45. Amy says:

    I make guacamole! Easy, simple, and who doesn’t like guacamole?

  46. Christine says:

    Spam musubi & fried noodles!

  47. Mimsy says:

    I love to make a 9 layer dip. It’s the best.

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