If you are unfamiliar with Safeway and Albertson’s Monopoly game, it goes something like this:
- Buy your groceries
- Collect a number of tickets based on how many and which groceries you have purchased
- Go home and spend some time tearing the game pieces from the coupon part of the ticket
Like in Monopoly the board game, where you would collect all the properties in a set, in this Monopoly game your goal is to collect all the little pieces of code that make up a set to a certain prize. There are lots of prizes, ranging from a $5.00 gift card to a car, to the $1,000,000 grand prize.
While the odds of winning the million-dollar jackpot in the Safeway and Albertson’s Monopoly board game are extremely slim (2 trillion to one), I am still playing. Why? There are a few reasons why I would continue playing, and none of them really have to do with the jackpots or rewards on the game board.
First of all is the obvious reason, why not play? I literally live two blocks away from a Safeway store, so you can imagine how often I shop there. If you aren’t shopping there frequently as it is, this may not be worth it for you. Often Safeway and Albertson’s prices are higher than other chains like Fred Meyer’s and Walmart, so the coupons and your chances of winning a prize may not be worth it for the slightly higher prices they offer for the products you would regularly buy. However, we already shopped there regularly because of the convenience of distance, and so playing the game was a no-brainer.
Secondly, even without winning a single prize on the Monopoly game board, we received so much value through the certificates and coupons that come along with it, that I would almost do it next year exclusively for the coupons.
We probably collected about 300-500 tickets over the course of the three months that the Monopoly game runs. Note that we did not shop any extra or buy anything that we would not normally buy, simply because of the Monopoly game. We only purchased the items we would usually purchase, and we more or less stuck to our shopping list. Here is the rundown of what we ended up with after just a few months of shopping and playing the game:
Instant Winner Coupons:
These are all items we received completely for free, and how much they would be worth if we purchased them at full price in our area:
- Half & Half x2 = $6.00
- Yogurt = $1.00
- Salt x4 =$8.00
- Donut or Bagel x16 = $9.00
- Aspirin x2 = $7.00
- Hamburger or Hotdog Buns x3 = $6.00
- Beef Franks = $3.50
- French Bread Loaf x4 = $7.00
- One Pound Bananas x2 = $0.75
- 16 oz Pasta x3 = $6.00
- Colgate Toothpaste = $3.50
- 25 sf Aluminum Foil = $2.00
- 5 oz Tuna = $1.00
- 32 oz Shredded Cheese = $8.00
- 12 oz Garden Salad = $2.50
- 8 oz Sour Cream = $1.00
- 74 ct Facial Tissue = $1.50
- 16 oz Potato Salad = $4.00
- One Large Hass Avocado = $1.50
- 8 oz Cream Cheese x2 = $3.50
- 5lbs All-Purpose Flour x2 = $5.50
Total in Instant Winner Coupons: $88.25
- $60.00 in $0.50-Off coupons
- $27.00 in $1, $2, and $3-Off coupons
Total in Coupons: $87.00
- 8×8 books x3 = $15 ea./$45
- 101 4×6 photos x2 = $0.15 ea./$30.30
- Reusable shopping bag x4 = $13.59 ea./$54.36
- 4.5×5 magnet x2 = $6.75 ea./$13.50
Total in Shutterfly Coupons: $143.16
Total in Fandango Movie Tickets: $35.00
Total in Let Life Bloom Coupons: $45.00
Final Total: $398.41
How Can You Get the Same Results?
The goal is to collect as many game tickets as possible. A nice strategy to get the most bang for your buck is to do most of your shopping near the end of the Monopoly game, close to the finish. That is when they start to hand out double the tickets! And don’t worry if it’s the last day, because often you can still collect more tickets. On the day after they ended the Monopoly game this year, our local Safeway was trying to get rid of all of their tickets, and I got an entire box containing over 100 Monopoly tickets!
Another good strategy is to collect tickets from other people. If you know someone who shops there, but doesn’t play the game, have them save their tickets for you. Also, on occasion someone shopping ahead of you may not be playing the game. Speak up if you want their tickets! More often than not, they will pass them on to you if you ask.
So there you go! Is it worth the time to play the Monopoly game? I would say it was worth it for us!