Meggans a - Meggans guide to a brighter life

Hello I'am Meggan Welcome to my website.

Get Your Organic On And Win A $50.00 Gift Card From Safeway

Safeway JPEG

To enter to win the $50.00 gift card from Safeway all you do is read the following entry, click on the small orange box at the bottom of the post and scroll down to leave a comment with your contact information. 



When I was first contacted by Safeway to write about their stores for my blog, my initial question was, “Are you sure you have the right blog?  Are you sure you weren’t meaning to email the fabulous and somehow ended up emailing my little three legged dog and pony show?”

They were sure.

We set up an appointment to talk.  I then immediately called my Mother and let her know her baby done good. I then fantastized about calling all the Mother’s of my ex-boyfriends and screaming into the phone…”and you thought I wasn’t good enough for your son…Safeway bitch!  I AM WORKING WITH SAFEWAY!!  You betta recognize…ha ha ha you could of used my Safeway gift card!” 

Then I went and laid down for a nap.  Self vindication is exhausting.

The next day a lovely woman in New York from the advertising agency representing Safeway called to discuss details.  She asked if it was a good time to talk. I told her we could talk and I was in my “office.”  At that very moment my office was the IKEA parking lot in West Sacramento with my toddler in the backseat eating an ice cream cone used as hush money at 10:00 a.m.  I cringed a bit to myself for my white lie, but like any busy mom my car is my office and the car is where it all goes down.  I imagined the advertising agency rep in her lovely office in New York City.  I bet her office doesn’t smell vaguely of poop and sour milk and have a thin coating of goldfish crackers on the upholstery.  However my office can reach speeds of 67 m.p.h. going downhill and comes with it’s own cup holder.   Makes us about even don’t you think.

As we talked I began to ask questions about what Safeway was looking for.  I do accept advertising, but this would be a bit different.  These posts would be testimonials from me, in exchange for gift cards to Safeway for myself and my readers.  I have mentioned this before.  I have had offers from other companies for testimonials and have always turned them down.  For whatever reason the shoe just did not fit and as much as I love the bling bling, I felt I had to stay true to myself whether being paid or not.

One of my big questions for Safeway was about organic products.  I’m not a crazy organic Mom who thinks the world is over and my kid will grow a tail and rob you in ten years if I don’t feed my child organic food, but I do buy mostly organic products when I can.  It is Cali after all…for reals.  If I was going to represent Safeway there had to be a interest and investment in organic products for their shoppers.

Safeway O Organics

Turns out Safeway has their OWN line of organic products called O Organics, click on the label above for more information.  The  Safeway O Organics line has over 300 products from dairy and eggs,  to frozen fruit and even a BABY AND TODDLER line.  Lucas likes the cereal bars and crackers.  Safeway is  also adding products to already existing organic lines…AND get this…the Safeway O Organics line is part of Safeway’s new 1000′s of everyday low price products program.  That means the organic products are offered for discounts and specials, making them more affordable for families! Kudos.  I really appreciate and commend Safeway’s dedication to organic products. 

I channeled my inner Oprah, dusted off my reporter hat, and got down to organic business.  Below is my interview with Safeway Northern California Division President Karl Schroeder.   The interview is not quite up to the thrill of Whitney’s first comeback interview with Auntie Oprah, but then again Safeway never did crack, won a Grammy, or married Bobby Brown.

1.  There are many organic lines in production.  Why did Safeway decide to start producing O Organics, their own line of organic products?

Safeway believes that great tasting organic food should be available to everyone and available at a great value. Safeway’s O Organics™ line of products consists of high-quality products at an affordable costs ensuring that our shoppers can find the organic foods they want at a price that’s just right.

2.  How many products are in the Safeway line of O Organics?

At Safeway you’ll find over 300 O Organics™ items throughout the store, each USDA-certified organic to ensure wholesome goodness.

3.  What makes Safeway’s organic products different from other organic lines?

O Organics food is produced and handled in accordance with all USDA organic standards – without the use of synthetic pesticides, genetic modification, growth hormones or antibiotics. O Organics products are sourced from a variety of carefully selected organic growers using earth-friendly farming practices.

4.  How is the price point between Safeway’s organic line and other organic lines?

We can’t really speak to the price of other organic lines, but Safeway’s products are available at a budget-friendly price point. In fact the O Organics line is included in the thousands of new everyday low prices recently launched at Safeway’s Northern California stores.

5.  How does Safeway guarantee the safety and quality of the O organic products?

O Organics food is produced and handled in accordance with all USDA organic standards – without the use of synthetic pesticides, genetic modification, growth hormones or antibiotics. O Organics products are sourced from a variety of carefully selected organic growers using earth-friendly farming practices.

6.  Does  Safeway offer other lines of organic products?

Safeway does carry national organic brands in addition to its private label O Organics™ products. Safeway also has its Eating Right™ and Eating Right for Kids™ line of great-tasting, better-for-you foods with over 20 categories of nutritious food options for the entire family.

7.  Does Safeway ever offer discounts and specials on their O organic line?

The O Organics line is part of the recent price reduction program launched at Safeway. Plus shoppers can always count on the weekly Club Card specials which often include the O Organics™ products.

8.  How successful is the O organic line and will Safeway be adding more products to the O organics line and other organic products?

Safeway’s shoppers are very satisfied with the great selection of products offered through its O Organics™ line.

Happy shopping and saving on organics at Safeway,



*I was compensated for this post with a gift card for myself and my readers,  however the views expressed here are my own.

WIN A $50.00 Gift Card And Go Back To School With Safeway

Safeway JPEG

I am not a summer person.  I can do without the heat, pastel colors, and all around general sunniness.  UGH!  Give me a black turtleneck, dark black sunglasses, and a good rainy day and I am in heaven.  Summer to me is nothing more than a really hot winter.  That is why when late August hits and the fall dislplays come out in stores it means only one thing, summer is coming to a close.  I was shopping with my stepsons today and I hugged a fall display in the store.  I am not kidding, it was like breathing after holding my breath for three long and hot months.  I walked up to the aisle and just laid my body up against it with my arms spread out like an eagle about to take flight.

Me:  “Oh thank God!  Fall displays.  Fall is coming!”

Harrison:  “You need to stop, I know people here.”

Me:  “I can’t help it, I am so excited to see all this.”

Harrison:  “You are embarrassing me.  What if someone sees me and I have to tell them I am in a grocery store on a Friday night with my little brother while my Stepmom is hugging merchandise.”

Me:  “Point made.” 

Fall merchandise not only means the end of the devil months, but also a very exciting thing for parents.  BACK TO SCHOOL!  The light at the end of the summer tunnel.  I went into yet another Safeway, that was new to me, to see how it was stocked for the upcoming first day of school.  I am pleased to report that Safeway has everything you need to send your little ones, or not so little ones, off to school. 

Right in the middle of the store next to the registers there were ample notebooks, paper, binders, all sorts of different school supplies for kids of all ages. There was also a big bin of beautiful books at GREAT prices. They were kids books, hardback Italian cooking books, and a variety of beautiful coffee table books that would make a great present or addition to anyone’s home.  This Safeway also has a nice selection of lunch boxes and coolers for back to school and plenty of items discounted to fill those lunch boxes up, items like string cheese.


Click above for more information on Safeway's escrip program for schools

Safeway also has a WONDERFUL program that donates money back to a school of your choice.   It is through Safeway’s escrip program.  You will need a Safeway Club Card.  Once you have the card register your information at and pick a school, or register your school, and 10% of the price of selected items will go directly to the school.   The items include staples like peanut butter, juice, and mac & cheese, even toiletries.  Look for the label on products like the one above.  There is also an extensive product list at

This Safeway was very similar to the others I had visited, which I like.  The stores are very consistent with each other.  They are clean, well lit, well labeled, and carry a tremendous amount of products at affordable prices.  As busy moms we need to carve out time where we can and I hate lugging my toddler in and out of stores. I like to one stop shop.

Once again, well done Safeway.   Grab the kids, head to Safeway, and save as you go back to school.



CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA O. of Hillsboro,Oregon.  Our $50.00 Safeway card winner.

*I received a Safeway gift card for this post, however the views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Safeway has also provided the $50.00 gift card to be given away to readers.

Win a $50.00 Gift Card from Safeway

Safeway JPEG

That’s right! Win a $50.00 gift card from Safeway.  Here at we came to play! All you have to do is read this post about my recent shopping experience at Safeway and leave a comment at the end.  I will be randomly selecting a winner, so make sure you include you current email address so I can contact you to send you your $50.00 gift card.

Happy shopping (and saving) at Safeway…

I feel like I just robbed Safeway for $27.00 at the checkout.  That is the amount of money I saved with Safeway’s Club prices combined with their new additional everyday low price program while purchasing items for the family vacation.  The Ravazzolos are hitting the highway and that meant stocking up on a variety of wine household staples from bread and produce to paper products for filling the fridge and cabinets at our destination.  There will be a total of four boys on this trip ranging in ages from 18 months to 16-years-old.  The same four boys that I brought with me to the grocery store.


YES, myself and four boys descended into the well lit and labeled aisles of Safeway.    We were either going to sink or swim or die shop trying.

I started by rallying my troops with a few ground rules.

1.  There will be NO B’s and by that I begging for candy, no bargaining with me for candy, and no secretly buying candy behind my back.

2.  Eyes shall remain focused for the YELLOW tags…that is where the greatest amount of savings are.

3.  Finally, no soldier shall wander off from the cart for longer than three minutes.  With an army of four boys to keep track of, I had no time (or patience) for search and rescue missions in the magazine or soda aisles.  A platoon that shops together, stays together.

That being said…we entered Safeway.  I chose a different Safeway than the one I usually go to.  I wanted to see the store with new eyes.  Right away I noticed how well the aisles are LABELED with signage above the aisle with large enough print I can actually read.  That alone was a gift from the Safeway Gods.  No more wandering around from aisle to aisle squinting asking myself, “does that sign say pet food or baby food?”  That alone saves time.  Well done.

In order to preserve the peace within the ranks I immediately gave the two 12-year-old boys, Reilly and Kyle, a job.   Their job was produce.  A tall order.  I told each of the boys very specific produce to get.  Reilly was to secure two red bell peppers, Kyle an English Cucumber.  Upon successful completion of their first mission I sent the boys back out.  Reilly was to get six vine ripe tomatoes, Kyle six ears of corn.  This went on several times.  Each time the boys returned to the cart with the produce they selected ON THEIR OWN and it was wonderful.  I was really proud of them and very pleased that Safeway carried such fresh and beautiful produce.  Again, a time saver.

While the boys were busy with the produce, Harrison, the baby Lucas, and myself went right into the trenches.  I was pleased that there were so many price saving yellow tags on items we needed: paper towels, detergent, yogurt, meat, mayo for sandwiches, Haagen Daz ice cream…and yes Haagen Daz is a NECESSITY when you vacation with four boys.  Safeway doesn’t sell Valium over the counter so Haagen Daz was going to have to do the trick.

All in all we stocked up for the house we are renting near the ocean.  The shopping trip was going very smoothly, but as our little brigade lumbered toward the checkout I began to get the “mom nerves.”  I was dreading the thought of there being some terribly long line and having to control the kid chaos while attempting to check out.  Again, it was all well under control.  The second the checkout lines got a little long, a new line was opened immediately.  Checkout was really a snap, which EVERYONE appreciated. My boys didn’t get irritated with the wait and we were able to get in and out quickly.  I was even offered help out to the car and was thanked by name.  I have to say I was impressed with the cleanliness and customer service of Safeway, the ease in which the stores can be navigated, and the savings we had shopping at Safeway.

The best part of the shopping experience though was saving almost $27.00(!!)  at checkout from the Club Savings and the new everyday low price program.  It really added up!  The boys ooohhhed and aaahed at the savings like I had taken them to a casino in Vegas and the quarter slots just coughed up 675 quarters. They immediately wanted to know if they could have some of the “Safeway” money for video games and to rent a movie and you know what I said?


We all win when we work together as a family, budget and shop together as a family, and save money together as a family.  I did put a little aside for me as well…did I mention the beautiful wines Safeway is now carrying?  Happy shopping and saving at Safeway.


*I received a Safeway gift card for this post, however the views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Safeway has also provided the $50.00 gift card to be given away to readers.

*To enter to win the $50.00 Safeway gift card please leave a comment by clicking on the small orange box below.  Be sure to include your correct email address*

*Congratulations to Jacqueline N. of Sacramento, our Safeway gift card winner. Next chance to win coming soon.

I Heart Safeway And Saving Money

Safeway_IFL_Logo_3 1 1_Horizontal

 ”I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it.  I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.”  – Lyrics from I’m So Excited by the Pointer Sisters

Ladies hold on to yourselves because I have good news for you. is partnering with Northern California Safeways to help promote Safeway’s amazing new everyday low price program.   Not only will I be writing about great savings offered through Safeway, but the generous folks at Safeway will also be giving me several $50.00 gift cards to give away to my readers.  I’m more than just a little thrilled about the thought of working with Safeway, but also helping my readers learn of true savings and helping stretch the family budget, which we ALL need these days.  I feel like I just got into my pre-pregnancy jeans AND found a twenty dollar bill in the pocket.   Love it.

This is the first time on this site that I have ever agreed to be part of a promotion or giveaway.  I have been approached before and I always declined.  It just wasn’t for me.  What Safeway is doing through their price reduction program to help make groceries and staples for the family more affordable is amazing.  I wanted to be a part of the process, spreading the word about Safeway’s every day price reduction program.

Recently I was in a Bay Area Safeway that was GORGEOUS!  It even had a huge wine room!    For those of you who have spent eight long hot hours in the sun for the weekend swim meet only to watch your precious pumpkin swim a total of 30 seconds, a wine room visit to Safeway is much deserved.  My local Safeway has also remodeled and again, well done. The stores look warm and inviting and well put together. I thought to myself , “Wow, Safeway is getting fancy and going uptown.”   With Safeway’s new every day low price program you don’t have to pay uptown prices! 

In fact, when I went in to Safeway to check out the YELLOW TAGS marking the items reduced, the quality of the products was so impressive I got excited and almost blew my Spanx shaper right off!  The items offered for additional savings are staples of households from cereal to yogurts and cheese, combined with Safeway’s already low Club prices, creates and opportunity to save even more money.

Safeway is also partnering with local Northern California radio stations for a fantastic $1000 Safeway Giveaway. Below are more details on the $1000 giveaway:

  • Safeway shoppers can pick up their “I Play Tag and Save at Safeway” car decal at their local Safeway store starting on Wednesday, July 29th (at checkout or customer service)
  • Customers will be directed to display the decal on their cars’ back window
  • Customers will be directed to listen to their local radio station (we have 5 stations participating in different markets) for details on getting “Spotted” with the decal and the chance to win a $1000 Safeway Gift Card
  • 28 winners will be selected throughout 5 different areas (San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, East Bay and Reno) between August 1st and August 8th

OK, enough blogging, time to go give Safeway a look.  Look for the YELLOW TAGS. I promise you will save money and be impressed with their friendly customer service.  Keep checking back with for my posts about my shopping experience at Safeway and the chance to win a Safeway $50.00 gift card. I would also love to hear about your shopping experience.

Now go and save you some money at Safeway girl! 

*I received a Safeway gift card for this post, however the views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Safeway has also provided the $50.00 gift card to be given away to readers.

My Twitter

 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

 Powered by Max Banner Ads © 2009       Designed & developed by: ZestStudios