A slightly boring week in the life of a fairly average couponer (Fred Meyer Rewards + saving on trash)

by Melody on October 18, 2012

Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

I will even be mentioning those methods that may seem insignificant to you.  I truly feel that anything that saves time is saving money in some form or another.

Waiting patiently and anticipating makes everything better

We need a new trash can pretty desperately and while I would have been (mostly) happy running out and picking up the first one I saw that looked pretty, I decided to be semi-frugal.  We purchased a Simple Human can at Bed, Bath & Beyond (the prices were about the same everywhere), but I was able to order a $10 off $30 purchase coupon from Recyclebank with some points I had saved.  No immediate gratification however, I had to wait for it to come in snail mail!  Waiting made it that much sweeter when we actually got our new can and now we are super fancy.  Thank goodness it’s the little things for me.

Utilizing my Fred Meyer Rewards

When you swipe your Fred Meyer Rewards card, you don’t necessarily save any money at check-out, but you rack up points towards gas rewards and they track your purchases.  The more points you get, the better offers you receive in your email inbox and via mail.

I received several personalized offers in the mail about a month ago and have been carrying them around in my purse to keep an eye on prices.  Just by checking quickly at the store, I was able to save a ton of money on things we use all the time.  Here’s how I used my coupons:

Purchased:
(2) Fresh Selections Mushrooms (8 oz) $1.99
Kroger Medium Cheddar Cheese (2 lb) $5.99
Fred Meyer Sour Cream (24 oz) $1.79
Fred Meyer All-Purpose Flour (5 lb) $1.99

Used:
$1.50/2 Fresh Selections Mushrooms Rewards coupon
$.40/1 Fred Meyer Sour Cream Rewards coupon
$.50/1 Fred Meyer Flour Rewards coupon
$1.50 off $7 Dairy Purchase Rewards coupon

Paid $9.85 for everything listed above after my Rewards coupons!

Cheese and sour cream are items we use in our house every day.  I was taking a veggie plate for our weekend in Leavenworth with friends and decided to use the pre-sliced mushrooms instead of picking up an additional vegetable that wasn’t on sale, these worked out to just $1.24 each after coupon.  I generally use whole wheat flour for all of my baking, but when I make cupcakes, I am too chicken to try anything but all-purpose.  I like to have some on hand when the cupcake mood strikes.

If you are a Fred Meyer shopper and do NOT have a Rewards card, sign up right away.  You can sign up in-store with your cashier or at the customer service desk.  For more information about the program, click here.

I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week.  What methods do you find are the most efficient and effective?

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