Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

If you are in the habit of making a shopping list before heading out to do your weekly shopping, you know that penny pinching requires a little hard work.  As you are out and about, you realize that the actual shopping is a full-fledged workout – bending, lifting, pushing a heavy cart.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Unfortunately, I suffer from chronic lower back problems, so I need to take along a little muscle when I am shopping.  Enter the most kind and generous husband ever.  That’s right, my husband goes shopping with me every week to spare my aching back.  Not only does he provide the brawn, but he provides full support for my penny-pinching efforts.  Another bonus that I have discovered is he provides a second set of eyes.  Because he is the one who is stooping and reaching to get the items off the shelf he has a vantage point that I lack.  Twice in a single week’s trip, he discovered packages that resulted in extra savings.  In one store he found that a few of the Finish detergent boxes that we were buying had on-package coupons (You’ll have to forgive me if you clicked on this link since the post indicates that I found the product on the shelf.  Giving credit where credit is due, it was my dear husband that actually found the extra-savings boxes.)  At another store he found Pop Tart boxes that had additional Kellogg’s Family Rewards for free books and music.

If you don’t have a willing hubby helper, that doesn’t mean that you have to shop alone.  Train your children to look for items with special coupons and rewards.  Treat it like a treasure hunt.  Offer prizes (like the 10¢ candy bar you picked up because it was on sale and you had a stellar coupon) for great finds.  No kids?  Coordinate your shopping trip with a frugal friend.  Whatever shape they come in, when it comes to penny pinching, four eyes are better than two!

 

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Reap the Rewards…Kellogg’s Family Rewards

 

 

Since I never pay full price for cereal, I am always looking to combine sales and coupons.  General Mills cereal coupons are readily available.  However, Kellogg’s cereal coupons are not so easy to come by.  Since I could not find them in all the usual places, I had to resort to a good old-fashioned Google search, which led me to Kellogg’sFamilyRewards.com.  Imagine my delight when I found the cereal coupons that I was looking for and they were free to download!   But wait!  There’s more!!  A quick review of the site, which is attractive and easy to navigate, revealed that this is a full-fledged loyalty program with many perks.

 

 

 

Click here to register with Kellogg’s Family Rewards

 

 Here are the highlights

  •  Basically, how it works is that you COLLECT product codes from packages with the KFR logo, ENTER codes to earn points, and REDEEM points for rewards
  • Know which brands are included (such as Keebler, Morning Star, etc.) in the program so that you can be sure to include them on your weekly shopping list when they are on sale and you have coupons.
  • The program includes special offers (double points, earn special coupons, free books and music, etc.).  Keep up with these offers to earn the most points.  As limited-time offers become available, enter all the codes you have for that particular promotion.  Don’t run the risk of the promotion expiring while you have eligible codes in your pantry or freezer.  If you enter codes before you actually use the product, simply “X” out the logo on the package to remind yourself that the code has already been entered.  For example:  Last month, I received an email announcing double points for Eggo waffles for just 1 week’s time.  Since I had just stocked up on these, I pulled all the boxes out of the freezer, opened them and entered the codes.  After “X”ing out the logo I put the waffles back in the freezer.
  • As a member you will receive emails with FREE codes.  Watch out for expiration dates on these.
  • Rewards include high-value coupons.  These are my favorites!  Combine these with sales and stock up at a future date.  You can create your own rewards Wish List to keep track of the things you want.

 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • A maxium of 20 codes can be entered per day
  • You cannot combine individual accounts.  To maximize points and rewards, limit your household to one account.
  • There are no shipping charges for rewards.  Therefore, there is no cash required to redeem points.

 

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