Did the title grab you? It's almost completely free. I have heard of the show extreme couponing, but I don't have cable and haven't seen the show completely yet. I think I would get depressed watching it, because here in Canada, it just can't be done that well. Oh how I wish! Hear that Canadian businesses? We consumers would like more coupons!
Anyway, there is a way that we can get free food here, besides collecting coupons (which is always beneficial!) Are you intrigued?
I find that sometimes I take for granted the frugal things I do, everyone does, and did so with today's topic also. That was until someone pointed out to me that they weren't aware they could do it and that I should share it with you.
So, with that long introduction, I give you rewards points. You know what I mean; pc points, airmiles, aeroplan, etc.
I am a pc points user, among other reward cards, but this post is about my excitement with my pc points yesterday. I collect points with my bags, purchases and some banking needs. Does it add up? Yes.
Yesterday, I went to get a few groceries and ended up getting more then I went in for. I know, it goes against everything I preach about, but there were some good sales in the store that I didn't want to miss and I knew that I wasn't going to get back in for them later this week.
Another confession- I hadn't had a chance to check the flyers before going in to the store. So I had no idea what I was walking into. You see, I had an appointment in town, borrowed someone else's car and thought I would stop in to get some milk, cheese and some oranges. I didn't even have any of my bags with me to get more points and had to bring plastic bags (gasp) home with me.
My total bill came to $135. It was more than I had budgeted for (as that is a lot for milk, cheese and oranges) and I was truly kicking myself in the pants about it. Then I remembered that I had been accumulating points for a couple of months. I asked the cashier to check and see how many I could redeem and apply them to my bill. I had $100 free in groceries! How wonderful is that? I love it.
I am a big promoter of having these little reward cards with you. Yes, they take up room. Yes, it's annoying to remember them. However, it's great to be able to use these cards in everyday conveniences and get things back.
Now, I won't say what's the best one for me, as something else may work for you, but, if you can use them to get a discount on your insurance, heating bills, groceries, entertainment, why not?
I am not talking about credits cards. Although there are people out there that can do it responsibly, there are others that have a difficult time managing these cards, and so I promote the ones that aren't attached to anything or those that piggyback your regular chequing account. That way you aren't going in to debt to use them.
Do you use rewards cards? What do you them for? Do you have a certain one that you recommend over others?
If you're going to be regularly shopping at a store that offers this, why not let your shopping work for you so that you can use less of your money?
Looking for more ideas on how to save on your food budget? Check out our frugal food posts here or check out this article at SavingAdvice.com
Enjoy your day!