As a reader of this blog, you likely know how much I love sharing tips on saving money and making your family budget stretch just a little bit further. This blog started back in 2008, after all, when we were a single-income family and I was trying to figure out how to stay afloat with two tiny children. Fast forward almost ten years and we’re a busy family of five with what has now turned into a dual-income family thanks to this very blog you’re reading.
One strategy I used very early on, and still use today, is to make the most of rewards programs. It boggles my mind when I’m at a store and the person in front of me at the checkout says they don’t have a rewards card. Why leave those points and reward redemptions sitting there?
With Save-On-Foods now officially open in Saskatoon, now is the time to sign-up for their rewards program, the very first time you visit the store (seriously, imagine shopping there for a year and then finally deciding you should “probably get that card”)! On my past visits there has always been a helpful staff member to assist you on the sign-up process, but if not you can visit customer service upon entering the store, or speak with a cashier. You can also sign up online at https://www.morerewards.ca/enroll
Like all rewards programs, the More Rewards program gives you a points-value-per-dollar spent in store. Currently, the structure is 1 point per dollar spent. However, there are of course ways to earn bonus rewards on particular items every week. Also, you’ll note that the Save-On-Foods flyers have bonus rewards coupons as well. If I haven’t viewed the flyer ahead of time (which is rare), you can also get the bonus reward coupons on the Save-On-Foods app.
More Rewards has a variety of partners where you can earn points for your everyday spending. You can start earning points now at any of their grocery, gas, entertainment, automotive, financial, and travel partners – the opportunities are endless, and easier than you think. Nearly 500 retail locations mean more points for you, faster than ever before. You can see all the partners and start planning your shopping strategy here: www.morerewards.ca/partners
Now that Save-On-Foods has been open in Regina for over a year, and I’ve also visited the Yorkton store (my hometown!) I’ve managed to accumulate a really great points total thanks to my everyday grocery purchases, taking advantage of those bonus points offers, and visiting More Rewards partners (I’m a Petro Canada customer, and gas between two vehicles can add up points quickly too!)
Now, the fun part – what can customers redeem More Rewards points for? As a More Rewards member, you are able to simply earn and redeem points as you go on grocery items (free milk, free potatoes), this can help busy cash-strapped families weekly) or you can horde your points like I do and wait to redeem for something larger.
Like a trip? More Rewards has a huge travel section on their website, where you can see destinations worth putting on your dream board to work towards, and ways that you can earn More Rewards points on your family travel. Of course, there’s also a huge More Rewards catalog filled with everything from gift cards to kitchen appliances to pet products!
When you log into your More Rewards account online, you can even see your transaction history and where you earned the most points. I love this part because you can clearly see how utilizing bonus offers pays off.
As a bit of an experiment, I wanted to show my readers how much free groceries I could pick up on one shopping trip, with an average number of accumulated points. I say average, because it would be unfair to show you something that takes three years to gain the points for, but rather an idea of what you could get if you shop smart and utilize those bonus points offers I mentioned.
Here’s what I purchased just last week for a total point redemption of 20,000 points:
(These items I was able to receive entirely for free!)
You can see how much of an impact More Rewards can make on a family’s grocery budget!
Here’s a tip for all of the extreme point collectors like me: you can get the More Rewards Visa through Scotiabank where you can earn 6x your points on groceries and at More Rewards partners and 4X the points everywhere else! You’ll be on your way to Mexico before you know it!