Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fred Meyer: Back to School Shopping Tips + (2) $50 Gift Card ...

DSCN1312 (800x592)It?s not even August 1st and we?re nearly done with our school supply shopping. Call me crazy, but I love the smell of a new box of crayons, the possibilities that a blank notebook presents, and packs of pens that haven?t yet lost their lids!

Every year, we do our school supply shopping at Fred Meyer.

100_3693 (800x600)The back to school section is always spacious, well laid out ? and most of all, offers fabulous prices!

Pay particular attention to these:

DSCN0926 (800x641) (2)Price Blaster items tend to be those ?wow? prices. The sign will tell you how many you can buy (if there?s a limit) and if you look in the lower right-hand corner you?ll see a ?good through? date. I often find that the Price Blaster deals will extend beyond the regular ad cycle ? sometimes a couple weeks or more.

DSCN0928 (587x800)It?s hard to imagine I?ll be sending her off to Kindergarten this fall! She?s mostly excited, but a little nervous. She does enjoy a good arts & craft project, so I brought her school supply shopping with me so she can get more excited about all the fun supplies she?ll be using at school! Given the cheap prices of the supplies, we do like to stock up on extra crayons, pens, markers, and paper to keep at home.

DSCN0929 (800x600)And, at $0.19 each, we *might* have nabbed a few notebooks, even though they?re not on our list! In fact, as I type this post, sister is downstairs going to town on a $0.19 notebook with a new pack of $0.49 Crayola crayons. Some of these extra supplies will come in handy for our upcoming road trip in August, too.

DSCN0927 (600x800)I do have a few tips for you when it comes to school supply shopping at Fred Meyer:

  • If for any reason stock is low for a particular item, make sure to check the Arts & Crafts aisles! I found crayons there as well as in the seasonal section, for instance.
  • Pay attention to any tear pad or store coupons you see on store shelves. Last week, I found a $0.50/1 tearpad coupon for a 4-pack of highlighters that were already on sale for $1.49! Today, I found a 20% off your purchase of $20 or more store coupon on the shelves.
  • Haunt the clearance sections for supplies. Today I found ?trapper keeper? style binders in the 50% off Home Clearance section near craft supplies. They were about $5 vs. spendier versions out in the display area. I also like checking out the clearance section in the home organizational aisle. I ended up picking up a couple cute organization baskets for $2.50 each versus more expensive mail sorters in the office section.
  • Make sure to check out all the options for a given item on your list. For instance, if pencils are on your list, you might find them in the seasonal area in a bin, but you?d also find them in the seasonal section against the wall, on the office supply aisle and possibly, down the main aisle of your store where promotional items are kept. Checking each of these locations means you?re more likely to find exactly what you?re looking for at the price you can afford. Another item that you?ll find in several places is backpacks. I found them in seasonal, in accessories, near the shoe department, and also down the main aisle.
  • Follow my blog! I share Fred Meyer deals weekly here by Saturday night. Through Labor Day, I?m including a special back to school section highlighting Fred Meyer?s school supply deals. (See this week?s Fred Meyer back to school supply deals if you?re interested!)
  • Sign up to receive Fred Meyer?s emails. You can receive updates on upcoming promotions, get exclusive coupons, and more via your email. Sign up at

salvationarmyI also want to highlight that once again, Fred Meyer is teaming with the Salvation Army to help kids from low-income families in our communities with school supplies. Since 2010, Fred Meyer has been able to donate over 100,000 school supplies to kids in the Northwest thanks to this partnership! Perhaps you?ve seen some donation boxes or signs at your store like the ones pictured above?

They are in particular need of:

  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Notebook Paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks

Each of these items is priced ridiculously low right now. Here?s what I was able to pick up for right around $20 at my Fred Meyer store, thanks to their sales and Price Blaster items:

DSCN1307 (800x600)I have to admit, folks, I was a little sad that when I went to put my supplies in the donation box, it was virtually empty today (except for a couple gum wrappers? really, people?). I figure if even 100 of you reading this would donate two boxes of Crayola crayons (they?re $0.49 this week, limit 4), that would mean 200 kids could get a new box of crayons for school!

I hope that while you consider shopping Fred Meyer for your own kids? supplies this year, you?ll consider picking up a few extras and dropping them in that donation box!

Finally, you might want to check out the Support your Schools Giveaway Fred Meyer is running right now. Your school could win a $1,000 gift card which would go a LONG way at Fred Meyer!

Two lucky Coupon Project readers will each receive a $50 Fred Meyer Gift Card to help with back to school shopping and/or donating a few extra supplies to Salvation Army!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. For fun, I?d love to hear about what you love about back to school, why you love shopping at Fred Meyer for back to school, or the most random thing that?s on your kid?s school supply list this year. (Basically anything you want on this topic will suffice!)

Limit one comment per person, please. The two winners will be selected by random draw next Tuesday, August 6th at 5pm PST and notified shortly thereafter by email. Please, please, leave an email address you regularly check. I can?t tell you how many times I never hear from the winners and have to select new ones! Don?t let this happen to you!

Good luck!

Disclosure: Fred Meyer provided me with a gift card to facilitate my review and shopping trip as well as the winners? prizes. No other compensation was received for today?s post. For more information about how this site makes money (and does not make money), you can refer to my Disclosure Policy. Prices depicted above on Fred Meyer signs or display shelves are subject to change at any time and without warning. Prices shown above may not be current. Refer to Fred Meyer?s Weekly Ad for current pricing.


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