It is our job as a smart coupon shopper to figure out the best deal of the week. Using store rewards can result in either the item being free or money in your pocket depending on the store policy. Rewards will vary depending on what each store offers. Numerous stores offer points on store loyalty cards that can later be used on products. Manufacturer coupons do work in conjunction with store loyalty rewards.

The benefits of store rewards are added layers of savings in your wallet. Buying items on sale with a manufacturer coupon and the added bonus of a store reward, at times, can make your items being purchased free. Store rewards are a common way customers are enticed into shopping.Additionally, many stores offer gasoline reward points with purchases of store products. In our area, Food City and Kroger offer gasoline rewards. Other stores offer only periodical savings with a gasoline card, depending on the total amount purchased. This is the best and most efficient way for saving money in store and at the pump.

This week Food Lion has a promotion that runs through Feb. 6. Earn $5 for every $30 spent on participating products. Earn up to $40. Reward dollars are loaded to your MVP Card and redeemed on your next shopping trip.

Remember, as you save money with couponing, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan. This is the third week of the year, concurrently; you would place $3 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $6 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

Walgreens

Make sure to scan the Spend $10 and get 5x the points. Do not pay with points in order receive the bonus points.

Nabisco Cookies or Crackers $2.99, Smart Source 01-14 75 cents/2, Final Price: $2.62.

Zantac $8.99, buy four at $35.96 and use four coupons from Smart Source 01-07 $3, Final Price: $23.96 or $5.99 each after purchase receive $10 in bonus points on your store card.

Schick Xtreme 3 razors $8.49 B1G1 50 percent and spend $20, receive $5 in bonus points, use two coupons from Smart Source 01-07 $4, Final Price: $4.12 each.

Cottonelle Fresh Wipes double pack $6/2, use two coupons from Smart Source 01-07 $1, Final Price: $2 each.

Angel Soft Bath Tissue Nine count $3.49, Red Plum 01-07 50 cents, Walgreens Booklet coupon 50 cents, Final Price: $2.49.

Wrigley’s Orbit or Extra Gum 3 pack 2 for $4, Red Plum 01-07 $1/2, Final Price: $1.50 each or 50 cents a pack

Huggies Diapers, Pull up or Good Night’s $18/2, use four coupons from Smart Source 01-07 $2, Final Price: $7 after spending $30, receive $10 register reward. Register rewards can be used on items that receives bonus points and bonus points can be used on register rewards.

Kroger

Nature Valley $5/2, Smart Source 01-07 50 cents/2, Final Price: $2.25 each.

Pull Up Diapers $8.99, Smart Source 01-07 $2, Final Price: $6.99.

Food Lion

Progresso Soup 4/ $5, Smart Source 01-07 50 cents/2, Final Price: $1 each.

Nabisco Crackers $2.50, Smart Source 01-14 75 cents/2, Final Price: $2.13.

Texas Pete Hot Sauce 2/$3, Smart Source 01-07 $1/2, Final Price: $1 each.

All Laundry Detergent or Snuggle Fabric Softener 2/$6, Red Plum 01-07 $3/2, Final Price: $1.50 each

Dixie Plates or Bowls 2/$5, then receive one free Mardi Gras Napkins

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Cat Food $5.99, Smart Source 01-014 $2, Final Price: $3.99.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Wet Dog Food $1.89, Smart Source 01-14 $3/6, Final Price: $1.39 each.

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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