Earn back what you spend.
Most super saver moms are well-aware of how preferred customer cards can save you money at grocery stores. Being a part of the "club" can not only give you lower prices at stores like Safeway, but can also give you points that you can use like cash for future purchases (like Fred Meyer's program).
But don't limit yourself to food shopping. Office Depot has a terrific rewards program that allows you to get 10 percent back on all ink, toner, copy and print services, and offer "Bonus Rewards" throughout the year on additional products. These bonus products often give a whopping 50 percent-100 percent back. Even better, when you receive your rewards certificate, you can pair it with coupons to make those back-to-school trips even more of a steal.
Staples also offers a reward program that gives 10 percent back on much the same services as Office Depot. Staples also offers a $2 reward fee for ink cartridge recycling. If you really want to be loved in your children's classroom, let your child's teacher in on Staples' Teacher Rewards Program, which allows teachers to earn 10 percent back on classroom and art supplies. No small thing considering the economic climate, and cuts in school budgets.
We're so close to becoming A-Plus students as super-saver moms. But there's still one more trick to go, and it's one that can save you tons of money year round.