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#1 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:34 AM

This thread is to educate & announce when Fred Meyer coupons apply to video game accessories, and more specifically towards Xbox & Playstation gift-cards available within the Home Electronics department. About 1 week or weekend per month, Fred Meyer will offer either:
  • a "save $10/$20/$30 off $50/$100/$150" savings certificate (aka coupon), or
  • a "save xx% off video game accessories" coupon, or
  • in the rarest of cases, a few days when 2 or more coupons overlap & apply simultaneously! :D/
Here's how these coupons pertain to Xbox & Playstation gift-cards (herein GC's) ...
  • If you have a "save $10/$20/$30 off $50/$100/$150 in Home Electronics, etc" coupon, this will take a fixed amount off the total of your qualifying purchases.
    Spoiler
  • If you have a "save xx% off Video Game Software & Accessories" or "save xx% off Video Game Accessories" coupon, then there's no limit to how much credit or games you can buy.
    Spoiler
  • If you have both coupons overlapping & valid simultaneously, then you've hit the jackpot & will save 28-31% off video game accessories ... including Xbox & Playstation GC's!
The "Save $10/$20/$30..." coupon comes off after all other discounts apply (it says this right in the coupon's fine-print). Xbox GC's are typically only stocked in $25 and $50 increments, while Playstation GC's are stocked in $20 and $50 increments. Therefore, you'll need to do some quick math and mix-&-match to round up to the nearest $5 increment, if you intend to only purchase GC's using both coupons.
  • When you have both a 10% coupon and a "save $10/$20/$30..." coupon (about 1x per 3 months), then you'll need to buy at least:
    • buy $60 in credit & pay $44.00 ... aka 26.7% off ($60*.9=$54-$10=$44 and $49/60=73.3%).
    • buy $115 in credit & pay $83.50 ... aka 27.4% off ($115*.9=$103.50-$20=$83.50 and $83.50/115=72.6%).
    • buy $170 in credit & pay $123.00 ... aka 27.6% off ($170*.9=$153-$30=$123 and $123/170=72.4%).
  • When you have both a 15% coupon and a "save $10/$20/$30..." coupon (about 2x per year; last seen June 2015), then you'll need to buy at least:
    • buy $60 in credit & pay $41.00 ... aka 31.7% off ($60*.85=$51-$10=$41 and $41/60=68.3%).
    • buy $120 in credit & pay $82.00 ... aka 31.7% off ($120*.85=$102-$20=$82 and $82/120=68.3%).
    • buy $180 in credit & pay $123.00 ... aka 27.6% off ($180*.85=$153-$30=$123 and $123/170=68.3%).
  • When you have 2 simultaneous "save 10%" coupons and a "save $10/$20/$30..." savings certificate (extremely rare; last seen Nov. 2014), then you'll need to buy at least:
    • buy $65 in credit & pay $42.65 ... aka 34.4% off ($65*.9*.9=$52.65-$10=$42.65 and $42.65/65=65.6%).
    • buy $125 in credit & pay $81.25 ... aka 35.0% off ($125*.9*.9=$101.25-$20=$81.25 and $81.25/125=65.0%).
    • buy $190 in credit & pay $123.00 ... aka 34.8% off ($190*.9*.9=$153.90-$30=$123.90 and $123.90/190=65.2%).
Here's some helpful info when redeeming these coupons ...
  • While you may find Xbox, Playstation, and other gaming-related gift-cards nearby on the "Gift Card Mall" kiosk in the Home or Grocery departments, only the shelf-hanging tags on the Game Accessories rack within the Home Electronics dept. are considered "accessories". remember these are amongst the Game Accessories (like gamepads & headphones), and NOT the Gift Card Mall kiosk or end-cap!
  • Here are examples what the shelf-hanging tags look like ...
    Spoiler
  • When you bring the shelf tags up to the Home Electronics counter, they will exchange these placeholder tags for actual pre-activated GC's they keep locked behind the counter. Keep in mind the quantity of tags on the Game Accessories shelf should correspond to the actual number of GC's they keep locked away, so if you don't see any tags for a particular denomination, that means they don't currently have them in stock.
  • Because the shelf-tags correspond to actual GC's behind the Home Electronics counter, you shouldn't expect cashiers in Apparel, Home, Garden, Grocery, or at each outside entrance to be able to honor the coupons correctly, much less go back to Home Electronics to fetch the pre-activated GC's.
  • The coupons can be presented either as the physical newspaper ad, coupons printed from the website at home, or simply on your phone ... but whatever you do, the UPC barcodes must be legible enough (with enough contrast) for their laser gun to read them. If you have the ability to print a coupon on your printer bigger (such as full page), or can magnify the coupon's image on your phone, then that saves you from begging the store clerk to manually type the UPC into the register (which they may refuse to do).
  • You can redeem these coupons multiple times, but be prepared to drive around to several locations, since they reserve the right to only honor 1 redemption per store per day.
Less important info & caveats ...
  • Newspaper ads are frequently available at all outside entrances but in limited supply. Presenting the coupons within Fred Meyer's iOS or Android apps is strongly advised for simplicity ... but if your phone can't run the app, or you need multiple copies of the coupon, then the website offers PDF's of each ad page, in addition to a version of each coupon that's mostly plain text (albeit with only a small UPC graphic that sometimes doesn't scan).
  • These coupons are good at all participating Fred Meyer locations in the Pacific NW, but not other stores within the Kroger family of stores (as always, YMMV).
  • More math will be involved if you purchase other non-accessory merchandise from Home Electronics to meet the $50/$100/$150 thresholds, or if you purchase merchandise with additional discounts (such as "save an additional 40% off clearance-priced accessories").
  • Sometimes the "save $10/$20/$30..." coupon is only for "Music, Movies, and Video Games" within Home Electronics, and other times it's for anything from multiple departments like Apparel, Garden, Home, and/or Home Electronics. As long as the coupon mentions "electronics", then it will always apply towards "video game accessories".
  • The only caveat to a percentage coupon is that they never doubles with "Home Electronics Accessories" coupons, which will expressly exclude video game hardware, accessories, & software in the fine-print.
  • Both coupons work across all gaming accessories, including gaming accessories in the clearance section. You can even buy other electronic crap with the "save $10/$20/$30..." coupon, but unless you're traveling around to redeem multiple times, then the most-efficient use is buying more virtual XBL & PSN currency with less actual currency.
  • If you have consoles from both Microsoft & Sony, I typically favor the Playstation credit and only use Xbox credit to top off the threshold ... because sales on Xbox gift-cards are more frequent at other retailers like Safeway, Best Buy, and Fry's ... whereas Playstation gift-card promos at retail stores are fairly infrequent. Also, Sony's been knocking the online sales out of the park recently, and it's been much harder to keep my PSN wallet stocked (especially those $15 rebates after spending $100) rather than Xbox's less-than-stellar "Deals with Gold". :whee:
HOPE THIS HELPS!!!

#2 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:50 AM

Significant edits to the OP:

  • On 14-Nov-2015, I fixed the equations for 10%, 15%, and double-10% coupons so the "buy X credit for Y dollars" math checks out ... then also showed how I derived the discount %'age. :)


#3 captbrannigan  

captbrannigan

Posted 25 July 2015 - 01:47 PM

As of late-July 2015, there's currently no overlap, but you can save 10-20% off video game accessories using either of these coupons: On Sat, July 25th, save 10% off video game software & accessories ...(from the "Starlight & Doorbuster Sale" weekend ad)Between Sun, July 26th to Sat, Aug. 1st, save $10/$20/$30 off $50/$100/$150 within Home Electronics ...(from the "Back to School '15" weekly ad)

Oh lame, thought these stacked like they did on Father's Day. I had also heard these same coupons are normally available w/in the Kroger family, or maybe I'm confused with the digital coupons. A lot of the times I've seen the stacking deals I found it listed under Kroger at least.

#4 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 31 July 2015 - 05:11 AM

Oh lame, thought these stacked like they did on Father's Day. I had also heard these same coupons are normally available w/in the Kroger family, or maybe I'm confused with the digital coupons. A lot of the times I've seen the stacking deals I found it listed under Kroger at least.

Hey Capn ... yep, the last "stacked discount" was June 19-20, and I linked to it because either the OP or Cheapy moved the thread to the "Graveyard Deals" section, and I didn't want others to think it was just a myth. :^o And yes, you're correct that digital coupons are often shared between Kroger chains, as far as I've seen between Fred Meyer & QFC (such as the "save $10 when you buy $50+ of eBay credit" digital coupon good thru 8/1) ... but those are typically for items in common between both chains, such as batteries in the Electronics category. Worse, I currently don't see this "save $10/$20/$30" savings certificate in the iOS app under Coupons NOR Weekly Ad, so you really do have to check the printed version.



#5 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:58 AM

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#6 stryker   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   462 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2015 - 03:04 AM

Disappointed to see that FM's Labor Day coupon is only $20 off $150 instead of the usual $30 off!

 

$20 off when you spend $150 or more on any mix of Home Electronics, Music, Movies & Video Games

 

FM coupon 2.jpg



#7 bouda  

Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:01 PM

Sun  + Mon

 

10% + $10/$20/$30 Q for GCs

 

Also,

 

$20 GC for X1 console + $30 off Q

50% off PS4 gold headset /w PS4 console + $30 off Q + 10% off headset (maybe)

 

2X/3X points Q as well (says no GCs tho)



#8 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 23 October 2015 - 04:30 PM

In my Tri-Cities, WA newspaper this morning I saw this....

 

Saturday, October 24th only:

 * 10% off Video Game Accessories

 * $10 off $50 , $20 off $100 , and $30 off $150



#9 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:30 AM

In my Tri-Cities, WA newspaper this morning I saw this....
Saturday, October 24th only:
 * 10% off Video Game Accessories
 * $10 off $50 , $20 off $100 , and $30 off $150

Yep, you beat me to it! :bow:
 

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#10 tribalnoise   Official Threadkiller CAGiversary!   1815 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 01:42 PM

i wonder if we'll ever see a triple coupon with the friends and family again. still havent used the xbl credit i bought from that last year.



#11 kube00   Keeping in Cheap since 2005 CAGiversary!   10573 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 October 2015 - 05:55 PM

Are the coupons good all day Saturday?



#12 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 06 November 2015 - 12:51 PM

Here we go with another "save $10/$20/$30 off $50/$100/$150" coupon good for Friday (Nov. 6th) and Saturday (Nov. 7th) ... it's located on the back page of the "Starlight Sale & DOORBUSTERS" ad.

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#13 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2015 - 02:00 AM

On the cover of the Nov. 13-14 "Starlight SALE & DOORBUSTERS" ad you received either Thursday or Friday, you'll find a "Buy any mix of Apparel, Home & Electronics, & instantly SAVE $5 When you Spend $50 or More (Excludes Food Department)." coupon that looks like this:

 

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#14 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2015 - 06:33 AM

Yeah, saw that coupon yesterday and was a little T'd off.  I'm taking the continual savings for granted, I think.  3 x $20 PSN cards = $6 off then equals $5 off = paying $49 for $60 in PSN points.

 

In looking over the Sunday ad that is online now at FredMeyer.com, there is no Video Game Accessories coupon....again.  Curious to see if something shows up a week later - as we approach Black Friday (week).

 

Thanks for continually posting here.  This is the one CAG thread to which I subscribe.  :)



#15 tribalnoise   Official Threadkiller CAGiversary!   1815 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 06:38 PM

just want to say thanks guys for the updates on these coupons. it's the only way i know when they happen.

 

now give us that third coupon again, freddy! (if friends and family is annual, it should be happening again soon)



#16 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 20 November 2015 - 08:06 AM

10 % off Video Game Accessories in ad for Friday (November 20th) and Saturday (November 21st).



#17 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 21 November 2015 - 08:52 AM

10 % off Video Game Accessories in ad for Friday (November 20th) and Saturday (November 21st).

Thanks Bizzquik!  Even better, on Black Friday between 5a-1p, Fred Meyer has 20% off Video Games, PC Games, and Video Game Accessories.
 
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#18 kube00   Keeping in Cheap since 2005 CAGiversary!   10573 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:54 PM

Might have to use he 20% off and get a few years of PS+



#19 Cornelius   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   971 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:36 AM

Within the weekly ad valid between Sunday, Nov. 22nd - Saturday, Nov. 28th ... the one with "A feast to remember!" and a big-ass turkey in a pan, you'll find a "save $10/$20/$30 off $50/$100/$150" coupon good for Apparel, Home, and Electronics right on the cover! Coupon is good between Sunday, Nov. 22nd to Wednesday, Nov. 25th.

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#20 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:38 AM

Great stuff!

How in the world did I miss that coupon?!?

 

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  I will probably pick up some Xbox cards in anticipation of Microsoft's Black Friday (digital) sale.



#21 tribalnoise   Official Threadkiller CAGiversary!   1815 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 05:24 AM

If both discounts stack on black friday, this will be the largest discount on xbox/psn credit fred meyer has done (slightly better than the triple-dip last year).

 

$50 XBL gift card
-20%=$40

-$10=$30

 

that's 60 cents on the dollar, which beats last year by one cent haha

 

edit: NEVERMIND. i misread the last post. $10/$20/$30 coupon only good through 11/25 (i read 11/28, but that only applies to the weekly ad)..bummer



#22 io   ... Super Moderators   24671 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 November 2015 - 02:31 AM

I used the $20 off $100 to get some clothes, toys, and Lego Dimensions packs to give my son for his birthday Monday (fun fact: he was actually born on Black Friday 8 years ago!).

 

I usually stay WELL away from stores on Black Friday, but I might go into Fred Meyer around noon and see what I can get with the 20% off.  Is there another $10/$20/$30 off coupon for this weekend that would stack or not?  20% off by itself is nothing special since I can always get that at Best Buy.



#23 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 26 November 2015 - 03:21 AM

Is there another $10/$20/$30 off coupon for this weekend that would stack or not?

If you go to FredMeyer.com , you can pull up their ads.  The ad for Black Friday is up now.

 

Pretty sure the answer is "No" - nothing stackable this week.

(But with FredMeyer....there's always another week around the corner to hope for.  I check online every Saturday night.)



#24 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2015 - 02:22 AM

Sunday, November 29th through Saturday, December 5th:

Video Game Accessories 10% off



#25 io   ... Super Moderators   24671 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2015 - 08:55 AM

Well I got lucky on Saturday.  I wanted some Lego Dimensions packs and some headphones for my son.  The headphones were still BF priced at $14.99 (half off).  There was a $10/$20/$30 coupon for Saturday only and the "Toys To Life" were supposed to have a B1 G1 50% off coupon in store for the whole Thurs-Sat period.  So I thought I'd get a $30 pack, a $25 pack, and the $15 headphones and get them for $30 + $12.50 + 15 - $10 coupon = $47.50.

 

It turned out they did not have the coupons in store and the Electronics people had never heard of them, which I find astounding since it was a Thursday-Saturday sale and in their main 3-day sale paper insert.  So at that store, at least, I guess no one was getting the deal they should have.  After fumbling around with the computer and a manager override, they gave me the deal and it only came up to $45 before the $10 off coupon.  I wasn't sure what was going on but all three items were there.  So I got another pair of headphones and used the coupon for a total of $49.98.   I looked at the receipt later and it turned out they gave me the second Lego Dimensions set for a penny.  WTF!?

 

Anyway, with the 10% off going now plus the Friends and Family discount (which is another 10% off on Electronics starting Sunday) I might look into getting some more.  I still need a bonus coupon to make it better than the standard 20% off at Best Buy (with GCU) though.

 

I'm not sure if both coupons stack on Xbox Live/PSN gift cards but if so there's 20% off those at least.



#26 twinton   Bingo Bango Bongo CAGiversary!   416 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2015 - 06:43 PM

Some really good deals to be had this week.  I just received a text that has a link for a $10/$20/30 off coupon and B1G1 value video games valid Sunday 11/29 & Monday 11/30 only.  These can be combined with the 10% Friends and Family & 10% Video Game Accessories in the weekly ad.

 

You should be able to bring up the text coupons  at - http://bit.ly/1MZHote

 

I haven't been out yet to see what their B1G1 value video game selection looks like, but please post your finds if you're able to take part in this deal.

 

Also, on Tuesday for ages 55+ an extra 10% off...so take along a senior and save even more!



#27 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2015 - 08:21 PM

Anyway, with the 10% off going now plus the Friends and Family discount (which is another 10% off on Electronics starting Sunday) I might look into getting some more.

 

 These can be combined with the 10% Friends and Family & 10% Video Game Accessories in the weekly ad.

You should be able to bring up the text coupons  at - http://bit.ly/1MZHote

 

Thanks for the tip, guys.

Do you have a link for the 10% off Friends & Family coupon?

 

Via email, I received their ad for 10% off several departments, but it specifically excluded Electronics.  And, for that matter, it did not go by the name of Friends & Family....so I don't think I was looking at it anyway.

 

A link would be appreciated, as 10% off + 10% off + $10 / $20 / $30 off sounds fantastic.  :D

 

 

EDIT :  oh, I think I found it here.



#28 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2015 - 10:50 PM

Thanks again, io and twinton.

As far as I can figure - using those three coupons - that's about a good a price on Xbox credit as there can possibly be.

 

 

$125.00 in Xbox credit for $81.25.

 

125.00 x 10% off = $112.50

112.50 x 10% off = $101.25

$101.25 - $20 off = $81.25

Total cost on the Xbox dollar =  65 cents

 

now sold out in Kennewick, WA.  Plenty left in Richland, WA.



#29 tribalnoise   Official Threadkiller CAGiversary!   1815 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:27 PM

Thanks again, io and twinton.

As far as I can figure - using those three coupons - that's about a good a price on Xbox credit as there can possibly be.

 

 

$125.00 in Xbox credit for $81.25.

 

125.00 x 10% off = $112.50

112.50 x 10% off = $101.25

$101.25 - $20 off = $81.25

Total cost on the Xbox dollar =  65 cents

 

now sold out in Kennewick, WA.  Plenty left in Richland, WA.

hey bizz, you should be buying them $50 at a time. i still have my receipts from last year and all coupons appled to one $50 card.

this makes it 61 cents on the dollar.

 

 

50.00 x 10% off = $45.00

45.00 x 10% off = $40.50

$40.50 - $10 = $30.50

Total cost on the Xbox dollar =  61 cents

 

this is the 2nd november in a row they've done the triple dip. let's hope it's an annual thing. black friday drained my wallet, so i may have to sit out this round. but i still have $175 left from last year  :D/

 
I NEED A LINK TO THE 10/20/30 COUPON PLEASE. i can't find it in their ad.


#30 Bizzquik   TheBizz CAGiversary!   2127 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 30 November 2015 - 06:40 PM

 

hey bizz, you should be buying them $50 at a time. i still have my receipts from last year and all coupons appled to one $50 card.

this makes it 61 cents on the dollar.

 

 

50.00 x 10% off = $45.00

45.00 x 10% off = $40.50

$40.50 - $10 = $30.50

Total cost on the Xbox dollar =  61 cents

 

this is the 2nd november in a row they've done the triple dip. let's hope it's an annual thing. black friday drained my wallet, so i may have to sit out this round. but i still have $175 left from last year  :D/

 
I NEED A LINK TO THE 10/20/30 COUPON PLEASE. i can't find it in their ad.

 

Hi tribalnoise,

 

[1] twinton's post has a link to the 10/20/30 off coupon in his post above.

 

[2] they are supposed to apply the $10 off last, and the $10 off is supposed to only be applicable after the two 10% off's have been used.  So they were supposed to not honor the $10 off because the amount of the purchase at the time the coupon was used was under $50 (in this case $40.50).  At least, that was always how we have understood it here, I believe.

Good for you for pulling it off, though!