Stacking up Values or Getting a Little Extra

@GardenGerty (88853)
Marion, Kansas
February 7, 2016 9:57pm CST
I do not know if other countries have "loyalty cards" for their stores, but they are popular in many places in the US and they earn different benefits from various stores. Our grocery store has a loyalty card. One of the benefits is that we build up discounts on our fuel purchases if we use an affiliated station. That is a nice perk of a penny off per gallon for each hundred dollars spent. Credited a penny per dollar spent to use to reduce our fuel cost. Even better yet, we buy "gift cards" at the grocery. Some of them we actually give as gifts to friends or family members. We get double fuel points for them. Sometimes we get 4x fuel points, like last Saturday. Gift cards for gifts to others are not the best deal though. Gift cards to restaurants that we carry in the car are the best for us. We buy a variety of cards that are for places near us or places we travel through. That actually spreads the expense of eating on the road over a longer period of time. So, we buy a gift card and put it away for a vacation, we earn fuel points as we do so to help the fuel budget, as we ALWAYS drive on our trips. If we use these gift cards, we do not have to have cash for the eating place. We also do not hand our credit card or debit card over to people we do not know. We have heard way too much about those cards getting duplicated and people losing lots of money. So that is how we budget for trips and stack up values for our money and get a little extra.
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@kevin1877uk (35736)
8 Feb 16
I think more large stores in the UK have loyalty cards which offer different things. You can also can gift cards for many places too.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
When I was a child stores gave trading stamps. I think it is much the same but you do not have to put the points into books.
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@kevin1877uk (35736)
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I remember when i was maybe 8 or 10 we had Green shield stamps which you would collect and then take in to the store. Oh wow I'd forgotten all about these.
@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
8 Feb 16
my only issue with these are you end up with so many it is impossible to sort. I need an app where I can store each of them, their passwords and whatevers, and then just open that singular app and use THAT at the stores! lol
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
I have four, I think. Mostly I just use the Dillons (Kroger). I keep a book with all my passwords. I only use a flip phone so an app would not work for me.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty almost every place these days have one, even McD does
@Juliaacv (20599)
• Canada
8 Feb 16
We have loyalty cards as well as credit cards that offer discounts. Gas stations that offer a few cents off of gas if you purchase on their credit card. The Loblaws grocery chain has a loyalty points card, they offer you actual money off of your grocery purchase or you can save up your points and just pay for your grocery bill in full.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
I think we have a grocery credit card that works that way.
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@LadyDuck (113215)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 16
Yes, we have loyalty cards here in Switzerland, not all the stores have the same policy. Some stores give you gifts according to the earned points, other stores give you cash tickets for your next shopping.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
With the cost of everything going up, it is nice to get something back.
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@LadyDuck (113215)
• Switzerland
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I agree, most of the prices are going up, but not what we receive.
@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Feb 16
I just found out from my daughter tonight that one of the more popular second hand stores here has a loyalty card.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
Goodwill has a card, you pay for it once, and then it is good all year and you easily save that amount and more.
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@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty ...It's the Youth Ranch here.
@T_gray (7899)
• Salina, Kansas
8 Feb 16
I would buy the gift card for the place if I knew I was going to be going there right away for the fuel points. I love when I am able to do this.
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@T_gray (7899)
• Salina, Kansas
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty It's a great way to get those points!!
@fishtiger58 (29386)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Feb 16
Those debit cards scare me I don't use them. My brother has had money stolen out of his account twice because of those cards. Thankfully he got it all back.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
These cards are not tied to our bank cards at all. They are little keytags that give you special grocery discounts. We did get points stolen once, but the company gave them back to us. We were pretty sure it was our former daughter in law.
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@fishtiger58 (29386)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty Oh I misunderstood.
@sharon6345 (101189)
• United States
8 Feb 16
That is good to know and I wish we had it here. I would tell adrain to start doing that. The gas has gone down so much which is great.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
Even with gas prices low we enjoy saving even more money.
@sharon6345 (101189)
• United States
9 Feb 16
@GardenGerty That is the way to go when ever possible.
@JudyEv (91913)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb 16
A couple of our major supermarkets allow us to get slightly cheaper fuel with a loyalty card. And some restaurants offer a free coffee after you've bought nine over a period of time. Not sure about any other loyalty cards though.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
Our grocery is also tied to a filling station and there is a coffee club if you use your grocery card.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 16
There are also loyalty cards here for supermarkets and department stores. Sometimes there are promos for card holders like 15% off on some item. The earned points may be used to purchase goodies.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
Okay, so now I know the Philippines has loyalty programs, the UK, Australia and Canada, as well as the US.
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@jstory07 (56079)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Feb 16
Last year for Christmas I gave all the employees that worked with me a gift card. At Sam's club the cards were in a package and when you bought two the other two were free. That was a saving of 50% for free.
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@GardenGerty (88853)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 16
Sam's Club does have some pretty great deals on gift cards.