Grocery store savings cards do more than just save you money on food at the store, now you also get points towards savings on gas for your car. These club cards are free for the asking at most supermarkets. All you need to do is fill out a request form at the courtesy counter and the store gives you small key chain cards, and others the size of a credit card with a bar codes on them. The card is swiped over the scanner before you pay for your order, and the savings are automatically taken off your bill.
As you are shopping, you will see signs that show you what is on special if you use your grocery store savings card. When something is on your shopping list, you may be pleasantly surprised when you see the sign that says buy one get one free with your grocery store savings card.
Most stores give you the opportunity to earn points during certain times of the year. Depending on how much you spend during the qualifying period, you can earn up to 20% off one of your next shopping orders. For example, if you spend between $50.00 and $100.00, you may earn 5 % off, the more you spend the more points you earn, and the more you can save later. You are usually given a period of one to two months to accumulate points. It is a good idea to wait until you have the most percentage points you can have before you do a big shopping order. If a large shopping order for you is $100.00, you can conceivably save 20% off your order, which means you get a savings of $20.00.
The newest benefit of using a grocery store savings card is getting points for saving on gas. For every $50.00 you spend during one shopping trip you will earn 10 points, those points turn into a savings of 10 cents off every gallon of gas you buy in one stop at the gas station. The more points you save up, the more you save at the pump. These points do have an expiration date and you should use them within three months time.
In those three months if you spend $50.00 a week at the store, you will earn 10 points each week. Multiply that by 12 shopping trips and you will earn 120 points. That means that you will save $1.20 off every gallon of gas you buy when you use your card at the pump. Imagine, if your cars gas tank holds 15 gallons of gas and you wait until you are nearing empty to go to the pumps, when you swipe your card at the gas station you will save $18.00 off your total in one stop at the gas station.
Grocery store savings cards are now doing more than just saving you money when you go food shopping. Now, you can save money at the gas pump simply by using a grocery store savings card on food that you would need to buy anyway.