Understanding Your Rewards Cards

Understanding Your Rewards Cards

Rewards cards are definitely a plus if you know how to use them to maximize your savings. A few rewards cards from major retailers like Safeway, Kroger and even Wal-Mart are said to be some of the best, as you earn you cash back or points with every purchase. One new rewards program even goes so far as to price match items for you, so you don’t have to shop at numerous stores to get the best deals on your favorite products. To take advantage of any of these money-saving rewards cards offers, simply sign up at the retailer’s website or at your local store.

Grocery Stores

Earning money back with a rewards card is not at all difficult when shopping at your local grocery stores, for everyone needs food, as well as everyday household items. With some grocery retail chains, you can earn back a good amount of rewards points that can be used toward discounts off your next grocery purchase or the store’s adjoining gas station. Two such grocery retailers that allow you to save money in both the store and at the gas pump are Safeway and a variety of Kroger stores including Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Smith’s, QFC and many more.

Safeway rewards cards allow you to earn savings on sale items within the store, plus you receive one point for every dollar spent. Once you accumulate 100, 200, 500 or 1,000 points, you can earn savings on every gallon of gas you pump at a Safeway filling station. With Kroger stores, you can accumulate and earn points quarterly and then receive reward rebates and coupons in your mailbox every three to four months. At Kroger affiliated gas stations, you can swipe your rewards card and depending on the number of points you’ve accumulated, receive a few cents off per gallon of gas.

Wal-Mart Savings Catcher

Wal-Mart’s Savings Catcher is a new rewards-type of program for anyone who shops at a Wal-Mart store. To take advantage of the Savings Catcher rewards, you simply have to sign up at the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher website and then log your receipt numbers and the date of purchase onto your savings catcher account. The savings catcher system will compare prices with other leading retailers and if there are any savings on any items you have purchased, Wal-Mart will credit you the difference onto a Wal-Mart e-gift card that you can use at Walmart.com or in your nearby Wal-Mart store.

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Movie Theaters

Movie theater rewards cards are great for both kids and adults. Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theaters are two of the best movie rewards programs out there as each allows you to earn free movie tickets, discounts on concession purchases and points for every movie ticket or food purchase while visiting the theater. Regal’s Crown Club rewards have no annual membership fee, while AMC Theaters does charge a low, annual fee of $8 for recurring memberships of its AMC Stubs rewards card. Having a movie rewards card also allows members to get free upgrades on concession items and receive discounted movie tickets and concession items at participating theaters.

More Retailers 

Some other major retail stores that offer great rewards bonuses include Staples and Walgreens. With the Staples Rewards program, you can earn cash back on a variety of items, as well as get discounts on rewards members’ exclusive sales that may be advertised in-store or online. Staples also offers free economy shipping to its rewards card members on a variety of items sold at its online web store. Walgreens has the Balance Rewards program, which features a number of ways to earn rewards and get cash back toward your purchases. If you utilize the Walgreens Pharmacy, you can earn rewards for every prescription or immunization you purchase, plus Walgreens will give rewards points to members for all of their healthy, daily activities. Walgreens rewards cards can be used in place of available Walgreens coupons just by simply swiping your card during every purchase.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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