I have to admit, one of my favorite “perks” of grocery shopping is earning fuel rewards. If I’m going to be buying groceries anyway (and I am going to, given that I have a family of seven people to feed) it is nice to also be able to earn cents off on my gas, which I also have to purchase. These programs are offered by credit card companies and grocery stores.
Credit card companies promotions are generally pretty cut and dry, and fairly easy to understand. Simply stated, you earn a percent of the purchase amounts (at designated stores or store types) back in fuel rewards. You either receive “cash back” (in the form of a check or a credit on the card) or you save a percentage on those gas purchase (such as 5%). It doesn’t sound like much but it really adds up fast, and all you have to do is use your credit card!
I understand that not all grocery stores offer these promotions, but an increasing number do. In case you have never used a “Fuel Reward” type program with a grocery store, I’d like to explain just how easy it is to use. The first couple of times I tried to do it when our local grocery store started the program, I was a bit overwhelmed. Now I cannot believe just how easy it is and how much those rewards can add up! Your store’s sales paper will generally have a product on sale and state something to the effect of “Get 5¢ per gallon back in fuel rewards!” When you purchase that item, the reward is loaded onto your loyalty card. Then you present your loyalty card at the gas stations that are associated with that grocer and save! Make sure to keep an eye on your receipts though. The fuel rewards can expire.
Sometimes grocers offer bonus rewards for purchase gift cards. That is my favorite time to purchase birthday and holiday gifts!
Check out this amazing deal at HyVee, where you can purchase gift cards and earn fuel rewards!!
Now through 9/2, buying gift cards at your local HyVee store BEFORE you shop can help you earn free gas and extra credit card rewards.
Here’s how it works!
• Fuel Offer: Get $.10 off per gallon of gas when you buy a $25 gift card from JC Penny, Lane Bryant, Cold Stone, Jiffy Lube or Xbox. Earn $.20 off if you buy a $50 card! (Fuel rewards can be redeemed at HyVee and Casey’s fuel stations with your HyVee Fuel Saver rewards card.)
• Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase gift cards, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery!
Let’s see how you can save 9% when you purchase $50 in participating gift cards:
• $3 off fuel: When you buy a $50 gift card you earn $.20/gallon of gas. That’s $3 in savings for a 15 gallon tank.
• $1.50 back: If you earn 3% on grocery purchases through your credit card rewards program.
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