My girlfriend and I have always been a big fan of both grocery store & gas station reward programs, in addition to others at restaurants, coffee shops, etc… We always will be regardless of how much money we may have saved, and you should be as well! Let’s face it, every penny and dollar saved really does add up.
I figured that I would share a recent haul with you, and I plan on doing more similar things in the future. Everything you see pictured comes from two of our favorite places for reward programs, Giant Food Stores & Sheetz Gas Station. Everything cost only $6.01, including the lottery ticket which we had a “free ticket” winning ticket which we cashed in for! (Off of this one we won another free ticket!)
I really enjoy Giant first off because they have an online & app coupon program, in which you can load offers directly to your store reward card. They often send complete freebies which you can load. Usually there are certain dates which you need to load the offer by, and redeem the offer by, but it is well worth the effort especially for something completely free! Like most grocery store reward cards they also offer points you receive for certain dollar amounts spent, which you can redeem for gas rewards and other offers especially around the Holiday Season. We take advantage of several of these local programs.
Sheetz is similar, although different, and very unique for a gas station. First off, every so often they instantly load a complete freebie to your reward card, which usually you receive an email for in advance. They also offer earned freebies for every so many purchases of a particular item you make. One example is for every 10 coffees purchased you get one free. They have similar offers for salads, subs, and a variety of other items. Sheetz is unlike many other gas stations as they have a built-in Made-to-Order food section/restaurant in some locations.
This haul came the other night after I picked my girlfriend up and we were headed home. We decided to swing by both Giant & Sheetz quick, and spent maybe 45 minutes total in both locations before heading home. Here’s how the $6.01 haul broke down…….
- Hershey’s Pudding: Regular priced $2.50 at Giant with $0.75 actual coupon and a $0.75 coupon loaded onto our card = $1
- Campbell’s Yes! Soup: FREE with loading onto our Giant card!
- Silk Cashew Milk: FREE with loading onto our Giant card!
- Nature Valley Almond Butter Bisquits: Regular priced $2.50 ON SALE at Giant with $1 coupon loaded onto our card = $1.50
- To-Go General Tso’s Chicken: $3.51 not on sale, my girlfriend just wanted it! Happy girlfriend/wife, happy life!
- Lottery Ticket: FREE with cashed in winning ticket. We don’t often play lottery, and I wouldn’t recommend doing so, but sometimes we give it a go anyway! You gotta live!
- 16 oz. Coca-Cola: FREE with freebie loaded onto our Sheetz card!
As you see, total cost paid = $6.01!
Most of the time we just pick up freebies when we already were going grocery shopping, getting gas, or heading to whatever store the discount is for, but in this case the free soup was expiring that night so we made an exception. We religiously only try and do one shopping trip per week, at least for groceries. With running our individual businesses, a lot of the time we have several trips per week to make for various things.
Bottom line, don’t forget about using your local grocery store and other reward programs! Get the card, learn the rules, and don’t forget that in most cases you can stack actual physical coupons on top of the loaded ones for even greater savings! THANK YOU for reading, and if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, ANYTHING.. LEAVE THEM BELOW!