Many grocery, and some retail, stores now have their own gas station chain. With these affiliations comes some sort of benefit to you as a consumer, which typically equates to savings. Typically, each store purchase goes towards the potential gas-savings discount. At certain times, even, our Kroger chain will double or triple the gas “points” for purchases.
Using Kroger as an example shows you how these companies try to entice you to shop more with them as opposed to the competitor. And, when the benefits are really nice, it does work (for me).
There are also a few other store benefits that equate to savings. While this is done several times a year, a perfect example is this Gift Card Promotion from June:
Buy $100 in Participating Gift Cards and receive a $10 Instant Savings at the register. Limit (5) $10 Rewards per household. You can Mix + Match cards and values.
Or, this Quadruple Fuel Points Promotion during Labor Day. And, of course the many Catalina Promotions that are active and help to save even more! These are store all specific benefits that can help you NOT ONLY save in the store with the purchases that you receive the discounts BUT your actual purchase will help you save on other things you need too. Like buying gift cards as gifts and saving even more on Gas.
These discounts, felt in other tangible ways at the pump, are not always measured on your Grocery Savings Spreadsheet, perhaps. But, they will be measured in your budget when there's more wiggle room. Whatever store you shop, your store likely has similar store benefits as well.
Check out the Beginner’s Guide to Saving: Focus on One Store to get
tips and advice for understanding your store’s policies and benefits.
For me personally, well, I always take advantage of all of the store benefits, but specifically with the gift cards. I will purchase gift cards as gifts during those specific promotions. Sometimes the savings isn't always instant. The promotion has been a Catalina, or ECB at CVS even. I'd take those rewards and turn around and buy what we need. So, in this case, I'm saving on what we need. And, saving even more on what we need. Guess that means I get to spend a lot more on what we want, right?? Not exactly… :)
What types of store benefits does your store offer that helps your budget?