As competition among retailers becomes more and more intense, it makes sense to maximize the rewards that they offer us as consumers. While not new, fuel rewards are an expanding area to review if you are not already taking advantage of them.
My husband and kids have long taken advantage of the Kroger fuel rewards program (until recently, I had an electric car). By using your Kroger Plus card (which you should definitely use if you shop at Kroger!), you can get cents off gas purchases at Kroger fuel centers as well as at Shell stations. My near-adult children who pay for their own gas race each other to the fuel center after dad’s weekly grocery shopping trip to snag the discount!
According to the Penny Hoarder website, there are many grocery stores across the country that offer similar programs. Check their article, 21 Grocery Stores That Help You Save Money on Gas, for information and to find out the best deals for your situation.
The newest member of the “extended” fuel rewards program is Shell. Not only do they have a traditional rewards program (buy more, be tracked, save more), but they have moved to a “Upromise-esque” model where you can link credit cards for additional points, go to your account on their website and “click through” for online shopping, travel, and dining. (I have long touted the benefits of Upromise if you have kids and are saving for tuition or paying Sallie Mae student loans.) Of course, you get extra points for referring people, taking advantage of special offers, etc. If Shell is your station of choice, sign up for their rewards program and maximize your discounts. Go to: https://www.fuelrewards.com/GOLD
Time or money? Yes, it takes time to sign up, learn the program, and try to consistently follow the rules to maximize points and rewards, but the spoils go to those who do it. If you drive a lot, that means you spend a lot on gas and cents per gallon discounts can add up to real money over time.
To your financial success (and rewards!),
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the personal views of Tana Gildea and are not to be construed as individual advice or the advice or opinions of Homrich Berg. They should not be considered recommendations as each person’s financial situation is unique to her; recommendations may or may not apply to your situation. If you believe that something communicated may be relevant to your situation, Tana strongly encourages you to consult with your individual tax or financial advisor prior to acting so that the totality of your unique situation is considered.