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If you are a fan of Giant Food Stores, you may already know that you can get gas rewards on your purchases at many locations. You can do so by using a Giant card. This is a typical grocery store card and, as such cards are usually very easy to get.
Earning and Using Points With the Giant Card
With your Giant card, you’ll earn 1 point per dollar spent in Giant stores. Each 100 points is good for a discount of 10 cents per gallon at Giant or Shell gas stations. You can use up to 2,200 points in 1 shot, which would be good for a discount of $2.20 per gallon.
Of important note is that each discount is good for a maximum of 35 gallons. That shouldn’t be a problem for most people, but it is something to consider if you drive a very large vehicle.
Note: Milk and some non-food products do not qualify for points earnings. So, if your grocery trips consist primarily of loading your cart with milk, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, you’ll be out of luck with this program. Other than that, you should get rewards on most of your purchases with this card.
Other restrictions include that points cannot be earned in Charlottesville, VA and that points expire 30 days after being earned. There are a lot of hoops to jump through with this program, but it can’t hurt to earn points if you already shop at Giant, anyway.
How To Maximize Your Points at Giant
Earning 1 point per dollar spent is better than nothing, but why not earn more if you can?
With the Giant card, you can earn additional points on select items during each trip to the grocery store. To do so, tear off a shopping list at the front of the store. This list will have select items in it that qualify for additional points. If you purchase those items, you’ll earn more than 1 point per dollar spent on such items.
Earn Extra Rewards With a Rewards Credit Card
In addition to using your Giant card to get discounts on your gas purchases, you can use a credit card to obtain additional rewards.
A good card to use is the Blue Cash Everyday Card. It offers 2 percent cash back on gasoline purchases and no annual fee. With the current average national price for regular gasoline being at approximately $3.81 (as posted by AAA), you’d save nearly 8 cents per gallon by using this card.
Suppose that the average price of gasoline ends up being $4 per gallon over the next year. This is how using just the Giant card would work (assuming a 100 point redemption with each purchase) and how adding the Blue Cash Everyday card to the mix would help:
|Card||Gallons Purchased||Total Spent||Rewards Earned|
|Blue Cash Everyday||500||$2000||$40|
As we can see, given our example, you’d earn $50 worth of rewards by just using your Giant card.
That’s not so bad, but you’d be missing out on an extra $40 by not using the Blue Cash Everyday card or a similar credit card.
As you can use both cards at the same time, it pays to use a credit card that has strong gas rewards along with your Giant card, as you can cash-in on multiple rewards programs at once.
Saving More at the Pump
If you already have a good gas card, use it with your Giant card to maximize your fuel savings. If you don’t have a good gas card, then consider signing up.
Just be sure that the annual fee on your chosen card makes it worthwhile when all is said and done. If this is the case, you’ll always get more rewards by using both a Giant card and a gas card.