As a college student, I am always looking for ways to save money when buying the necessities. After some major research and personal experience, I have compiled a list of stores that offer some awesome rewards programs. It pays to shop my friends, especially if you shop smart. Take a look into these programs and give ‘em a try.
- Target Red Card
This is, essentially, a credit card and if you are like me credit cards are a scary, scary thing. But Target does have 2 options for their Red Card. You can use it as is, a credit card, or connect it to your debit card, using it as your debit card when you shop their stores. Either way you will receive 5% off your total every time you shop. Basically, just a pretty sweet deal all around.
- Panera Bread
One of the most delicious soup, bread, and pastry restaurants I have ever gone to with an equally delicious rewards program. Just by scanning your card every time you come in, you receive free drinks and food! Free anything is fantastic, don’t ya think?
- Hy-Vee Fuel Savers
If you are in the Midwest and anywhere near a Hy-Vee grocery store, you must be living under a rock if you have not heard of the Fuel Saver program. Hy-Vee advertises that through purchasing certain items you can earn discounts towards gas that you can save for up to 30 days from the purchase date. Costco and other large chain grocery stores participate in gas discount programs similar to this and are definitely worth checking out!
- Student Advantage Card
This is a student credit card that gives you discounts on a ton of things; flights, hotels, textbooks, and clothing stores being amongst those things. I have not used this program, but of the friends of mine who have, it has been a great success.
These are just a few examples of programs that can help you save when you shop with them. Do you know any store, restaurant, or company that offers a rewards program? Are they better than the ones I just listed? Oh yeah? Well, let me here ‘em! Email the store name and website to me including your name and home state to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading of Financial Ed!, and share the discounts!