Do you have any of these store “reward” cards? Do you think we are living in an era of being inundated with them? I do. Almost every store uses them. When a salesperson asks me if I would like one, I want to decline, but then I accept and sign up for one, anyway. What could it hurt to get another reward card? Only to add to the stack of cards that I already carry around. At the check-out, do you hastily search for the right store card to hand to the cashier. I do. And for what purpose? To save a dollar on detergent, or a few cents on an eight ounce block of cheese? I guess all of the discounts add up, but keeping up with these reward cards are more trouble than I care to deal with. I barely use half of them. Some I only use once or twice a year. When I want to throw one away, this nagging voice inside my head reminds me that I might need it someday. UGH!
Recently, I upgraded my Borders Rewards card. I didn’t want to upgrade it, but it was the second time the same salesperson questioned me about why I haven’t upgraded because I have spent X amount of dollars, and I would really benefit from the upgrade, blah, blah, blah… In addition, I would get a $10 gift card in my email (which I have yet to see), and the total upgrade would actually only be ten dollars. Wow! I would also get a coupon booklet. Ooooo!! The thought of ALL the deals I would get reeled me in, but my gut told me no. I did it anyway. I paid the extra twenty dollars, upgraded my card, saved several dollars on our purchases, and walked out feeling somewhat OK about what I did. It has been over a month, and I have not returned to Borders. I am sure those coupons will expire soon, if they haven’t already. Always my luck. Besides, the only coupon I know I will use is the one for a free cup of coffee.
There have been other missed benefits with using the reward cards:
- I recycle my printer ink cartridges at Staples, and get a $2 rebate for each cartridge. The rebate coupon always expires before I can buy new ones.
- I applied for a Teacher’s Card at A.C. Moore for 10% off all my purchases, but realized I saved more when I made a purchase using their 50% off coupon.
- We went out our way to stay at a Best Western Hotel to participate in a promotion (stay 2 nights get 1 free), only to find out later that our stay didn’t qualify because the promotion ended three months ago!
- I always forget my Big Lots! reward card, and I just give my phone number to the cashier to look it up. I’ve done that so many times, she remembered my phone number.
- I lost a grocery store reward card, and now I am concerned about identity theft. It actually might turn out to be a good thing. Whoever uses it will give me points on my account. Hey! That isn’t so much of a miss!
- My Ollie’s card gives my kid nightmares.
- And being a VIP Lego card holder isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Now that I’m looking at the photo above, I am missing my PetSmart card! Good grief!
What are your thoughts about store reward cards?
Do you use them, hate them, love them?