questionsare there other wooters out there that does not…

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Wow, your Giant gas program is much better than ours. We get $0.10 per $100 spent at the store. I do shop there for groceries, prescriptions and gift cards, but the most I end up earning each cycle is about $1 - $1.50/per gallon and that's only because of bonus points you can pick up for buying certain items and prescriptions can rack up the points pretty quickly too.

http://www.giantfoodstores.com//shareddev/sharedcontent/savings/gasrewards

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Are you saying I would have to spend $2000 a month on gift cards to get 2 tanks of "free" gas, what am I missing?

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@lmensor: The Giant Eagle also offers .10-.20 cent off per $50 spent in the store on groceries based on what is bought, but Giant Eagle is WAY more expensive than Krogers/Wal-Mart when it comes to food; so I shop at Krogers for food.

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Yep. By riding a bicycle!

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...who the heck spends $1000 in giftcards that fast???

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without understanding the program (what the heck is a Giant Eagle, other than a really big bird?!) it sounds like you have to spend money on groceries that could be better spent on cheap groceries at a real grocery store - EVERYONE knows that groceries are cheaper there rather than at your local corner store...UNLESS their deal really is SO SO SO good that spending the extra on the groceries there really covers all your gas. Have you really done the math on all of the groceries? In my experience, gas station groceries are SO much more expensive that it is ALWAYS better to buy anywhere else, once you add everything together...I mean, who pays $4.50 for a gallon of milk? $4.50 for a small box of cereal? $2.50 for a tiny condiment jar? $5.00 for a box of ziplocs? That's crazy talk.

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Have a hybrid and use bicycle everyday.

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@lmensor: The Giant Eagle also offers .10-.20 cent off per $50 spent in the store on groceries based on what is bought, but Giant Eagle is WAY more expensive than Krogers/Wal-Mart when it comes to food; so I shop at Krogers for food.

@missellienc: No, Fuel Perks last 60 days, so if you wanted to purchase a 2k tv @ Best Buy (only if it was a good sale, because why else would you go to BB otherwise =D). You would go to Giant Eagle, and buy $2k in Best Buy Gift Cards, at that point you would have a balance of "8.00/off gallon". Then you go to Best Buy and use your Best Buy Rewards Zone card to get 2000 BB Reward Zone Points (250 points=$5) so you get a $40 Best Buy Certificate on top of that.

Now that you have $8/off gallon, you go to Giant Eagle to "fill up" 30 gallons. If the cost of a gallon of gas is $3.50 and you fill up 30 gallons, your Fuel Perks are now at 8-3.50= $4.50/off gallon. And again they last up to 60 days (first in/first out)

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@abramokids: I spent nearly 20k on my house last year at Lowes (spread out over time to maximize my fuel perks) on Tile/Carpet/Laminate Wood Flooring/Garage Door/Garage Door Opener/Garbage Disposal/Wall&Ceiling Pant/Insulation/etc. I never let fuel points expire either (came close a few times lol).

I also like to eat out at least once a week with my wife, and we usually eat at Olive Garden/Longhorn/Applebees/Bob Evans/etc.. All of which are offered at Giant Eagle..

Also I get at least $200 in Amazon Gift Cards each month (I spend about that much on Amazon).

So every little bit adds up and keeps "fueling" the fire! sort of speak

@smtatertot13: again, I don't shop there, it's too expensive.. just Gift Cards :)

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I used to live in China, where I only used the public transportation...which is extremely extensive!

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@dmaz: I really wish the US would adopt a better public transportation system, although I have never been to China -- I have visited Japan a few times and it definitely makes me wish we had a system that was on par.

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@devexityspace: Thanks for the explanation, makes more sense to me now. I see how you could rack up fuel perks if you have large expenses (such as your remodeling project).

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This sounds more like the book Catch 22.

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Stop and Shop has a similar program, it's $0.10 per 100 spent, with usually some coupons once in a while for spend $50 get 300 points. But they don't count gift cards, which was annoying when I bought $250+ at Christmas time. Oh, and they expire after 30 days. Your program sounds all around much better than ours.

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@chknchkr: Good for you, but what does that have anything to do with the question?

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@abramokids: Didn't you hear? Its the new way that the drug cartels are moving money.

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@mtm2: Buy $1000 worth of cotton and we'll throw in an extra box of chocolate covered cotton at no extra charge!

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Good use of rewards programs! I don't think I spend enough to use your system, but I'm glad you're making a return. I am still one of the suckers buying gas.

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Good for you! I would also be enjoying watching the money meter sitting on zero.

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Gas free for the last year and a half, thanks to mass transit!

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I do the Giant Eagle fuel perks as well but the only way I could pull off what you are doing is if GE started selling Target gift cards. The wife is obsessed with that store. I on the other hand enjoy the popcorn. Much of the product at GE is overpriced.
If you are spending that kind of money at HomeD and Lowes, you should consider shopping at a local lumber yard and some of the other home-improvement type stores, True Value or Ace. HD and Lowes are also terribly overpriced.
IMO FWIW

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Wish we had stores like those here. Although I couldn't spend enough to maximize the benefit, it would be nice to get whatever benefit I could out of the deal. I am surprised they offer the discounts for gift card purchases, as it seems they wouldn't make enough profit to cover the discount. It sounds like you have found a handy loophole to exploit.

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Never paid for gas in my life, but that's because I've never owned a car. Heck, I don't even have a driver's license. My boyfriend went car-free about 10 years ago. People are shocked that we are able to do this in Los Angeles, and though it's not perfect, the public transit system in L.A. isn't bad if you live in the city proper which we do. We can walk to several supermarkets, Target, Home Depot, the post office, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, etc. We rent a car or book a Zip Car on the rare occasions we need one. For weekend day trips, we can take the Metrolink/Amtrak which is about $16-$32 to Anaheim or San Diego.

Having a car is a huge expense beyond gas. I feel fortunate to live in an area and have a lifestyle where I don't need one. The money I save is tremendous and allows me to blow it on other stuff!