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Couponing: Gas Points

One of the best ways to save money is to shop at stores that give customers gas points for buying certain items.

Gas points are points assigned to a certain number of items that translates into free gas at the store’s gas pumps.

Calculating gas points is easy once you get the hang of it. It’s important to know your store policy though, but I’ll give you the rundown for the store I frequent the most.

The store will have a blocked in section that’ll have a list of items eligible for points and the sale amount of each item. It will also tell you the amount of gas points assigned to the items. Usually you need to purchase 5, 6, 8, or 10 items for each set of points earned. There is also a limit of 10 sets of items per household. A point system is assigned to the section. With my local store, it’ll say something like “400 points toward gas if you purchase ____ items. For every 100 points assigned, customers earn $.10 per gallon off their purchase of gas at that store. So 400 points translates into $.40 per gallon free.

Most stores allow you to mix and match the items within the blocked section, but it’s easier to just get one type of item for each set, at least when you’re first learning the ropes.

How to calculate:

EX. :

  1. Item: Juice 2/$4.00
  2. Must purchase 6 to equal a set
  3. 400 gas points for each set
  4. 400 equates to $.40/gallon of gas to be free
  5. Your car holds 20 gallons of gas
  6. You have a coupon worth saving $1.00 on any 2 juices

The Math:

  1. $2.00 for each Juice Bottle x 6 items= $12.00
  2. $.40 x 20 gallons = $8.00 saved
  3. $12.00 – $8.00 = $4.00
  4. You need 3 coupons = $3.00 savings
  5. $4.00 – $3.00 = $1.00
  6. $1.00/6 items = $.17 for each bottle of juice

That’s huge savings!

The average original price of one juice was $2.79, but you just paid $.17. That’s 94% savings.

What’s the best deal you’ve gotten with gas points. Have you ever made money back?



What to Look For When Coupon Shopping

Couponing is about finding the best possible savings. Here are some tips to make your dollar go the furthest.

What to look for when you shop.

  • Buy 1, get 1 free
  • Buy 2, get 1 free
  • Must buy __ amount to receive sale price. Ex.: Must buy 4 to get each item for $1.50, all other amounts $1.79 each.
  • Save $10.00 if you spend $75.00 or more in one transaction
  • Earn extra gas points if you purchase ___ items
  • Clearance rack
  • If you purchase ___items, save ___ amount on meat
  • Buy ___boxes of cereal, get up to ___amount free on a gallon of milk

Follow coupon policy written on coupon.

  • Always check the expiration date on the coupon. Do not use expired coupons, it’s against the law.
  • Make sure the item matches the coupon
  • Read fine print on coupon- some only let you use 4 like coupons in one transaction,  use one coupon a day, or one coupon per household
  • Some coupons are for any product by that company. Others are for a specific product.
  • The picture on the coupon may not match the actual product but can still be used for the sale item. Read the fine print to know when this applies.
  • Check for ‘Do Not Double’ on coupon. Not all coupons can be doubled.

Always make sure what you buy is the lowest price you can get it.

I always check around from time to time to keep up with the price of items I purchase on a regular basis. Sometimes an item may be cheaper at another store even when you can’t use a coupon at that store. Know where the best deals are. I keep a running list of the cheapest price and place to get the item in my coupon binder, to reference whenever I’m shopping. Don’t feel pressured to buy a product because it has a good coupon to use on it. The goal is to save money, not use coupons exclusively.

Have you seen these sales or deals at your local grocery store? Let me hear from you. Tell me what deals you see the most.