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Spend Now and get Rewarded Later?!

By , Posted on Jul 08, 2010

Do you ever feel like you should be getting rewarded for staying loyal to your favorite stores? Maybe you can and don’t even know it! Countless stores and other businesses are starting to use rewards programs to lure customers in and forge a loyal relationship.

One famous café that has a rewards program is Starbucks! Not only does this program offer bonuses like free coffee and tea refills and trials of new upcoming products, customers can move up levels allowing their rewards to increase. In addition, on your birthday you can get a free beverage of your choice!

Two other stores that are famous for their rewards programs are Winn-Dixie and CVS/pharmacy.

The Winn-Dixie rewards program is one of the customer friendly by far. You simply need to provide some basic information, such as your name, address and phone number and the savings can begin! Winn-Dixie card holders can instantly save on all types of grocery items and can use coupons at check out too, which help double the savings!

As for CVS/pharmacy, their rewards program works a little differently. This program allows customers to get 2% back on their purchases, though some exclusions apply. Then, after three months, customers receive a print out of the “Extra Bucks Rewards” they have obtained and can spend their bucks in store or online.

Another rewards program that might be beneficial to sign up for, especially if you plan on buying appliances or electronics, would be the Reward Zone program at Best Buy. The more basic option that is offered at Best Buy has no fees and allows its members to be part of exclusive sales and also includes a birthday bonus. Similar to the CVS program, the Reward Zone works off of a point system. With every purchase you make you rack up points and that translates to a discount later. For example, if you make a purchase of $1,000 that converts to 1,000 points which means a $20 discount towards a future Best Buy purchase.

These stores are just a few of the many that offer rewards programs. Ask your favorite store if the offer any type of savings or reward program or check out for a list of a few more stores.

Overall, reward programs due benefit customers, but beware of those that require signing up for a credit card or may have hidden fees. Also keep in mind that even with a rewards program in place at one store, researching and comparing prices among several stores is still the best way to save.

If you know of any rewards programs that are especially beneficial, share your thoughts and comment!

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