Which loyalty card offers the best rewards?
by MoneySense staff originally posted on Yahoo Finance
Here are the cards to use — and avoid
A lot of retailers want you to carry their loyalty card in your wallet or purse, but how much are their mysterious points actually worth? We crunched the numbers for seven major Canadian retail loyalty programs to find out.
To come up with our ranking, we calculated how many dollars worth of points you get after presenting your card at the check-out for purchases totalling $100. We excluded special promotions and loyalty programs that are linked to credit cards, and we just looked at easy-to-price items, such as gift cards, to evaluate the redemption value for points.
What did we find? The rewards vary wildly, with Shoppers Drug Mart offering five times the bang for your buck as Petro-Canada. Here’s the list, from best to worst.
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: $1.70
Value of one point: 0.17¢
Point redemption offer: 15,000 points gets you a $25 credit at Shoppers Drug Mart
Best Buy Reward Zone
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: $1.25
Value of one point: 1.25¢
Point redemption offer: 400 points gets you a $5 credit at Best Buy
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: 67¢
Value of one reward mile: 13¢
Point redemption offer: The most common earning rate is one reward mile for every $20 spent. We based the redemption rate on 150 points for a $20 dollar Rona gift certificate
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: 63¢
Value of one point: 0.0125¢
Point redemption offer: 200,000 points gets you a $25 HBC gift card
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: 56¢
Value of one point: 0.56¢
Point redemption offer: 1,800 points gets you $10 worth of gas at Esso
Canadian Tire money
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: 50¢
Value of one Canadian Tire dollar: $1
Point redemption offer: You get half a cent in Canadian Tire paper money—and now coins—for every dollar you spend, and you redeem them at par
Petro Canada’s Petro Points
Dollar value of the points you get for spending a hundred bucks: 33¢
Value of one point: 0.07¢
Point redemption offer: 15,000 points gets you a $10 Petro-Canada fuel credit
I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging as much recently since I’ve had loads of school work to do but I should be done with school forever very soon and I’ll be able to dedicate way more time to SmartCanucks 😀
I already have some very exciting new stuff planned and ready for the blog. Expect loads of gifts and prizes, as well as new and interesting articles and more deals analysis! You should see major improvement to the blog over the next few weeks and we’ll be going full throttle heading into the fall.
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In this week’s Sobeys (ON) flyer, Kelloggs Special K cereals are on sale for $2.99. Use your $2 off Special K Blueberry cereal from save.ca and get it for only $0.99. Great time to stock up on yummy cereal! If you find some with the free cereal/milk/yogurt/bananas/juice FPC, then an even better deal. The flyer runs until Thursday, June 3, 2010.
Just enter your email to get the free download mix, brought to you by the Biggest Loser and Subway. Please note these songs are not performed by the original artists.
Here’s a list of songs:
1. Telephone (Lady Gaga)
2. In My Head (Jason Derulo)
3. Revolver (Madonna)
4. Empire State of Mind (Jay Z Feat. Alicia Keys)
5. Hard (Rihanna)
6. Bulletproof (La Roux)
7. Hey Soul Sister (Train)
8. Blah Blah Blah (Ke$ha)
9. According To You (Orianthi)
10. Whataya Want From Me (Adam Lambert)
11. Russian Roulette (Rihanna)
112. Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
Thanks to bargain kitty for sharing this offer with us!
If you haven’t signed up for this one, you really should. Nexxus is offering a free sample of their Nexxus Therappe and Humectress shampoo and conditioner. There is a limit of one per household, and it will arrive in 6-8 weeks.
I personally really like Nexxus stuff, it smells coconutty and is good for your hair, kind of salon quality.
Thank you to Christina8717 for sharing this offer with us!
Revlon and Johnson & Johnson are holding a Warehouse Sale on June 3-13, 2010 in Scarborough Ontario. There is a large assortment of products available and the sales could be really good, judging by the flyers. All information below.
*1001 Ellesmere Rd. (Ellesmere/Kennedy Rd) in Scarborough, Ontario.
*Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 13th.
Bulk Barn has a coupon available right now for $3 off any $10 purchase, this is valid May 28 – June 10, 2010. There is a limit of one per store visit. This is a printable coupon. You can also get a free re-usable bag with every $10 purchase, until June 3rd, I bet that bag could fit a lot of candy!
General Mills, Life Made Delicious and save.ca are doing it again!! They are offering yet another free product coupon. This time it is for Nature Valley bars. Like the rest of there coupons you must first be a member of Life Made Delicious to access the save.ca link. So once you join follow these steps:
1.Log into save.ca.
2.Close the window.
3.Click the link to Life Made Delicious.
4.Click on the Shrek coupon and fingers crossed the free coupon is there.
Globo Shoes is offering 50% off the regular price on all sale merchandise online from May 29-31. This is a great time to get some new shoes for the summer. My weakness is purses so I know where I will be shopping.
This weekend Wicker Emporium is having tax free on all locations except in PEI. This sale includes all regular and sale priced merchandise so is a great time to get some new furniture for inside or out. For those of you in PEI, make sure you check out the Grand Opening May 29th of the newly renovated location in the Confederation Court Mall.
Walmart.ca has a sample for us to order! You can order a sample of Pantene shampoo and conditioner in their four new customized types. Just choose your hair type and fill in your info to get your free sample. I hope Walmart starts to have more free sample opportunities like this.
Clearly Contacts is holding a 72 hour sale on now until May 31st, 2010 at midnight. You can get 25% off glasses or $5 off contact orders. Enter the codes “72HRGLASSES” and “72HRCONTACTS” to get the discounts.
Thanks to deanna67 for sharing this offer with us!
Disney has made another coupon available online for us. You can save $10 on the BluRay/DVD combo pack of their newest version of Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp. You have to be a Disney Rewards member to print the coupon (it made me sign in) but it’s free to join and only takes a couple of minutes.