So, I’ve determined I’m not very good when it comes to clipping coupons. I’ve tried several times and I just can’t get on a routine to do it. It feels like I just never take the time to sit and make it a priority. Of course every time I see someone checking out at the grocery store and saving a ton of money, I always feel quite regretful that I’m not doing the same.
Life is busy!
I need easy. I do like to save money, though. So, I need easy ways to save money that aren’t time consuming. Even a little here and there helps!
Lately I’ve been finding other ways to save money. I’ve come to find that, for me, the easiest way is to save through spending. I know, that seems silly, right? I suppose it’s a newer concept, but now companies are setting up ways to save money on other things through shopping.
So, unfortunately I don’t have a bunch of great coupon sites at the moment, although maybe one day I will. I do like to share other ways, though!
I am doing things like reward cards and paying attention to online deals more, which I love to share 🙂
There are a few online only savings programs, but those typically just give you a certain percent off your online purchase and give you cash back into your Paypal account. While that seems awesome, and it is, the money you save often goes back into random purchases for things you might not necessarily need.
When we think about things we have to buy, that’s where we would really like to get the most bang for our buck, agreed?
BlogHer reached out to me about the Fuel Rewards Network™ program, or FRN™ program, and it sparked my interest. Why? It’s one of those where I can save and spend 🙂 What really caught my eye is that it automatically tells me where my savings are going. What does everyone spend money on? GAS. My spending saves me money on fuel. The Fuel Rewards Network program helps people save money at participating Shell stations when they are spending money elsewhere.
Since launching in 2012, consumers have saved approximately $68 million in savings at Shell. That is a LOT. The average savings is $.31 per gallon (according to fuelrewards.com on 5/6/13). That adds up.
I knew it would be easy and free to sign up for the rewards, but I wanted to investigate whether or not I actually thought I would use it. I don’t really need just any other card in my wallet.
So with the FRN program, they allow you to combine other rewards programs or cents per gallon programs. You don’t have to change the things you are buying. There are participating grocery stores, dining places and over 700 online retailers in the FRN Online Mall. They even do affiliate with eCoupons. So, click coupons online and earn money off gas.
If I don’t explain it all too well, I encourage you to watch this video.
I did sign up for the FRN program and I’ll be curious to see how much savings I have over the next few months. I know that savings vary by market depending on participating businesses. If you are interested in saving on gas, and not just saving to spend, you should check out the Fuel Rewards Network program. You might have a ton of places you can save right in your area.
For a little recap…
Shop Online: Access nearly 700 brand name online merchants offering at least 5¢/gal for every $50 you spend. Some may offer 2x, 5x, 10x rewards or more to multiply your savings!
Dine Out: Link a payment card to the Dining program and earn 10¢/gal for every $50 you spend at 10,000+ participating restaurants nationwide.
Buy Groceries: Depending on your location, you can link to your local participating grocery store’s rewards card to your FRN Account and earn rewards on your grocery store purchases.
Get eCoupons: Select eCoupons at fuelrewards.com and earn Fuel Rewards® savings when the eCoupons items are subsequently purchased at participating grocery and drug stores.
Shop at Shell: Depending on your location, you can purchase specially marked products inside the convenience store as well as car washes or auto services at participating Shell stations to earn Fuel Rewards savings.
Happy shopping and saving…on gas!
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