Looking To Save Money? Show Your Card!

Looking To Save Money? Show Your Card!


Tight economic times means one thing: you need to find ways to save money or cut back. The latter is often the choice for some, but what if you simply cannot stop doing something? Families need to be visited, clothes for children purchased, and food purchased. Some leisure items can be trimmed such as premium cable, magazine subscriptions, sports clubs, etc., but what about the rest of your Piggybanklifestyle? Is there any room to save?

Fortunately, showing a small piece of plastic can often spell the difference between paying full price for something and receiving a discount, saving money or paying too much for what others are getting for less. Yes, plastic could be the material that keeps your budget intact, spelling the difference between living in the red and living in the black. Please read on to learn about plastic savings and how you can reap similar rewards.

AAA – If you have an auto club membership, that little card can be flashed often to yield savings for you. Book a hotel, reserve a rental car, save on airfare, and even save at several retail locations by showing your AAA card when you make a purchase. Savings can vary widely, but a handful of flashes of your auto club card per year and you’ll more than make up for the membership cost.

AARP – Who says that growing old isn’t advantageous? If you are as young as 50 you can join AARP and do what millions of others have being doing before you: save on mostly everything. Like your auto club card, savings can be had on so many different things as the power of AARP helps to bring down consumer costs.

Supermarket Cards – If you frequent one or two supermarkets, do you have a store card handy to reap all of the rewards? Clipless coupons have replaced store coupons and one way to get the best savings is to sign up for your favorite supermarket’s savings card and use it every time that you shop. Savings come automatically – just show your card before your transaction is totaled and you’ll save money off of your purchases.

Warehouse Clubs – I belong to BJ’s while Costco and Sam’s Club are two other warehouse clubs that offer similar savings. I save about thirty percent off of my purchases and routinely stop by the adjoining gas station for an additional ten cents per gallon savings. The latter means that I save about $150 on gas each year, more than triple the annual warehouse club membership cost alone.

Union or Club Card – If you belong to a union or are a member of some other trade group, your card could result in additional savings for you. Not all discounts are posted, so break out your card before the transaction is totaled to see if savings can come your way.

Even cardless shoppers are finding out that some retailers are in the bargaining mood in a bid to sell slow moving goods. At the very least you can ask and they can say no, but then some will say yes, bringing to you unexpected, but very welcome savings.

Adv. — Save money on all of your consumer spending by shopping wisely. Visit SayLowerBills.com to find ways to save on health costs, home improvement, travel, entertainment, toys for Christmas, and much more.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".