Have you ever heard of grocery stores that offer discounts on gasoline? The more food you buy, the cheaper the gas is. Yeah, right.
A reader left a comment months and months ago about how her Mom bought so many groceries she saved almost a dollar per gallon at the gas pump. I was highly skeptical, until I overheard a cashier tell a customer checking out in front of me that she had 325 gas points.
“That’s good for 30-cents off per gallon,” the cashier chirped. Huh? That was just, well, it was preposterous. As she rang me up, the words bumbled around in my head. Thirty cents off per gallon? PER gallon?
I stole a glance at my receipt. There at the bottom, in clear black type, it said I had 856 gas points. 856!?!
If I filled up at the grocery store’s gas station I would pay $.80 per gallon less. About two weeks later my gas needle gauge hovered at about one-quarter of a tank. I combined errands to swing by the grocer’s gas station, still skeptical the deal was real. What if they only had one grade of gas? (My car requires premium.) What if the savings came in the form of a voucher valid only at the grocer?
I pulled up, swiped my grocery loyalty card, swiped my credit card, and chose premium grade. The light switched from $3.09 per gallon (which is already $.16 lower than the average premium gas price for Rhode Island) to $2.29 per gallon.
My tank swallowed 10.4 gallons, which cost me $23.91. I saved $8.23. Filling up for less than $25 felt great, even if the overall discount was a piddling 1% (with bonus points I spent closer to $500 to save $8.23 – 1.5%).
When’s the last time your gas was that cheap?
Readers chimed in with this list of stores that have a gas discount program.
Stop & Shop