Grocery shopping is one of our biggest monthly expenses. We all spend money on groceries and other basics, so why not earn some cash back, points or miles in the process. Today a lot of cash back cards for grocery stores are offered to consumers. You can buy food and save all year-round using a grocery rewards card.
Choosing a right credit card for grocery or supermarket purchases may not be that easy as it seems. There are a lot of different credit cards with different rewards programs out there and finding just one for you may be a difficult task.
Cash rewards are easy to understand and to calculate. Most cards come with fixed cash back rewards per dollar spent. They also may give bigger cash back in one or two shopping categories (like gas, restaurants, grocery). This type of cards is good for those who are new to the world of rewards. Another type of cash back rewards cards are cards with additional rewards in rotating shopping categories. Rotating categories change every quarter and grocery shopping may get additional cash back only once a year for three months. Rewards in changing categories are usually capped.
Co-branded credit cards may also come with big rewards in specific categories like grocery or gas. You can earn point rewards or miles rewards towards the loyalty program and then redeem them for airline tickets, hotel stays, rental cars and other rewards.
Once you've decided on a couple of credit cards, take your average food bill and make some calculations to see your potential savings. Don't forget to take into account possible annual fees and other charges. Note that it is recommended to pay off the rewards card balance in full each month to get the most out of your grocery credit card.