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Using Grocery Discount Cards To Buy Gas

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — Is the daily price hike of gasoline starting to get you down? Well, has it ever occurred to you that you can save on gas, just by buying food?

Several of the large food retail chains in the region have a “points” program, where the more food you buy, the cheaper the gas gets.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“If you use your Stop & Shop card at the pump, you automatically save five cents a gallon,” says Sherry Olson of the giant food chain. “Many Stop & Shop stores have gas pumps in the parking lot. And if you spend one dollar in the store, you get a gas point,” says Olson. “And by buying the food specials, you can earn up to fifty cents off a gallon.”

BJ’s has a similar program for its members. And consumers are starting to take advantage of it. “That’s why I shop at Stop & Shop, so I can save a few dollars,” said one driver.

Shaw’s used to have a similar program, but canceled it last month. Its rewards program is good until the end of March.

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