This is definitely the week to check out the gas deals, which is why I’m taking the time to quickly share with you how I shop the giant gas deals. I realize that everyone thinks a little differently on how they do math, and there are many ways to figure out the deals and how they’ll work best for you, but I’ll be sharing what works for me. And I love it!
What are Giant Gas Deals?
In short, its a rewards program in which Giant offers you a discount on gas if you buy a certain number of products featured each week. It’s actually called Choice Rewards, not gas deals, because you can redeem your points for more than just gas. I call it gas deals, because it has always been a better value to redeem my rewards for gas.
For instance, in this example you can earn 500 choice reward points (equal to $.50 off per gallon of gas up to 25 gallons) for every 6 items you purchase that is shown in this box. Items must be purchased in a single transaction.
Here’s my quick and simple way to do the math. If I’m earning $.50 off per gallon of gas, I can multiply that by 25 gallons since that’s how much gas I will fill up with. (My calculations are only correct if you fill up 25 gallons—so be sure to take an empty gas tank or two if your tank is smaller than 25 gallons.)
$.50 per gallon x 25 gallons = $12.50 in gas credit
Therefore, if I buy 6 items I will get $12.50 of gas for FREE.
Or I tend to look at it the other way, I will be buying gas no matter what, so I count the $12.50 for gas and deduct the $12.50 from my bill for those 6 items. Which leads to another equation.
$12.50 discount off my bill / 6 items = $2.08 discount per item
I then go through the list of items, and deduct $2.08 from the price shown. Now I know how much it will cost me per item! Here’s what my paper usually looks like (excuse my scribbles, this is real life!).
You can see that some of the items this week I’ll be getting a discount MORE THAN the actual price I’ll pay for the item. That’s called a money-maker! You can increase the money-makers to be even more of a money-maker by finding coupons.
Let’s use the Prego for an example.
$1.99 Prego Sauce – $2.08 gas credit – $1/1 Prego Pasta Sauce Coupon = $-1.09 cost to me
That means $1.09 in my pocket! Now if I buy 6 of them, and find 6 coupons, I just made $6.54.
Even if you don’t have any coupons, you still just made $.54. And, you’ve either started a stock pile (which will save you at least $2 per jar or $12 total, that you would have paid to buy the sauce in the next few months for your meals), or you have some incredibly inexpensive donations for places that need them!
All said and done, this week I paid more than I ever have at the grocery store, but I also earned more gas credit than I ever have. I paid $120.62, but earned $92.50 in gas. Therefore I paid just $28.12 for a cart full of groceries that will last me quite a while!
If you really want to make things sound crazy, you could say that I just got $166.48 worth of groceries for $28.12!! 😉
I did a bunch of other deals that I had coupons for too, which is why you see some of the things you do in my cart—including the deodorant for my husband. That deal is worth checking out if you use those products—buy $15 worth of items and save $5 instantly. I always make it a point to check through the circular for quick savers!