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How to Score the Best Deals with Your Loyalty Card

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

get the most out of your loyalty card

Loyalty cards are created to keep patrons returning and track the shopping patterns of their consumers. Every shop uses a different reward system for their loyalty cards, but if you’re not careful you can miss the benefits. Here are some shopping tips to make sure you are getting the full value of the loyalty benefits. 

Know the point system

Every store is a little different, but the traditional model for reward system is: shop and receive points toward your next purchase. This is intended to encourage you to shop more frequently, but if you don’t understand that store’s system, you can be shopping without any return on your investments. 

Pharmacies like CVS don’t give you your reward points until after you’ve made a purchase. To see the benefits up front, head to the reward kiosk to cash in on your points before you begin to shop. This can even dictate what you purchase, so don’t skip this step. Other places like Qdoba have sites where you can login and see how close you are to getting a FREE reward. If you are dining with a friend, make your purchases separately using one loyalty card so that you don’t get jipped out of a 2 for 1 shot deal. 

When signing up for your loyalty card, make sure an employee explains to you how their reward system works so you don’t turn into the weird lady hollering about expired coupons and holding up the line because she thought CVS and Rite Aid were the same.  

Utilize the hidden coupon world 

In addition to your newspaper coupons, sites like Retailmenot.com are dedicated to coupon paradise. Prepare to become slightly obsessed with deals. If you are like many who fear becoming the customer with the long winded transaction, don’t worry, our Card Cubby organizes your coupons from A-Z so finding the right voucher at the right time is easy. Be sure to read the conditions of each coupon so you know what you can and cannot combine prior to reaching checkout. This will save you and the people behind you a lot of time. Many places allow you to utilize coupons online too now! Shameless saving is calling your name. 

Sign up for the newsletter 

I know no one likes an inbox overflowing with e-mail marketing content, but those are where the sales are.  Signing up for a company’s newsletter will allow you to strategically schedule when you shop and how you shop. If you have an abandoned e-mail address you hardly use, why not make that account you use to opt into e-newsletters with. By checking this dedicated “spam address” once a week, you can save yourself a ton of money! 

Compare, compare, compare 

Shopstyle.com is great for comparing items for the lowest price. Many places make it their policy to match prices on the market, so by doing a little research you can save yourself some cash. It’s important to know which stores honor this policy ahead of time to save yourself an argument with your cashier. 

Know the sale seasons 

Black Friday is great for finding deals but there are other times of the year where prices go way down. Late June and after major holidays are examples of great sale shopping periods. February 15th is a great day to rack up on chocolate up to 90% off. Get accustom to shopping off season. If you buy luxury winter coat in the dead of summer, you’re likely to get it for the fraction of the price. 

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Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

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Why Card Cubby Loves Chipotle

Posted on January 07, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Yes the food is fresh, flavorful and delicious.. the service is great... but as a product company owner I noticed some other things as well. I recently stopped in the Winter Springs, FL location near my home. Being a Chipotle “Virgin” I noticed right away that the choices are kept to a wonderful minimum.

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Invent Your Industry

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Long story short, I love to save money.

But before starting my business, the clutter and chaos associated with discount shopping became overwhelming. 

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Who doesn't want to save money on clothes??

Posted on July 07, 2014 by Wendy Krepak

Clothing COUPONS are out there and you don’t have to open a credit card with a particular store in order to receive the benefits.  www.CardCubby.com can help you organize them and SAVE!

Jill Cataldo, Times Correspondent, explains how she uses her clothing coupon system to get brand new clothing at thrift store prices. Follow her 4 tips for locating the best discounts at your favorite spots!  Get the down-low HERE http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/columnists/jill-cataldo/

 

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Why billions of dollars will be lost this year because of gift cards.

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Wendy Krepak

Why billions of dollars will be lost this year because of gift cards.

The #1 gift that causes people to lose hundreds of dollars.

Have you ever gotten a gift card and when you’ve go to use it, you realized that you left it at home on your kitchen counter top? You are not alone.

According to Time.com in 2012 over $2 billion dollars of gift cards are not redeemed a year. From 2005 to 2011, an estimated $41 billion went unredeemed!

That’s a lot of money just disappearing from consumer’s pockets.

While they say that 85% of gift cards are used within the first 60 days of receipt, what happens to the 15% that don’t use them? One of the biggest reasons cited for gift cards going unused is that consumers are forgetting about them!

Majority of those polled said that it’s frustrating to receive a gift card and then for it to go unused. They have options, if they can remember it! There are a slew of businesses devoted to buying up your gift cards at a reduced rate in exchange for cash.

Cardpool.com, the leader in buying gift cards online, will take your $100.00 TJMaxx gift card and give you $75.00 in cash for its exchange.

That’s like taking $25.00 and tossing it out the window.

Or, another option is to remember your gift cards!

The Card Cubby can help you with your predicament and help you save money! The Card Cubby has space for 40 gift cards so all you need to do is fill her up and put her in your purse. That way you never have to worry about leaving behind your gift cards and you can actually use them instead of losing them.

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