I had to "break camp" today to refill on propane ... we've been "boondocking" it at our home in RI for the past few weeks making some repairs to the house and getting it ready for winter, and while I was out I decided to get some fuel as well.
When we're at home in CT, RI or in the Northeast in general, we try to shop at Stop & Shop so that we can earn gas points. You get 1 point for every dollar you spend and with every 100 points you can get .10 cents off per gallon at most Shell stations. S&S also offers bonus points each week if you buy X number of products. This week, among other bonus offers, it was 200 extra points (.20 cents off per gallon) if you bought 7 cans of RedPack Tomatoes. That was a perfect match to a good hearty Chili on the menu this week! We ended up buying 14 cans over 2 shopping trips, a cost of $14, and a bonus of .40 cents off per gallon!
We had some points that were set to expire today, so while I was out for propane, I decided to cash in our gas points. There are restrictions to this program, so to get the most benefit you have to pay attention to your shopping, your points expiration, bonus points and local Shell station prices.
After filling up on propane, I headed over to a local shell station - with the lowest price per gallon as discovered by GasBuddy - and "filled up" on 35 gallons of fuel for our Sea Breeze. You burn all your available points when you use them and can only earn a discount on 35 gallons of fuel. For us, this works out to a 1/2 tank of fuel.
Today I cashed in 1237 gas points to earn 1.20 cents off per gallon. The lowest price Shell in the area was 3.459/gallon -- our price 2.259/gallon. Using the 35 gallon max, we spent $79.07, saving $42.00 using our points.
We'll be parked here for another few weeks, so we won't be burning any fuel. Over the next 3 to 4 weeks we'll work on building our points and try to refill that remaining 35 gallons, hopefully saving at least as much the next time around before we head out towards our next destination.
2005 National Sea Breeze 1311
2015 VW Tiguan SE 4Motion (trailered)
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