Rewards Programme For Groceries: Stretching Your Dollar Spent On Daily Expenses
 
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Rewards Programme For Groceries: Stretching Your Dollar Spent On Daily Expenses

Ming Feng
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Supermarket reward systems can be downright complicated.

But nothing can stand in our way to stretch every dollar we spend on something as essential as groceries!

Ways To Save Money When Getting Your Groceries And Daily Expenses At Supermarkets

  1. Signing up for the right membership
  2. Using the best credit card when it comes to groceries shopping
  3. Taking advantage of promotions to help you save money on groceries

Pro tip: there are also on-going senior citizen promotions make grocery shopping more affordable for them.

Which Supermarket Membership Should I Get?

For regular grocery shoppers, you should already have a preferred supermarket in mind.

Here are some of the most common factors affecting the supermarket shoppers usually go to:

  • Convenience – near where they live
  • Variety – has the best selection of groceries according to their needs
  • Quality – has the freshest selection of vegetables, poultry, and more
  • Price – is the cheapest as compared to other supermarkets nearby

Or even simpler: wherever the wife says to go to.

Keeping all these factors in mind, it should help you quickly make a decision on the membership to apply if you are looking to move into a new neighbourhood or just want to maximise your savings.

Membership and rewards programmeApplicable for which supermarket?How are Points awarded?Conversion rate of rewardsPercentage of rewards to amount spent
NTUC LinkPointsNTUC FairPrice, Unity Pharmacy2 LinkPoints for every $1 spent150 Points for $1 worth of rewards1.3%
TapForMore

(PAssion Card)
Giants, Cold Storage, Guardian, Market Place, Jasons1 TapForMore Points for every $1 spent150 Points for $1 worth of rewards0.67%
Prime Supermarket MembershipPrime Supermarkets1 Fresh Points for every $1 spent100 Points for $1 worth of rewards1%

To help Singaporeans make smarter personal finance decision, we unleashed the inner uncles and aunties in us, to find the benefits of ALL the supermarkets’ memberships in Singapore.

Plus! Membership NTUC
Source: plus.com.sg

NTUC LinkPoints With Plus! Membership

Plus! Rewards Programme is a loyalty programme that was introduced in the year 1998, to help Singaporeans make the best out of every dollar spent on their daily expenses. As NTUC members are automatically under the Plus! Rewards Programme, it is often mistaken as NTUC membership itself.

As the benefits of NTUC membership too lengthy to get into, we’ll leave it for a separate article in the future.

As of now, we dive deep into all of the benefits of accruing LinkPoints.

Benefits Of Plus! Membership

If you are a frequent shopper at NTUC FairPrice, it makes the most sense to get a Plus! Membership.

Here are some benefits of Plus! members, that has a direct impact on our groceries and daily expenses:

 Plus! Rewards CardNTUC Plus! Rewards CardPlus! Visa CardNTUC Plus! Visa Card
Discount at FairPrice1.3%5.3%7%Up to 12%
Discount at Unity Pharmacy1.3%5.3%7%Up to 12%
Discount at Popular--3%3%
Discount at Esso--Up to 18.5%Up to 18.5%
Discount at Caltex--Up to 18%Up to 18%

There are a lot more perks which can be found on Plus!’s website, we are focusing more on the ones without an expiry date.

How To Earn And Redeem Linkpoints?

With each dollar spent with each Plus! Partner, you will be awarded LinkPoints.

Plus! Rewards Programme, LinkPoints conversion
Source: Plus.com.sg

For NTUC members, 2 LinkPoints are awarded for every $1 spent at NTUC FairPrice. For every 150 LinkPoints accumulated, it can be redeemed for $1 worth of rewards.

Based on the above example, if you spent $1,200 on grocery shopping (on God knows what, maybe 300 loaves of bread?) You’ll get $16 worth of rewards back. That works out to be about 1.3% rewards earned.

How much you spend?Number of LinkPoints awarded?ConversionPercentage of rewards
$1,2002,400 LinkPoints$16 worth of rewards1.3%

The exact number of LinkPoints varies with each Plus! Partner.

To redeem your link points, simply login to your Plus! account online to do so.

Some of the more popular redemptions include:

  • $20 Metro Shoppers’ cheque
  • $20 Swensen’s dining voucher
  • $20 JP Pepperdine dining voucher
  • $10 Polar Puffs and Cakes dining voucher
Plus! LinkPoints redemption
Source: Plus.com.sg

How To Apply For Plus! Membership?

There are a few ways you can apply for a Plus! membership.

The first is to apply for a Plus! card, here’s a range of cards you can choose from:

Type of Plus! CardFees and chargesEligibility
Plus! CardOne-time $10 membership feeNo age restrictions
No minimum income required
NTUC Plus! CardNTUC Membership fee of $117 per annum.Above 16 years old.

Except personnel from Singapore Police Force, Singapore Prisons, Auxiliary Police bodies, foreign domestic workers and full-time students.
Plus! Visa Credit Card$107 per annumAge 21 and above

$30,000 and above for Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs

$45,000 and above for foreigners
NTUC Plus! Visa Credit CardFreeNTUC Plus! Members only

Age 21 and above

$30,000 and above for Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs

$45,000 and above for foreigners
Plus! Visa Debit Card$24 per annumAge 16 and above

No minimum income required

Singaporeans, Singaporean PRs and foreigners
NTUC Plus! Visa Debit CardFree (prevailing NTUC Membership fee applies)NTUC membership benefits and privileges

NTUC Plus! Members only

Age 16 and above

No minimum income required

Singaporeans, Singapore PRs and foreigners

Alternatively, you can also apply for one, for free on the Plus! App.


Passion Card membership, Tapformore
Source: People’s Association

TapForMore Rewards Programme

TapForMore Rewards Programme was launched in April 2010. The objective is to allow members to earn and redeem points from their purchases at selected partners (like Cold Storage) in order to stretch every dollar they spend.

This programme is tied to your PAssion card, so all you have to do is simply tap your PAssion card every time you shop to collect points.

Benefits Of TapForMore Rewards Programme

If you are a frequent shopper at:

  • Cold Storage
  • Giant
  • Guardian
  • Jasons
  • Market Place

then the TapForMore Rewards Programme makes the most sense.

Here are some benefits of TapForMore, that has a direct impact on our groceries and daily expenses:

 PAssion Card MembersPAssion Silver Card Members
Discount at Giant Outlets
(on Tuesday)
Collect TapForMore Points3% Off

Collect TapForMore Points
Discount at Cold Storage Outlets
(On Wednesday)
Collect TapForMore Points3% Off

Collect TapForMore Points

One main benefit for TapForMore Points is that you can convert them to KrisFlyer Miles and vice versa.

How To Earn And Redeem TapForMore?

With every dollar spent at a TapForMore Partner, one will be awarded one point. For every 150 LinkPoints accumulated, it can be redeemed for $1 worth of reward.

For example $1,500 of grocery shopping (if you’re feeding an army each time you go shopping…) gets you $10 worth of rewards back. That works out to be about 0.67% rewards earned.

How much you spend?Number of TapForMore Points awarded?ConversionPercentage of rewards
$1,5001,500 points$10 worth of rewards
(150 points for $1)
0.67%

The number of points accumulated can be used to offset your future expenses at participating stores. But take note! The points issued have an 18-month validity.

How To Apply For TapForMore Membership?

You will need a PAssion card to collect TapForMore rewards.

The Passion Card Membership comes with a membership fee of $12 for a five-year membership.


Prime Supermarket Membership Card
Source: Prime Supermarket

Prime Supermarket Membership

Prime Supermarket was established way back in 1984. It is also one of the largest family-owned supermarket chains in Singapore.

With about 20 outlets islandwide, a Prime Supermarket Membership can save you tonnes if you’re a frequent shopper with them.

Benefits Of Prime Supermarket Membership Programme

If you are a frequent shopper at Prime Supermarket, their membership programme allows you to accumulate Fresh Points when you spend a minimum of $10 in a single receipt with them.

How To Earn And Redeem Prime Supermarket Fresh Points?

With each dollar spent at any Prime Supermarket, you will be awarded one Fresh Point. You have to ensure that you spend a minimum of $10 in a single receipt though.

For every 100 Fresh Points accumulated, it can be redeemed for $1 worth of reward.

This means that $1,000 worth of grocery shopping (I don’t think anybody REALLY spends that much at one go, so relax, this is just accumulated spending) gets you $10 worth of rewards back. And that works out to be about 1% rewards earned.

How much you spend?Number of Fresh Points awarded?ConversionPercentage of rewards
$1,0001,000 points$10 worth of rewards
(100 Fresh Points for $1)
1%

The number of points accumulated can be used to offset your total future expense at any Prime Supermarket.

How To Apply For Prime Membership?

To get Prime Membership, simply spend $20 in a single receipt to qualify for free! You can sign up for your Prime Membership at any Prime Supermarkets’ in-store cashiers to receive your Prime Membership Card.


Go on and unleash the inner auntie and uncle in you. We promise we won’t judge!

Singaporean auntie
Source: hardwarezone.com.sg

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About Ming Feng
A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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