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Grocery shoppers aim to cut gasoline bill with bonus points

Jul 26, 2011 12:13:00 AM - thestate.com
Faith E. Wachter doesn’t normally spend as much as $17 on shampoo in a single shopping trip. But by stocking up on hair-care products recently, the Ellicott City, Md., resident saved more than $4 on gasoline for her car — and just in time for a drive to the beach.

As they look for ways to spend less on fuel, more shoppers are headed to the supermarket.

Several chains – such as Bi-Lo and Kroger in the Columbia area – are rewarding loyal customers with points they can redeem for discounts at the pump. And with the cost of a gallon of gas up a dollar from last summer, consumers say they are comparing the different programs — and, in some cases, shopping accordingly.

“It’s like buying a winning lottery ticket,” J.D. Taylor said as he filled up at the Safeway gas station in Catonsville, Md.

“How can you lose?” the Woodlawn, Md., man asked. “The card is free.”

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