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Saveon more rewards 30x points OR 10% off groceries? Which is better?

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Saveon more rewards 30x points OR 10% off groceries? Which is better?

Daughter is going to be doing grocery delivery for Save-on Supermarket.
as a perk they are offering her:
10% off her groceries when she shops there
OR
30x points when she shops there.

Which is better?
luckily she already shopes regularly at Save on

Thank you for your input.
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fred koenig wrote: Daughter is going to be doing grocery delivery for Save-on Supermarket.
as a perk they are offering her:
10% off her groceries when she shops there
OR
30x points when she shops there.

Which is better?
luckily she already shopes regularly at Save on

Thank you for your input.
This sounds like a math question to me. First you figure out how much is a base point worth. Then is it 30x points better t’han 10% off?
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ml88888888 wrote: This sounds like a math question to me. First you figure out how much is a base point worth. Then is it 30x points better t’han 10% off?
I agree, but I do not know how you even earn points at saveon. is it one point per dollar spent?
I remember once that it you could redeem one million points for a toaster
so a point is not worth much.
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fred koenig wrote: I agree, but I do not know how you even earn points at saveon. is it one point per dollar spent?
I remember once that it you could redeem one million points for a toaster
so a point is not worth much.
Base earn is 1 point per dollar spent. Points are worth between 0.25¢ and 0.43¢ each depending on how you redeem them. So 30x would be 7.5%-12.9% back in points. There are bonus points for buying certain things. I spent $21.52 and got 121 points, something in there got me 100 points I guess. Would be nice if 30x stacked with that, for 3,630 point on a $21.52 purchase. That'd be 50-75% back. But I doubt it works that way.

WestJet flights are the way to redeem points to get maximum value from them. So if she's a WestJet flyer I'd take the points. Otherwise, take the 10% off.
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fred koenig wrote: I agree, but I do not know how you even earn points at saveon. is it one point per dollar spent?
I remember once that it you could redeem one million points for a toaster
so a point is not worth much.
Unless you really really like the points, Just take the 10% off.

https://www.morerewards.ca/faq

Base Points - The More Rewards offers 1 point per $ spent (exclusions apply) at all participating partners like Save-On-Foods, More Rewards Travel, Panago Pizza and more.
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fwiw that offer works on a per-transaction basis. If you want you can use the 10% off on larger purchases and the 30x on smaller purchases where 10% isn't much.
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Saveon More rewards is one of the weaker rewards around. It is not uncommon to redeem a $2 item for 1000 points. That means you have to spend $1000 to get $2 back. (Each dollar spent is worth one point). Here is a sample reward: you need to spend $4200 to get that bag of smokies that cost $6.99.

To the 10% off her groceries OR 30x points offer:

Assume she is spending $100 at the store. If she takes the 10% off, she gets $10. If takes the 30x points offer, she gets 3000 points. It is highly unlikely, close to impossible, for her to get an item she *needed* that costs $10 for 3000 points. So getting that 10% off looks like a better deal.

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10% off is generally better. Save on food sometimes have a redemption event/GC event which makes it slightly better but those arent exactly common enough to make it worthwhile (unlike SDM who have it every month). For reference, the last redemption event was (i believe) 18k=$50, 30k=$100, 48k=$200.

Using those rates (again please note they could be slightly off), then $50 is worst than 10%, $100 = 10% and $200 = 12.5%. So the only way you can get a better deal from points is wait till a bonus redemption event (or GC event, which i believe only happened once) and redeem your points then. Honestly its much easier to just take the 10% off and you are more likely to save money buying what you need when you need it/when its on sale vs redeem during a specific flyer given things you might want to buy arent very likely to be on sale.
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stack21 wrote: Saveon More rewards is one of the weaker rewards around. It is not uncommon to redeem a $2 item for 1000 points. That means you have to spend $1000 to get $2 back. (Each dollar spent is worth one point). Here is a sample reward: you need to spend $4200 to get that bag of smokies that cost $6.99.

To the 10% off her groceries OR 30x points offer:

Assume she is spending $100 at the store. If she takes the 10% off, she gets $10. If takes the 30x points offer, she gets 3000 points. It is highly unlikely, close to impossible, for her to get an item she *needed* that costs $10 for 3000 points. So getting that 10% off looks like a better deal.

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Redeeming for groceries is doing it all wrong. That nearly always gives poor value. Like I said up thread, redeeming for WestJet flights gives the greatest value. If the OP regularly flies on WestJet, the points could give ~25% more value over taking 10% off.
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The 4200 points for the Smokies also isn't like, meant to be a "deal" per se. Also saying that you need to spend $4200 to get the smokies ignores that you can get bonus points from buying things and there's also the weekly in-app VIP offer for bonus points that's usually set at $50 spend.

Like here you can redeem 1800 points for a 12-pack of large eggs that's $3.59 every day. That follows the general rule of 1000 points = $2. The smokies are worse than that (~$1.66/1000 pts). Milk is even worse (here a $4.79 4L redeems for 3100 points, that's only ~$1.55/1000 pts).

Usually they run a couple actual "deals" per week. For example I remember earlier this year one of them was to redeem for a 3-lb bag of mandarins for only 1400 points. At the price the mandarins were at (I think like $6.99 in the winter) that's ~$5/1000 pts.

Obviously redeeming against travel is the best, and I know you can also use your points to redeem for BC Ferries vouchers but it requires * a lot* (30k just to cover the entire cost of one driver+vehicle ticket).

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