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03 Dec, 2014

PC Plus Points and saving money at Christmas

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life|parenting

As some of may already know, I’m a bit obsessed as it pertains to collecting PC Plus points. (Read my original post if you’re looking for tips and tricks on how to maximize your points and save money.) Last year I did a big shop on December 23 and the points that I had saved up to that point covered the bulk of our holiday groceries, which made me really happy. (I mean, hello, FREE GROCERIES during a very expensive time of year would make anyone happy!) But it also inspired me to do something bigger. And so, because I am the type of person who enjoys a challenge and counting/accumulating things, I made sure Mark had a card linked up to the account and we started saving all of our PC Plus points. Which brings us to today.

Not that this is a competition or anything, but I am totally winning this. This is a screenshot of my current holdings, not bad eh?

PC point collecting!

I’m pretty sure we’ll be at $500 by the end of December. Woot!

So how did we earn so many PC Plus points? Well. As you can imagine, a family of four goes through a lot of groceries, and we probably do 85% of our grocery shopping at Loblaws and the Superstore, which helps. With a bit of practice, I was able to alter my shopping habits to accumulate the most points I could during any given trip.

We will definitely have more than enough to cover Christmas groceries (think turkey and all the trimmings, and extra food-related treats). As for the rest, I’m gearing up to buy gift cards: gift cards for our own use around the holidays, and gift cards for stockings. But until today I had no clear idea what gift cards Loblaws sells (and the Superstore for that matter). I asked their customer service folks on Twitter, but they apparently don’t have a list to share. Perhaps it varies from store to store – which is why they weren’t very forthcoming –  but I can say with certainty that when I checked yesterday afternoon, some of the gift cards for sale at my local Loblaws included ones in various denominations from iTunes, Le Chateau, Garage, H&M, Winners, Forever 21, Hudson’s Bay, Cineplex, Indigo, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Xbox, LCBO, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Esso, Future Shop/Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, the Keg, and all kinds of fast food. They may vary slightly store to store, but I bet the selection is fairly similar at other stores.

I think I’ll redeem our points in areas we’re most likely to feel spendy over the holidays. So that means LCBO, and maybe Cineplex might be the best choices for us. Anything extra will be going into the kids’ stockings!

How would YOU spend your PC points? :)


6 Responses to "PC Plus Points and saving money at Christmas"

1 | Brenda A

December 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 am

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That is a LOT of points! Wowser! Our grocery bill thankfully does not equal that much every few days!

2 | Megan I

December 3rd, 2014 at 2:11 pm

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Hahaha that is impressive! I’m up to almost $100 and I was pretty impressed with myself! (My husband and I did the same thing and got two cards linked to one account for maximum points accumulation). We are still trying to decide how to spend our points…a big electronics-type item? Or on regular old groceries? The debate continues… :)

3 | Gwen

December 3rd, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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We saved our PC points for a while, bought a gift card from Home Depot, and then used it to get ourselves a snow blower! That was a couple of years ago. Not sure what is next!

4 | Jan

December 4th, 2014 at 8:37 am

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I just bought two gift cards this week using PC points. One is for the Keg and the other is Milestone/Kelsey’s.

Now that PC plus is accepted at No Frills, I should be able to accumulate a lot of points for next Christmas.

5 | Stefania

December 7th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

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That is an insane amount of points!!!!

6 | FD

December 12th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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I’m like this with my Shopper’s Optimum points … Ever notice how many specials they have to either earn extra points or get extra value of goods when you redeem points? Also, notice the wide range of items they get in the store at this time of year – a small quantity of each to entice people to come into the store.

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