If you’re like me, you probably have way more discount and rewards cards than you can possibly keep up with, much less stuff into your wallet or hang on your keychain. I finally gave up and only carry the three that I use most often—My Panera card, Max Perks from Office Max and Best Buy Reward Zone. The others are in a drawer somewhere or were lost a long time ago.
But then you just never know when one of those long forgotten cards might come in handy. Case in point. Today I needed to purchase some cream cheese to go with the baker’s dozen bagels I had bought at Panera (I got points for that purchase, by the way). I was on the way to a job site, when I passed a Winn Dixie. How simple it would be to stop and get the cream cheese I needed instead of waiting until I got back to my side of town and going to Publix because Winn Dixie closed the store at Brook Highland years ago.
So that’s just what I did. When I got to the check out line, the cashier asked if I had a Winn Dixie card. I had forgotten about my Winn Dixie card, which was probably the very first discount card I ever owned. I used it all the time. I explained to the cashier that unfortunately Winn Dixie closed the store near my house, so I no longer carried my Winn Dixie card and had no idea what had happened to it.
She asked for my phone number. I said it had been years since I had used the card, and I was sure I wasn’t still in the system, but I gave it to her anyway. What do you know, I was still there, and I saved $1.59 on two containers of soft cream cheese. Note: I really pays to have one of those discount cards, because it appears that Winn Dixie charges non-card holders a huge premium.
Anyway, maybe some of you are way more organized than I and carry all of those cards in some convenient container that you tuck into your purse. However, there’s got to be a better way. Surely there’s an app for that.