Saving Money on Gas at Harris Teeter

Saving Money on Gas at Harris Teeter

***Disclaimer:  The opinions in this post are 100% my own and I have not been compensated to provide them.***

Gasoline is one of those unavoidable, non-negotiable expenses. Unfortunately, with gas prices controlled by the powers that be, lots of competition, and few savings programs, it can be difficult to save in this area of your budget.

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For the past several months, Harris Teeter has had a promotion going in which customers can buy $50 gas cards for $40, when they have earned credits by shopping at the store. To earn a gas card credit, you need to spend $50 or more on groceries in one transaction.  (I didn’t know what Harris Teeter was until I moved to North Carolina, so I’m sorry for those of you that cannot take advantage of this promotion. )

Here are a couple of things you should know:

  1. The gas cards are only for BP and Shell. If you are loyal to a certain gas company this may not be a great promotion for you. I will get my gas almost anywhere, provided I get a good deal, but I do have my preferences. The BP stations tend to be more convenient for me where I live, and I have had fewer problems with their cards than with the Shell cards, so I always go with BP.Lucky for me, there is a BP station near me that has kept their prices at less than $2.00 for unleaded, even as other stations in the area have gone back up. One of the other BPs I pass frequently was at $2.09 today, but I filled up for $1.98! Wahoo!
  2. The promotion is through Harris Teeter’s reward program, VIC. If you have a problem with your gas points showing up on your receipt, you will have to call the VIC customer service line to get it fixed. I have had to do this twice myself. One of the customer service reps at Harris Teeter has told me that sometimes the gas credits people have earned doesn’t show up on their receipts, and HT cannot issue a gas card without seeing the credit on the receipt. Bummer.  When I have called to get this fixed, the gas points appeared immediately after the call, and there was little fuss. It would be ideal for the system to work the way it’s supposed to, but a quick phone call is a small price to pay to save 20% on gas! I haven’t had any problems with VIC dropping my gas card points since the most recent call I made at the beginning of October.
  3. You must, must, MUST keep your gas card’s activation receipt. When you purchase the card, you will get 2 receipts: one to show that you paid for the card and one to show that the card was activated at the register.  Now I keep the gas card and the activation receipt in one of the random handy storage areas in my car’s dashboard. That way, when I go to fill up the gas card is handy, and if there’s a problem with the gas card the receipt is handy. I always keep the receipts until I have used the card in full, just in case.  If you have a problem with the card not working, and need to return it, you will have to prove to Harris Teeter that you purchased the card at one of their stores. I had a Shell card that wasn’t working and tried to take it to customer service to get the situation resolved, but I didn’t have the activation receipt with me.. The customer service rep wasn’t rude, but he basically said I might have stolen the card and there was nothing he could do without the activation receipt. I also had to go back to the original Harris Teeter where I purchased the gas card.

Now I keep the gas card and the activation receipt in one of the random handy storage areas in my car’s dashboard. That way, when I go to fill up the gas card is handy, and if there’s a problem with the gas card the receipt is handy.  I always keep the receipts until I have used the card in full, just in case.

 

imageToday, I filled my 2005 Toyota Corolla’s 12-gallon tank for only $21! I still have another $29 on the card, so if the prices stay close to where they are, I can get more that two fill-ups from this card.  I fill up about every week, so that’s $40 for more than two full tanks of gas!

Yes, I will continue to be buying these gas cards!  Thanks, Harris Teeter!

How do you save money on gasoline?

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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