I was at Loblaws this week and noticed the sign for their new points system. I sort of ignored it, but then at the cash this time when I bought my groceries, the cashier explained it to me and I think it is a really great program!
I normally shop at Loblaws, No Frills or the Superstore, which are all affiliated under the Loblaws brand. At the current time, the PC Plus point system is only available at Loblaws, but will be expanding eventually to the other affiliated stores. The system is a lot like the Optimum Point system that Shoppers Drug Mart has, with points earned for what you buy.
Get your card in-store, or download the PC Plus app to your phone. Online you can find your current offers, which you need to load to your card, by simply clicking "load to my card". There is also a recipe database that is totally simple to use and you can add a grocery list, which is even organized by department. That is much more organized than I am! As the system gets to know you, it will show you your frequently shopped for items and tailor the offers to you. For example, if you purchase a lot of organic items like I do, it will start offering more points on organic foods. This means that you'll earn the points on the foods and items you actually do buy, instead of ones they suggest you buy. I think this is amazing, considering I find many of the coupons and offers out there are often for commercial and processed items I try to steer clear of, while I pay a huge expense for my organic and lesser-known brands.
Once you've registered your card and loaded your offers, shop in-store and you'll see the offers available for certain items if you buy that item. At the checkout you'll show your card or your app, and your points will be loaded. One thousand points is equal to $1, and you can redeem when you hit a certain amount, saving lots of money on your groceries. This is better than the current PC points program because you don't need to switch your banking or credit card over. You just need to sign up for FREE!
From one shopping trip, I already have over 2,000 points. I wasn't tailoring my shopping to the points reward system and only got rewarded on in-store offers. This week, some of my current offers include 300 points for buying strawberries (which I usually buy this time of year) and 200 points for every $1 I spend on oranges. If I was more serious and paid attention to current offers, I could probably get up to about 4000 points per shopping trip, meaning in about a month I'd save $20 just for collecting points on things I already buy.