Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I have a President’s Choice Mastercard.
I signed up for the credit card because we do most of our shopping at No Frills and I like the idea of getting points and eventually free groceries. Plus, the man said we would get $20 in free groceries when we signed up.
So I read the contract, signed it and asked for my free grocery coupon. It was to come when I got the credit card, he said. OK. Only it didn’t. It ended up coming with my first statement instead. And it wasn’t $20 in free groceries either.
OK, technically it was.
But I so annoyed by what we actually received that I was going to cancel the card. I received four $5-off coupons, which I could use when I spent more than $50.
Although still $20 in free groceries, it was not what was implied when we signed up for the card. I was expecting a coupon for $20 in free groceries so I could stock up on items we needed or buy something frivolous and fun - like an expensive steak.
I am actually unimpressed with the entire President’s Choice points system.
I am sure I am not the only one who dislikes the idea of a credit card. It makes me nervous, particularly since the interest rate is crazy - almost 20 per cent.
I like Sobey’s loyalty card better. With the Sobey’s card, you simply swipe it each time you make a purchase, collect points to earn free groceries. I only shop at Sobey’s when things are on sale and I already have $5 off a future purchase.
If the Westons’ want more people to shop at their grocery stores, they may want to ditch the credit card idea and jump on board with a loyalty card.