Columbus, OH -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/10/2015 -- Coupon website iweeklyads.com has just released a brand new infographic to help consumers to identify the best and worst loyalty rewards programs from their favorite department stores. Every year, more and more loyalty programs spring into existence. While many of these programs are highly competitive, offering customers excellent bargains and discounts, not all of them provide a good value. Many exist simply to distract customers from better deals they could discover elsewhere.
"Our goal at iweeklyads.com is always to help customers to find the best bargains and save money," stated Andy Walcott, founder of iweeklyads.com. "Loyalty programs are a major part of that, but this is an aspect of retail shopping where the phrase 'let the buyer beware' certainly applies. While conducting our research, we found some loyalty programs definitely do not help customers to save money. They may appear to offer value, but actually conceal better opportunities elsewhere. We want our visitors to walk away with an informed understanding of these offers so that they can use discernment when signing up for offers."
In their blog post discussing their findings, the team at iweeklyads.com talks about how customers may lose money with just about any supermarket chain store discount program. This is not the case if shoppers are planning on buying from these stores exclusively, but these loyalty programs do distract buyers from better deals offered at major competitors like Target.com. Oftentimes even with the loyalty rewards applied, products cost substantially more than they would at a competitor's store without a card. Sometimes these products are marked up by as much as 71%. Customers think they are getting a great deal, but they are actually paying far more than they would if they shopped somewhere else.
That does not mean that loyalty programs cannot be excellent sources of savings. What did the team discover were some of the best programs out there? According to the infographic, shoppers can enjoy ample savings if they sign up for programs at Walgreens, CVS, Best Buy, Amazon.com, and Target. These companies offer excellent cash back deals on purchases. Many also offer additional deals and discounts on top of that.
Using the infographic, retail customers can quickly and easily scan through the programs and locate the loyalty cards that will be most helpful to them. The infographic not only summarizes the programs, but also makes it clear at a glance how to best use the rewards to save money. Getting the most out of a rewards program is not just about signing up for a card, but being aware of all the hidden advantages that come with membership. At the same time, it is also about learning how to avoid the temptations of membership programs at stores like Kroger and Albertsons, which may actually sidetrack buyers from better opportunities elsewhere.
Customers may view the infographic and read the company's article on iweeklyads.com's website.
iweeklyads.com was created by a group of bargain hunters with the purpose of sharing their money saving knowledge with the public. The group scours the Internet to find the latest ads, circulars, coupons, and other special offers. Shoppers can use the website to plan their offline and online shopping.
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