How I Plan to Maximize Discover It Card’s 5% Categories
Yesterday I went over how I planned on maximizing Chase Freedom’s 2nd quarter 5% categories. Today I thought I would do the same thing for the Discover It card. If you haven’t signed up for the quarter yet you can find all of the details and links to the sign up pages HERE for the Chase Freedom, Discover It, and Citi Dividend card.
There will be some overlap with the Discover card and Freedom card’s 2nd quarter since they both have grocery as a category.
Discover It 2nd Quarter Categories
There is only one category for the Discover It card this quarter but it is a good one:
- Grocery Stores
This is an easy target to hit and you should be able to max out the $1500 in spend and pocket $75 in cash. I wanted to go over some of the best options for this quarter. You could obviously just buy your groceries for the next 3 months and see where you end up but I like to manufacture rewards with my 5X earning cards.
Visa Gift Cards
Going to start today off the same as yesterday. Buying $500 reloadable Visa gift cards is a great option for this quarter for the Discover It and Chase Freedom cards. It isn’t the number one option because of the costs involved. I am more likely to overlook the costs when dealing with cash since it isn’t “paying for points”. Cash rewards are an important part of the hobby. They allow you to offset annual fees and other costs associated with earning points.
The cards will cost you between $5.95 and $6.95 a piece with a liquidation cost of at least $1.40 for the 3 cards. That takes around a $20 bite out of your $75 profit.
Maximizing Gift Card Sales
This one ties in with Visa gift cards but it is a more patient approach. There are the people out there who want to get this done right away and knock out the spend. I get that…it is easier to move onto new things vs risking forgetting about it down the line.
But it may make sense to wait and strike when there is opportunity. Kroger, Meijer, and Stop & Shop all have recently had or currently have Visa gift card sales ongoing. Even if you don’t feel comfortable liquidating Visa gift cards these deals make the cards a negative cost. So you are profiting and earning 5% on the purchase. You can then use the cards for regular spend.
These deals come around somewhat frequently and I think there is a good chance they will return in the next 3 months if you can’t take advantage of the ones currently active. The $500 Visa cards will always be there so there is no harm in waiting in an attempt to increase your profits.
3rd Party Gift Card Sales
Grocery stores also have 3rd party gift card sales from time to time that can be profitable. You can stack these purchases with fuel rewards promos as well. There is currently a promotion going on for 4X fuel points at Kroger.
If you have any regular purchases coming up for say Target or Amazon you could load up on gift cards from the grocery store for those purchases as well.
This is the approach I will be taking. I will wait and see if any opportunities present itself before going the $500 variable load route. Some of these deals have really paid off in the past!
Hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how to max out this quarter. It would be awesome if we get some good deals coming our way.
What is your game plan? Do you plan to get the spending done quickly or are you waiting for the right opportunity to strike?
Another thing to remember is to check the gift cards offered by Discover when redeeming your earnings. They often have discounted gift cards for sale that can increase your profits even further.