How to find the right grocery credit card

For many people, groceries are a major monthly expense. Get the most out of your grocery spending with a credit card that rewards you with additional points or cash back every time you hit the grocery store. Read on to learn how to choose the right grocery credit card for you.

Types of grocery credit cards

When you're trying to get the most out of your grocery spending, there are two main options to consider: cards that give you additional rewards for grocery spending, or cards that have a high flat rate of rewards across all spending.

Rewards credit cards with a high rate of rewards on purchases

Whether you're at the supermarket, the grocery store, or any other store you can think of, rewards cards with a high rate of earnings, regardless of the purchase category can present a great opportunity. If you tend to spend equal amounts on grocery stores and other categories of purchases, you may want to consider a card in this category, such as the Citi Double Cash® Card.

Rewards credit cards with grocery or supermarket spending categories

Some cards offer the chance to earn more rewards per dollar spent at the grocery store. For example, you can earn additional miles at the grocery store with the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® Card, which offers 2X miles on grocery store spending, including grocery delivery services.

Rewards credit cards that adapt to your spending

Do you sometimes splurge at grocery stores, and at other times spend more on restaurants, entertainment or travel? A card that has adaptable rewards might be the right choice. The Citi Custom Cash® Card earns 5% cash back on your highest eligible spend category each billing cycle up to the first $500 spent. Eligible categories include grocery stores, select travel, restaurants, gas stations and more.

How do grocery credit cards work?

Grocery credit cards work by earning either cash back, points or miles on your grocery store spending.

Cash back can typically be redeemed as a statement credit on your credit card bill, or as a check by mail or direct deposit, but terms will vary depending on your card.

Points can typically be redeemed for things like gift cards, travel, or cash rewards. Miles are usually redeemed for air travel or other types of travel.

How to earn rewards at grocery stores

For most grocery rewards credit cards, all you need to do is use the card when you shop and stay in good standing with your credit card issuer by making payments on time, and your rewards will start to grow.

How to choose a grocery credit card

Choosing the right grocery credit card depends on how much flexibility you want, both in terms of earning and redeeming rewards.

The Citi Double Cash® Card earns a simple, high rate of cash back on all purchases — so you don't have to worry about managing different cards for different spending.The Citi Double Cash® Card earns 2% cash back on purchases – 1% cash back when you buy, plus an additional 1% cash back as you pay.

The Citi Custom Cash® Card also offers flexibility in that the 5% cash back reward will automatically apply to the eligible category you spend the most on for each billing cycle.

For those looking for a more dedicated grocery credit card, the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® Card might be a better choice.

Which Citi credit cards offer additional rewards at grocery stores?

  • Citi Custom Cash® Card: Earn 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle up to the first $500 spent. Grocery stores is one of 10 eligible categories.
  • American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® Card: Earn 2X American Airline miles at grocery stores

How to apply for a grocery credit card

You can easily learn more and apply for any Citi credit card, including grocery store cards, by clicking here.

Disclosure: This article is for educational purposes. It is not intended to provide legal, investment, or financial advice and is not a substitute for professional advice. It does not indicate the availability of any Citi product or service. For advice about your specific circumstances, you should consult a qualified professional.


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