Sometime last month, our favorite supermarket emailed an invite to apply for, at no extra cost, the upgraded version of their loyalty card: Fidaty Oro. With this card, customers accumulate 10% more points on grocery purchases, and it doubles as a store credit card with zero annual and/or renewal fees. Credit limit is determined by the company and the sum total of a month is deducted from your bank account the following month.
Sound good? I thought so too, because who doesn’t love free stuff when it comes in a gold box? When the card was ready for pick-up, this came with it, compliments from the company. In it were an assortment of the store’s brand prodcuts, from tomato sauce to chocolate and coffee pods. The package of pasta mista (mixed pasta*) on the left flap and the red Buon Natale tin (filled with pralines) were freebies within the last month!
I would be curious to know how store points awards work out for supermarkets across the pond and elsewhere. From the 3 places that we buy groceries, 1 has so-so items, another has okay items, and the last definitely has a motto of go big or go home! We rack up a lot of points through store incentives, and at Esselunga, some things we’ve been able to exchange points for…
In other news…Italy has been experiencing exceedingly bad weather and it appears that we’ll have to ‘wade it out’ until the end of the month. Venice is not sinking, it’s drowning. And Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Alto Adige are either under water or under snow. We’ve been spared the worst, but being cooped up in the house for days on end is messing with my mojo. The dwindling daylight hours don’t help either. But the good thing to come out of all this is that I’ve been catching up on my reading and the end of a 30-book challenge is in sight!