Posted byon October 16, 2008
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It had to happen… I’ve had a pretty sweet deal come to an end. For a few years, I’ve had a Chase card that earned 5% back on gas, groceries, and drugstores. I didn’t talk about it much, since you can’t apply for it anymore, so there wasn’t much point.
I got a letter that the program will change to 3% now. That change, coupled with my need to use an American Express card at Costco has had a domino effect on my cash back plan.
I always want to get the most cash back possible for all our spending, so I ran the numbers and calculated break even points between each card for each category that had tiers to break through. Here’s my new plan.
|Purchase||Credit Card||Cash Back||Notes|
|Gas||American Express TrueEarnings Costco Business||5%|
|Wireless Service||American Express SimplyCash Business||4%|
|Restaurants||American Express TrueEarnings Costco||3%|
|Drugstores||American Express Blue Cash||1%-5%||If you spend over $6500 annually (all purchases combined). It works great if you play the drugstore game to get free after rebate items.|
|Online||Discover More||5%||Currently includes retailers such as Sears, Dell, Circuit City, Office Depot|
|Costco||American Express TrueEarnings Costco||1%||If you plan to spend less than $15,000 at Costco annually. Over $15,000 and the American Express Blue Cash wins.|
If you are like me, the only thing that will spoil the new plan will be trying to reteach your spouse which card to use where. My poor husband finally had it figured out too! Write where the card should be used in a black marker on the front of the card.
Want a business card, without a business? I explain how individuals can use Business Cards.
Discover Quarterly Promotion
Discover has quarterly promotions; sign up online with any Discover card. See the Discover cashback calendar. October 1 – December 31 has a 5% Cash back bonus on up to $400 on these purchases:
I have three of these cards currently, so I’ll put those into the rotation. I’ll plan on applying for the rest in a few weeks.
Did I miss any? I want to hit the highest cash back in every category; let me know if there’s a card out there that’s better than the ones I found.