Get 3-6% Back at Supermarkets with Amex Blue Cash Everyday/Preferred

I like these cards. I use these cards. The rewards are unparalleled in my opinion. I could make an awesome pitch on how great these cards are, but every time I try, I have to change the post because Amex changes the rules of what I can and can not say.

So I’ll just leave you with this information:

The USDA says that the average couple spends around $7165 a year on groceries (get the latest numbers here). Saving 3% of the USDA average would be $215 and 6% of the USDA average would be $430.

Go get the Amex Blue Everyday or the Amex Blue Preferred card.

And here are the other details:

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express

• Earn 100 Reward Dollars after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership.
• Get 3% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, 2% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores; 1% cash back on other purchases.
• The first $6,000 of purchases at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets in a calendar year qualifies for 3% cash back; 1% thereafter.
• Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases.
• Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Everyday Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required.
• No annual fee, 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months. After that, your APR will be a variable rate, currently 12.99%-21.99% with flexibility to pay over time.
• Terms and Restrictions Apply.

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

• Earn 150 Reward Dollars after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership.
• Get 6% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, 3% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores; 1% cash back on other purchases.
• Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases.
• The first $6,000 of purchases at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets in a calendar year qualifies for 6% cash back; 1% thereafter.
• Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Preferred Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required.
• Terms and Restrictions Apply.

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  1. The AmEx Blue preferred is well worth it, especially if you have a family. I use this as my main card along with the Chase Freedom. Between the two we save roughly 3-4% average across all purchases.

    Even with the $75 fee, it’s well worth the cost.

  2. I forgot to mention the best part. Each month you can withdraw the cash rewards. Unlike the Costco AmEx, where you have to wait until the end of the year.

  3. I think I am grandfathered in, because my AMEX Blue Cash card gives me 1% on everyday purchases and 0.5% on everything else up to $6,500. Everyday purchases are classified as grocery (not superstores), drugstores and gas. After spending $6,500, it is 5% on everyday and 1% on everything else. And no annual fee.

    I manage to get some work expenses on there once in a while that I get reimbursed for, so my annual spending on the card is significant. With what I spend in gas and groceries and drugstores, it is a nice bonus every few months.

    Tom is right about the cash back anytime. That is a recent change. I used to have to wait until my anniversary date.

  4. Personally, I like to keep it simple. I have only two cards: One that gives 1.5% on everything that I use for most epenses, and a Discover that I use for my child’s day care (it’s the only kind of card they accept). I refuse to deal with rotating categories and I couldn’t get my wife to remember which card she is supposed to be using at which kind of store if I tried. And that’s assuming that the amalgamation of farmers markets, produce stands, traditional grocery stores, past-date grocery stores, and superstores (grocery + general merchandise) were all coded as “grocery stores.”

  5. I agree Steve – I like to keep it simple also. That’s why I use the Amex everywhere, and the occasional place that doesn’t take it I have a backup cash back Visa that I use. No rotating categories…just 5% off the places I spend the most money for no annual fee.

  6. I could definitely take advantage of this card as I spend enough to get that bonus. Now I just need some motivation to actually get one. Hmmmm