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Saving Money in Happy Valley

Many of you are new to Happy Valley.  Many of you are just returning after a summer away.  Whichever is your situation, here is a refresher of the many ways you can save some money in the State College area.

  • Do you eat at any of the campus eateries?  Many of the dining options offer a discount if you pay with LionCash.  You simply add some money to your ID card and use it to pay, and the discount is automatic!  It’s also a great way to limit the amount you spend on eating out each week by setting a weekly LionCash amount that you won’t exceed.
  • The presence of the Sheetz gas station/mini market chain is pervasive in this part of the state (with their corporate headquarters only 40 miles away).  Since it is practically inevitable that you will shop there, you should make sure you have the My Sheetz Card.  With this card you will save 3 cents per gallon on every gallon of gas, as well as accruing loyalty points that can add up to free food and beverages.  And while you are there, you can do your banking.  Every Sheetz has a fee-free ATM!
  • While we’re talking loyalty cards, don’t forget about your grocery stores.  In State College you will find Giant , Weis, and Wegmans.  Each one has a loyalty card program.  Scan your card with your purchases and save money on select items as well as earning gas rewards at Giant and Weis.  But you have to sign up to bring in the savings.
  • If Trader Joes’ is more your speed, don’t forget to bring your own reusable bags.  Every time you shop there and BYOBag, you can sign up for a drawing for a Trader Joe’s gift card.  They draw a winner every week.

The money saving opportunities in town are endless.  So I’ll be back next week with even more ideas!