News You Can Use – Aldi Now Accepts Credit Cards, Disney Park Price Hike, 5% Back at Home Depot, Free Shipping With AMEX Cards

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1.   Aldi Now Accepts Credit Cards

Via Reddit, Aldi grocery stores now accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover credit cards as payment.

This is excellent news for folks who like to shop at the discount supermarket chain!  Before they only accepted debit cards and cash.  But now you can use the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card to earn 3 Hilton points per $1 spent at supermarkets (and there’s currently an offer to earn 75,000 Hilton points with this card!).

The AMEX EveryDay Preferred earns 3 AMEX Membership Rewards points per $1 spent at US supermarkets (with a 50% bonus when you make 30+ purchases in a single billing cycle).

You could also use:

  • Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express2 AMEX Membership Rewards points per $1 spent at US supermarkets
  • Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express – 6% cash back at US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year, then 1%. Terms apply.

Of course, you can use other cards to earn miles or points, too!

Aldi is often cheaper for basic groceries and essentials.  They’ve kept their prices low, in part, by not accepting credit cards, so this is a big change.

My gut tells me they will still not give you plastic bags for your groceries.  🙂

2.   Disney Introduces Seasonal Pricing on 1-Day Tickets

Link:   Disney Seasonal Pricing Announcement

You’ll now pay a little more – or less – to visit Disney parks.  That’s because they’ve introduced seasonal pricing, based on demand, to manage crowds.  And to encourage folks to visit when it’s not as busy.

News You Can Use Aldi Now Accepts Credit Cards Disney Park Price Hike 5 Back At Home Depot Free Shipping With AMEX Cards
The Happiest Place on Earth Is Now More or Less Expensive, Depending on When You Visit

At Disneyland, for example, 1-day Value tickets are $95, Regular tickets are $105, and Peak tickets are $119.

Before, the price was $99 a day.  So you’ll pay a little more for Regular tickets.  And save money with Value tickets.

Check out my ways to save money at Disney with miles and points.

3.   Save 5% at Home Depot and Staples With AMEX Offers

Folks on SlickDeals report a targeted AMEX Offer to get 5% back as a statement credit on transactions of $100+ at Home Depot and Staples through August 31, 2016.

The Home Depot offer is only valid in-store.  And the Staples offer is valid in-store AND online.  You can earn up to $100 in statement credits per AMEX account.  And each deal is valid for up to $2,000 in total purchases.

Other folks report similar offers with slightly different limits.

AMEX cards are known for their excellent purchase protection and extended warranties, so this might be something to consider if you have a large purchase (like appliances or office furniture) coming up before this summer.

Log into your AMEX account to see if you got either offer!  And here’s my guide on how AMEX Offers work.

4.   Share ShopRunner 2-Day Shipping With Your Household

Link:   AMEX ShopRunner Free Shipping

Link:   My Review of ShopRunner

Via Points, Miles, & Martinis, you can share your ShopRunner subscription with up to 4 members of your household.  You’ll get free 2-day shipping at lots of popular merchants like Toys R Us and Neiman Marcus.

ShopRunner membership is complimentary with most AMEX personal and small business cards.  You can sign-up here with your AMEX card.

To share ShopRunner, log into your account, and click “My Account.”  Scroll down until you find “Invite a Household Member.”

Note:   You do NOT have to pay for your purchases with an AMEX card.  But you DO need an AMEX card to activate the subscription, which usually costs ~$79 per year.

Let me know if you take part in any of these deals today!

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