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Shoppers can earn great benefits and rewards for their holiday shopping and everyday purchases; Plus, three free awesome rewards apps
YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There are many good reason why shoppers should take advantage of rewards and loyalty programs by the retailers they frequent the most. The November 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, takes a close look at these programs from nine national retailers', including Best Buy Reward Zone, Amazon Rewards, Target REDcard, and Macy's Star Rewards, and highlights their best perks and benefits - plus the fine print shoppers need to know before signing up.
The Perks of Being Loyal
There are many types of reward- and loyalty programs - some that are free to join and others that require shoppers to sign up for a credit or debit card. ShopSmart advises against leaving a balance on credit cards linked to loyalty programs if possible, as high interest rates are also an incentive for retailers to recruit members. Programs that require shoppers to sign up for a credit card are noted with an asterisk.
Three Awesome (and free) Rewards Apps
For more information about the benefits of the ShopSmart recommended loyalty rewards programs, check out the November 2013 issue of ShopSmart on newsstands now and online at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/storerewards1013.
About Consumer Reports:
Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
About ShopSmart magazine:
Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication's celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and "best of the best" lists. It's ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmartmag.org.
ShopSmart is available 10 times a year. Subscribe at www.ShopSmart.org.
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