Inasmuch as we buy about 3/4 of our groceries at Kroger's, I naturally have a Kroger's card; it not only saves me 10 or 15% on my groceries, but it also saves me anywhere from 10 cents, to 30 cents a gallon on my gasoline and diesel fuel. I wouldn't be without it !
Harbor Freight; "Inside Track Card"; costs me $30 a year; the day I first bought it, it saved me over $40 ! ( a "no brainer" for sure !)
Panera Bread ? They have a "card" too ? Better clue Miss Arlie in on that ! (She has to stop at Panera every time we go to Terre Haute !
I don't have a "frequent flyer" card though; ( she flies "non-rev" anytime she wants, and I get a "buddy pass" anytime I need one; ) Now, if only we didn't have to go "stand-by" !
While you're on the subject of "cards"...............remember "Green Stamps" ? Lol ! I used to HATE those suckers !
Oddly enough...........when good old "Generous Motors" decided to close the Camaro / Firebird assembly plant I worked out of in Norwood, Ohio, because I'm such a "great guy", (and because I ran my butt off and seldom tore any of GM
's cars up, hauling them, my boss, (the famous J.R. Okapaw), got on the horn with his buddy, Eddie Black, (who was the Terminal Manager at Ryder's rail yard in Jacksonville, Fla. and got me a "job" (until they started hiring again in Moraine, (70 miles north of Norwood)
When I got to Jacksonville, Eddie Black introduced himself. and explained this "bizarre gimmick" he had "going".............every time you hauled a load out of Jacksonville, when you returned and turned in all your paperwork, if every unit you delivered was "clean" (no scratches, no dents, no problems), yo were "rewarded" with.................500 Green Stamps ! ( I have to laugh, just thinking about it !) Anyway, I worked out of Jacksonville for 6 months, got "greenies" for EVERY load I hauled, ( and I hauled a LOT of loads ! ( usually two loads a day to the rent-a-car outfits at Orlando airport ) (commonly referred to as "Mickey Mouse")
When I finally quit to go to Moraine, I had a damn truck load of green stamps !
Airstud............where did I see that you're IN
Here's a VERY unusual bit of "trivia", regarding Jacksonville, (my all time, least-favorite city in all of the Sunshine State !)
During the six months I worked out of Jax, I used to stay occasionally at a Holiday Inn, just up the street from the rail yard; they had a part-time "security guy" who was a Jacksonville cop; I got to be kinda "buddies" with him, and here's the "story".....
As you may (or may not) know, Jacksonville is HUGE ! Matter of fact, it "takes in" ALL
of Duval County; (which is about 24 miles on all four sides ) so we're talking about about over 500 square miles of total area ! And all the cops have to live "inside" the county; Now........Duval County has a "crime rate" about like the border areas in south Texas; ( BAD
Also, the county is always "broke".....short on "funds"; so........when a cop is assigned a car, he is only "allowed" to put 1,500 miles on it in a given week; ( usually, because you may have to drive 40 miles to answer a call ), every cop "runs out of miles" about the second or third day of each week ! Now......get this......if he "goes over" his 1,500 miles, he NO LONGER gets to drive his car home from work ! (Has to leave it at the "cop shop" in town, and drive his OWN car home) ! (or hitch-hike ! )
When this guy is telling me all this, I'm thinking..........damn, I see HUNDREDS of cops running every which way, all night long; ALWAYS going like a "bat out of hell"............(but NEVER stopping, never giving anyone a ticket).........so I ask him....."WTF?"
He: they're ALL
answering a call ! and they ALL
have their speedometers "un-hooked" (after about Tuesday), so as to NOT go over their 1,500 mile limit ! So unless the "signal" they're responding to is "shots fired", or "perps raping a school bus load of Girl Scouts", they can't "afford" to stop !
This was all about 1985 or so; hell, they may all be riding motor scooters by now ! (also, Jacksonville is the 2nd biggest city (in area), only behind Oklahoma City, which is even bigger )
If you're there, (more than 5 minutes), you'll KNOW why I didn't like it !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein