This is how to earn like a pro during your holiday shopping this season

Nov 22 2018, 8:16 am

We get it, the holidays can be an expensive time of the year, particularly for those taking on new holiday responsibilities. Whether it’s your first winter in a new home, your first time hosting Christmas at your place, or your first holiday season with a new significant other, the expenses can certainly add up.

Studies show that one third of Canadians will be experiencing a first this holiday season, which increases to a whopping 50 per cent amongst 18 to 34 year-olds. There is 38 per cent of Canadians who budget $500 or more, just for the festive season. So if you feel alone, don’t worry. You’re definitely not the only one who is concerned about the holiday season’s impact on your bank account.

Thankfully, if you have a President’s Choice Financial Mastercard, you can earn tons of Optimum Points while doing your holiday shopping. Then you can choose to save up your points or, spend them on something special for Christmas. (Treat yourself. You deserve it!)

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How to get points back when you shop

Head on over to any Loblaw affiliate store, where you can earn three times the President’s Choice Optimum points for every dollar you spend with your President’s Choice Financial World Elite Mastercard; or you can head to Shoppers Drug Mart, where you will receive 45 points per dollar spent. That’s a pretty sweet deal. If you’re travelling for family get-togethers this season, be sure to fuel up at Esso stations, where you can also earn bonus points with the PC Financial Mastercard.

Where your points can be spent

If you’re stuck on gift ideas, there are plenty of places where you can make the most of your points. If you need to revamp your wardrobe, head over to Joe Fresh to get some new clothing items. If you need stocking stuffers, drop by Shoppers Drug Mart to add some sparkle — the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

If you need tasty treats for your holiday party hosting, you can even go to Loblaws and make the most of your points there.

Extra holiday perks

Why not treat your significant other, sibling, or parent with an extra special gift this Christmas? Make it even easier to stay in touch with your loved ones this holiday season at The Mobile Shop at your local Loblaws or Real Canadian Superstore, where you can confidently shop a range of smartphones and accessories while still earning loads of points (you can even earn up to 300,000 on select new phones). The Mobile Shop also has unbiased experts to help find the best fit with no hidden motivations so you know you’re getting the right gift.

For more information on how to apply for a President’s Choice Financial Mastercard, visit their website.

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