Grocery credit cards

Since almost everyone needs to buy groceries at some time during the week, especially anyone with family responsibilities, it makes sense to have a credit card which rewards this type of expenditure with a cashback to reduce the overall cost.

OCBC 365 Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC 365 Credit Card

Highlights

  • 6% rebate on local and overseas dining every day and for online food delivery
  • 3% rebate on local, overseas and online groceries, travel, land transport and recurring bills
  • Save up to 23% at Caltex and 20.4% at Esso on petrol, as well as 5% Cashback at all other petrol stations
  • All other purchases still get you 0.3% rebate
  • Up to $500,000 travel insurance coverage and up to $400 coverage for baggage loss

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
Citi Cash Back Card (Visa)

On Citi's website

Citi Cash Back Card (Visa)

Highlights

  • 8% cashback at all F&B outlets worldwide daily 
  • 8% cashback at all supermarkets worldwide daily
  • Up to 20.88% fuel savings at Esso and Shell, and 8% cashback at all other petrol stations
  • All other purchases still get you 0.25% rebate, no cap

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • $120 cash back
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

On HSBC's website

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Highlights

  • 5% rebate local grocers and on your recurring TV, internet, and mobile bills
  • Save 20.2% at Caltex and 18.30% at Shell on petrol
  • 2% rebate at local restaurants
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spend for rewards on top of cash rebate

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing HSBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner Luggage worth $560 or $150 cashback ($30 cashback for existing HSBC cardholders)
OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

Highlights

  • Up to 12% off at Fairprice outlets, Unity and Warehouse Club and up to 8% at Fairprice Online
  • 3% rebate at Cheers and Popular
  • Save up to 20.6% at Esso, 18% at Caltex, 20% at Sinopec
  • 1% rebate on your recurring bills with M1, Starhub, and Singtel
  • 0.22% Linkpoint rewards on all Visa spends

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
Citibank SMRT Card

On Citi's website

Citibank SMRT Card

Highlights

  • Up to 7% rebate at selected grocers
  • Up to 15% rebate at selected cafés
  • 5% rebate at Popular and Toys'R'Us
  • Up to 2% rebate on your EZ-Reload with no convenience fee
  • Rebates are redeemed as vouchers or offset your next purchase 

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • $120 cash back

Q&As about Grocery credit cards

How can I maximise savings with a grocery credit card?

To get the most out of a grocery cashback credit card, you really need to be across all the details and fine print. From one card to another there will be variations in the rebate percentage given, and within an individual card there may be different cashback rates for different supermarket chains.

As well as this you need to be aware of any monthly, quarterly or annual cap on the amount of cashback you can earn, and whether the cashback percentages are dependent on, or vary with, the amount you spend.

Add to this the extra complications of cash gifts you may receive on sign-up or first purchase (as well as, or instead of, an annual fee waiver) and it quickly becomes apparent that not all grocery cards are created equal. However, it’s almost a certainty that there will be one that suits how often you shop for groceries, where you do your spending and how much you spend.

Do all grocery cards offer the same cashback percentage?

No. The rebate percentage for groceries can vary from 3% to 8% or more, and you may be able to increase your savings by getting instant discounts of up to 10% on a supermarket’s own-brand products when you pay with your card (making your total savings 18% on part of your shopping).

A single card may also have a range of cashback percentages on groceries, depending on how much you spend. Individual transactions below $10, or total monthly spending below $50, may earn nothing. Spending of up to $400 per month could earn a 3% grocery rebate, while spending over $400 on the same card could see your rebate percentage lift to 5% overall.

Choose the card which gives the best result for your habitual spending pattern and amount, and check the other benefits available with the card, in addition to the grocery cashback.

Can I get a cashback on other spending, as well as groceries, with the same card?

Yes. You may be able to select more than one spending category on which to receive rebates, or the card may automatically give the same percentage rebates on two or more categories.

Here are some typical examples of rebate and discount combinations:

  • 8% on groceries plus 8% on dining
  • 8% on groceries and 3% on utility bills
  • 8% on groceries, dining, petrol and Grab rides, 0.25% on everything else
  • 7% groceries and 14% coffee rebates, 14% petrol discount, card doubles as EZ-Reload SMRT card with 2% rebate on auto top-ups
  • 5% flat rate on all purchases in any spending category

Is there a minimum amount I must spend to qualify for a cashback?

Yes, with most cards there is a monthly or quarterly spending target to be reached before the cashback is applied to total spending. Some cards will apply a lower rebate percentage to smaller monthly spending (e.g. below $300), while a higher rate applies to all monthly spending if it exceeds the set target.

If there is a target spending level, it will normally need to be maintained during all three months of the quarter in order to qualify for the cashback.

Is there a limit to the amount of cashback I can receive?

Many cards have an overall limit, or limit by spending category, on the amount of cashback you can earn monthly, quarterly or annually. For example, there could be a monthly limit of $50 cashback, after which the rebate percentage drops to 0.3%.

However, there are cards which have no limit to the amount of cashback you can receive. If your spending on groceries is particularly high, or if it is irregular (i.e. very low in certain months, very high in others), you need to look for a card with no minimum spend and/or no cashback limit.

Will I get cashback on groceries no matter where I shop?

It depends on the terms and conditions of the individual card. Some offer cashback for spending at all supermarkets, islandwide. So it doesn’t matter where you shop: at Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, Giant, Jasons, Guardian, FairPrice, or elsewhere.

Other cards may limit cashback to supermarkets in both Singapore and Malaysia, while some apply the rebate globally (though it’s unlikely that you will be spending large amounts on groceries while travelling overseas).

A few cards are very specific about where you can shop in order to qualify for the rebate, for example a card for 12% grocery rebates at FairPrice only, provided you have your salary credit going to the bank issuing the card.

Are there other benefits available with a grocery cashback card?

Yes. As well as getting cashback on other spending categories besides groceries, you may also receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Instant discounts on groceries, or petrol, or Grab rides
  • Air miles or other rewards points, possible sign-up bonus points
  • Cash or merchandise gift on sign-up or first spending
  • Waiver of one or more annual fees
  • Extra interest percentage on your savings account at the bank issuing the card

How much does it cost to have a grocery cashback card?

Annual fees can range from zero to around $195 or more. As usual, higher annual fees normally deliver a higher potential for cashback or other benefits. You need to look at your grocery spending pattern to work out whether you are likely to recover an amount worth more than the annual fee each year.

Watch out for additional costs such as foreign currency transaction fees and high interest charges if you fail to pay off your account balance in full when it falls due.

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