One of my favorite stores to shop at is Main & Vine in Gig Harbor, Washington. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? (If not, make sure to read my introductory post to learn more!)
Of course, whenever I approach shopping at a new store, I’m always asking this question: how can I best save money here? One of the things that makes Main & Vine unique is that while it does not have a loyalty card, it does have a pretty neat FREE app:
Now, I am not the most tech savvy person in the world (yes, even in spite of having this blog). But I was able to figure it out because it’s that easy (and even FUN!) to use. So today, I thought I’d break it all down for you so you can get started with it too.
First, you’re going to want to download the app to your phone. You can find it either in the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play (for Android). Then, follow the simple prompts to set up your account. It took me maybe a minute or two at most.
Once set up, you’ll notice that there are two different types of offers available through the app.
The first type of offers act as ecoupons and give you discounts on products at the point of sale. These offers are available to anyone on the app. For instance, the “Save $1 on Simple Truth Sparkling Soda” discount. To claim it, just click the “get it” button.
When you’re ready to check out, bring up the app and click on the “My M&V” icon at the bottom. This will display a barcode that you can present to your cashier to scan.
Here’s my receipt. You’ll see that the discount came off and displays like an ecoupon. Easy peasy!
Now, let’s talk about those second kind of offers you can get through the app. These are offers you’ll have to earn by racking up PERKS. For every $1 you spend at Main & Vine, you’ll earn 1 PERK. Of course, there are ways you can earn PERKS more quickly. In the photo above, you’ll see my app had an offer where I could earn 2X PERKS on an adult beverage. This came in handy since I needed to buy a bottle of peppermint schnapps for an upcoming recipe on the blog. (How am I going to use it? Oh… you’ll just have to wait. But trust me, it’s going to be epic!)
I wanted to share some examples of offers you can score redeeming PERKS. (Of course, these may vary by account and change from time to time!) Right now, I’m seeing you can score a FREE Turkey with 1000 PERKS. You can also save $3 on a purchase of $30 or more when you redeem 200 PERKS.
Currently, I have 119 PERKS on my account and there’s an offer for a free coffee if I opt to redeem 100 PERKS! So I can either bank them to redeem for a larger reward, or go for the free coffee now. One thing to keep in mind is that PERKS expire at the end of the third month you use them.
Even better, remember that Main & Vine will pay your toll if you’re visiting from across the bridge. If you spend $50 or more, they’ll take $5 off your order – just show your ID. Between that discount and the app, I saved $8 on my bill yesterday!
Now that you know how it works, are you ready to get started? Download the Main & Vine app now!
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been using the app. What kind of offers have you snagged? How do you like to redeem your PERKS? Please leave a comment below.