Vouchers alleviate petrol-price pinch

INCREASING numbers of motorists are turning to discount vouchers to stave off the rising price of petrol.

With Coffs Coast prices now averaging a record high of $1.65 per litre, filling the car is becoming more difficult for many people.

And while we are told we could expect a six-cent fall in the price of petrol following a drop in the cost of crude oil, cash-strapped consumers in need of immediate relief are finding there are now plenty of fuel offers available.

Supermarkets and banks joining forces with petrol stations to offer reward programs is nothing new, however, add the high price of fuel to the interest rate hike and increase in grocery prices and the coupon could soon become just as important to motorists as the fuel gauge.

The manager of Coffs Harbour's Bailey Centre Mobil Service Station, Paul Amos, said reward programs have always been very popular but now may be seen as a necessity for many consumers.

Currently the Bailey Centre Mobil Service Station offers four cents off a litre to Bananacoast Community Credit Union members and is looking at other programs to ease the burden on local residents.

“We are looking at doing a Senior Cards Sunday in the near future with card holders to receive a discount, but we also run accounts for 400 businesses and give discounts to large diesel buys,” Mr Amos said.

It's no longer just supermarkets and banks offering families a break from rising fuel costs with tourism operators also embracing the coupon.

The latest comes from the NRMA which is offering free fuel vouchers to holidaymakers who stay at selected parks in NSW and Queensland.

The $50 vouchers are available to those who stay two nights or more in a cabin at five designated NRMA Holiday Parks between July 27 and August 31 this year.

NRMA Director and Chairman of NRMA Holiday Parks, Graham Blight, said the initiative was a way to help families cope with the cost of holiday period petrol.

“Nobody has fought harder for families over fairer petrol prices than the NRMA - now we're putting our money where our mouth is by helping families get to their destination,” he said. “The increasing cost of petrol should not deter anyone, especially families, from taking a holiday break.”

VOUCHER DEALS

Bailey Centre Mobil Service Centre: 4c per litre off for BCU members

BP: 4c per litre off for Ritchies IGA customers who spend $30 or more

Coles Express (Shell): 4c per litre off for Coles customers who spend $30 or more

Caltex Woolworths: 4c per litre off for Woolworths/Big W customers who spend $30 or more

Neumann, Toormina: 2c per litre off for BCU credit card holders

Coffs Coast IGA stores: customers can fill up at any petrol station of their choice and take their receipt to IGA and spend $30 or more on groceries to receive a minimum reimbursement of 4c a litre.



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