PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the holiday season approaches, consumers are faced with increased spending on gifts, food and travel. To keep budgets under control during this high-spend season and beyond, shoppers can take advantage of savings opportunities that make their dollars work double-time, like the Gas Rewards Program available at Stop & Shop. With the Gas Rewards Program, New Jersey consumers can turn food shopping into significant savings at the pump. And Stop & Shop is celebrating the holidays with a special opportunity to save even more by offering shoppers 4 times the rewards on retailer gift card purchases at Stop & Shop now through December 5th (excluding Stop & Shop Gift Cards). "We are excited to help shoppers save even more this busy holiday season," says Lori Van Ryan, Shell Manager of Marketing Alliances North America. "We hope that the easy savings through the Gas Rewards Program will put a little extra cushion in shoppers' holiday budgets and allow them to focus on enjoying the season with their loved ones." Over the past several years, the average cost of an American Christmas has steadily risen, with planned spending on gifts and travel continuing to increase. In 2012, U.S. shoppers planned to spend:
Approximately $854 on gifts, more than double the amount shoppers planned to spend on gifts in 2009 (American Research Group)
Approximately $759 per household on travel, up 5.7 percent from $718 in 2011 (AAA)
The Stop & Shop's Gas Rewards Program in New Jersey is helping shoppers turn this increased spending into a way to save on fuel at Shell. By simply signing up for a Stop & Shop loyalty card consumers can turn that turkey dinner or those secret Santa gifts into big savings at the pump. The popular Stop & Shop's Gas Rewards Program allows New Jersey shoppers to earn one point for every dollar spent at Stop & Shop on purchases (some restrictions apply) when they use their Stop & Shop's Loyalty Card. For every 100 points earned, shoppers receive 10 cents off per gallon, up to $2.20 per gallon, at local participating Shell stations. Points must be redeemed within 30 days from the date of purchase. And, in celebration of the holidays, shoppers can earn 4 times the gas rewards on retailer gift card purchases at Stop & Shop from now through December 5 (excluding Stop & Shop gift cards). Stop & Shop offers a wide range of gift cards that fit any holiday needs including gifts for friends, treating yourself, or dining out with loved ones. "Members can make a substantial difference in their fuel costs with the Stop & Shop's Gas Rewards Program," says Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. "Allowing consumers to save up to $2.20 per gallon per transaction means they can really make the most of their purchases at Stop & Shop during the holidays and beyond." New Jersey consumers can learn more about Stop & Shop's Gas Rewards Program and view a complete listing of participating Stop & Shop and Shell locations by visiting shell.us/stopandshop.com. About ShellShell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, with a network of approximately 6,000 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the western United States. Another 8,300 Shell-branded stations in the eastern and southern regions are managed by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, Inc.Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. [(NYSE:RDS.A) and (NYSE:RDS.B)]About Stop & ShopThe Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop. Cautionary Note The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this press release "Shell", "Shell group" and "Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. 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