Plenti of Plans: Preparing for a Summer Weekend Away

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I’m all about staying busy during the summer... It’s my season. Pool parties, beach dates, playground visits, and weekend getaways—you name it, I’m on board.

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You see, I like to keep my kids happily engaged during the day—that way, we all sleep like little angels at night. Not that we don’t take the time to relax. It’s just that, well, there’s nothing all that relaxing about having an energetic two year old and a fussy five month old cooped up inside the house… My motto: Might as well get ’em outside and active while it’s nice and warm!

This weekend, my family is taking advantage of the sunny forecast. We’re kicking off the action-packed season with lots of outdoor play, barbecue plans, and a mini trip to Connecticut to visit our friends at their vacation house on the shore.

Preparing for a getaway—even if it is less than two hours away—is hard work when you’re packing for a family of four. There are portable cribs to be stowed, strollers to be collapsed, travel toys to be taken, bathing suits to be washed, and lots of toiletries, snacks, and knickknacks to be purchased. A few new Instagrammable summer outfits (for myself and the kiddies) never hurt either! Yep, getting ready for a weekend away can be labor intensive—and surprisingly expensive to boot.

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Luckily, I won’t spend fruitlessly this time around with the help of Plenti, a new loyalty program that allows shoppers (like me!) to redeem reward points across a variety of brands. Armed with my Plenti rewards card in my pocket and the accompanying app downloaded on my phone, I recently went to Macy’s and Rite Aid, two of the amazing retailers in the Plenti program, to do my pre-road-trip shopping.

Before I dish on the details of what I bought, let me take a moment to further explain Plenti. In short, it’s a multi-brand reward program, that’s free to join, and offers members various ways to save and earn points on things they already shop for every day, regardless of payment method. (Yes, you can pay with cash, credit, or debit, and still use and accumulate Plenti points.)

Before heading to my local Macy’s, I checked the Plenti app for special timely deals to use and redeem. “Earn 200 points after your first $100 purchase on qualifying items in a single transaction at Macy’s.” Easy-breezy! One chic Rachel Roy dress later, and I’ve got myself 200 Plenti points. (I love the bright pop of color on this little number—and it’ll be perfect for a picnic dinner on the beach!) Of course, I also had to visit the baby section to snag a few cute summer essentials for my little lady. This sweet girl is now the proud owner of two very adorable outfits.

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After our fashion spree, we stopped at Ride Aid to get some must-have toiletries for our trip. “Earn 500 points after you spend $20 on qualifying Kimberly Clark products at Rite Aid or riteaid.com.” I could spend $20 at Rite Aid in my sleep. We picked up a few packs of Huggies diapers, sunscreen, baby wash, water bottles, and, of course, magazines to read by the pool (in the slim chance my babies will let have a moment of downtime!)

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We’re all packed up and ready to go now. And Plenti will most definitely be along for the ride (you can earn and use points on gas and other purchases at Exxon and Mobil stations!) Hmmm, this is getting fun—soon enough, I’ll be able to redeem points too! So the gas I buy today could help me save on a future fashion purchase at Macy’s. Even paying a cell phone bill can translate to points and savings. It’s so easy—and, I admit it, a little addictive! Sign up and download the app—it’s free! You can start earning points right away at partners that include AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s , Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Hulu. Enroll at www.plenti.com.

Have a wonderful summer! May your adventures be Plenti-ful!

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