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The Easiest Way to Maximize Your Summer Budget

Earn rewards automatically on items you already buy with this member benefit.

It’s finally summer! The long, bright days and warm, delightful nights fuel excitement for fun and adventure, whether that’s heading out on a road trip, enjoying backyard barbecues with family and friends or lounging by the pool reading a good book. It’s time to de-stress, regroup and recharge, and we hope that you enjoy some much deserved time for yourself!

As you make your plans—drafting menus and shopping lists, gearing up for the beach or a family excursion, or stocking up on other hot summer essentials—it’s important that you get the best deal on the things you need. In addition to your go-to methods of finding great deals, remember to use your NEA member benefits, including the NEA credit card program.

Get Rewarded for Summer Shopping

As an NEA member, you can earn rewards on all your summer purchases with the NEA Cash Rewards Card. The card offers 1% cash back everywhere, every time, as well as 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs and 3% cash back on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. Get rewarded with cash back on your everyday purchases, including everything that’s already on your summer shopping list:

  • Earn 1% cash back on non-grocery store supplies, such as lawn chairs or a new patio umbrella for sunny afternoons on your deck
  • Earn 2% cash back on your grocery store and wholesale club purchases: Everything from charcoal and lighter fluid, paper plates and utensils, to s’mores ingredients and beverages for all your al fresco entertaining
  • Earn 3% cash back on the gas you need for your road trip, weekend drives to the beach and all your shopping trips
  • When you earn 2% cash back at wholesale clubs, you can rack up rewards while keeping the freezer stocked with those summer popsicles you can’t buy fast enough, or buying enough hamburger and hotdog buns for the family reunion barbecue!
    (2% and 3% category rewards bonuses apply on up to $2,500 in combined quarterly spend in those categories.)

Summer Also Means Back-to-school Shopping!

Much as you may not want to think about it right now, avoid August stress by planning for back to school now. Take some time to evaluate your back-to-school wardrobe, dream about a perfect new classroom layout and make lists for school supply runs for you and your family.

Bonus: All of these purchases could earn rewards! So to earn cash back on the school supplies you buy, keep the NEA Cash Rewards Card in your wallet.

  • Earn 1% cash back on your clothing store purchases
  • Earn 2% cash back on the lunchbox items, pencils or folders you purchase at wholesale clubs
  • And earn 3% cash back on the gas you need for all your back-to-school shopping trips!

Start Earning Rewards Today and Receive a $150 Cash Rewards Bonus Offer

If you don’t yet have the card, now is the perfect time to take advantage of a special incentive for new account holders. You can qualify for a $150 cash rewards bonus by using your new Cash Rewards credit card to make at least $500 in purchases within 90 days of your account’s open date. Then you’ll be ready for fruitful shopping excursions all year long. And the next list you make could be a wish list for spending your newly-earned rewards!


Use the NEA Cash Rewards Card to help bring your plans to life. For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the NEA Cash Rewards Credit Card, click here.

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