Beer Questions: Can A Gas Card Be Used To Buy Craft Beer?
Payday is several days away and all you really want is a 6-pack of good beer to get you through the week.
The only way you have to pay for anything is a credit card from a gas station.
So this begs the question: Can I buy beer with my, say, Shell Credit Card?
Yes! The answer is yes.
Desperate times call for desperate beer purchases.
Look, man, you should not be doing this. A lot of gas credit cards have high-interest rates. Like 23% rates.
I’m no math wiz but you are paying a lot more for that beer when you use a card.
That said, when you need to have some beer and you have no other means and you have space on your gas card, it’s there for you. It’s been days since you’ve been able to check-in a beer on Untappd. You NEED THIS, MAN!
I may have done it, once or twice myself so no judgment here.
This may or may not be cool across all the States.
As far as I can tell you can do this with most cards. From Shell cards, Chevron, 76, Texaco, or whatever weird gas company you have in your town.
Every state’s rules have the possibility of being different.
It might be smart to do a quick call-ahead to the gas station to make sure you can use your card to buy that tasty beer. Just don’t let on it’s for you when you call…
“Yeah so my friend wanted me to call and ask if you take your gas card for payment if one wanted to purchase an alcoholic beverage? Also, do you have any hazy beer right now?… asking for a friend still.”
Of note: You may have a “fuel only” restriction placed on your card if it is a business account. So be warned. Have a really rad excuse lined up when your boss asks about that $16.99 charge for a 4-pack of “How’s It Hazing, Bro?!”
Can you buy alcohol with a GIFT card?
No. This is different from a gas CREDIT card. Not really sure why.
To me it makes more sense to restrict a gas credit card from buying alcohol than a gift card.
A gift card normally works like cash.
Somebody paid cash for the gift card. You can buy beer with cash. Why can’t you buy beer at a gas station with a gas gift card!?
I guess it’s fine for gas companies to make that credit card rate money with beer.
A way to make room in your budget for beer without buying it at the gas station.
Lets say you have a tiny food budget to get you through the rest of the week. Not enough to buy food AND beer but enough to buy one. You could buy food at the gas station with your gift card or credit card.
Then you can take that little bit of food money and use it for beer. Brilliant, yeah?
Really? Actual craft beer from a gas station?
Most gas stations suck for craft beer. If anything it’s Buyout Beer. But, there is a place in Fresno. A Shell station.
It has many of the craft beers. Not just the damn Buyout Beer, but actual craft beer. It’s called Maroa Shell and they have multiple Beer Caves.
Plenty of choices to run some credit debt up, bad decision or not.