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If you have a cash back credit card with 5% rotating categories, one of things you look forward to every three months is seeing what those sweet, sweet 5% cash back categories will be. Today, we’re here to remind you about what the Q1 cash back categories are, as TODAY ( 3/14) is the last day to activate them! Make sure you activate these categories now so you don’t miss out!

Chase Freedom

Chase Freedom

Categories:  Gas stations and local commuter transportation

Good to know:  Generally, these are worth one cent a piece, but if you also have a premium Chase card, like the Sapphire Preferred or the Sapphire Reserve, you can use those points for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall for 1.25 cents each with the Sapphire Preferred or 1.5 cents with the Sapphire Reserve.

Citi Dividend


Categories:  Home furnishing stores, like Home Depot or IKEA

Good to know:  The Citi Dividend only lets you earn a MAXIMUM of $300 cash back per year, regardless if it’s regular spend or in the bonus Citi Dividend categories. Additionally, this card is no longer available to sign up for.

Discover it


Categories:  Gas stations, local commuter transportation, and wholesale clubs

Good to know:  Per the Discover it website, “Discover automatically matches all the cash back you earn dollar for dollar at the end of your first year. Only for new cardmembers.” Basically, if you spend $1,500 at gas stations, local commuter transportation, or wholesale clubs during the first quarter Discover cash back categories, you’ll get $150 back, rather than $75. You’ll get the $75 back during the first quarter, and the second $75 will be applied at the end of your first year as a cardmember.


Make sure to activate those 5% cash back categories right now–it would be a shame to miss out on all those extra points!

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