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It’s already time to start planning your spend for next year. Discover it® Cash Back cardmembers get 5% cash-back on rotating categories that change every quarter, and now Discover has announced all four categories for 2019.

The categories and their corresponding dates are as follows :

    • January – March 2019: 5% back at grocery stores
    • April – June 2019: 5% back at gas stations, Uber and Lyft
    • July – September 2019: 5% back at Restaurants
    • October – December 2019: 5% back at Amazon.com

It’s nice to see most of the categories, many of which are similar to 2018’s, are pretty broad-based making it easier to maximize your rewards. Note that you can only earn 5% in each quarter upon enrollment, on up to $1,500 in purchases, you’ll earn 1% back after hitting the $1,500 limit.

What makes the Discover it card enticing is that in the first year after signing up for the card, Discover will match your cash-back you earned over the previous 12 months. So if you can max out each category in each quarter, you can potential earn 10% back on $6,000 — for a total of $600. That’s not too shabby for a no-annual fee cash-back card.

Remember that Discover requires you to activate each category every quarter, which you can do here. However, Discover does make it pretty easy to redeem your cash-back.

If you’re interested in other cards with rotating bonus categories, the Chase Freedom offers 5% back in a similar fashion to the Discover it. Additionally, if you have an Ultimate Rewards earning card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Sapphire Preferred, you can earn 5x Ultimate Rewards with the Freedom.

Or if you want a straight cash-back card, the Discover it® Miles earns 1.5 miles (equivalent to 1.5% cash-back) on all purchases and Discover will match your cash-back at the end of your first cardmember year — meaning you’re earning 3% cash-back on all purchases for the first 12 months of card membership.

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