As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and more of us ordered to stay in as much as possible to avoid contact with others in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, ordering in and going out to shop for groceries once weekly have become the new normal for the majority of us. This is true for those of us who are trying our best to be socially responsible by keeping ourselves and those in our community as safe as possible.

While we still have to spend money to put food on the table, using the right credit cards to pay for our grocery and dining purchases can go a long way in helping us make each dollar of our hard earned money go further. This is especially so as we confront difficult times and hard truths as some of our jobs and income streams are becoming increasingly jeopardized. The economic impact caused by the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 is felt surely and deeply for us mere mortals earning average or below average wages.

Below, we at have rounded up some of our top credit card picks that let you earn rewards on your dining and grocery purchases. Depending on the credit card you hold, the amount of rewards points or cash back you may earn on ordering in your meals or shopping at US supermarkets can vary. Also, pay attention to the part on what actually counts as ‘dining' purchases as each credit card issuer has its own set of criteria when it comes to charges that qualify for extra rewards on dining charges.

Keep in mind we aren't advised to dine out for now as the United States continues its battle to contain COVID-19. Meal purchases from restaurants that typically offer sit-down or eat-in dining options that also allow take outs should let you enjoy the extra rewards charged to your credit card, if the one you're using offers extra rewards on dining purchases.

As you might have noticed, some credit cards are more straightforward in that you'll earn a flat rate cash back across all purchases made. Some have more complex mechanics but are more rewarding for certain types of purchases. For those who are wondering, here are the best food delivery services in the US you might want to check out if you're intending to order in more frequently.

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