Earn & redeem SMC Points with Choose Local

SMC Points are local rewards from the County of San Mateo. Earning SMC Points is easy—join reward offers and shop local at participating businesses. Then, you can redeem your SMC Points at selected businesses and help the local economy recover and grow!

How to earn Points


Link your card

Link the credit or debit card you plan to use for qualifying purchases. We use Plaid, a leading provider trusted by many popular apps, to connect to your account.


Join reward offers

Join offers to start earning SMC Points. It’s completely free! Each reward offer includes a list of participating businesses where you can earn SMC Points when you shop. Reward offers are updated regularly, so please read the terms and duration details of each offer. Don’t miss out!


Shop local!

Receive SMC Points for qualifying purchases made with your linked credit/debit card! Your Points appear automatically in your app balance after payment has been confirmed. This can take a few days, but don’t worry—we’ll let you know when they’re in.

Time to redeem your Points!


Where can I redeem?

You can redeem your SMC Points at any of the business marked in the app with an “R”. Note that these businesses change from time to time. The redemption value of each SMC Point is $1.


Select the business

Let the business know you’re paying with SMC Points, tap on the redeem option and choose the business you want to pay (woohoo!).


Pay with SMC Points

Enter the amount of SMC Points you are redeeming and wait for your confirmation! We’ll notify the business about your payment right away.

We care about your privacy

To automatically earn rewards for local shopping, you’ll be asked to link your everyday credit or debit card to your account.

Why is card linking a requirement?

Linking your credit or debit card allows us to identify your qualifying purchases, and automatically grant you rewards.

Safety is a top priority for us

Secure card link is powered by Plaid, an industry leader, used by top-tier fintech companies like Venmo, and fully compliant with the US open banking regulations.

Top-tier encryption

Your bank login credentials are encrypted and never stored. Also, we’ll never share or sell your data.

We are transparent

We ONLY identify your purchases at participating businesses, and we are in a read only mode, so we can’t and never will perform any action on your behalf.

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