The Best Stocks with Extra Perks for Buyers

Wrigley once ranked as one of the best stocks for those looking for perks. The company gave anyone who bought and held stocks in the previous year from gum from its line every year. After Mars purchased the company, it discontinued this benefit. Those who owned shares in Disney had the chance to join an exclusive club that offered discounts on its theme parks, and other companies offered other types of discounts and handed out gift cards. Though not as many companies still offer perks, there are some that give bonuses to stock holders.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines owns and operates a number of ships that depart from and sail to destinations across the country and around the world. If you own a minimum of 100 shares in the company, it will give you a credit towards your next cruise ship vacation. The credit ranges from $20 to $250. The exact amount that Carnival will give you back depends on where you sail from and to and the length of your cruise. You’ll typically receive your credit within a few weeks after you leave on your trip.

Anheuser-Busch 

If you only know Anheuser-Busch for its beer, you might not know that this is the same company behind a chain of theme parks. Those amusement parks include Adventure Island, Cypress Gardens and Busch Gardens. When you become a share holder in the company after purchasing stock, you will receive a 15 percent discount that you can use at any of the theme parks owned by the company. Anheuser-Busch also allows stock owners to attend its annual meeting. All guests receive free snacks from the company, and the company also gives guests free beer as well.

Ford

Do you dream of cruising down the road in a Ford vehicle? When you own 100 shares in Ford, you can buy that dream car for well under sticker price. Ford once gave stock owners discount coupons that they could use to buy a new car, but it now places share holders in its Friends and Family plan, which was once only open to people who worked for the company and their friends and family. Once you’re a member of the club for six months or longer, you can buy any Ford or Lincoln vehicle, including popular models like the Explorer and Mustang, for not much more than what the dealer pays.

Willamette Valley Vineyards 

If you love wine and want to make an investment, check out Willamette Valley Vineyards. You’ll receive invitations to parties and other events that take place every year, and you can attend free wine tasting events every month. The company will also let you rent the vineyard for a special event and give you the chance to buy bottles before those bottles arrive in stores.

When you buy stocks in the right company, you get access to free perks and benefits. Though some companies scaled back in recent years and others dropped the perks they once offered for stock holders, you can still find companies willing to give you something special. Buying stock can get you discounts on travel, free wine and more.