I’ve been trying to do a post like this for a while–it was actually one of the main reasons I wanted to start blogging. But I forgot that I love to write and got sidetracked with recipes and workouts and documenting our mundane weekend trips. Plus I had to get my husband involved, since he’s the keeper of the Sweet Family Discounts, and he can be hard to track down.
My husband and I both have expensive taste–my grocery store of choice is Whole Foods, I love shoes, pricey workout classes and 10$ green juices and John is more at home in luxury hotels and with VIP concert and event tickets. I can’t complain, but between a Navy and an analyst salary, we also can’t outright afford them. Yet, each trip we take our hotels get nicer, our seats get closer (we were second row George Strait in Austin!) and our reservations get more exclusive (anyone heard of the French Laundry? We’re going in two weeks).
On a limited budget, with expenses like a mortgage and daycare, how can we afford to splurge? It’s simple. John is an incredible consumer. He has an ability to find deals and collect credit card points that allows us to both save money every day and get these rooms, flights and tickets at a heavy discount. I asked John to give me some tricks to write about and he sat down and wrote an entire post. This first installment of Sweet Deals is about something everyone can do daily to save a little money. Enjoy!
The Sale That NEVER Ends!
- Regardless of how good of a deal you are getting on that $500 Gap Gift card, unless you have a huge purchase coming up, you aren’t really saving any more if your sitting on a huge gift card for months. Don’t worry, there will be more.
- The wedding gift registry is already picked over, and you don’t want to give cash–DGC probably aren’t the best choice. Most of the cards are mechanise credit and the PIN numbers on the back have been scratched off. Unless the person you are giving this to knows just how thrifty you are, this probably isn’t the best gift idea.
- Make sure you are paying close attention to the Electronic or Physical part. They do a very good job of letting you know which kind you will be getting. Physical gift cards do take a week or so to get there, so the big sale might already be over.
- First dates–buying a 12% Ruth Chris Steakhouse gift card might be a little awkward when you whip it out to pay with.
- Lots of stores are owned by one company and the gift cards can be interchanged between the two. For example Gap, Baby Gap, Athletica, Old Navy and Banana Republic gift cards are interchangeable. As are Pottery Barn and William Sonoma. And they might be selling at drastically different percentages off, which is an easy way to save an extra couple of bucks.
- Gift cards are easily misplaced, save them in a drawer where you won’t lose them. Preferably not your junk drawer.
Lastly, every once in a while you might get a gift card that, for whatever reason, is $0. All of these companies have pretty good customer service, and a guarantee policy says for 100 days they guarantee the amount. Usually a quick call or email and you will be refunded or they will send you a new card.