The ER Doesn't Take Gift Cards?!?


March 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

The ER Doesn't Take Gift Cards?!?

Before starting this challenge I did my darndest to label every penny, nickel and dime that we would spend this month, get every last ducky in line for smooth sailing. While 95% of our expenditures have followed said illustrious plan, there is always a curve ball. It comes out of nowhere with no warning and whacks the fleshy part of your hiney. We had ours …

Discount Gift Card Garden-Revealed!


March 24, 2011 | 0 Comment

Discount Gift Card Garden-Revealed!

Beastly would be the best descriptor for Hubs. At one point we think he had a neck, but his traps quickly overtook it around third grade. All that remains are layers upon layers of muscle with triceps bigger than my thighs. These are all very good qualities when it comes to digging flowerbeds and landscaping.   In just five hours Hubs dug out 35x5 feet of sod. …

Pinching Pennies


March 23, 2011 | 0 Comment

Pinching Pennies

We are close to full lock-down on gift card spending at this point! My last dime has been spent at Albertson's on groceries and we only have two restaurant gift cards left. And this amount has to go for another 8 days. Sheesh. Even with the cards I have, we have some options on how to maximize them. Cracker Barrel $3.63"”A friend of …

Markdown Movie Monday


March 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

Markdown Movie Monday

If you have the choice between seeing The Adjustment Bureau or Rango, definitely go for the latter. Although I haven't seen Rango, Johnny Depp holds a special place in my cinematic heart. The dude is just plain genius in everything from Edward Scissorhands to Alice in Wonderland. Plus The Adjustment Bureau fell flat like a room temperature Coke. Matt Damon, you're bordering on has-been lately. …

Chillin' At Chili's After Dirt Diggin'


March 21, 2011 | 0 Comment

Chillin' At Chili's After Dirt Diggin'

Hubs is back from a 4-day mega-music event in Austin (he's a sound guy) and pretty much pooped. So what do I have waiting for him? Digging barrowfuls of dirt and hauling them in the backyard. Bet you wish you had a wife like me. Our landscaping project is getting underway and we have to make hay while I have his presence. I did …

Bed Bath & Beyond - Give Us More!


March 19, 2011 | 0 Comment

Bed Bath & Beyond - Give Us More!

This morning marked the fourth time this month that I've waltzed through Bed Bath and Beyond searching for something homey to use in our house. My idea was to furnish our bathroom with accents, towels and rugs, but each time I attempted to shop I swore I'd bring a coupon and purchase it during another visit. The first time I played it safe with much-needed …

The Biggest Gift Card Challenges So Far


March 18, 2011 | 0 Comment

The Biggest Gift Card Challenges So Far

I knew that living exclusively off gift cards would be financially rewarding, but I also expected some drawbacks. Saving money is never the easy route. But there have been several obstacles to tackle with the Gift Card Granny Challenge. If you're doing the challenge with me or just incorporating discounted gift cards into your financial routine, learn from my mess-ups. The Hubs can testify that …

Going Gaga for Gift Cards in Dallas


March 16, 2011 | 0 Comment

Going Gaga for Gift Cards in Dallas

If you get a call from Rich Uncle inviting you to watch Lady Gaga in a posh suite for free, you say yes...immediately! After one quick phone call begging Naughty Grammy to watch the babies we jetted off to Dallas for two nights of babymoon and Gaga fever. This conservative, pregnant momma had absolutely no idea what she got herself into. That show is …

Selling Back Un-used Gift Cards


March 15, 2011 | 0 Comment

Selling Back Un-used Gift Cards

I knew nothing about American Apparel before buying a discounted gift card from Cardpool.com, only that 20% off is a pretty stellar deal for clothing discounts. After a one-minute search on their site I saw they offered maternity clothing--perfect! I'll take one please! But after my $50 gift card arrived and I started browsing the offerings, it turns out that a leotard is the only item of …

Flower Power


March 14, 2011 | 0 Comment

Flower Power

Just how much did I pay for my $100 1800Flowers.com gift card from Cardpool? $70. That's it! Naughty Grammy's birthday is coming up, plus my sister-in-law's baby shower makes that a great deal. 1800Flowers has always scared me a bit. I've never been much of a floral aficionado and they just looked too expensive. As it turns out, I'm not that far off. Arrangements …