Merchandise Credit Woes


March 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

Merchandise Credit Woes

  My great experience at the Gap inspired me to continue in the online quest for apparel, and I was totally frustrated after another hour and a half of carefully selecting shopping bags. When you purchase gift cards, make sure you intend to use those marked "merchandise credit" in …

Online Clothing Shopping: Not for the Faint of Heart


March 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

Online Clothing Shopping: Not for the Faint of Heart

Wow. I just surrendered two, yes, two full hours of my life to shopping for clothes online. I've purchased clothing online before, but not very frequently. My MO is to fill up an online bag and ditch it during checkout. The sizing aspect of remote clothing shopping scares me. Be careful not to dive too deeply into customer reviews. One top was too big, …

Top 6 Random Gift Cards Found During the Challenge


March 9, 2011 | 0 Comment

Top 6 Random Gift Cards Found During the Challenge

During the search to find enough gift cards to cover our living expenses this month I ran across some big surprises--purchases that I had no clue I could use a gift card for. I searched in vain for obstetrician and babysitting cards with no luck, but I found some interesting catches, some of which I bought for this month and others I plan on using …

Gift Card Challenge Update - Week 1


March 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Gift Card Challenge Update - Week 1

My dear, sweet Cousin Erin was my right-hand gal the last four days, which was great because Hubs had to run sound for a beer festival and bands playing at the World's Largest Pillow Fight. He often has late nights, being an audio and lighting engineer, so it was awesome that she could fill in many gaps. And yes...we spent some discounted dough. Just …

Red Mobster at Red Lobster


March 7, 2011 | 0 Comment

Red Mobster at Red Lobster

After church on Sunday is a very tricky time. The kiddies are tired and worn out from the weekend and need food as soon as humanly possible. So we always sprint to the nearest brunch spot and hope for speedy service. Today we ended up at Red Lobster. I have been to Red Lobster maybe three times in my life. It always seemed like …

FAQ's on Discount Gift Cards and a Gift Card Challenge Confession


March 6, 2011 | 0 Comment

FAQ's on Discount Gift Cards and a Gift Card Challenge Confession

Starting anything new is bound to raise a few concerns, and the Gift Card Granny Challenge is no exception. Here are some of the biggest questions that have popped up so far in this journey and what we've found out about them: How do I deal with a small amount of money left on my card? Write the amount with your portable Sharpie and …

The Discount Gift Card Way to Save on Groceries


March 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Discount Gift Card Way to Save on Groceries

Couponing for food stinks. No, I haven't taken a class on it from the latest Coupon Diva and I don't intend to. I'm sure she truly does help folks save 50% off the food they typically buy. And while the Grocery Game totally rocks, I don't do that either. I may be in the frugal living minority here, but I have totally sworn off clipping …

How to Stock Up on the Discount Gift Cards You Need


March 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

How to Stock Up on the Discount Gift Cards You Need

I need to hit the stop button and fill you in on the important stuff; How to actually score discounted cards. The nuts and bolts are simple, but the process seems daunting at first. I feel an outline coming on! 1. Determine your needs. We are adding some landscaping to our front yard and budgeted for $250. The lawn is absolutely revolting, complete with …

Barnes & Noble and Gift Card Conspiracies


March 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble and Gift Card Conspiracies

We live in a semi-podunk town--not quite backwoods, but definitely not urban. It's a smallish college community. How small? Let's put it this way: One of the hot spots to take my two- and one-year-old is to play with a Thomas the Train setup at a bookstore. And they look forward to it. It doesn't hurt that I sniff books as a habit, so …

Gearing Up for The Gift Card Granny Challenge


March 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Gearing Up for The Gift Card Granny Challenge

I am a kid on Christmas morning! Seriously, I'm jumping around in pjs doing a weird Irish jig while my two-year-old stares at me. The gift cards are assembled, shiny and ready to swipe for Gift Card Granny's Challenge. Here they are in all their splendid plasticity! Take a guess as to which one's my favorite. Hmm? Since …