Gift Card Granny Challenge

Gift Card Granny wants to prove it's possible to live off discount gift cards, so she challenged stay-at-home mom of two Ashley Grimaldo to live off gift cards for an entire month. Throughout March, Ashley will make all her purchases -- excluding rent and utilities -- using discount gift cards purchased from GiftCardGranny.com resellers.

Follow Ashley as she blogs daily about her gift card adventure. Our savings ticker will show you how much Ashley has saved so far. 

Why not join Ashley by taking your own 30-Day Challenge? Just use discount gift cards for your everyday purchases. If you're curious to see just how much you can save, use our Savings Calculator before beginning your own adventure.

Gift Card Granny Challenge Results: How Much Did Ashley Save?


April 4, 2011 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Granny Challenge Results: How Much Did Ashley Save?

It's official - Gift cards aren't just for birthdays and graduations anymore. The results of our inaugural Gift Card Granny Challenge are in, and they confirm that frugal shoppers have a new best friend. By making all her purchases in March (excluding rent and utilities) with discount gift cards, not only did Ashley Grimaldo slash $206.29 from her monthly expenses, she did it while enjoying …

The (Not So) Final Word


March 31, 2011 | 0 Comment

The (Not So) Final Word

Grab two pencils and gimme a drumroll... Over the last thirty days I have saved...more drumroll... $206.29!!! To honor this momentous day I need to celebrate, Granny-style. I am in absolute awe of just how much we saved, just by buying discounted gift cards. If I factor in coupons and …

Gift Card Returns


March 30, 2011 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Returns

Phew! I had clammy hands walking into Target with my receipt-less wall frames I intended to return. There's always a big chunk of me that feels guilty for making a return--ever--but especially without proof of purchase. I have this creepy feeling that the customer service Nazis suspect a pregnant, child-toting thief--the worst kind around. Target is among the more strict in regulations regarding returns. …

A Tale of Two Restaurants


March 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Restaurants

The two most substantial discount restaurant gift cards I received (to wait staff joints) were Chili's and Red Lobster. Both of which I lump into the same category of national chain restaurants, the seafood being slightly higher in price, but similar in many aspects for a sit-down experience. Boy was I wrong. First off, I found two Chili's gift cards for 11% and …

Garage Sale Savings


March 28, 2011 | 0 Comment

Garage Sale Savings

Somehow, in my not-so-clear pregnant brain, I figured this past Saturday would be the best time to have a garage sale. So in the midst of watching the Zoolander hunk like a hawk for any recurring seizure episodes and taking on the bulk of our exquisite gift card landscaping project, I was collecting home rejects for our yard sale extravaganza. Thanks to Sweet Grandma and …

Ode to a Starbucks Gift Card


March 25, 2011 | 0 Comment

Ode to a Starbucks Gift Card

The passing of my dear companion, the Holy Grail of gift cards, the Starbucks Card, deserves more than a mere blog post. We're going full-out Wordsworth to memorialize the card that lays the golden lattes. I'll shed a tear for you today, my sweet! We shall be united again another day--when you hit at least 10% off and not a second sooner.   Farewell, dear friend, full …

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. …