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 …

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 …