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 …

Great Gap Beginnings


March 1, 2011 | 0 Comment

Great Gap Beginnings

Today's the day! Gift cards we're totally snug as bugs in rugs yesterday in my wallet. Not so this morning! My expanding midsection is in desperate need of non-holey clothing. Seriously, the armpits in every maternity top I own iare gaping open and I'm pretty sure it's because the gift cards have burned holes through them. We need sewn garments stat! I've been trying …

Gift Card Granny Challenges Ashley Grimaldo to Live Off Discount Gift Cards


February 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

Gift Card Granny Challenges Ashley Grimaldo to Live Off Discount Gift Cards

  How are you doing with January's well-toasted resolution to tighten your budget? I'd love to scream megaphone-style that my pennies are accounted for and I have no doubt about our bank account numbers, but I'd be an even bigger phony than I already am. My get-back-on-financial-track resolution completely tanked …