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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 …

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 …

Pinching Pennies


March 23, 2011

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 …

The Biggest Gift Card Challenges So Far


March 18, 2011

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

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 ridiculous …

Selling Back Un-used Gift Cards


March 15, 2011

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 …

Flower Power


March 14, 2011

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 can …

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 a bricks and mortar store only. Today was the day to pick out some apparel goodies online. …

Red Mobster at Red Lobster


March 7, 2011

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

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 …