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December 5th, 2006 at 07:32 am

I just went through my stash of gift cards. I've got to use a few up this month before they start deducting $2 a month from the balance. Coffee? Makeup? A sweater, perhaps? Twist my arm.

I like gift cards, because they give me the power of choice. I just have to remember that they are in my wallet. I've taken up labeling them with small post-it notes so I remember how much is left on each card. We have used up almost all of our grocery gift cards - those really are the best. Having paid for them in advance and then using them at the checkout makes me feel as though I'm saving money (even though I'm not). The credit card company should be mailing our cash back check soon, and it's going straight into the vacation fund!

I finally got a bit of overtime last night. There hasn't been much extra work, but now that the holidays are fast approaching, hopefully that will change. I could use the overtime.

Training the new person is going well. She's rather bored right now, but that won't last long.

Winter finally hit us here. The morning windchill has dipped below zero for several days. I'm back to asking myself how many more winters I want to go through...might this be my last?

4 Responses to “gift cards”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    i read on someone else's blog (can't remember whose now!) that she buys giftcards every month and uses them for her Christmas shopping. seemed like a brilliant plan to me, since they don't usually start loosing value until after a year or so!

  2. janH Says:

    Post it notes! Good idea. I'll have to remember that....

  3. kealina Says:

    lol...we don't use post-it notes but we do keep them in a seperate "wallet" all their own and we made a Master List we keep in there with them...
    first the name, then the amount, then the date we want to use it by... seems to work for us especially for those cards to places we don't shop daily... for cards we might use daily (drugstore,etc), we keep in them in our wallet just in case...

  4. baselle Says:

    I find that I either have to spend the gift card within 3 months, or it will sit.

    Does MN have a law like WA state? In WA state, inactivity fees cannot be charged on a merchant gift card. Legally they can't go bad. Cards not given out by a merchant (like cards given out by American Express or your bank) can be.

    I label the $ amounts with a sharpee.

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