Happy 2015 everyone :) Can you believe it? I still have this damn thing. Not sure why…oh well!
Today’s funemployment tip comes from the holidays. I’ve gotten gift cards as presents…ok, ok – I’ve returned things I’ve been given for various reasons (:D) and have received merchandise credit and gift cards in exchange. Some people consider gift cards to be a nuisance – store-specific ones limit you to that store (duh), and Visa and Amex only work if you know exactly how much is on them…but I think these people need to rethink how they think about gift cards…and about how many times I used the word “think” in that sentence. Gift cards can be a blessing in disguise to save you money on some of the simplest things. You just need to think outside the box regarding what the store sells.
For example, I returned an item to Best Buy, and the nice Geek Squader gave me a gift card so that I could use it online. Well, after purchasing the complete Gilmore Girls series (I know, you’re jealous – it arrives next week. I’m excited!!), I still have about $80 left on the gift card. Since the gift card is store-specific (hmmm new venture: stores provide Amex gift cards instead??), I’m limited to electronics, movies, and dishwashers. I’m kind of limited on how many dishwashers I can have, and I just got into Amazon Prime, plus, $80 won’t even buy me 5 letters on a MacBook, so most people would say I’m stuck in a pickle with this gift card. Nope, not me! I ain’t stuck, but I sure as hell will eat a pickle (went to Epstein’s last week for dinner…yummmmmyyy). Best Buy sells some random items you may not think of – water, soda, coffee, random beauty products like hair dryers, and so much more! So if you want to save your cash, or not rack up your credit card bill, and you’re in desperate need of a bottle of water before you hit the gym because you promised yourself New Year New You in 2015(coughcoughbullshitcoughcough), you can head to Best Buy and use your gift card to buy as many bottles of water as your heart desires! Or just buy 1 for now, and be eco-friendly – most gyms have a water fountain where you can refill it :)
I also made a return to Old Navy – now this is THE place to find random shit!! I’ve purchased phone cases, water, candy, piggy banks, and so much more because I’ve had gift cards and not wanted any of the clothing in there. Of course, there is always the obvious option of saving the gift card until you find clothing you really want – but I’ve done this, and have forgotten to use the dang gift card during my next purchase. It can be a vicious cycle -_-
So, in conclusion, don’t be hating on the gift card. Just be smarter about how you use it. Why go to Starbucks and spend $6 of your own money on an iced latte when TJ Maxx next door has the bottled coffee drinks, and no clothing you’ve wanted for the past 8 trips there, and you have a $10 store credit?? Logic people, logic!!