Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cash In Those Gift Cards

I know you all have them. In fact, you probably have hundreds of dollars in gift cards that are just sitting in cabinet drawers, old purses or in your wallet. Make a point to find them now and SPEND THEM because you never know when your next favorite retailer is going to go the way of the typewriter and rotary dial phone! I still get a bit melancholy when I think of the demise of Bombay Company and Linens and Things (...and Circuit City was one of my husband's favorites).

I have a bunch of gift cards, mainly given to me as Christmas gifts. I recently corralled them all together to see what they totalled and much to my surprise, the total came to $800! That is just sinful and I will admit I am a bit ashamed that I am have not used them, so I am making a plan to spend them down within the next 2 months. After all, it's "free money" and there is no reason why I shouldn't be spending "free money" before real money, right? The first gift card to fall will be at Johnnie Rockets, a retro 50's hamburger shop that has restaurants in most malls around the country...$40 down, $760 to go. And, to pay it forward, if I don't use the entire amount tomorrow, I am going to give the remainder to a random fellow diner and ask them to do a good deed in return.


Her Preppiness said...

Great advice

Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

I'm really sorry about your Dad. What a long Winter/Spring this has been for you. This is the part of our age I don't like. It's so hard to watch parents get older and develop health issues and then to have to say goodbye.
Hope the Summer brings a calm and healthy pace. You deserve it!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Oh I miss Bombay too. I got some great home accessories there over the years. A great magazine rack, wall shelf, mint julep candles, Christmas decorations, etc. etc. Bombay, R.I.P. :(

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my dad only a year and a half ago (when I was 46 too) was very sudden and unexpected (heart attack)...we didn't even know he had heart problems at all. It's still so hard. I dream about him all the time and you may think this sounds crazy, but I think he's been "visiting" the house...I get little signs...I still cry almost every other day about it.
I did several postings about him in the last year or so...