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The Best $0.46 I spent this Christmas

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How many of you are members of rewards programs at the different stores you are shopping at this Christmas?  Go ahead and raise your hand, we can’t see you.  I think I’ve mentioned before different earnings I’ve gotten from the rewards programs.  I am members of a ton of them…only free ones.  And this month I’ve gotten lots of freebies or special coupons because it’s my birth month.

I mentioned that Christmas was going to be very learn, even non-existent from me in regards to actual purchased items in my last post. Then I collected our mail before we headed out of town.  And there it was a $10 coupon to Dick’s Sporting Goods, no minimum purchase required.

Princess and I dropped Gymnast at the local gym for his practice and ran across the street to the store.  I ran right to the clearance rack in the boy’s section and found my $10.46 pair of gym shorts for little Gymnast.  I paid $0.46!

I should have taken a picture, but I rushed back to wrap them.  They are white.  I would never buy white, even though he’s begged every time he gets new shorts .  But I figured at $0.46, if he ruined them, I wouldn’t cry too much.  Now he will have 3 pairs of shorts to work out in (he’s going to the gym 20 hours a week.)   A great blessing since we don’t have a washer and dryer so keeping him in clean shorts daily can be a challenge!

Tell me about your shopping win this Christmas season!  (I will post a picture of him in his new white shorts when tries them on after Christmas!)


How you can avoid paying full price with minimal effort…

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Just give us your name, address, phone number, social security number, and your mother’s maiden name.

The Wall Street Journal podcast this morning talked about using store rewards programs as a good way to save money. We, the consumers, are left to decide how much of our personal information we are willing to part with to get a deal.

An e-mail?
Phone number?
Gender?
Mailing Address?

Weirdly enough, as an oversharing blogger, I under-share my information with stores. All you’ll ever get from me is an e-mail and my gender. Dream on if you want my address or phone number. How do I solve the dilemma of wanting to use store programs that demand more personal information than I’m willing to give?

I use my mother’s.

Whoa now. Don’t jump to conclusions and assume I sign my poor, innocent, mother up for garbage. I don’t. She simply signs herself up for everything and I piggyback by using her phone number.

Last I checked, my brother does the same thing.

I have a feeling there are a lot of stores across San Diego that wonder why one household is purchasing diapers, feminine products, and Centrum Silver in the same day across three cities.

Sharing or not, the Washington Journal had some recommendations:

1. Download an iTunes app called ‘The Keyring’ so you don’t have to carry all those plastic barcodes on your keys

2. Keep track of your rewards points. Many rewards go unused.

3. Keep a separate e-mail for rewards programs. They have a tendency to fill e-mailboxes quickly.

As someone who rarely pays full price for anything, I do belong to a good number of reward and coupon programs. While I don’t shop often, you won’t catch me strolling into Old Navy without a 30% off coupon or into Kohl’s without at least two coupons I can use congruently.

I have two questions for you –

1. How much are you willing to share?
2. Which rewards program is your favorite?