It’s back to school time, and if your family is like mine, the budget’s starting to get really tight. School supplies, clothes, books, haircuts — there’s a lot to do to get kids ready for school and your normal monthly expenses still have to be paid.
While posting a recipe to my blog this morning, my husband came to tell me that I “had to see this.” Since he was watching the news, I assumed he was going to show me something that would make my blood boil. What was it now? Name-calling? Partisanned rhetoric? Much to my delight, he wanted me to see a piece about saving money!
Now maybe I’m just out of the loop, but I didn’t know that there were websites that specialize in the sale of discounted gift cards. This morning’s news blurb focused on http://www.plasticjungle.com and http://www.cardpool.com. On these sites, you can buy discounted gift cards to places like Kohl’s, Target, Office Depot, and Wal-Mart, and then you can use those cards to help with back-to-school purchases that can stress every family’s budget.
Both these sites sell a myriad of other cards, but buying cards for places I already use makes the most sense to me. For instance, can you imagine combining a discounted Kohl’s gift card with another discount (like Kohl’s cash) or using a CVS gift card alongside deals that earn you “Extra Bucks”? Not only could this help a family budget during back-to-school season, but it could help all year long, I’d imagine. And I’m certain it’d help money go further at Christmas time or birthdays.
Now, I have to say that I haven’t used either of these sites yet, so I can’t speak from personal experience about their service and quality, but I intend to give these places a try and share my experience with my readers. I’d also love to hear from folks who’ve used sites like this to help free up a dollar or two in the monthly cash flow.
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