Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Buying Gift Cards – With Gift Cards!

I realised the other day that I had a heap of small denomination (we’re talking $950 worth) Coles Myer gift cards that are due to expire at the end of December. I got them from work for various things and from Flybuys and hadn't got around to using them.

They’re a pain to use as they are all $10 or $15 denominations, so I've been using them to pay for groceries mainly, and I really didn't want them to expire, they’re effectively free money after all.

So I took them all into my local Coles and asked if I could use them all to buy a one new large value card, and they said yes!

I now have a $600 Coles Myer card and a $350 card that I can also use at Coles Express petrol stations too, both with a 2 year expiry date.

Just in time for Christmas shopping as they’re also valid in Myer, Target and Kmart, plus Vintage Cellars for the booze, hurrah! They should last me for at least a few months food and petrol wise, so that’s a bonus for saving more money from my trip and paying down more debt.

The thing that made me laugh was the guy at the counter didn’t bat an eyelid, all he asked was ‘did you win these at bingo?’

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  1. Anonymous3/12/08 18:05

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  2. wow, thats a lot of gift cards! I would never have thought of exchanig them like that, it's a great 'bonus' to have right before christmas.

  3. I know it's a lot isn't it? I'd accumulated them over the last two years or so & had them all in a drawer at home, good thing I decided to dig them out or I would have lost most of it!

  4. Why did Gururaj post get removed by a blog administrator. That sounds serious.

    LOL @ the bingo comment! Great news on the gift cards though. I love gift cards - I hate giving them but I love receiving them.

  5. LOL UD, it was a spam comment so I canned it is all.

    I know I can seem like an old Nana a lot of the time (even though I'm only 39) but I'm not quite ready for Bingo just yet.

  6. Great way to use those cards! It sounds like you will be making the most of them!

  7. That is a great way for you to extend the life of those cards! Otherwise you could have seen it lead to the loss of hundreds of dollars, so that was some excellent thinking. Better to have the long-term insurance that you can use the cards over the coming 2 years than to have lost it all. Great job.
    (Do they give those things away at bingo? Who knew?)