Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I am ALWAYS thinking Christmas.  Year round.
What I buy for Christmas is something that Leslie started me on. 
While she was at Target one day, she saw a gift card she thought I would like.  (Don't they have the cutest gift cards?) 
She brought it home to me.  Thus started my collection of gift cards. If I am at Target or Wal-Mart and see a cute (Target) or generic (Wal-Mart or grocery stores0, we put $5.00 on it.  It is as easy as that.  By the time "Black Friday" comes, you may have enough to pay for all of your purchases.  Wouldn't that be great?

There are a few tips for success.
1 Keep each stores gift cards in there own zippered plastic bag.
2 Keep the receipt there, too.  This is really important.  It is proof that YOU bought this.  Not usually needed, but good to have.
3 Keep with your Christmas notebook/journal/lists, whatever you call it.  (You do have one don't you?)  This way you can always put the new one right where it goes, and you will not lose them.
4 Keep it up.  Have a little extra money?  Put more on it.
5 If you "borrow" it, pay it back (if you can).
6 After they (the fun Target ones-like Legos, Barbies that you dress, tape recorders...) are used, x the back with a marker and stick them in a purse or bag for the kids to play with :)
7 I never count what I have until near Thanksgiving.  I love the surprise.
Have fun collecting and getting a head start on the holidays with this easy and relatively painless way to save.  (Even if you use it for cooking/baking supplies.)

This post is linked up at "THE THRIFTY HOME" for a party.  Thank-you so much for hosting one.
Next Wednesday, a baby gift idea, or an idea for you if you have a new(ish) baby.


MaryBeth said...

Great idea! I'm going to pass it on to my girls.

Lindsay Quinney said...

I just started doing this. Great idea!

Zion And Missy said...

This is a great idea! I love only if I could stay out of my bag!!

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