A friend of ours once described a gift card as “a millstone around my neck.” And I totally feel the same! It’s one thing to convert your points into amazon gift cards when 60% of your purchases are from Amazon, but to have various gift cards and store credits to places you may or may not frequent that, um, frequently, is a burden to the soul. You don’t want to leave money on the table, but it cannot be ignored that gift card spending is a chore which many people simply give up on. The stores know this which is why they LOVE to sell gift cards that may or may never be redeemed.
I currently have gift cards/store credits to:
- Crate and Barrel
- The Container Store
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Spa Finder
- Others? I should check my purse.
These gift cards weigh heavily upon my mind. Should I buy new glasses at Crate and Barrel or should I recognize that there are only 3 of the 12 expensive glasses I bought from C&B last time left standing, not a good investment. So should I buy down pillow inserts there and buy the glasses at Bed Bath & Beyond? The spa finder certificate is an expirationless massage that I am saving up for some day when I have truly earned it. So never. And the one for the Container Store is so small that I will have to pay out of pocket to get anything there, and that’s just not good economics to pay for something you don’t necessarily need or want just to use the gift card.
You can see how gift cards are so taxing.
Okay, I just had a break through by realizing that I have a bunch of money in my purse in the form of gift cards that I should stop maximizing and enjoy spending. I’m off to Tysons Corner, folks. OUTTA MY WAY!
(P.S. The chair reupholstery is finished! I’ll post when I pick them up.)