Whenever we receive gift cards as a couple, I add them to my collection of coupons, points cards, etc. that I keep stashed for shopping excursions. Depending on the card, I’ll use it for something fun that we’ll both enjoy (like a bookstore card or a DVD store card) but if it’s for a department, discount or hardward store, I hold onto it until we’re buying something we need.
Yesterday, Thomas and I went to a discount store for a few things that were on sale. I had a $20 gift card that we got for Christmas and Thomas was a bit surprised that we were making 20 cans of cat food, 2 cans of salmon and 9 boxes of tissues our Christmas present. Meanwhile, I was thrilled to be taking that haul for a total of $3.32 out of pocket. In the same vein, we bought a shower valve with a hardware gift card we received for our anniversary. Does anyone else think this is odd? My thought is that the gift card purchase freed up money somewhere else in our budget and it might mean a lunch out for two or maybe a movie. How do you use your gift cards?
In other thrifty news, I decided to make dinner with bits and bobs I found in the fridge last night. Using up the last of the black beans, we had beans and rice (seasoned with onions, cayenne pepper and cumin) and cheese quesadillas made with leftover tortillas from so long ago I’m a bit disturbed that they have remained relatively fresh and unchanged in the fridge (that can’t be good). With some salsa, it was the cheapest meal we’ve had all month.