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Stretching the Value of a Dollar


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November 28, 2017

Applebee's gift cards purchased at a CVS pharmacy.Growing up, I was taught to use money wisely in scenarios where I could save.

Now being engaged to my fiancé - we are slowly getting in the rhythm of joining our bills, budgeting and making compromises. It is a little overwhelming because we both have different viewpoints when it comes to saving and spending money.

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With the holidays around the corner means spending money, but you could also spend your money wisely. Throughout the year and even right now - if you look at your local stores circular advertisements like Vons, Safeway, CVS, Albertsons, and so forth - you'll often find a section of the ad that has promotions on purchasing gift cards! (Note: Promotion/Stores do Vary).

For instance, right now at CVS: The ad states if you spend $50 on select gift cards (100's to choose from), you will receive $15 extra bucks (essentially money to spend back at the store. You will need to be a CVS member, it is free to join - it is like a rewards program).

I purchased (2) $25 gift cards to Applebee's, totaling $50. While tackling 2 friends off our Christmas list, we were able to use that $15 coupon we received toward essentials that we needed to restock on such as: tissue, lotion, and vitamins.

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Some other promotions, I love are the ones at Vons. Sometimes I would see Spend $100 on Gift Cards, get $15-$20 coupon to spend back at the market. I would usually stock up on gift cards that I use the most like Gas Stations, Target, Walmart. Although I am shelling out money in advance, I am getting a coupon to spend at the grocery store plus I will be using those gift cards regardless because I shop at Target/Walmart and get gas very frequently.

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