Monday, November 18, 2013

gift card day!


So here's the story: we found a ton of gift cards floating around our main floor and decided to organize them alphabetically, and take stock of what we had.

This activity lead to the amazing and glorious event that shall forever be known as: GIFT CARD DAY! (a day dedicated to spending as many gift cards as you can, while trying to spend as close to the gift card amount as humanly possible). 

The adventure began with Bulk Barn, simply because that's what we spotted first while we were out and about. And maybe we were all a little bit hungry…

CARD ONE: Bulk Barn - $5
My accountant shopping buddies quickly calculated that we each get $1.66 for our snacks, which lead to a vicious competition for accuracy. Results:

Chris' halloween jelly beans - $0.93
Ryan's chocolate covered pretzels - $1.58
Laura's peanut butter cups - $3.39 (FAIL)


CARD TWO: LCBO - $10
This was pretty easy (except for me since I couldn't drink any of it…). A $9.95 bottle of wine ladies and gents!


CARD THREE: TIM HORTONS - $3
What can you buy at Tim's for $3? A medium iced cap and 2 timbits. Score.


CARD FOUR: WALMART - $79.96
Why on earth was I holding onto an $80 Walmart card?! I think this was from a return we made a few years ago to be honest…curtains for the main floor or something…

Anyway, we first debated buying 80 air fresheners for $1 each…but quickly ended up with a big pile of stuff we actually needed. Including some Christmas shopping (Nathan, close your eyes). 


CARD FIVE: PIER ONE IMPORTS - $96.04
Christmas shopping galore, so I couldn't really show off my purchases…but what I CAN show you is something that Ryan claimed would be a "hit gift" for anyone and everyone: 


CARD SIX: REITMANS - $1.30
If you're up for a challenge, try going into Reitmans and spending $1.30.

We found a fair of earrings for $5.99 on clearance for 70% off. Trust the accountants of the group to tell me this was as close as we were ever going to get. Grand total owed at the cash register after using the card: $0.30.


CARD SEVEN: INDIGO - $35
Well call this too perfect for words because I am attending a Favourite Things Party in December where you're supposed to bring 5 items that are $7 each, and it turns into a really fun gift exchange. 

Kate Spade notebooks with gold embossed polka dots? I'll take 5. 


CARD EIGHT: CANADIAN TIRE - $25
Ryan and I are actively collecting board games for our growing family, so Cranium for $19.99 was the perfect addition. I was a little too excited.

Rounded up the purchase to a perfect $25 by adding a bag of chips. No one said anything about counting calories on gift card day.


CARD NINE: PIZZA PIZZA - $25
Shopping makes you hungry, so this card was burning a hole in our pockets. We were about to meet up with the other piece of our friendship puzzle (Andrew) so 2 large pizzas, 6 drinks, and 3 dips seemed like the perfect deal. 

A delicious way to end the night...


And to my great delight, pizza was followed by 2 rounds of Cranium...


I think we're sitting with about 15 more cards waiting to be spent…two of which total $150 at The Keg, and that sounds like the most perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary :)

Now when someone asks what my favourite holiday is, 
I may just have to say GIFT CARD DAY.

2 comments:

  1. You two are so fun! Wha an awesome way to spend a day and to spend a bunch of gift cards. How you managed not to spend them before is beyond me, but good on you because it lead to a fun day!

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  2. You are so much fun! This is the best idea, maybe ever. Thanks for the inspiration friend! We have so many unspent gift cards from our wedding. I feel a day date is in order soon :)

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