Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Tatu Digital Media. All opinions are my own.
I am a last minute person when it comes to holiday shopping- I haven’t even started yet. I did begin making a list, but it’s not complete. The problem with waiting until the last minute is that I miss out on sales and deals, because I’ve procrastinated too long. It also doesn’t leave me much time to search for elusive gifts for those who are hard to shop for, and I end up settling on something else.
But today I’ve learned of a little trick that will work for even last minute shoppers like me! Did you know you can double dip on savings by buying gift cards BEFORE you even do your holiday shopping- and then use those like cash? For example- you can earn 4x fuel points on select gift card purchases at Kroger grocery stores now through 12/08, for up to 12% in savings.
You can buy almost ANY gift card* aside from Kroger ones- so if you buy $250 worth of gift cards, you’ll earn 1000 points, which would save you $1 off per gallon of gas! I know $250 can sound like a lot, but with the plethora of gift cards available, it’s easier than you think. For example:
$50 to GameStop for the hard to shop for teen boy
$25 to Starbucks for your kid’s teacher
$25 to Fandango and $25 to Applebee’s and a note to watch the baby to new parents
$25 to iTunes & new headphones to your teen angsty daughter
$25 to Bath & Body Works for stocking stuffers
$25 to Amazon for the Kindle user for new books
and then use that last $50 for a gift card to somewhere for yourself, to stick in your stocking and use to take advantage of the after Christmas sales. I’m thinking Michaels.
Another great way to stack the savings for those of you who plan on Black Friday shopping would be to buy gift cards for the stores you plan on hitting up for the sales. If you know you’ll be camping out in front of Best Buy, why not grab a gift card and get the 4x fuel points? And don’t forget the rewards you earn with some cards like cash back or miles too!
So who else is going gift card shopping before they go shopping??
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*All gift cards included EXCEPT: Kroger gift cards, open loop gift cards (like MasterCard), prepaid debit cards & wireless cards