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Let’s Talk Gift Cards

We get a lot of gift cards… and I mean a lot! Sometimes you just end up not using them and I can’t STAND losing money each month because there’s a balance. I hate that new rule. I had $100 gift card to 1-800 Flowers and ended up losing almost $25 bucks because of how long I waited to use it.

Shouldn’t it be treated as cash? Why the balance decrease?

Anyway – I went through all our paperwork and mail and piles in the kitchen and found a good 30 gift cards. No I’m not kidding. I’ve been shopping like a crazy person this week trying to get rid of them all. I mean – The Container Store, Marshalls, JCPenneys, Barnes and Nobels, Children’s Place, Gap Kids, iTunes – you name it. I have it.

The problem is I am doing it online which means I am paying for shipping which means I am losing out on the money. I used to love gift cards (or at least the concept of a gift card) but now I’m not so sure.

Do you prefer to get gift cards? An actual gift? Or cash? I think cash is so impersonal… but maybe I need to get over that!! LOL!

By the way – the flowers above came from 1800 Flowers. They bloom into a beautiful hot pink. I thought Natalie would get a kick out of that. 😉

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.