I admit it: I’ve been using my rewards programs responsibly.
Once upon a time, we’d use program rewards to buy cool things like gaming consoles and collectibles. Since we get about $50 of Amazon GCs a month (thank you Swagbucks), it was a great way to indulge ourselves without spending a cent.
And I still think that’s a valid use for program rewards.
But, alas, my recent purchases lacked any kind of pizzazz: toilet paper, razors, shampoo, etc.
These definitely save money — the refill cartridges would have been $19 out of pocket, and my overpriced-but-still-love-it Bumble & Bumble shampoo is a cool $23 — but sheesh.
I’ve always hated spending money on toilet paper, so that’s a no-brainer. I was out of razor cartridges and didn’t want to spend $19 for a four-pack. So I guess that’s also an obvious choice.
With our recent foray into eBay, a postal scale was in order; and all the ones at the office supply stores were outrageously overpriced.
And we found Tim a pair of quality shoes which would otherwise have cost about $55.
It’s the responsible thing to do, I know. It’s just so… boring.
The real trick now is to take the money we would have spent on the item and put it into our savings account. At least then I’ll be boring in a more productive way.