I love getting gift cards, because then I can buy myself anything I want. On the other hand, I hate gift cards because I tend to want to hold onto them until I really need something from that particular store. It’s also sometimes hard to find the time to go shopping there.
My mother in law gave me a gift card (over a year ago!) that someone had given her for Ross Dress for Less. The first time I used the card was to buy my Secret Santa gift for one of my coworkers. I bought her a pretty robe and some slippers. Then I found out she was really hankering for one of those Snuggie Original Fleece Blanket with Free Booklight, Blue two days before the exchange. I didn’t have time to go back to Ross right away and found that a sporting goods place had a version of the Snuggies at a local brick and mortar store.
A couple of weeks later I took the items back and got the money put back on my card.
Then one of my coworkers told me Ross had Nintendo Wii components marked down and I thought it would be fun to have the tennis racket, steering wheel, baseball bat and golf club to play Wii Sports. I spent around $40 on those and they have been a big dud. It’s just easier to use the Wii-mote and Nunchuk than to use the components. That means I still have about $60 left on the card and who knows it might be losing money as I type.
My boss gave me a Walmart card this year and I am ashamed to say I have misplaced it already! It was worth $25! I think it might be at work somewhere on my desk, or maybe in my purse.
Finally, I have the Big Lots card that my Secret Santa gave to me this year. I had planned to go to Big Lots right after Christmas, but I haven’t found a chance to stop by one. Now I have to put that on my to-do list. Spend $25 on Big Lots!
I guess I could just pass these gift cards on to someone else… but then it’s a little disappointing because it is kind of fun to get to pick out something basically for free.
But then I also want to get the best deal. And I don’t want to just impulsively buy something I really won’t use. Back and forth, back and forth.
Too bad Big Lots doesn’t have an online store. Do they? Maybe that would help.
Did you get some gift cards for Christmas? Do you love them or hate gift cards?