Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Card Rebate at USPS

I was standing in line at the post office, just people-watching while I waited, when I spotted an ad for a $15 prepaid Visa card. Free money? Tell me how.

This really only does you good if you're planning or willing to spend $100 on gift cards. And gift cards for specific vendors, at that. But if you're already going to spend the money, you might as well get 15% of it back, right?

There are two ways to look at this.

1. Gift cards make simple (and simple-to-ship) gifts. Done and done.

2. If you're going to spend the money at one of the select merchants anyway, you're either paying now or paying later.
Note: If you are someone who will buy the card now for the rebate and then forget to send in the form or lose the card before it's been completely used up, I do not encourage you to do this! Same applies if you think of these gift cards as "free money" and make more frivolous choices with them; they're not free money! You bought them! Shop carefully!

This is a limited time offer; purchases must be made by December 10, 2016, and they must be made at a Post Office. Rebate form required. There is fine print on the back; if you're wanting to pursue this offer, please read it before you buy. The merchants listed on the form include Michael's, Toys R Us, Starbucks, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Bahama Breeze. I do not know if any other merchants are included in this offer.

I occasionally buy gift cards for my own use when they're on sale. (A $10 GC to one of the few places Pip can safely eat for $8? That's a win!) Or when there's an in-store or instant rebate, which I see at pharmacies sometimes.

Do you ever purchase gift cards for your own use? Or strictly to give as gifts?

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