Monday, March 30, 2009

Purchased With "Free" Money

We have just one thrift store in our area that offers a Customer Appreciation Card where you can earn spendable dollars after so much worth of purchases. I LOVE that . I had earned a credit, so on my most recent visit , I got these cute wooden painted ornaments for my Easter tree. I had been looking for some of these! And I didn't want to pay much. Two dozen - free to me.
They're not old, but they're awfully cute.
I also found this See's Easter tin. I like to buy See's in the regular box (less expensive than paying for the novelty holiday packaging) and transfer it to a decorative tin that I can leave out for each holiday season. I also got the cute pink floral calico remnant behind it:
And, I found this huge (picnic table size) bright floral vinyl tablecloth with cotton fringe trim - perfect for springtime!
Those items above, plus two Easter baskets and another pretty floral fabric remnant used up my credit, and I only had to come up with 37 cents for sales tax.When we went to Disneyland, I used some of my Free Disney Money to buy myself a pretty Mickey Mouse pin with sparkly multicolored rhinestones,a really nice Disneyland ink pen, and some taffy. I call it free because we earn Disney Rewards dollars by using our Disney Visa card for purchases we would make anyway - pay the bill in full every month + no interest charges = free money! I didn't buy the Annual Passport with it, but conceivably you could if you earned enough Rewards Points.I didn't use up our entire balance - more for next time!
Besides using them at Disneyland, I can buy at the Disney Store or online, or buy Disney movies or products or Disney movie tickets. Since I'm a Disney freak, it works out well for me! Oh - and after we got home, we used our Safeway Power Pump Rewards Card to fill up the gas tank, too. Free gas, free Disney stuff, free thrift finds - it doesn't get much better than that!


yosemite faith said...

your easter finds are cute! i have all my sees tins. now they often repeat 2 or 3 years in a row. i have the one you showed and also one they only made once that is beautiful - white oval with beautiful pastels on it and of course a bunny! you are one smart shopper and spender heidi ho. i was curious about what the new items were at the magical kingdom. i still have and enjoy the minnie mouse ears headband you got me. i always take it to yosemite.

Annette said...

I want some free taffy too. Great free finds, what a deal. I only have one See's Easter tin but it is really cute and I love it. Love T

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Our thrift stores don't do that! We don't have See's candy here either. I'm jealous:) Twyla

yosemite faith said...

twyla - you can mail order sees. it is the best. i discovered it when i moved to calif and became its most avid supporter. it is a great company and great employer and the candy - oh my! they have an online site and you can request catalogs etc. sees is a happy habit.