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I Inherited the Coupon Queen Gene and Saved!

“Who goes to Bed Bath & Beyond and doesn't use a coupon? Honestly!” Years ago, like many female teenagers, I craved new clothes and shoes. Brand-name shopping trips, however, were not frequent or feasible in my parents’ household. Unfortunately, that didn't stop me from trying to get what I wanted. Memories of Hollister jean temper tantrums and Abercrombie-meltdowns now make me cringe, but my behavior wasn’t the only embarrassing thing going on back then. I remember standing agonizingly at cash registers while my mother rummaged through her purse to find the coupon that she swore had been in her wallet when we left home. At the time, I could not understand why saving an extra two dollars was so important to her nor why she couldn’t make simple purchases without an ordeal.photo credit: Simon Greig Photo via photopin ccMy mother grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh as one of five children and two parents living in a three-bedroom home. My Grandma stayed at   Read More »
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Do Gift Cards Have Fees?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. Gift card fees such as activation fees, dormancy fees, non-use fees and service fees are typically only associated with bank-issued gift cards (e.g. Visa® gift cards, MasterCard® gift cards). According to the Federal Gift  Read More »

Do Gift Cards Lose Value?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. There are several different types of gift cards and the rules associated with each one may vary. Gift cards from an individual merchant (e.g. Home Depot or Best Buy) typically retain their value until the holder redeems every  Read More »
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