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Life: Gift card chaos


What do you get the person who has everything? Or the person you don't know well enough to know what to buy?


Duh. A gift card.


But then they get stuck into a wallet and forgotten about. They get lost. You lose track of where you put them.


Of course, for some of them, there is an awesome little feature where you can load them onto apps on phones and throw away the card. (Starbucks, for instance) But not all of them allow this. Or perhaps you don't want to junk up your phone (I'm raising my hand here) with apps you'll never use just so you can load a card onto them... and you'll forget it is in the app when you're at the store anyway, right?


So this is how I handle this issue. (If having too many gift cards to keep up with is an issue... I know, I know... First world problems.)


I punch my cards with a hole puncher. Then, I slide them all onto a circle binder clip that I got in a package of 8 billion at the local office supplies store. (Those rings are useful for a LOT of things, so just go ahead and buy the package without fear. You'll find uses for them. And if you don't, send them to me, because I WILL.)


Anyway, toss the ring into the car that you drive most often -- not your purse because that thing can't hold one. more. freaking. thing. yo.


Then, the next time you want to swing by Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or wherever, your cards are right there at your fingertips, easy to sort through, easy to remove, easy to SPEND!


And your wallet appreciates you because now it doesn't weigh 17 pounds from all the cards. Ditto for your purse.


Don't even get me started on how you better not tell your brain that "I'm saving that gift card for something special." Nope. Just freakin' USE THE DUMB THING. Enjoy the gift that your in-laws gave you NOW. No sense holding onto things waiting for the perfect moment to use them. Because you know you'll lose it, forget about it, or it will expire.

So go forth with my blessing and gift card the heck outta your carpool drive time, enjoying that iced coffee on some random, unimportant Tuesday in September. Because there is no time like the present! And the card is so easy to get to now that it's on that ring inside your console, so really it would be like a sin to not just spend it after you went to all the trouble to locate it and punch a hole in it... :)


And, yes, you will notice that my ring seems to have an inordinate number of gift cards to Chick-Fil-A. I'm not prepared to discuss my addictions with you in this forum at the present time. I realize I *may* have issues. But this is an organization post and not a therapy session. So just back off, Missy!

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