I recently posted about the Alaska airlines gift card offer at Costco - $449 for each $500 gift card. I had originally bought 6, but the limit was 10 per membership. I decided to buy the additional 4 gift cards to get the full benefit of this discount. Since the hub flies roundtrip to Anchorage every 6 weeks, it made good sense to save on as many gift cards as possible. I pulled the money out of savings to pay for the cards. 10% return is way more than I am getting in interest. Ill just pay our monthly travel budget back to the savings account and will have this paid back by 2022 year end. I paid for all the gift cards with my Amazon CC- which will result in an additional $50 in Amazon dollars. I will use this $50 to buy handwarmers and other goodies for our homeless gifts for Christmas. (Win-win).
Also, I received $30 in Kohls cash for the blankets for the homeless that I bought. Tomorrow, my 30% discount kicks in for Kohls, so I will use the Kohls cash and 30% off to buy something(s) on the Christmas list. Another win-win.
I have been attending a foster class for several weeks, and each week receive a $25 gift card for attending. Our last class is tomorrow and the gift card total will be $350. The store they are originally to is a higher end grocery store. But thankfully, they sale gift cards to Amazon. I will trade the cards in for $350 in Amazon gift cards and use them for essentials in the coming months. (Another win-win)
And finally, I am going to start working part time from home for my son's business. They could use additional administrative help - and this will provide us a small additional income. Any money earned will go towards vacation for us. I dont forsee this being more than $1000 a month, but that will augment our vacation fund nicely. And, I will be able to help my son's team with expertise in fields I am well versed in. (My final win-win)
Needless to say, I am feeling pretty good about these small wins!!