show me the points!!!

on the third day of december...

earlier this week, one eve, i grabbed the mail as i came in from work. the mailbox is usually pretty boring, esp since i don’t subscribe to any magazines: bank statements, bills, flyers…[although december is fun because christmas cards arrive!].

there was an envelope at which i glanced very quickly. it was from president’s choice mastercard (my #1 credit card in terms of use). [sidenote: president’s choice is affiliated with the grocery chain loblaws. so, every time you use your card, you earn points towards free groceries. totally practical, eh?]. i was thisclose to just pitching the envelope in the recycling bin without even opening it – it was NOT the size of a bill, and my first thought that it was just a *special offer!!!!!* for a p.c. mortgage/bank account/monogrammed towels – some kind of enticement to get me to spend more money. but i ripped the envelope open anyway, just to be safe (erv is now proud of me). inside:

hmmm...c'est quoi, ca?

and the card contained some good news!

neato mosquito!

just so you don’t have to peer and squint: as a *loyal customer,* i am going to receive a new p.c. card so that i will earn double points every time i use it!

that’s awesome! in the past, our strategy has been to save points for a whole year, then get free groceries for as long as possible -> sometimes, upwards of a month. so collecting the points/using the mastercard a lot really pays off.

i’ve been using cash to buy groceries since the spring because i like the once-and-done approach, and forking over paper money has helped with budgeting, too. but, i still use the credit card for gas for the rav, and major purchases. hmmm…with this double points thing, i may have to go back to swiping the ol’ card at valumart, too!

do you collect points via credit card? ok, please do not laugh at me or scorn me. but i do not understand air miles. truly. are there certain visa cards or mastercards where you get air miles for using that card? or is there a separate “air miles card” that you have to hand over to collect points when you make a purchase on a credit card? of course, i have been asked if i collect air miles at checkouts for years, but i always just say no. i’ve never pursued collecting air miles, and have no burning desire to start. any info you can share with me is welcome!

the only other way i collect points is that i do have a shopper’s drug mart optimum card. guess what – i’ve collected points, but never spent any for over seven years. this week, i finally spent some of my points…for a new experience that i will tell you about at a later date!

[the inspiration for today’s title comes from one of my all-time favourite movies -> remember jerry maguire? and cuba gooding jr’s “SHOW! ME! THE! MONNNEEEEYY!!?] 🙂



mitten fail!

on thursday i finished the first mitten of my i-can-squeeze-this-in christmas knitting project:

looks ok, at first glance...

who did i think i was making mittens for? andre the giant?! it’s wayyyy too huge! i know what the problem is: the yarn i picked is a little thicker than what i usually use, and i didn’t adjust my pattern at all to accomodate for that. rookie mistake!

back to square one – still two mittens to go. luckily, we’re a full three weeks out from christmas! no pressure minimal deadline stress!

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  • Stephanie  On December 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love PC! Heeey…how come I’m not a preferred customer? I got my PC account almost 15 years ago, when the company first started. I’m feeling a bit slighted now. But don’t fret, I’ll get over it. I just noticed that my screen is snowing. Very cheerful! 😉

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      haha, i noticed the snowy screen yesterday – i set that up LAST december – > wordpress must re-activate it as i didn’t do anything this year to make it snow! (and better on the screen than outdoors, i say!). oh – you should phone PC and whine/beg/inquire about getting an upgrade on your card. you’re entitled, in my opinion!!

  • Gina Unger  On December 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Yay for collecting points – and spending them instead of money! 🙂
    You know I love collecting Air Miles points! Remember the cereals?!?!? That’s the BEST deal for collecting them b/c you get 100 points and only have to spend $25! We have a couple different credit cards which help to collect points – for eg. for every $15 we spend we get a point… that adds up quickly when you look at the credit card bills we pay each month which include donations to charities, utility bills, groceries, etc. etc.
    Glad you still have time for re-doing the mittens! It’s all good!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      i TOTALLY thought of you and the cereal when i was typing up this blog post, gina! a classic story! 🙂 you are so right that it all adds up quite quickly – and good point about using a credit card for donations and paying bills – it’s not just buying THINGS! yea, i’m not sweating re the mittens – yet!!

  • Zo  On December 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I don’t have any points type credit cards…but it’s yet another of the “I should look into this” things on my list! I like the idea of money back or points going to charity….but I’m also lazy about looking into these things! I do have a lot of customer rewards cards…so I get money “back” so to speak to spend in those stores, but no store credit cards as yet!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

      yes, you should sign up for points of some kind, zo! new experience as one of your monthly goals?? i like rewards programs/money back for stores as long as they’re free. i don’t like programs where you have to pay to be a “special” customer – i don’t like feeling pressured to buy there, then!

  • Anonymous  On December 3, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I live for points collecting!! The majority of my Christmas spending is done with points. You may remember that earlier this year I won a PC Points contest and received 1 Million points!!!! Cashed those in last week for gift cards to Future Shop and my kids will be receiving the new iPods they were dreaming of for Christmas. Would not have happened without the points! The great thing about PC points is being able to trade them in for gift cards. All the kids teachers and my co-workers will be getting gift cards to places they enjoy and it doesn’t cost me a cent.

    I also use air miles to get gift cards and I will admit to collecting points for almost 10 years to fly our family to Florida for a Disney get away.

    However, the best way I have used my points is for charity. I make sure to purchase a present for the Angel Tree or Family that is adopted at work every year. This year it was a huge beading kit for an 8 year old little girl. Best way to use something that is “extra” to me is to give to someone else who doesn’t have it.

  • Lisa  On December 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Wow—free groceries for a month!?!?! That totally makes up for those super high grocery bills you were having for a while 🙂 🙂

    I used to have a UPromise card that put rewards toward my student loans…once that was paid off, I switched to an airline credit card (Air Tran). I have lots of points waiting for me to travel! The only catch is that I have to go somewhere that Air Tran flies….right now I want to visit my aunt in San Diego (but Air Tran doesn’t go there) and my cousin in Vancouver (same issue). Well, I may just have to go to Florida!

    That stinks about your super big mitten! Maybe you can just knit one the same way, and then donate them to somewhere that gives them to the needy—-then a really big man who never finds anything to fit him would have warm hands this winter! (ok, maybe that’s a stretch!).

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

      oh, it’s a sign that you are to go to florida, lisa!! although it would be nice to visit family on points…. good idea re the mitten…except i don’t have enough yarn for four mitts (two pairs). but i DO like knitting for a cause and mittens are always needed up here for winter!

  • Johanna  On December 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Yay for double points! My visa is with Scotiabank and is connected to “Scene” so my points go towards going to movies. Normally I would be practical (PC points would be right up my street) but I liked the idea of saving up points for something attainable but fun that Jacob and I can do together. I have optimum points, petro points (just converted those to CAA $ the other day to save $ on my CAA renewal – yay!), air miles and aeroplan but sheepishly confess that I don’t really know how to use the later two. :/ I figure, though, that since I have the opportunity to collect them, I’ll figure out what to do with the another day. Collecting them is free, right? I’m trying to learn how to best collect my optimum points smarter – mrsjanuary had an entry recently on how to collect/use them and I’ve been inspired.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

      oh, i so agree that points towards something FUN for you and j is a great idea. YOU, my friend, are queen of points collecting, i see! thank you for admitting that you don’t really know how to use air miles/aeroplan…i almost deleted that part of this blog post, i was so embarrassed! but maybe there are more of us out there??! i have heard, too, that there is method to the collecting of optimum points – had a whole conversation in line with someone at shoppers, once. she was a pro!

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