Good morning everyone, I had a fun-filled evening last night. After work, I drove to my local Staples and Smart & Final store (which happen to be next to each other) and did a bit of shopping. My first stop was at Staples to buy some gift cards…
Currently, Staples has an Easy Rebate on Visa and MasterCard Gift Cards. Purchase more than $300 in gift cards and receive a $20 Staples Gift Card. I would recommend buying all Visa or all MasterCard Gift Cards and not mix-and-matching, just to be safe. All the Visa Gift Cards were sold out, so I bought 2 $200 MasterCard Gift Cards.
After putting those gift cards in the car, my next stop was Smart & Final for some gift cards.
These pics are from last week, so some of the gift card inventory was a little different, but there were still plenty of gift cards to choose from. I played it safe and bought 1 gift card and asked the cashier and manager if I could purchase a few more. They said it would not be a problem. I bought 5 more gift cards and let all the “regular / non-gift card” shoppers go ahead of me so I wouldn’t upset anyone waiting behind me. After I finished purchasing those gift cards, I put them in my car and went back in for round 2. And then again for round 3.
The cashier was very cool and friendly. He knew what was going on and did his best to go fast. Unfortunately, AMEX does not like seeing multiple $50 charges on the same card, at the same store, within a few minutes of each other. Luckily, the AMEX app showed the fraud alerts as a notification which I could easily clear up in 2 seconds. Then I was back in business. I asked the cashier if he had any credit cards and he said he just had a Wells Fargo credit card that he didn’t really use. I told him to just make 1 small purchase on the card each month and pay it off. That will help his credit score, little by little, over time. I try to help where I can :)
Back home, I organized all the receipts, activation slips, and gift cards. Here is my total haul:
- 8 x $50 Southwest Airlines Gift Cards
- 5 x $25 Starbucks Gift Cards
- 2 x $50 Home Depot Gift Cards
- 2 x $20 Sees Candy Gift Cards
- 1 x $50 at PF Changs, Macy’s. and Nordstrom.
- A few other gift cards are not pictured that I had already used up.
My email had many emails from American Express. Honestly, if you have a few AMEX credit cards with this offer, it may make sense to do a mileage run or mini weekend trip to a city that has Smart & Final stores. 6 credit cards x 3 transactions x $25 statement credit = $450 in cash back. Surely you can find a cheap flight/hotel somewhere. Just think about it for a second…
All that MS worked up an appetite, so I walked over to Chipotle and used my newly purchase Chipotle gift card to get some chicken tacos, chips, and guac. Delicious as always!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!