Friday, March 20, 2009

Week 12: Shopping Anyone?

Yes, these are all mine. I know I can't be the only one with this problem. I love gift cards but the problem with them is ... if I don't spend the entire amount the first time I use them then I lose track of the balance left on them. Honestly, I have no idea what's left on at least half of these cards. I've tried:

      Keeping the last sales slip with the card so I always have the balance but I either lose them or I end up with way too many little slips of paper in my wallet or purse so I throw them away.

      Keeping a list in my purse of all the cards I have and their current balance. I either lose that or forget to update it and then I'm right back where I started.
So, I end up with lots of cards with some kind of balance on them that I don't use. Why don't I? Well, I don't carry much cash so if I'm buying something for $20 lets say and I don't know the balance then I worry that it will be almost enough to cover it and that I'll have to charge some really tiny amount to make up the difference.

Someone needs to invent something to keep track of all of these that you can carry with you and easily use. I know!! We need a small electronic device that you can just run the card through and it will tell you your balance! Okay, so maybe we don't need yet another device to carry with us. So, how about some kind of app for the iPhone or iTouch that lets you keep track of them easily? Of course then I'd need the iPhone or iTouch. Hmmm, do I have a gift card that would work for that?

Date Taken: March 20, 2009
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 1/100
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 71 mm
ISO Speed: 640
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off


Nedra said...

I didn't have quite as many as you but recently my son took my cards and called the 1-800 number on the back of each one to get the balance. Then he recorded it on the back of the card with a Sharpie marker. Since he did the work and there weren't any huge balances I let him have the cards he could use, well, except for the Dunkin Doughnuts one!

Vicky said...

Maybe I need to get my daughter working on that! A sharpie, huh? Maybe I need to put one in my purse.