On Gift Cards

I have gift cards from 2 years ago that I still haven't used. It's a card from Esprt and there's only 2 stores of Esprt here, one in downtown and the other on the other side of the city. I don't want to go to downtown since parking is really hard and expensive. So I just held on to it until it was forgotten.

Last week, I decided to do some shopping spree with all the gift cards that was given to me.

~ Esprt - Total $52.59 GC $60 Paid $0
~ Home sense - Total $71.38 GC $50 Paid $21.38
~ Reflections - Total $57.73 GC $60 Paid $0
~ Lunch for 2 days - $25.00

For a total purchase of $181, I only spent $41... not bad eh? But then, it got me thinking that if I don't have those GCs, then I would not have spent $41, right? Oh well, at least I was able to buy a queen size sheet set for only $10 [Price is $60 but I used my $50 GC].

I still have a GC from Future Shop that I forgot to use when we bought a mini netbook for the kids. Oh well, maybe I'll use it when I buy my next lens or flash.

So do you like receiving gift cards as gifts? Or do you prefer actual gifts that may or may not be to your liking? I guess GC is the most practical thing to give these days and less hassle.

To all my friends who chip in to those gift cards, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.