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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Another Gift(card) You Give Yourself

Linda mentioned in her comment on the last post that she wouldn't have thought to buy the Target USB flash drive gift card, then present it to herself to use on her next Target purchases.

I say, look for more opportunities to give yourself a gift. No doubt I have been influenced unduly by Special Agent Dale Cooper: "I'm going to let you in on a little secret," he told Sheriff Harry S. Truman (no relation) in Twin Peaks. "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee."

It takes a bit of planning, but here's how to save on those two cups (or more) of good (or at least halfway-decent), hot black coffee.

First: Buy yourself a Starbucks gift card. Maybe for ten dollars. Maybe for twenty. Whatever feels right to you (and your hot black coffee tendencies).

Second: Follow the instructions to register the card. Call a toll-free number. Do it online. Again: whatever feels right, go for it.

Third: When purchasing your next Starbucks coffee, use the gift card. As per the Starbucks Giftcard Registration FAQ: "Brewed coffee refills come at no charge." And if black coffee isn't your deal, "you’ll get syrup and milk options for your beverage on the house," too.

So, if you're tired of office chair catnappery and your closet's full of new shirts from the men's store, gift yourself a Starbucks Giftcard. And don't stop at the second cup. Go for two or three refills. You deserve it.

In fact, order the small ("tall") size coffee to save money up front and maximize your number of free refills.

Hot black coffee. Mmmmmm.

(Warning for folks "new to the coffee": Beware.)



1 Snarky Remarks:

Ha, funny post. I work for a company that manages gift cards, and we blog about gift card issues on savvywallet.com. I'm not sure if you know this already, but if you register your starbucks gift cards, you can get free wifi for two hours at Starbucks. here are the details from the starbucks site: :To get your AT&T Wi-Fi account, you simply need a Starbucks Card that you have used in the last 30 days, and agree to receive up to four emails per year from AT&T. As long as you continue to use your card at least once a month (make a purchase or load a balance) you’ll continue to enjoy up to 2 hours per day of complimentary Wi-Fi access in any U.S. Starbucks store which offers Wi-Fi."
Anonymous Austin Chu, at 6:18 PM  

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