Normally I wouldn’t bother with a post about such a small thing, but, I’ve got a bit of free time on my hands (as I glare at an avalanche of paper and a burned out shredder in my home office). So, here goes:
The 2nd Quarter Freedom bonus is primarily Restaurants, and that’s what I think most folks are looking at. But, if you’ve taken Kenny’s advice, like I have, you may have 2, 3, or more Freedoms available to you, with a bonus spend of upwards of $4,500! That’s a whole lot of Chick Fil-A!
So what do you do? Do you send the wife or girlfriend on a shopping spree at H&M? Probably not a great method of manufacturing spend there…. Or, you go to Bed Bath & Beyond. At first, I was thinking that I’d buy some stuff with the 20% off coupons that they seem to mail me every week, and resell the stuff. I still might, but this morning I was looking for the path of least resistance. That path happened to include bright yellow colored gift card packages. Yes, that’s right folks, Bed Bath & Beyond sells $200 Visa Gift Cards, at a $6.95 fee. Granted the fee sucks, its more than I’d normally pay for a $500 gift card, but, 5x kind’ve changes the math.
Things to know, based on my experience:
- Not all Bed Bath & Beyond’s have the Visa gift cards in stock. I suspect its mostly because of our fellow MSers, because they had plenty of AMEX and Mastercard gift cards. But be patient, they’ll replenish the stock, and we still have 2.5 months to go, remember, its a marathon, not a sprint!
- The manager may take your license to the back, I assume this is to take information down.
- The registers seem to stop at 3, aka $600.
- You can do multiple transactions, however, the manager that I had, limited me to $1,000 total, so 2 transactions, 5 total gift cards.
So, there you have it. If you want to get the most of your 5x, without it adding to your waistline, then give Bed Bath & Beyond a trip! But for Pete’s sake, avoid that “as seen on TV stuff”! Otherwise you might be giving your grill a facial.