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My job has a lot of great perks, including the work at home program and a nice child care stipend.  Another of the perks is rewards points.  Rewards points used to be plentiful, awarded for a job well done, and never expired.  In the program’s heyday, I acquired and hoarded many points and scored great stuff like the original FoodSaver, Eddie’s bed, a crock pot, luggage, coffee maker and toaster, and Oh, our Wii.  I used the points to buy jewelry for my mother and mother-in-law for several Christmases. I used them for our double stroller after Cait was born, and to get the best exersaucer EVER when Eddie was a baby.  I got myself a Kate Spade bag at one point.  You get the picture; the program was AWESOME.

A few years ago, the points program went completely away, and then about a year after that, it was reintroduced in a much more restricted format.  Points come quite sporadically now and they expire quickly.  I’ve recently acquired points equal to $200 if I redeem them for a gift card, and probably more than that if I get merchandise because of various corporate sponsorships.  I’m having a hard time deciding what to get.  Something for me? For the kids? For the family?  It’s so hard!

Most of the giftcard options are out, I think.  I could do Macy’s, Build A Bear, Bath and Body works or Chili’s, or a combination of those.  I don’t feel strongly about any of those places though, which leads me to merchandise.


Here are some of my top picks, all of which would leave me with points left over:

An HD Camcorder


Vivitar DVR910 8.1MP 720P High-Definition Digital Video Camera

A Sewing Machine

Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing MachineThis is one of those things that sounds good in theory but that I would probably never use.

A water filtration system

Cuisinart WCH-1500 CleanWater 2-Gallon Countertop Water-Filtration System

Although, this seems like just another thing to take up space on my counter.

New DVD players for the car

RCA DRC6272 Twin Mobile DVD Players - play two different DVDs!

This seems like a solid choice.
Otherwise I could get a slew of smaller things.  Toys for the kids, earrings or necklaces for me, and so on.  So tell me…what would you do?

5 responses »

  1. I would go for either the camcorder OR the car DVD players.

    And while I loooove gift cards, the dithering that comes along with it for me is AGONIZING. I can spend hours strategizing. It is pretty ridiculous.

  2. For merchandise – the car DVDs players. Otherwise, get a gift card and spend it on YOU.You earned it, it’s a special treat.

  3. DVD Players. Mostly because we have a beach trip planned and *I* need some. Heh.

    I want to learn to sew. They have lessons here in town. I WILL do it. Someday.

  4. if it were me, I would get the dvd payers. they would definitely get used (as opposed to the sewing machine…) 🙂 and they would benefit the kids AND you (you get peace and quiet in the car) 🙂

  5. I think you know what I am going to say. RIGHT! Love you. Paprika.


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