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lagniappe

March 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

Dictionary meaning:

1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.

2. a gratuity or tip.

3. an unexpected or indirect benefit.

I'm always trying to get a little extra with everything I buy and stretch that buck just that l-i-t-t-l-e bit farther.

This month Discover is paying 5% back on groceries - up to $200 worth. It would take me 3 months to spend $200 on groceries. I could buy grocery gift cards and make it last longer that way. Instead I bought $200 in gift cards to Target, Subway, McDonalds, Chilis and Red Lobster from King Soopers. This way I not only make the $10 bonus for the 5% cashback, but since King Soopers doubles gift card purchases on their gas points I got 400 in gas points or .40 cents a gallon.

My car takes between 10 and 11 gallons to fill up so that is at least 4 more dollars. But I will also fill up 2 five gallon cans giving me $8 more than the original $10 I would have gotten back.

Then when I get $20 in rewards at Discover I will cash that out for a $25 gift card to Borders stretching that a little more. At Borders I will use the gift card with coupons for 20 - 40% off books getting more free books.

About a third of the gift cards I got at the grocery store will be used for gifts and the others will be used with coupons and early bird specials to stretch them a little more.

And since I will pay the credit card off with money from my checking account that earns a tiny bit of interest I will make a few more cents on that money before sendinig it in.

Paying online saves another 44 cents.

That's what I call lagniappe Smile

I finished reading my book Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Supernatural/Romance - very good.

3 Responses to “lagniappe”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I thought lagniappe was some kind of food. Idiom?

  2. retire@50 Says:

    I don't know of any food called lagniappe but then again I don't know everything Smile

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    what a wonderful way to use the system!!

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