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Using my Amazon Gift Cards

I recently celebrated a birthday. My lovely wife got a group of friends together for a nice get together. Actually she got them together twice, as on my birthday weekend I had to fly to Florida to move my Mom back to Las Vegas. Joyce patiently rescheduled for a week later.

Many of my friends got me gifts, which was totally unnecessary but always appreciated. And a few friends got me Amazon gift cards.

Amazon is just about the place Joyce and I spend more money than anywhere else. We go to the grocery store every week, but we buy less and less there. Anything that doesn’t expire pretty much gets purchased at Amazon. As do a lot of things I used to get at more “specialty” stores even if online.

So how does an entertainment executive spend $200 at Amazon? Here you go:

  • Right Guard Xtreme Defense 5 Antiperspirant Deodorant (pack of 6)
  • Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Toilet Paper, 24 Supreme (92+ Regular) Bath Tissue Rolls
  • Sensodyne Extra Whitening Travel Size Toothpaste – 0.8 Oz, 5 Pack
  • Kleenex Facial Tissue Upright 4 pack (Pack of 2, Total of 8 Boxes)
  • Nike Mens Metcon 3 Black/BlackWhite

Sexy list right? Well, the last item is pretty cool. I stumbled onto these shoes when Nike sent me an email about them, on their special “eclipse preparation” direct email. Which may be a separate topic, but usually I don’t like such themed emails, but if you look up these shoes, they actually DO look like an eclipse! So I wanted to reward them for their creativity and bought a pair.

Also, we all know (I think) to buy in bulk. I probably could get better pricing if I went to Costco, but I have increasingly come to believe the value of my driving and shopping time is just too precious almost no matter what the price. Plus Costco selections in store are often limited and Joyce and I are picky about some of the essentials.

I did do some more fun purchases with the Total Wine gift certificates I received! But I will leave those details to the friends we have over to enjoy the fruits of their gifts.

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