This is true... however, my MIL is going to give my husband a $120 gift certificate to spend on the Wall Street Journal for Christmas; we will just add that to our account, and it'll get spent quickly enough.hazeldazel said:Altho, I'm a bit bummed that you can't use a gift card for subs to newspapers and magazines.
oooo... I am going to have to check that out... I just rolled the coins from our change bucket and nearly $248.00!!thomashton said:Amazon gift card for sure.
My wife and I saw that a change counting machine in the local grocery store allows you to count change for free if you put that money on a gift card to one of their affiliate companies. Amazon was one of them.
Our big bowl of $150+ worth of change just may be buying books and blog subscriptions for us. I know any Kindler would love the freedom to read that a gift card would bring.
Woo Hoo \o/ Thanks for the info Leslie! I located a Coinstar machine about 3 miles from my house that offers the Amazon eCertificate!!Leslie said:Regarding the change counting machines: they are the Coinstar machines. Not all Coinstar machines have the giftcard option so go to www.coinstar.com to find out which ones in your area do.
I agree with you Jen and fortunately so do my family members... We all end up just giving each other gift cards and everyone is happy!Jen said:... I'm not a brat, I just think gift cards are the best gift!
Thanks, Leslie, I found one VERY near my house!Leslie said:Regarding the change counting machines: they are the Coinstar machines. Not all Coinstar machines have the giftcard option so go to www.coinstar.com to find out which ones in your area do.
Once great thing...if you put coins in and ask for money, the machine takes a fee of 8.4%. But if you ask for a giftcard, you get the full amount, ie, $43.62 in change will be given to you as a giftcard. No counting fee is deducted.
Note that what you get is not a plastic card. It's a slip of paper with the amount of money and the code for Amazon.
You can just throw in whatever change you have. The machine sorts it so if you have any non-US coins in there, it just spits them out.
You can put any amount of change in, it doesn't need to be an even amount.
Interesting question. I just received two certificates yesterday...the ones I get from using my Amazon Visa card. They used to have an expiration date on them: they were good for a year with a 6 month grace period, so 18 months total. But looking at these certs, no expiration. Maybe they got rid of that?Betsy the Quilter said:Thanks, Leslie, I found one VERY near my house!
Is there a time limit on the Amazon cards? Not that that's a problem the way I buy books!
Well, at least now you know!Jen said:I feel so dumb - there is apparently a coinstar with ecertificates at the kroger where I've grocery shopped for 5 years - I've never noticed it!! The one I usually go to is much farther away, and doesn't offer them. Oops!