I love fall. I love back-to-school. Most who know me know that I think in school years. For me, this is a season of renewal, of getting organized and new beginnings.
For some of us, it means purging items that we no longer use but that would be appreciated by others, and a subsequent shopping trip to set our fall & winter wardrobes.
Many of us add a shade or two to our personal makeup collections or get ready for the switch to the foundation that we use in the colder seasons.
The entertainers among us are already thinking about Thanksgiving and what little updates we can make at home.
The dreamers among us are onto planning the next vacation, be it for the winter holidays or beyond.
Most of us, however, are budget conscious and fall can also be a time of “dealing with” the credit card bills from our summer and back-to-school spending.
We are also hyper-conscious of the upcoming holiday season and the spend that comes with it. So while we hope to find promotions to get a little more for our buck year round, the fall seems to be a time where we may find ourselves ‘watching’ a little more carefully.
As most of you know from the montrealmom.com Tip of The Day, I LOVE to give tips. One such example is in the post-holiday season when so many people are feeling strapped for cash, I recommend taking out all the gift cards you have tucked away and treating yourself to a little shopping trip or luxury without spending a dime!
A similar tip is shopping with “points” or “miles”. So many people think that the AIR MILES Reward Program is reserved for travel…that is not the case! There is so much that you can buy using your AIR MILES and using them has never been easier!
Did you know that you can actually use miles in-store from your AIR MILES Cash balance to pay at certain stores in Quebec?
For example, 95 Miles will give you $10 at Jean Coutu (great for makeup!), Rona or Réno Dépot (for those pre-Thanksgiving home touch ups), or even at IGA or Shell for groceries & gas (leaving you extra $$ to spend on that fall wardrobe elsewhere!)
You can get e-vouchers for some of your FAVOURITE retailers and they should be delivered to your inbox within 30 minutes after ordering online!
95 Miles will get you a $10 e-voucher at:
- Cineplex, (for that long-awaited date night!) , or
- The Gap (for that Fall Scarf you’ve been pining after), or
- Kernels (because you love them 😉 ), or
- Starbucks (because it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season), or
- Toys R Us, so you can spend less cash buying birthday gifts for your kids’ classmates and instead put that extra cash towards that pair of super-sexy boots you’ve been eyeing…
There are even more ways to enjoy your AIR MILES, such as using 190 Miles for a $20 e-voucher to use towards a night out at The Keg or towards a night away with Via Rail
Speaking of time away..If you’re a dreamer and have been saving up your miles…that vacation may actually be a possibility this year!
Your best bet is to check out the AirMiles.ca website for all the different ways you can enjoy them!
Every once in awhile, there are opportunities to accumulate extra Miles…There is one such opportunity right now!
With the #PilesOfMiles contest, you can “scratch” online daily for a chance to win 1200 miles instantly (enough for select flights!). Three prizes of 10,000 miles will also be drawn
Some final TIPS on how to stretch your fall budget by actually considering your Miles as part of your budget:
(1) If you’re shopping for fall, choose retailers that allow you to accumulate Miles (find a list on AirMiles.ca)
Did you know that you can collect AirMiles by purchasing online from:
- Old Navy
- Victoria’s Secret
- The Apple Store
- …and more!?
I didn’t until recently….
(2) Log on at pilesofmiles.ca daily for a chance to win #PilesofMiles (Make sure to read all contest rules)
(3) When planning your spend, consider how you can use your Miles in lieu of cash, which can
a) help with your cash flow or
b) leave extra cash available for those little luxuries that you were hoping to get!
(4) Remember to collect Air Miles Miles at the places you shop everyday…IGA, Shell and even Goodyear! (December is coming sooner than you think!)
So go on, start by visiting pilesofmiles.ca right now for a chance to win #PilesOfMiles! Then go set a daily reminder in your smartphone so you remember to do so on a daily basis.
One final thing…if you feel great when you cash in your Miles or spend them on something you love, or get a bunch for buying what you buy everyday…Drop me a line to let me know.
Wishing you a day of Good luck accumulating (and/or enjoying) #PilesOfMiles!
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