WAIT! Don’t cancel your cards before you read this

PC Master CardI have been receiving emails from my credit card company that I find irritating. Not saying that this is the one, but I wanted you to see a card.

YES, I know I have to pay you, but some of them don’t tell me how much I owe. So, I have to log into see the balance…grrr.

I have 3 cards and well, I only need 2, one for business and one for personal. So, my PC MasterCard has to go. So, I called the company asking them what I had to do, but before she would close it, she said…”Did you know you had $190 accumulated in grocery money?”….Ahhhh, NO!???

It’s weird, I get emails regularly from them telling me my bill is do, but nothing about the points I accumulated and what I can use them for. She said that if I cancelled my card today that i would not be able to use the grocery points. So, what do you think I did? I said “I will gladly use them first and THEN, I will call you back and cancel the card”. Thank you.

So, before you cancel any of your credit cards or throw out your gift cards, check to see if you have any outstanding money or points owed to you, then…spend it, and then, close it.

Stay tuned next week to see what I bought with all that grocery money. One of the things will for sure be…desert, or maybe a bottle of wine, orrr lobster, even though its not in season:) Hey, it’s free money, so I get to splurge.

Cheap CHEAP Gas in Ottawa and Gatineau

I don’t know about you, but I am finding the gas prices vary from place to place, and whats worse they are not the same prices for the same company i.e. Petro, Ultramar, etc. I paid $1.20 at Petro Canada on Friday, only to find out that another Petro had it at $1.18.  I don’t think that’s right. I know they are franchises, but…you don’t see Subway charging different prices for their sandwiches if you buy it downtown versus Barhaven.

If you want me to be loyal to you, then why are you not loyal and honest with me? 

If you’re looking to save a few bucks on gas and you’re not a loyal fan of a particular company, I found 2 websites that list the prices in town. They also have apps you can download your cell phone. One is for Ottawa and the other lists places in Gatineau.

I know for sure that I WON’T be going to the Petro Canada at Bank and Walkley anymore because…they are one of the most expensive. Grrrr!
Here’s to helping you save a bit of money.
Tina

Are you looking for meal ideas with leftovers?

Me tooooo. That’s what I’m always doing because I have leftover something but, not usually meat. I have to tell ma man DON’T TOUCH…those are for lunch. he he. I know, its not nice, but I am trying to prep the most amount of meals in the least amount of days and this is the only way.

So, here’s my weekly menu from last week.

Click the link below to get the pdf version of it.

October Weekly meal plan and grocery list

Let me know if you have meal ideas for frozen strawberries, canned chick peas, almonds, and cuccombers. Now, I am hoping you’re not going to suggest I put those all together…One word…YACK!

Weekly Meal Planning

Weekly meal planIf you don’t have a lot of time or money, then you’re going to like this article. Every week, I usually go and eat pho soup and while I’m there, I prepare my weekly meal ideas. However, I do it with the intention of trying to save money and make more than 2 meals each.  Well, there are some weeks that I do great and some that are not so great. It depends on what’s on sale and if I feel like cooking. It does happen that I eat out a lot, but I try not to because it’s very salty and, I prefer my cooking.

I put together a template that you can modify with meal ideas and what groceries you need. I also put some links to recipes from other people. Next months meal plan, I will be sure to put my own recipe links because most of mine involve using leftovers.

Weekly meal plan and grocery list

If you have other meal plans you wan to share, please add the link or send me the document so that I can post it.

Have a wonderful week.

Tina

How NOT to Save Money on Business Cards

I am going to my very first Virtual Assistant Conference this weekend. I’m soooo excited. One of the things it said to bring was business cards, but the cards I have are not the ones I want to use. They are my marketing coaching ones, which I soooo don’t want to do anymore. I normally have my cards done by Vista.ca. but didn’t have time.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re working on a website to create new business cards. You normally go to Vistaprint.ca because they have the best prices, but they can’t deliver today. So, you go to Staples online. You’re having fun creating them, but now it’s time to send them to get printed, but when you go to checkout, there is no choice for Canada? What??? YA! That’s what happened to me this morning. I was on the staples.com and not staples.ca. I spent almost 2 hours designing it and now I can’t use it. So, I call the number on their site hoping they’ll tell me to just go in the store and they’ll be able to print it there, but nope! They are 2 separate companies and don’t have the same cards either☹

So, I print out what I made to try and replicate it. Lucky for me I’m a quick learner and can replicate things fairly quickly. All I needed was the image I wanted, but when I got there, that was a bit of a problem, because they normally want a USB stick. However, the girl was nice enough to let me log into my Gmail account and pull the pic and, I got my new business card set up in 10 minutes.

So, when I go to pay, she shows me it’s $29.99 for 100 cards! What??? That’s double the price of Vista Print and you only get ¼ of what they offer.

Well, no sense crying over spilled milk, like someone use to say.

Here’s what my new card looks like. It’s a bit blurry (sorry about that). I’m satisfied with it, but I liked the other ones much better.

So, here’s the lessons I’ve learned for today:

  1. Don’t wait to the last minute to do business cards, or you’ll pay more and get LOT LESS
  2. Be sure to check which website you’re working on so that you don’t waste time and also, get emails from a company you can’t deal with because they don’t deliver here.
  3. And lastly, don,t spend so much time making a business card. Have a plan first of what you want and then pick out the best choice instead of redesigning the whole card.

If you’re going to be making new cards soon, Vistaprint.ca is offering 40% with promo code SALE40 off cards and other promotional stuff. But hurry. It’s ends May 16, 2017. I just put in a new order for 500 cards for $7.99. Talk about crazy savings.

Here’s to your business and saving your dollars, seeings the pennies no longer exist.

Tina