I love getting something for nothing when it is achieved honestly of course. Airmiles or Points Cards are a pretty easy way to get the goods for free. Our family credit card is with Hilton and we collect enough points every year to get a few nights free in the Embassy Suites. I have such a hard time paying $80-$150 dollars a night for a hotel room, especially the not so nice ones. It feels like such a high price to pay for only a 12 hour stay. I usually don't sleep too well in polyester covers and pillows. I'm also spoiled with my thrifted once-expensive-new duvet and my thrifted feather pillows. I crave luxury and comfort for a thrifted price. The last duvet I bought cost $15 and was the fanciest one that I had ever seen on the second hand market. It came from Italy and you couldn't feel a single stem of a feather like some of the cheaper ones being produced. It was plush and incredibly soft and you usually have to tempt me out of bed with a cup of warm coffee. I mean I'm in my 30's now and I like a comfy night's sleep.
Dave and I have been collecting different airline miles since we married in 1997. Dave had some United Airmiles from before we met. A couple of months ago he told me that they were going to expire at the end of October. We didn't want to use them for a flight somewhere so we delayed making a decision of what to do with them. Being the procrastinators that we uh me sometimes are, we waited until the last second. And when I say last second I mean we were in Dave's home office at his computer 15 minutes before they were going to expire. I don't recall how many miles we had but we quickly purchased a bunch of restaurant vouchers were you spend $50 and you get $25 off your meal. We then bought Keiran a lego firetruck that we will give him for Christmas and we finally we spent the rest on this:
It's not terribly expensive if you buy it new but it's something that we probably would never have gone out and bought on our own. It's an LG Blu-Ray Disc Player, (BD 370 for those that like tech stuff). What I am so excited about is the fact that we can somehow hook it up to be wireless (I think) and it lets us watch downloadable Netflix movies as well as videos on YouTube. It does lots of other fancy things that I don't understand. I'm hoping Dave will figure it all out so that I all I have to do is stick in a disc and press play. We don't own a single blu-ray disc but it does play regular DVD's.
One of the reasons that I am drawn to frugality is so I can live a rich life by being surrounded by luxurious things that I pay very little for. I don't mind if someone has owned it before me. I just want something that will last. I don't want to own furniture made of MDF junk that cracks or crumbles when you look at it the wrong way. I am usually able to pay the same price or far less for a high end, solid furniture at yard sales and thrift stores.
Collecting airmiles (especially for families who fly a lot either for business or pleasure) or collecting store points can really can add up. I doubt when Dave signed up for his United Miles back in the mid 1990's that he would ever imagine getting a Blu-Ray DVD player, a lego toy and restaurant vouchers. Of course I don't think Blu-Ray even exist back then.
Have you ever used airmiles or points to earn something fabulous? What was it? I find that our earned hotel nights are far more satisfying than paying for it with our credit card. There's just something so lovely about getting something for free. Next time an airline offers you an Airmile Card application I highly recommend that you take the time to fill it out. It just might be worth your effort.