Time to do a recap on all the points/freebies and rebates we have received this year. For anyone who thinks it doesn't add up - think again! Yes, we both have point credit cards - me the Air Miles Mastercard and hubby the RBC Avion Visa. His is better but we can use mine places like Costco that only take Mastercard in Canada. I have a spreadsheet for all this so I just calculate it everytime something is redeemed.
|April used 24000 Hilton Pts hotels edmonton May saved approx $180 (cash and pts)|
|April used $137 in Westjet dollars for May trip to Edmonton|
|Sept Used 10,000 Hilton miles for December trip, saved $79(cash and pts)|
|Oct used 15,000 Avion pts for Kid#3 Christmas trip, saved $350|
|Used 2184 air miles for April 2018 trip Saved $170.10(one ways)|
Grand Total Approximately $1,822.69!!
Of course, since hubby travels a fair amount for our business some of these points were gotten through that but most of them through day to day life. My favorite new way to save money is through ebates.ca, just received my second cheque. I don't shop online much but when I do I see if I can get a cash rebate through them - they pay out 4 times a year. Here is their referral link if you live in Canada and want to sign up.
This year I also used the checkout 51 app more, much easier when you put it on your phone and quickly upload pictures of your receipts. I still find that there are few items I want to buy that they have rebates on but still managed to get one rebate from them this year as you need $20 to cash out.
I keep all of the above information with account numbers and passwords in a master excel spreadsheet - it makes it very easy to keep track, also to tell when airline points are expiring. If I can't use them I donate them. Right now we still have enough RBC Avion Points for 1.5 tickets to Europe (maybe to be used next year, the Europe surcharge is around $600 though) or 2 tickets to the Caribbean. We also have about 5000 air miles between the two of us which I spend down first as they are much harder to use. The RBC Avion travel program is the best and most flexible in Canada so if you travel and want a points card I highly recommend that one. I also really like the Hampton Inn/Hilton Inn point program as they changed this year so if you don't have sufficient points for your entire stay you can use part cash and part points. We have cashed out twice this year using that. Hubby usually stays in one of these hotels for business when possible.
We have a grocery store within a half mile of our house so if I need to run to the store that is where I go. They have a points program (Quality foods) but it is not great so I generally just redeem my points for 4 litres of milk every time I have enough - 12 litres of free milk - I'll take that.
How did you do on freebies this year?