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An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.

 

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I am one of those people who are a bit sceptical about getting a credit card. Yes, they may be useful for purchasing online, for booking flights, which honestly is probably the only reason I would consider getting one. However, my fear in getting a credit card comes from the idea that I would overspend, maxing out my card especially knowing that I can rely on it as my emergency cash float when times are a little dry financially.

That’s where products like the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card comes in handy, now I am able to shop online, book my flights and fulfill all my online purchasing needs with this one virtual card, without the concern of getting swipe happy with my credit card

Developed by Triloq Payment Services, a World of Avatar company and issued by Standard Bank in association with MasterCard, the system was created to remove barriers for would-be online shoppers and to increase online sales across the board and is designed for online shopping use only.

Registration for the virtual card is pretty straight forward and is open to any South African with a valid ID number. You can register on the 1-2-Pay-Online website in order to create and use the virtual prepaid cards. Online shopping demands the highest level of security and therefore the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual prepaid card created may only be used once, on any websites accepting VISA or MasterCard. Any funds left over are returned to the user profile. Should you wish to shop online again just create another virtual prepaid card, it’s as easy as that.

With no lengthy application forms, no credit checks, no annual fees, no interest charges or any other hidden fees you simply pay as you go.

As simple as that, music and movie enthusiasts can now pay for their favourite tracks and videos on iTunes using the virtual card and can even skip the queues when paying for E-Toll bills. Just like that, the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card is making payments and shopping that much simpler and so much more convenient.

The value of cards you may create is dependent on whether or not you have been FICA verified by 1-2-Pay-Online, all for your safety and security. A non-FICA verified user can create cards up to maximum value of R200. If you are a FICA verified user then you may create cards up to a value of R1500.

To pay for your E-Toll bill, for example, you would then register for and load your 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card with the relevant amount, log on to the E-Toll website and click on online payments under their ‘payment options’ tab, log in and pay for your bills using  your virtual card like you would with a credit card.

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Each virtual card you create will have a unique 16-digit card number, expiry date and security number (usually referred to as the CVV/CVC or “last three digits” on the back of the card).

The great thing about this virtual card is that, even when you have loaded too much money on your card, the remaining balance will then be credited to your 1-2-Pay-Online profile, for you to use the next time you  register for a card.

Now there’s no more worry about overspend, with 1-2-Pay-Online, online shopping is as easy as 1-2 -(3)!

Smartshopper win!

I absolutely love my Pick n Pay smart shopper card, which I swipe every chance that I get. In fact, shopping at Pick n Pay has become almost first choice for me, because I know that with every purchase and every swipe of my smart shopper card, I earn points back instantly to spend on and pay for anything in-store, such as groceries, clothing and airtime, even pay all your utility bills.

Essentially, the more smart shopper points you have, the more opportunity you have to spend.

I’m almost certain that we’ve all had the desire to bear ‘millionaire’ status, well now you can, with the Pick n Pay Win a Million smart shopper Competition.

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As a smart shopper cardholder, all you have to do to enter is to visit your nearest Pick n Pay store, buy any product featured in the catalogue or on the shelf, swipe your smart shopper card at the till and stand a chance to win. Please note that for every featured product that you purchase, that counts for one entry into the competition. Two winners will be announced each day so go in store or online to stand a chance to be a smart shopper points millionaire.

Enter online via online shopping too, so now Pick n Pay makes it near impossible for you to miss out on the opportunity to win.

Terms and conditions apply for the competition which runs over 14 days from 17 February until 2 March, announcing 28 winners in total, each walking away  with their 1 million worth of smart shopper points.

Your chance to finally gain your millionaire status is a swipe away, so go ahead, swipe and win at Pick n Pay.

Just last week I was catching up with a friend about the days of old, when we both were much younger and grew up practically in the same circles as our families were close.

She actually reminded me of times when a bunch of our mothers would come together as a part of a savings club, or “Stokvel” as it’s more commonly known in South Africa.

Mothers would gather together once a month and brought along with them their money and their books and whichever lady was hosting would provide sweet treats and pots and pots of tea.

The club had simple rules, you needed to put in a certain amount of money each month, should you be absent from a meeting you were fined R100 when attending the next month’s meeting.  The money went into an investment account and every December the treasurer would go into the bank and remove all the money and at the final meeting everyone would get their share and more depending on the interest rate.

As I grew older and moved away from home I began saving for my own stuff, travelling, holidays, concert tickets but never to save for December or January and every year I feel it, that “Janu-worry” feeling, where I have no savings stored for the dry period of never having money because I lived December as if it was my last. This same friend told me about a grocery club which her sister had started a couple of years ago.  A club, similarly to the mother’s savings club, where a group of women gather with sweet treats and tea and also a few non-perishable grocery items to store away in someone’s cupboard.  Their rules were just as simple, bring how ever many items you wish to bring and it will be written down under your name each month and your accumulating list will be updated and emailed to you.  In January everyone collects their groceries to fight the dry season of Janu-worry.

Since hearing of this grocery club she then started spreading the word around her friends in Johannesburg, myself included, and has been trying to figure our way around how the club would best operate.  Only problem was, where would we store the goods?  Hopeless, we gave up and never started the club and December 2013 lead once again into a terrible season of Janu-worry.

The season took such a toll on all of us that we gathered again over a cup of our morning coffee and began brainstorming ideas.  It was the only mother from our group of youthful colleagues that suggested the idea of using gift cards instead.

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Our rules were simple: Every pay day we receive our cards from the card bearer, we go to our respective stores and put no less than R50 on our gift cards, we return the card with the receipt and hand it back to the card bearer.  The card bearer nicely files each person’s card and receipt, packs it away until the next pay day.  Should you miss a month, you include a penalty of R50.  You are allowed to load as much money as you like, the only requirement is to provide a receipt of the amount loaded onto the card. They will be delivered back to you the day work shuts down in December.

This way, no one needs to collect hard cash, no one needs and more importantly no one will have a dry season of Janu-worry the money gets used specifically for groceries in those respective stores chosen (Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite or Spar).

You load your money and you save your money, just another way that gift cards are making life simpler. We’ve decided to call it: The modern day Stokvel. All that’s missing are the sweet treats and pots of tea, but then again, that’s why we made sure we have a mother join our club!

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Ever wanted to spoil someone with the perfect getaway, but you weren’t too sure on where they’d like to go?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this, particularly because I know of quite a few people getting married soon. The one question I find is commonly asked is, “So, where are you guys planning on going for your honeymoon?”

Tradition believes that it is the responsibility of the groom, or the groom’s family to take care of the honeymoon arrangements, but what if you want to surprise your bride with a trip to somewhere she’s actually being longing to visit, but just don’t know the place?

Or even moving away from weddings, wouldn’t a great Christmas, birthday or even anniversary gift be a nice travel getaway to destination of choice for whoever you may be surprising?

Flight Centre has found a solution to this almost ‘travel trivia’, if I could call it that. The Flight Centre gift card has become the perfect answer to all your travel decision making dilemmas.  Loadable to any amount from R100 to R20 000, choose to surprise your new bride, a friend, a family member or a loved one with a travel voucher giving them the opportunity to choose their destination of choice.

Flight Centre gift cards are now available from any of their 120 stores nationwide and can be used as partial or full payment towards flights, accommodation, packages, tours, car hire and more. The Flight Centre gift cards are also available to be redeemed at any of the Flight Centre branches.

So whether you’ve been wanting to surprise someone with a voucher towards their dream holiday to Thailand, gift someone a weekend away accommodation stay or offer them a chauffeured car hire experience and the likes, the Flight Centre gift card seems to be the perfectly packaged gift to make anyone’s travel dreams come true.

*For more about the gift card or how to purchase it, visit your nearest Flight Centre store and speak to one of their travel experts.

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If you thought that the only way you could win at Montecasino was by trying your hand of luck at their casino slots and tables, think again as the popular Johannesburg destination has introduced their new rewards card programme.

The Montecasino rewards programme is open to all persons over the age of 18 to benefit from instant rewards, immediate earnings like points earned when playing at slots and tables, free or exclusive parking, movie and event discounts, restaurant and accommodation discounts and much more.

In order to register for the programme, all I had to do was to visit the customer service desk at Montecasino on the main casino floor. The desk is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and all that was requested from me was either my South African ID, driver’s licence or passport in order to sign up for the card which was free.

Just like that, I was issued my very own Montecasino rewards card and could instantly start reaping the rewards that come with my gold piece of plastic.

The rewards programme works on a points accumulation basis. The more I use my card by swiping it at the slot machines and tables, the more points I accumulate. The gold card is the programme’s base card, so once I accumulate 5 000 points over a rolling 12 month period, I will then qualify for a platinum card and after accumulating 150 000 points, I then move up to black card status. All points accumulated on my card are valid for 12 months before expiration, if they are not used.

With every different type of card status (from gold to black) different discounts apply. The higher you are ranked as a cardholder, the higher the discounts you receive from playing at the casino to parking, eating, accommodation, entertainment and more.

  • To redeem your points as gaming points, simply insert your card into the slot machine card reader and follow the prompts to convert your points to credits. Visit the customer service desk for information on how to convert your points to tables credits.​
  • Benefit from the parking perks by exchanging your parking ticket for a R10 FreePlay voucher at the customer service desk, giving you a chance to play at the slots for the money you used to pay for parking.
  • Receive entertainment discounts by presenting your ID and active card when booking show tickets or movie tickets.
  • Receive discounts on meals at selected restaurants at Montecasino by presenting your valid card.
  • As a cardholder also get 10% accommodation discount on standard rates at participating Tsogo Sun hotels in South Africa (excludes the Garden Court and StayEasy hotels) and 5% accommodation discount on the SunBreaks leisure rates.

Please note that all cardholders will be notified via SMS and Email of various promotions, from shows to restaurant discounts, to get your points balance, as well as their expiry.

Rewards cards like these are a great way of increasing customers and interest into your establishment, whether it be a store, salon, retailer or, in this case, a casino.

And for friends or family members visiting from out of town, or who would like a taste of what’s on offer at Montecasino, spoil them with a Montecasino gift card. For everything from dining to shopping, a hotel stay, a spa treatment or entertainment, a Montecasino gift card offers endless opportunities. Get a gift card loaded to a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R3500, giving you a variety of choice.

Gift cards are accepted by selected stores and service outlets at Montecasino and can be purchased at the Montecasino information desk.

So now you too can be a winner at Montecasino, simply by signing up for their rewards programme , swiping and earning some instant points to enjoy however best suits you. If not, how about a spoil with a Montecasino gift card? proving why Montecasino can confidently say “We’ve Got It”.

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The beginning of the year always seems like a time when people flock to the gym in an effort to burn off the extra calories gained over the holidays and also to become more fit. Even apart from this, it seems to be the time of the year when there’s an influx of various fun runs, marathons, challenges and fitness programs.

I have one friend who is very fond of this time of the year, particularly because he is somewhat of a fitness freak.

From registering for nearly every marathon, to preparing months in advance, he definitely is one determined guy, set on his fitness goals.

While browsing the internet I came across the Sportsmans Warehouse website which informed me of their online gift card purchases, which I was totally unaware of.

Immediately, I thought this would be a great way of getting a gift (which he could choose for himself) for my friend for one of his races, especially because we now live in different cities.

All I had to do was to visit the Sportsmans Warehouse website to register for an online gift card which would automatically be sent to my friend, simply by filling in this online form.sportsmans formAfter I had chosen the amount of the gift card, which ranged between R100 and R1000, I specified my friend’s details and added the gift card to my cart like a product. Payments can be made using MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards which are registered with any South African bank. EFT payments are also accepted.

Once I checked out and my payment was confirmed, the voucher was sent to his email address. So when my friend wanted to make his purchase at a Sportsmans Warehouse in his city, all he had to do was to present the emailed gift card to the cashier to be redeemed.

SMS or Email vouchers such as these presented by Sportsmans Warehouse are a great way of reducing the risk of loss or theft by not having physical vouchers.

Now purchasing vouchers for my fitness fanatic friends, both near and far, has become as simple as a few clicks.

*Please note that the Sportsmans Warehouse gift cards are currently only redeemable in their stores and are not valid for online purchases.