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Mother’s Day

prelin —  May 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

mothers-day-giftcard-4blogIt is mother’s day time of year again dedicated to showing gratitude, appreciation and sincere devotion and honouring the beautiful females in our lives. Enduring the hardships of raising a child with a kindred spirit and an understanding of sacrifice, we all know that there is no woman on alive that could take our mom’s place.

The day which came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis, thereafter granted as a resolution signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. People across the world have been celebrating the day ever since, on the second Sunday of every May.

This off course means long queue’s at cashiers in retail shops and shopping centres this weekend. There would be many offers from your favourite brands, large to small, offering specials on items that would suit our mums, or even the simple gift card as an option. Stores such as Edgars, Green Cross, Pick n Pay, Queenspark (to name a few) could have that perfect special gift idea.

Although it may be argued that this sort of appreciation should surely be significant on any given encounter with our dearest mothers, but I mean we have Election Day, Family Day, etc. A day just for her, you may agree, is worth celebrating to show Mum just how special she is.


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.


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.

Feeling pretty positive about 2014, I’ve dedicated this year to trying my hand of luck at entering more competitions, obviously in the hopes of winning.

So from magazine entries, to online competitions, this year I’ve dedicated myself to winning. So you could imagine the happy dance I did when I came across the JustPlay website, an entire website dedicated to competition entries and immediately I signed up.

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If, like me, you are completely stressed out about the continual hike in petrol price, you would realise that, as petrol prices go up, so too does everything else, from groceries to travel costs and so much more. That’s where this competition site came in handy. Although, I’m not guaranteed a win, one of the competitions that  I entered online was where I could stand a chance to win a Woolworths voucher worth R1 500.


Woolworths is renowned for their excellent quality and is always a pleasure to shop at, so being in the running to win a voucher, especially worth R1 500 was definitely a chance worth taking.

As a standard, the Woolies gift cards can be purchased for amounts ranging between R50 to R1 000 on individual cards and could be used to shop to your heart’s content.

From food, to clothing, gifts, cool home accessories and make-up, with my R1 500 Woolies voucher, my shopping woes and spend stress days could be over!

It’s like I’ve found a marriage of my two favourite loves, competitions and shopping vouchers, in one!


Let your bargain shopper status win you one of 20 R250 Greenstone gift cards this month with their Greenstone Sidewalk Sale giveaway.

Running from the 6th to the 16th February 2014, Greenstone Shopping Centre has definitely got their customers falling in love this Valentines month with an array of bargains to choose from at a number of their stores which are displaying their discounted goodies outside the stores.

This time of the year is usually renowned for their bargain sidewalk sales which has become a trend amongst many shopping centres. However, Greenstone is bringing a difference this year and on top the bargains that their customers can get, they are adding extra winnings, making bargain shopping at Greenstone all the more pleasurable.

Greenstone shoppers, simply by scouting for their favourite bargains, can stand a chance to walk away as lucky winners of one of 20 Greenstone gift cards worth R250 each.


So how do you stand a chance to win?

Once you have spoiled yourself to the array of bargains on offer, simply log on to Facebook and like the Greenstone Shopping Centre Facebook page. Then, on their Facebook wall, post your best bargain buy, followed by the hashtag #greenstonesidewalksale and stand a chance to win.

For the more Twitter happy people, you can enter by following the  Greenstone Shopping Centre Twitter handle (@GreenstoneMall). Here, tweet about your best bargain buy, also adding the hashtag #greenstonsidewalksale at the end and you could be a lucky winner.

The shopping experience has not been more exciting and Greenstone Shopping Centre are certainly in the mood to give this season. So why don’t you explore the bargains at one or more of their 150 stores, tweet or post about it and win!


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”.


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.


We all have a desire to travel the world, explore all the amazing and breathtaking sights that’s on offer, from seeing the Eiffel Tower, to the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

Now, traveling the world has become even easier for you and as simple as a swipe away with Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points and Avios travel rewards.

Everytime you swipe your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card at any of their retailers, earn points which you could then redeem at their Smart Shopper kiosks to spend on groceries, airtime, prepaid electricity, even use your Smart Shopper points to pay for utility bills.  Now to make things even better, as a Smart Shopper customer,  convert your Smart Shopper points into Avios and earn travel rewards.

To enjoy this benefit, you need to be an Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club member and make sure that your Avios account is linked to your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card and this is how:

  • Link your Smart Shopper card to either the Avios Travel Rewards Programme or the British Airways Executive Club
  • If you’ve never registered your Smart Shopper card, do so at where you can register right now
  • Visit a Pick n Pay kiosk to switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios
  • Get one Avios for every eight Smart Shopper points you convert
  • The registration process can take up to five days before you can visit the kiosk and switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios.
  • Your Avios will be added to your account within 10 days

To ensure that you are collecting enough Avios to book for your travel, collect more Avios when you shop at BP, Avis, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s and British Airways.

Who said that Pick n Pay only limits you to being a Smart Shopper? Now  you can be a smart traveler too and enjoy one of the many benefits of being part of the Smart Shopper programme.