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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.

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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!

avios

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.

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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 www.picknpay.co.za 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.

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The Christmas season is always filled with the hustle and bustle of running around, trying to figure out if you’ve bought enough presents for everyone, if  you’ve budgeted enough for your spends and if the grocery cupboards are stocked up for all your visitors. I now understand why this time of the year has also been dubbed, “the silly season”, because it seems that the amount of spending – even sometimes without realising it – can become quite silly and overwhelming.

Various banks. including FNB eBucks, Nedbank Greenbacks, Standard Bank UCount Rewards and Investec’s Dividents Rewards Programme, have introduced their very own rewards programmes for times just like these. Simply by swiping your card, depending on who you bank with, you can instantly gain rewards which can be saved and used when you need that extra cash to spend.

Because I bank with Absa, I was able to reap the benefits of the Absa Rewards programme where I pay only R21 a month to gain rewards everytime I swipe my debit card. Rewards redemptions vary in amounts, depending on where I swipe my card, offering me highter redemptions if I swipe at any of Absa’s redemption partners.

You can imagine my surprise this week when I realised I could spend a little bit more without the added expense, all thanks to my Absa Rewards and my Pick n Pay Smart Shopper account.

My family have decided to visit me in Johannesburg for Christmas this year. Being Christmas time, I want to be able to spoil them with yummy treats and sweet goodies, especially for my younger little cousins, making their Christmas away from home that much more memorable.

My Absa Rewards, which I had gained from swiping my Absa debit card at various outlets, allows me the option of choosing to redeem my rewards either as cash, airtime, shopping vouchers, giving back to charity or redeeming through their Redemption Partners (Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points or Dischem Benefit Programme points). This came in really handy to get those extra grocery goods for the family and redeeming my Absa Rewards as Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points was such an easy process.

All I had to do was to call the Absa Rewards customer care line on 0861 788 888. Once I was on the line, I prompted to press number “1” on my phone which gave me the option of redeeming my rewards. I was then put through to an operator who was very helpful in converting my rewards to my Smart Shopper points, now redeemable at any Pick n Pay. All I had to do was to provide him with my South African ID number, he confirmed my details, asked how much of my rewards I wanted redeemed as Smart Shopper points and just like that, it was done.

To make things even better, because of this kind of redemption of my Absa Rewards, I gained an extra 15% on the amount redeemed, giving me even more to spend.

For security purposes and to keep me, as the customer, in the know about my transactions, I received two SMSes, one alerting me of my redemption transaction and another letting me know what my remaining rewards balance was.

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You can redeem your Absa Rewards online too if you are registered with their online or cellphone banking. If not, visit their website to sign up.

As easy as that, I was able to go to my nearest Pick n Pay and spend using my Smart Shopper points, without any extra expense to me. Now I can spoil my family, with no extra costs incurred. I’ve rewarded myself this Christmas, why don’t you?

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It’s officially December, which means that Christmas is just around the corner and already my excitement is starting to build up.

I love this time of the year, it’s almost as if the Christmas spirit is in the air. This time of the year, for me, means family, loved ones, presents, appreciation and who can miss the food.

It’s become family tradition each year for my entire family to gather at a relative’s home, where we would set the table, open gifts together and just spend the day eating, laughing and having a great time together. Speaking of traditions, a lot of the food served on Christmas Day include traditional home cooked meals and desserts, from curries to roasts and even the gammon.

No-one can make gammon the way the women in my family do. With the perfect combination of sweet and sour, they use a special traditional family recipe of preparing the pork by glazing it with a mixture of apricot jam, lemon and cinnamon which is layered on the top and the gammon before cooking.

There are plenty of traditional tricks and recipes common in many families and now is your chance to bring out the old recipes to stand a chance to win a R5000 Pick n Pay gift card.

A R5000 gift card could mean all your Christmas grocery shopping is covered, at no expense to you. Now you can whip up all those secret family recipes, without worrying about what it’ll cost you. Pick n Pay is known for stocking goods ranging from groceries to clothing and other goods, so winning the R5000 gift card could also alleviate the stress of spending on Christmas gifts.

Confident about my family Gammon cooking secret, I entered the competition which proved to be quite straight forward.

The competition offers entrants the opportunity to enter in any one of three ways, namely:

Don’t forget to use #picknpaychristmas on your Facebook and Twitter entries. All entrants have to be Standard Bank clients and signed up for the uCount Rewards programme and Pick n Pay SmartShopper Card holders.

I entered via Twitter simply by tweeting my family cooking secret to @PicknPay and not forgetting to add the competition hashtag at the end.

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Just like that, in less than two minutes, I entered and now wait to hear if I’m the lucky winner.

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South Africa welcomes iTunes Gift Cards to their shelves as Apple enthusiasts can now shop at the iTunes store to their heart’s content.

Just in time for Christmas, the iTunes Gift Card, valid only on the iTunes Store for South Africa, could be just the gift you were looking to buy a family member, friend or loved one. Available at all South African iStores, Pick n Pay, Makro and DionWired stores, getting your hands on one is pretty simple. Gift card denominations range between R150, R250 and R450 gift cards.

Yesterday I went out and tried out one of these new funky designed cards and was amazed at how simple it was to use.

An iTunes novice myself, I thought that buying, loading and purchasing with the gift card would be quite the feat, but much to my surprise, it was fairly simple.

Rushing off to my nearest Pick n Pay store in Johannesburg, I bought my first iTunes Gift Card to the value of R150 which I found on the racks at the till points right above all the chocolates and sweets.

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Admittedly, actually buying the card itself proved to be the biggest hassle for me because of the staff at Pick n Pay who were unsure of how to scan the gift card, whether or not it had to be activated in store or even what the gift card was used for. But once I got this sorted out, I happily walked out of the store, card in hand and ready to make my very first iTunes purchase.

Personally, I don’t own any Apple devices, but fortunately, iTunes is available on Windows too, so using the gift card on a regular PC will work just as well. But if you are an Apple fanatic, the gift card can be redeemed on your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

All it took were five simple steps including:

  • Opening iTunes and clicking on the iTunes Store
  • Clicking on ‘redeem’
  • Peeling off the label and entering the code
  • Downloading the content that I wanted and that’s it

I was impressed at the efficiency and simplicity in using the gift card. In my opinion, the iTunes gift cards should be a hit with sky-rocketing sales.

Needless to say, this won’t be my last time trying it out and I definitely recommend it as the perfect gift this Christmas.

*The iTunes gift card in South Africa is distributed by OpenGate.