For a rather petite gal, I lug around a gigantically hefty handbag!
I’m not proud of it, but I guess you could say I’m a traveling shoulder-strap hoarder.
I’ve always thought of it as “being prepared for anything”, but I recently had the ultimate Mary Poppins moment while standing at the grocery store checkout and digging for my wallet at the bottom of my handbag abyss.
I was “that” gal…the one holding up the line while I laid out everything from my leopard print make-up pouch to a container full of cucumber slices…sunglasses, a water bottle, umbrella, Lego Star Wars action figure, table lamp…
Kidding about the table lamp, of course… (Although I’m pretty sure I could fit one in there!!)
Come on, I’m sure some of you can relate! My purse is like a black hole, or as my hubster calls it… LUGGAGE!!
Once I finally got my paws on my overstuffed wallet, the cashier then asked if I had a points card. I couldn’t bear to keep the line waiting any longer while I sifted through the giant stack of rewards cards crammed inside, so I said no. It was then that I decided I was long overdue for a handbag overhaul aka - intervention.
Meet my new traveling mate…
Ain’t she purdy?!
This little Rebecca Minkoff number from Joelle’s is the perfect summer sidekick, and the best part is, there’s no room for table lamps!
I went through my old purse and wallet very strategically to isolate only the necessities that needed to travel with me on a daily basis. It’s amazing how much lighter (literally and figuratively) I feel having ditched the excess cargo!
What took the most effort during my overhaul was pouring through those bazillion rewards cards…
“Buy 5,000 lattes and get a free muffin”… “Give us your first born and we’ll BOGO your next purchase”… “Visit us on your birthday and we’ll give you a free high-five”
Was it worth stuffing my wallet with these little plastic rewards cards? And was I even using them???
I did a little research to figure out exactly what the incentive of each cards was, and if they were worth lugging around.
I have to say… the majority found their way into my trash bin for various reasons. Some stores I never shopped at enough to make it worth my while, and others didn’t offer enough incentive to be a part of the program (ie. free birthday high-fives).
For years, I have been faithfully collecting AIR MILES reward miles, and in the past I had redeemed for movie tickets, grocery certificates, and even a facial steamer once. But I must admit that it had been a while since I’d even checked my reward miles balance, let alone redeemed at one of the participating Sponsors using my collector card.
When I logged into my online account recently, I was happy to discover that I had accumulated a rather handsome collection of reward miles, and decided to redeem for their new AIR MILES Cash eVoucher feature that was being promoted.
Here’s the 411…
This is a new way that AIR MILES has introduced to redeem my Cash balance instantly online for everyday purchases at participating partners that I already shop at such as Starbucks, FanXChange and iTunes. For every 95 reward miles I collect, I can earn $10 worth of eVouchers!
But here’s what I think is the cat’s pajamas about the new feature… You can gift an eVoucher to friends and family, even if they aren’t currently an AIR MILES Collector. How rad is that!!!
And since I’m feeling fab with my new sleek handbag and lighter wallet, I’m also feeling rather generous today…
I want to share the AIR MILES Cash eVoucher love with one of my awesome blog readers!
Oh, that’s right…I’m talking to you!!
I’m going to gift someone 760 AIR MILES reward miles…and for those of you (like myself) who aren’t great at math, that’s worth 80 buck-a-roos if you deposit those miles into your AIR MILES Cash balance!!
All you need to do to be eligible is first, have an AIR MILES Collector account!
Second, check out THIS link about the program and decide which of the Reward Partners you would redeem your dough for!!
And third…well, I’m always a sucker for a silly selfie… so snap a pic of yourself holding your AIR MILES Collector card and post it on Instagram with this tag:
“I want to win an @airmiles_canada eVoucher from @LeighAnnAllaire and #huelala to redeem at ___________”
Or post THIS version on Twitter:
“I want to win AIR MILES reward miles from @LeighAnnAllaire and #huelala to redeem at ___________”
Better yet, post on both for two chances to win!!!
Be sure to fill in the blank with the name of your participating Reward Partner of choice!!
…And PLEASE remember to cover up your Collector number on your card in the photo
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right?!
Now, go flash those pearly whites and snap a fun AIR MILES pics!!
But first, let me take a selfie…
Contest closes at 11:59pm on June 27, 2014 and is available to all Canadian residents who are currently enrolled in the AIR MILES Reward Program.
*This is a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are mine, and mine alone