This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards. All opinions are 100% mine.
‘Tis the season for cookies and carols and snowflakes and peppermint…and lots and lots of shopping. I have to admit – at the beginning of this holiday season, I was dreading shopping for my family of seven. I’ve noticed that as the kids get bigger, their requests get smaller. And more expensive. No longer can I pick up the latest doll or truck. Shopping for Christmas presents for my crew is a complicated juggle of finding the perfect presents AND the perfect prices.
I start off the holiday shopping season with a master idea list, supplemented with 6 personalized (and often far-reaching) wish lists from each of the members of my family. I keep my eyes open for the best deals…and I admit I often change my list around when I find even better deals on things that the kids didn’t know that they wanted yet.
When the shopping is almost done, I lay everything out on my bed so that I can take inventory (and make sure that the kids have a relatively even load of gifts). My goal is to have all of the Christmas shopping wrapped up (see the pun there?) a week or two before Christmas so that I can make adjustments and returns/exchanges as needed and then get them ready to go under the Christmas tree.
Since I know I’m going to be spending money on Christmas gifts (even if I’m frugal, that’s still a lot of presents!) I am thrilled to have programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards that make me feel a little better about the money that’s going out.
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase Ultimate Rewards, available to Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire and Ink from Chase cardholders, lets you earn points on every purchase. Those points can be redeemed for your choice of rewards – for things like travel, merchandise, gift cards and even cash back. Who doesn’t like a little cash back?
How it works: Chase Ultimate Rewards gives cash back via direct deposit to cardholders starting at $20 for 2,000 points. Merchandise redemptions and gift cards are available at the same prices you’d pay in store. In other words, a $50 product or gift card costs 5,000 points. In addition to cash back, gift cards and products, points can also be used for exclusive, VIP access to concerts, sporting events, movie premieres and more. Rewards can also be redeemed for travel on flights, any time without blackout dates or restrictions.
Ultimate Rewards allows you to stretch your dollar during the holidays and all year long by redeeming reward points for products, experiences, and cash back opportunities – whatever YOU value the most. And the new UltimateRewards.com provides a whole new personalized experience that makes it easy for cardholders to access the rewards that they have their eyes on.
Basically, Ultimate Rewards is a like a one-stop shop for holiday shopping and savings.
What kind of reward would you choose? I am most motivated by gift cards because they feel like a “free ticket” to go shopping. I love the feeling of buying something I want or need with a gift card that I’ve redeemed through a rewards program. It’s so satisfying!
How do you stretch your budget during the holidays?
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