Warning! This is one of those cringe-inducing type posts that I really debated on writing. So, let me say that I’m not looking for validation of the fact that I’m a “good Samaritan” or anything of the sort. I’m a writer and tend to process my thoughts on the blog. Some are mundane, some are quirky, few tend to tug at readers’ heartstrings.
But let me back up. Guys, if you are not taking advantage of SYWR shopping portal, you are missing out. Seriously, just sign up already! Through 5/7/17 you’ll get $10 back in points for every $25 qualifying purchase. Direct link to offer (Hat tip DoC)
I make exactly zero to refer you, so no conflict of interest. I’ve gotten a ton of free stuff by simply buying discounted gift cards on Raise (see my post for more on this topic) Check out my latest prize:
Several packages of “Fruit of the loom” underwear for my husband, $16 for five pairs. He says they are extremely comfortable, so there. And I got them for free. Free! No, seriously, I bought discounted gift cards on Raise for things I needed anyway, and boom, accumulated enough SYWR points to get these babies, with free shipping to boot.
I realize it’s not exactly miles and points related, but every cent you save can in turn be used on travel. And everyone needs underwear, right? Get in on this deal before it dies (which it will). And make sure to use up your rewards fairly quickly because they do expire. This deal does have some hoops to jump through, for sure, but you can do everything from the comfort of your own home (in your underwear!), which is a big plus.
The word is getting out though, because I’ve noticed that Raise has hardly any deals anymore. Still, it could even make sense to purchase gift cards at face value in order to get 5% back in points from Raise, plus 10,000 points from the promo. Which brings me to the topic of my post.
I actually went ahead and bought Walmart gift card from Raise via SYWR portal at face value. I couldn’t find any deals on restaurant gift cards, and the idea was to simply take advantage of the promo. I shop at Walmart regularly, so their gift cards are almost as good as cash. Almost.
Raise didn’t have a Walmart gift card at precisely $25 level, so I bought one for $42. I just checked my SYWR profile and 10,000 points (worth $10) are already deposited. Anyway, today after dropping off my kids at school I decided to get few groceries. My original plan was to stop by Winn-Dixie because it’s closer to my house. But I had this $42 Walmart gift card, so I decided it made sense to use it up rather than spend cash.
While standing at the checkout line I saw a gal who went to the same high school as me, back when I was an exchange student in US. She has always been extremely kind to me, just a nice person to be around. We’ve ran into each other over the years at the playground (she has three boys), but haven’t really kept in touch.
So, I asked her how she was doing, you know, the usual small talk. Her response: “We are doing OK aside from the fact that we are about to lose our house…” Gulp! Awkward silence followed because I truly didn’t know what to say. I finally mumbled “I’m very sorry to hear it” and asked her how the kids were doing. Facepalm.
Then I realized I just couldn’t walk away and do nothing. I had that stupid gift card from Raise, so I decided to hand it to her. She tried to refuse and I told her how I got it via this amazing promotion (totally true), so reluctantly, she accepted. Nope, I didn’t tell her about my underwear windfall.
She then burst into tears, so I gave her a big hug. I honestly think she appreciated the hug more than the gift card itself. I told her I’ll be thinking of her and that I hope things will turn around soon. And then we parted ways, two semi-strangers who may not see each other for years.
But I thought to myself how little things we do in life can sometimes make a real impact. If I didn’t come across this SYWR promo, I wouldn’t have bought the Walmart gift card. In turn, I would end up going to Winn-Dixie as originally planned. And I would never have a chance to help out someone in need.
Obviously, $42 Walmart gift card isn’t going to stop a foreclosure on their house, but I could tell, it brightened this person’s day. She knew that someone cared enough to stop and listen to her problems.
We live in an angry/selfish world where tearing people down is the norm. To some extent, it spills over to miles and points hobby. At times I feel like many view me merely as a content-generating machine rather than an actual human being. And of course, there are all those who simply want the blog to go away, as soon as possible. It’s very easy to become jaded, but I’m determined not to succumb to negativity.
I feel blessed that collecting points and doing all these crazy promos has allowed me to lend a hand at times. It was never a grandiose type gesture, just small things.
But small things matter because they show people you care.
Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.