We have been purging.
Our belongings, that is. This isn't the first time we've done this; I did a major purge before we moved out West over a year ago. But this time, we're being really, really ruthless. We've tossed stuff we swore we'd never get rid of! We have several boxes ready to go to the thrift store, in addition to a large box of garbage and a bankers box of papers to destroy. In addition to discarding items, we are also re-organizing and properly storing items that we are keeping, but won't be using on a regular basis. I'll post more on that later.
One of the really fun things about purging your stuff is that it's a bit like treasure hunting. We've recovered a lot of items that we thought were gone forever, as well as lots of stuff we are scratching our heads about. Do you ever stop to wonder why some of the stuff in your house ever got in in the first place? We discovered a collection of Pez dispensers. Pez dispensers! We're placing a lot of blame on Christmas stockings, those beloved dispensaries of "stuff".
Another discovery has actually made us $5.00 richer. That may not seem like a lot, but those familiar with what we found will appreciate that it could take quite a while to get $5.00 worth of it.
Canadian Tire Money is a cash bonus rewards program run by the Canadian Tire company. Every time you make a purchase at a Canadian Tire store, gas bar, or online store, you earn Canadian Tire money. You can read more about it here.
I enjoyed reading the facts listed in the article posted above. I could definitely relate to the point that, since it feels like real money (the coupons are produced using the same materials and processes as legal tender) customers don't throw it away. This is exactly how I came to be in possession of $5.00 worth.
Our collection began simply enough. Since moving to Northwestern BC, we shop at Canadian Tire a lot more than we did at home, so our cache of "money" built up fairly quickly. As we began to purge our belongings, we discovered more and more of the coupons. It got to be kind of funny; we would open an old wallet, or a book, or an envelope and there it would be. We even discovered a more unusual fifty cent coupon, which was a bit of a thrill. Apparently there are $1.00 and $2.00 coupons as well, but we haven't received one of those yet.
Watching our little pile of "money" grow made me happy and brought back other Canadian Tire money memories. I can remember that as a little girl with her first bright purple Cabbage Patch Kids purse, a note or two of Canadian Tire money made me feel very grown up indeed! Even as I got older, there was something about those brightly coloured, yet somewhat official looking bills that kept me from tossing them. Perhaps it was that "legal tender" feel, or maybe it was Sandy McTire's smiling eyes and jaunty tam-o-shanter, but something kept me stashing the notes away, only to be discovered many years later.
We're keeping our cash, at least for the time being. Right now we're making a game out of it; earlier today my husband noted that we were five cents short of $5.00. A few hours later, I triumphantly held up a ten cent note. We are going to build our pile for now, and then put the collected coupons toward a purchase.
Canadian Tire money is one of those uniquely Canadian things that warms my heart. And since yesterday was Canada Day, it seemed like the perfect time to share one of the quirkier pieces of Canadiana with you!
Today I am linking to New Friend Friday, which is co-hosted by The Girl Creative and Trendy Treehouse.
I am also participating in the Canada Day Blog Party which is hosted by Canadian Mom Blogger.
Have a wonderful weekend! And a very happy Fourth of July to my American readers!