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  • Plastic Jungle Closes Their Doors

    On the evening of Monday, May 13th gift card exchange website, Plastic Jungle, sent out a surprising email to all of their consumers. Plastic Jungle announced that they would no longer be buying and selling gift cards directly to and from consumers. Plastic Jungle has been an industry leader in the gift card exchange business for seven years. They were funded in 2006 with a $40 million venture capital. This allowed them to offer the best discounts and rates on gift cards in the market.

    As a boot-strapped start up business, we are happy and proud to say that we are still continuing to thrive in the gift card exchange industry. Our success has not come easy. We are an extremely small business, so being able to outlast a company as large as Plastic Jungle is an eye opener for us. We only continue to grow in this highly competitive industry. We pride ourselves for offering some of the best rates in the business and providing our consumers with a safe, fast and reliable gift card marketplace.

    Below you will find the text of the email that Plastic Jungle sent out yesterday:

    The team at Plastic Jungle would like to thank you for your participation in our gift card programs over the past seven years. Since 2006, Plastic Jungle has been a leader in providing you with great deals on gift cards in a secure marketplace.

    As our business has grown and evolved, we have seen that the greatest potential for Plastic Jungle’s long-term success is in working directly with our business partners. As a result, we will no longer be buying and selling gift cards at This change is taking place effective today.

    With this transition, there are a few important things you should know. First, all orders currently being processed will be honored with the same guarantee of service and safety that we have upheld for seven years. Second, our website will be available to allow you to access your account and retrieve gift cards until November 1, 2013. Third, Plastic Jungle will continue to offer gift card exchange services to customers through our partners. Finally, our customer service desk will remain open during this period to answer inquiries and resolve any concerns. If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit our FAQs page or contact Plastic Jungle Customer Success at

    Thank you again for being an important part of the Plastic Jungle family over the past seven years. We appreciate all of your support as we begin this exciting new mission as a company.

    All the best, The Plastic Jungle Team

  • Curb Your Urge: How-to shop smart this summer

    the weather continues to heat up and we inch closer and closer to summer, before you know it you’ll be firing up the grill. In my opinion, summer is the best season for food. I can’t resist anything cooked on the grill. During the summer, I’m usually tempted to over-spend at the grocery store because I want to buy anything and everything I can cook on the grill! All the fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, chicken and steaks are sometimes just too good to resist!

    Well, I’ve decided that this summer my constant over-spending at the grocery store is going to change. I’ll still be eating all the fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood and meat that I want, but this year I’ll be shopping smarter. One of my major problems is that when I see all the beautiful, sweet smelling produce I have the urge to buy everything in sight. Before I know it, my kitchen’s over-flowing with all the food that I purchased. I know you’re probably thinking, “What’s the problem?” Well, the problem is that now I have an unnecessary amount of fresh produce in my house. It will be nearly impossible to cook and eat it all before it perishes. Now I’m faced with having to throw out any food that went bad before it had the chance to be eaten. Talk about money down the drain!

    I know I’m not alone here. More than likely, many of you have encountered this problem, but you just haven’t realized it was because of your over-zealous spending at the grocery store. To curb my urge to buy everything in sight, I’ve compiled a list of tips that will eliminate my summertime over-spending.

    According to personal finance website,, over-spending on food happens for a number of reasons. Those reasons range from poor planning to encountering deals that seem too good to pass up. For me, I think my major issue stems from poor planning. Apparently, I’m not the only one who finds them self throwing out food that has gone bad. found that the average person ends up wasting over 200 pounds of food each year!

    With that said, my first tip to eliminate over-spending at the grocery store is to plan out your meals for the week. By doing this before you go shopping, you can avoid access waste and won’t end up spending money on food that will never get eaten. If you want to go the extra mile and save even more, plan your meals around what’s on sale at your local grocery store that week. Just look in your local newspaper for a sale circular. Don’t get the newspaper? No worries, you can also find these online in a PDF downloadable form.

    To go along with planning your meals for the week, my second tip is to make a list. The most important part about making a list is sticking to it! Making a grocery list can help you spend considerably less on food, but only if you stick to it. When you go grocery shopping, make sure you’re focused on the task at hand. If you’re not, you’re more likely to purchase items that aren’t on your list. To avoid all temptation, make sure you eat before you shop. Grocery shopping hungry can cause you to spend 15 percent more!

    My third and final tip for not over-spending at the grocery store this summer is to avoid buy three, get one free sales! Yes, this may sound like a great deal at first but in reality this is just a way the grocery store entices you to buy more. They want you to purchase more items so it will increase your bill, as well as, the average number of products per purchase. Sometimes the buy three, get one free and two for $5 deals don’t actually save you any money. Sometimes the merchants will do this because this combination of numbers and prices sound cheaper than just the listing price alone. Next time do the math, make sure you’re getting an actual deal, and don’t buy three boxes of crackers if you don’t need them!

    If you want to avoid over-spending this summer, these tips should definitely help you cut down on costs. Remember you can have it all; you just don’t need it all at that exact moment! Wait for things to go on sale, plan your meals for the week, don’t waste food, avoid those sneaky “deals,” and stick to your list! If you do all of these things you will notice a decline in your total food cost this summer. These easy tips can really make a BIG difference! Happy smart shopping everyone! :)

  • Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

    As Sunday night rolls around, many of us begin to experience the Monday blues. As a new week embarks, we find ourselves sitting at our desk Monday morning, guzzling numerous cups of coffee just to get through the day. During some point or another we all start day dreaming about being anywhere but work. Imagining yourself relaxing on a tropical island, far way from the “real world.” With the warm sun beating down on your face and a cold drink in your hand. I mean, what sounds better?

    Many people wish they were enjoying a vacation, but never actually take one due to the expenses that comes along with it. According to Kelton Research, the average working American was left with 9.2 unused vacation days this year. This number is up from 6.2 unused vacation days in 2011. Almost half of the respondents said that they don’t use their allotted time because of their lengthy to-do list, job insecurity and tight budget. Taking a vacation should no longer be considered a luxury, but a necessity.

  • Memorial Day Gift Card Giveaway!

    In honor of Memorial Day, we’re giving away a $25 gift card to Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill,  Maggiano’s. To enter, please comment and tell us, how you plan on saving money this Memorial Day weekend. For bonus entries the widget at the end of the post to share our giveaway on your social media sites! Good Luck! :)

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