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Another blog post from Mr. Deals…
Why is it that every time I try to buy one of these Vanilla Reload cards I run into some sort of issue? How did these things get so damn popular? Oh right, blogs…
Seriously though, I’m going to rant for a second here. The first time I went to buy them, I was hesitant. Anytime Mrs. Deals puts a task no my shoulders that involves buying something with a specific credit card for the purposes of who knows what, I am hesitant. Somehow she convinced me to buy into this whole Vanilla Reload thing so I went along with it thinking it would be a breeze. I mean I was honored that she chose me because I was the proud owner of the credit card that earned 6 points per dollar. Little did I know what a pain in the butt it was going to be.
CVS seems to be the spot where these precious little cards are sometimes in stock. The first time I went to buy, all was ok. I just needed to do a couple different purchases at the register, no biggie. We needed a refresh a few weeks later and I went to the local Walgreens by my office since they had a few in stock (a rarity) and was told that I could only buy one and I had to pay cash. Who pays cash? Forget that. Moving on, I tried to find some more of these things at my local CVS. No luck. Mrs. Deals learned that there was a specific day of the week where they came in and so she scouted out the situation. Turns out if you don’t go that day, you have to wait till the next week to find them, if they even come in. These things sell like hotcakes!
As time has gone on it’s gotten increasingly difficult to find them and when purchasing them, you get more and more scrutiny from the person behind the register. CVS seems to be the only ones with them, sometimes, and the only place that allows you to buy them with a credit card, without much hassle. It still can take manager approval to actually get the purchase completed.
Why did I sign up for this? I’m adding Mrs. Deals as a second card holder to this account ASAP!