I was recently contacted by Raise.com
to see if I would be interested in writing a post about my favorite autumn fall traditions. Fall is not my favorite season (simply because it is followed by winter, but I do love all the aspects of the season.)
Raise.com is a marketplace where you can buy and sell gift cards. Some gift cards are the physical card which is mailed to you, but they also offer egift cards which are available immediately as well as printable gift cards that you can take to the store with you.
They have gift cards for just about any store you can think of and the amounts vary by the seller. So you could buy a gift card to the local movie theater for $10 if you just wanted to buy popcorn and a drink or you could buy a $50 one and bring along a friend or two. Like many other money-saving sites, Raise also offers referral discounts if you refer a friend.
Now, the first thing I thought of that would combine gift cards and food is not something that we all think about all of the time. Last September I posted a two week menu for the SNAP Challenge. I missed it this year (which I absolutely hate) but this was the first thing I thought of. There are many gift cards to grocery stores and many people and families out there who do not have enough to eat. Think about what a difference you could make if you bought even one or two small gift cards to a local grocery store and then gave them to your local food pantry or church to give to a person or family in need.
But the point in this post is not to depress you, so while I would (and will) buy a gift card or two for the local food pantry, I’ll share some happier thoughts with you now and share 3 of my favorite things about fall.
1. Honeycrisp Apples
These apples are without a doubt my favorite thing about fall. Seriously, they’re better than anything else. They are this perfect combination of sweet and tart and the only bad thing about them is they have a terribly short season. If you don’t look for them, they’ll be in and out of the stores before you even know it. They also bake up rather nicely. No lie, I eat like one a day during the season. Not even joking.
Now how does that tie into gift cards? Well, you could purchase a gift card to a local grocery store to buy the apples. Or you could purchase a gift card to a Target, Walmart, Crate and Barrel or Bed Bath and Beyond either for a basket to hold the apples, plastic/glass containers to store your baked apple goods, or other bakeware like pie plates or ramekins for all the delicious apple dishes you made.
No, I am not talking about the Pumpkin Spice Lattes that some of you silly people started drinking in August (however, Raise offers Dunkin and Starbucks gift cards) but more about the canned pumpkin variety. I’ll be honest, I hoard canned pumpkin. I think I have 7 cans of it in my pantry.
So again, local grocery store gift cards would come in handy here, but also a gift card to Amazon could purchase you an awful lot of books about recipes using pumpkin.
Almost as much as I love being outside in the summer, I love being outside in the fall (less bugs, for one). You get to see the leaves change colors, I have to finally put on closed-toed shoes, there are tons of farms and roadside stands with pumpkins, apples, produce and other fall-fun stuff.
(not my picture, I found it on the good old Google)
Raise has gift cards to cover your sport goods stores (need a new football?), winter jackets from North Face or Columbia and even gift cards to the NFL Shop if you’re in the market for a new jersey. Or if you’re big on actual adventures, they also have gift cards to Disney, some airlines and even golf course and ski mountain ones.
No matter what you need, this fall or any season, you can definitely find a gift card for it from Raise.com. Go sign up!