I am always trying to find way to make my money stretch a little farther these days.
When we go out to eat, we always try to pick a day when the kids get to eat free; and yes I’m one of those people that sneaks their own treats in to the movie theater.
So when I found out about the Marqeta Card I was all over it.
Marqeta lets you pay in advance at places you choose based on the offers that are available in your area. Think of it as a Groupon but you don’t have to wait each day to find out what the deals are. All you have to do is accept a merchant’s offer, load prepaid dollars and swipe your Marqeta card in-store or online.
For instance, in the Portland area there are 11 different offers I can sign up for. For my card I chose the deal at 1800Flowers.com because my husbands family lives in Michigan. By filling my card with this deal I paid $80 but actually got to spend $100! This allowed me to send my inlaws beautiful centerpieces for the holidays.
There are several different options for the offers. For instance I could have just purchased the 1800Flowers deal for $40 and I would have gotten an additional $10 to spend.
Not only that, but if you live in the Portland area and ride Trimet, you can get free money added to your card for free! All you have to do is visit www.marqeta.com/trimet take one of the deals and then enter the ticket/serial number from your Trimet pass and voila! Free money!
Currently, the program only lists offers in the Portland, OR and San Francisco Bay Area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage on the deals that are available online.
So, definitely check them out. It’s a great way to put some extra cash in your pocket!