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Friday, December 31, 2021

Expired gift cards can be reactivated

Recent surveys have found that gift cards have become the most popular gift option, particularly the e-giftcards which sometimes provides instant access to the gift card that you have bought without waiting for the mail to arrive. However, unlike cash, gift cards do expire. While many operators now have no expiry date, some of your existing gift cards may have expired. Many don't realise that you can ask for the gift cards to be reactivated after they have expired. 

For Coles and related gift cards (eg Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks) you can just call 1300304990 or email them at support@giftcards.coles.com.au with your gift card number (don't provide the PIN). Some have said that their reactivation was within a few minutes of the email being sent. If it is a different brand such as WISH or Woolworths, you can do the same by calling 1300 10 1234 or email giftcard@woolworths.com.au. If you have experience with another brand, leave a comment for the benefit of others.  

Friday, October 15, 2021

Fuelwatch launches new website as two week Fuel Cycle begins in Perth

 Fuelwatch has launched a new website which places all the petrol stations on a map with their prices displayed in a location context that makes it much easier to use. You can now see the cheapest fuel within a particular area and zoom out to include more petrol stations, with the list down the left updating with the cheapest locations on your screen. You can also click on the filter at the top to select a particular brand if you have a 4c off voucher or some other discount that you usually use so that you only see that particular brand on the map. It doesn't appear that there is an app but if you go to www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au on your phone, this map shows up nicely. Click on the bottom right corner on the target circle and you will see the petrol stations around your current area.




This comes as petrol stations started to run on a two week fuel cycle meaning that they don't seem to be dropping to the lowest price until after two weeks have passed. It seems that every two Tuesdays, the price drops to the lowest level before springing back up the next day. 



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Google Play gift cards CAN pay for your Google One subscription

 If you are like me, I've always wondered whether the Google Play gift cards that you see in the shops can be used for Google subscriptions such as Google One. Coles is currently giving 2000 points to any purchase of $50 Google Play gift cards. This means that you can save up to 20% on all your Google play purchases including your Google One subscriptions. If you bought the $50 gift card, the 100GB annual subscription with Google one goes from $25/year to $20/year for two years. Here's a screenshot of the Google play credit being applied to my google one account.