I remember the first time I encountered the concept of "arbitrage". Find something that's selling for less than it's worth. Buy it. Sell it for what it's worth. The prospect made me drool. I wasn't about adding value, creating benefit or being productive. I just wanted to manipulate the system for my own gain.
And thus began my empire of "free after rebate" items. I wasn't happy unless I was buying an item on sale, applying a coupon and then sending in a rebate. I still remember that guy who bought a crapload of Healthy Choice puddings and got enough flyer miles to fly his family to Europe. That guy's my hero.
I troll the deal sites. My favorites? bensbargains.net and fatwallet.com (just for bragging, I scored a Canon SD1100 last night for 120 bucks. I know that means nothing to you, but you have to trust me. It's pretty stinkin' awesome.)
But I have a deal for you that's even better. Hop on our Facebook page and sign on as a fan. When Carol hits 50, she'll send everyone a coupon for a free card.
No rebates or pudding required. Sweet.