Remember those old green stamps your mother got when she bought groceries? Well, if you find any tucked away they are still good.
For those of you who have NO idea what on earth I'm talking about here is where you can find out what they were about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S&H_Green_Stamps I know my mother in law helped me out with some books when I needed things for the kids. She was good that way. I saved them, too, but our stamp collection wasn't as much. I loved it when I'd get a bunch of stamps and could put them in the little books. It was really a feeling of accomplishment and it was one way of having a bit of disposable cash for myself.
The stamps are called Green Points now and here is the place to convert your stamps to points.
http://www.greenpoints.com/account/act_default.asp I'm not sure they are worth all that much. I just looked at the catalogue and a $10 card to Panera's is 11,000 green points. However, that is more than they would bring you laying about in a drawer. Here is the link to the catalogue http://www.greenpoints.com/catalog/cat_use.asp
Maybe they are making a comeback because of the economy...maybe just nostalgia. They were a big deal in my home sort of like getting something from Montgomery Wards in the bargain room. When we were in Boston and hubby was in meetings all day I went shopping. Filene's basement was still there then and it was pretty cool. I bought an art deco picture frame for a picture of my hubby when he was a child sitting on the paint shetland pony that I think was in everyone's picture during that time period.