Is This Being Cheap?

Please give me some feedback on this, I don't want to be cheap and I will do whatever is the right thing to do. Here's the situation:
Our team at work is planning on giving our boss a gift for Boss's Day on Monday. The person who usually gathers all the donations and gets the card is on vacation so I got together with with another gal and we decided that we would do something similar to what we've done in the past for the boss - give her a gift card and I put together a goodie bag of stuff from my stockpile. The boss loves these gifts as she's a more practical person like me, not into flowers and fashion. Anyway, this other person and I decided on a $25 gift card from the team, and I would put together a nice pink Publix bag of Olay, candles, cat food and treats, chocolate snacks and nuts, Gain detergent, pens, scissors, tape and hand soap. I have a free blank greeting card from Shutterfly with a nice flower picture on front that we can write whatever we want in it. We're asking each of the 8 people on the team for a $3 donation toward the gift card. I figured I would just pull a $25 Publix gift card from my stash and put it in the card. I also got one of those "Take Your Budget By the Horns" coupon booklets yesterday from the USF Store (you can still get them folks!) that have a $5 off $30 coupon each month through May 2012.
So, I called people on the team since we're located in three different facilities and I explained what we're doing and said I could get the $3 from each person at the remote sites at later times this month. So I have to front the money for the gift card, that's why I was just going to pull one from my stash and keep the cash as it came in.
Anyway, I was talking to another coworker on another team about what they're doing for their boss and I mentioned what we're doing. They all know I'm into couponing and have lots of stockpile stuff, but they still laugh about it. So, I said I was donating the product and putting together a bag of stuff and getting the $25 GC from my stash of them. Well, you would think I had said I was stealing it! This person I was talking to was appalled that I would take cash from coworkers and keep it. I asked what the difference was, either I take the cash to Publix and buy a gift card today, or just pay myself for the gift card. She doesn't really know that the gift card was a gift from doing a giveaway or from overage on previous shops, but it is.
As it is, all the people at my facility have paid up and I have only $12. I'll get $3 on Monday, and $6 more on Wednesday, and the final $3 on Halloween. So, if it is cheap to just use one of my own gift cards, I'll have to buy a gift card when I only have 1/2 the money - so I'll have to use one of my personal Publix gift cards plus the $12 to buy a $25 gift card. That just seems stupid to me. So there you have it, my dilemma of the day.
What would you do? 


  1. Defintely not cheap. Although, I probably wouldn't have mentioned I already have one. It wouldn't offend me if someone else said they were doing that, but some people are petty. But, seriously, they are only donating $3 for such a great gift and they are in a huff...grow up people.

  2. Hi!

    i'm a new follower from Friday blog hop...hope you'll stop by and consider following me back.


  3. Hi I'm from Friday Follow over at Java's. I'm your latest follower. Nice to meet you. Have a wonderful weekend, and hope you have time to stop by me too & maybe follow me & check out my give-aways.

  4. I'm also here via Java--nice to meet you! By the way, I think it's a perfectly acceptable way to handle the boss' gift. I'd do the same thing!

  5. New follower from the Friday hop. I don't see any reason why should you go buy a new gift card if you already have one for the amount you're planning to get. I'd stick with the plan.

  6. I don't think it's cheap at all. I think it's a very cool idea. I don't know why people laugh at people who do the couponing thing, a lot of people are doing that these days. My mom used a bunch the other day and saved tons of money at the grocery store. I'm sure lots of people laughed at Clark Howard over the things he did and now look where he is. You must have a really awesome boss. It is really nice of you to go all out like that.

    Anyway, I'm Sarah, I'm a new follower from the Welcome Weds blog hop and wanted to invite you to come follow back. I'm following through GFC, Twitter and liked your FB page. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.