Some Gifts Just Aren’t Meant For Kids: Please Give Responsibly
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Do you remember that time as a child you got to lick the beaters when your mom made icing? How about the time you got to drive the ride on lawn mower when you could barely see over the steering wheel? Or the time you fought with your sibling over who was going to pull the wishbone from the chicken. I mean really its a bone from a dead bird, how superstitious can an 8 year old really be? But it’s the magic of being able to do something once and a while, a special treat if you will. One of my favourite special treats was when my mom would purchase scratch and win tickets and let my sister and I scratch them for her. This would only happen occasionally and we were never give the winnings but just the sheer thrill of being able to scratch it would make our day. Nothing more was ever thought of it and it happened so sparse that the issue of an addiction would never cross anyones mind. Unfortunately for many this is how an addiction with gambling begins. Many adults gift their children gifts of scratch and wins and lottery tickets, more often around the holiday season and this unknowingly exposes many to a gambling addiction at a young age. I was shocked to hear that what one would think to be a harmless act can lead to a more serious issue. This being said I am happy to share a message from the team at the BC Lottery Corporation this holiday season reminding you to gift responsibly.

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As the holiday season approaches, the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has launched its annual holiday campaign reminding shoppers to think twice about whose stocking they might be stuffing.

Most people love getting lottery tickets, including Scratch & Wins, as a gift, especially if they win! And while scratching a ticket in hopes of a prize definitely feels like child’s play, BCLC would like to remind you they are anything but – lottery tickets are still a form of gambling and shouldn’t be given to kids under 19.

Giving kids lottery tickets may seem harmless enough, but research has shown many adult problem gamblers report starting to gamble at an early age, some as young as 10. Of the many risk factors associated with problem gambling, gambling at a young age is one of the most significant.

So the next time you pop by your local lotto retailer for a few last minute gifts, remember to keep the (underage) kids in your life off that particular list.

BCLC encourages parents to visit www.gamesense.ca to learn more about the comprehensive programs to help players make informed choices about gambling. BCLC also encourages parents and other adults to access our GameSense for Parents program which gives parents tools and supports to start a conversation with kids about gambling.

To thank you for gifting responsibly this holiday season our friends at the BC Lottery Corporation want to give one of you a $50 gift card to Chapters Indigo! Visit the rafflecopter below to enter, good luck everyone!

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*Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, 18+. Winner will be drawn randomly after the giveaway has ended. 

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the BC Lottery Corporation, while they did provide some content for this post, I fully believe in the points they expressed and I am glad to share the message on their behalf.}

84 thoughts on “Some Gifts Just Aren’t Meant For Kids: Please Give Responsibly
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  • December 4, 2015 at 8:49 am
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    I buy for fun at xmas

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  • December 4, 2015 at 8:55 am
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    I purchase lottery tickets/scratch tickets 2-3 times per year.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    I’ve only ever bought into lottery tickets at work where they all pool into one thing. But even that was very rare.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 9:25 am
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    I buy a scratchy about once a month…almost always set for life lol!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    We buy them ALWAYS for Christmas and then about 10 or so times out of the year. We like them!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    Not very often. I will for fundraisers and the like.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 10:37 am
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    We buy lottery tickets every week!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    I buy them about 6 to 8 times a year….usually when the jackpot is really big.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    We actually never purchase either of them. I do remember my grandma always scratching away and she would sometimes let us do it! It was the most exciting thing ever!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 11:37 am
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    I never buy them, but do live it when I get one as a gift.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    Wow, I never realized people actually purchased these for children! I remember scratching them as a kid on Christmas Day for my parents but certainly never received the money. I do look forward to them now as an adult though haha

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  • December 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm
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    Once every 6 months .. If that.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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    I buy lotto tickets about 4 times a year. Not often.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    I don’t buy scratch lotto tickets… addictions come very easily in my family, and I don’t wish to spend my money in that way.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    I don’t lotto tickets often, but I did just buy one this morning. I usually do get scratch tickets for stockings though.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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    I buy a couple at Christmastime and tuck them into Christmas cards.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm
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    I buy them maybe 5 times a year.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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    I buy lottery tickets about once a week

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  • December 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm
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    I buy scratch and win tickets for gifts if I know the person buys them .

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  • December 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm
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    I have only bought them about half a dozen times in my life.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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    I buy a ticket every few months

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  • December 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm
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    I only buy tickets maybe once or twice a year.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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    I buy them every few weeks for something to do on the transit.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm
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    I only purchase them once in a blue moon – mainly while on solo road trips to pass time. Last time I purchased a scratch ticket was last year while on a ferry from Newfoundland to Labrador… ended up winning $13! Only after I rechecked it twice because apparently I’m terrible at finding letters in a Crossword.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 7:59 pm
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    I used to buy them a few times a months but then I realized I am very unlucky so I stopped..

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  • December 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm
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    I’m just an occasional buyer. Maybe a handful a times in a year when I am feeling lucky!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    I buy them for gifts or to stuff in stockings.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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    Honestly, I have not bought a scratch & win ticket since Christmas time 2006. I used to buy them for my Dad as part of his Christmas gift, but he passed in 2007 and I haven’t had a need to buy them since. My husband buys them every once in a while, and my aunt gives us some at Christmas and for our birthdays.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 12:15 am
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    I haven’t bought since summer but I love them! I will buy them aroub 10 times a year, mostly in the summer when I’m out in saskatchewan visiting family.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 4:50 am
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    I buy them about once a month!

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:57 am
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    Rarely! Maybe twice a year

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  • December 5, 2015 at 6:43 am
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    I maybe buy one once a year

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  • December 5, 2015 at 6:51 am
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    I never do, but my mom does always, probably daily.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 8:09 am
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    2-3 times per week

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  • December 5, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    I’ve actually never bought a lottery ticket.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 9:36 am
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    A couple of times a month maybe.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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    I purchase scratch-and-win tickets on special occasions.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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    I mainly only purchase them at Christmas time to use as a stocking stuffer.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    i grab a few every week when I go grocery shopping

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  • December 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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    Great contest idea. Thank you!

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  • December 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    I hardly ever buy lottery tickets.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    Not very often at all.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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    I buy them maybe a couple of times a year. Just for fun

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  • December 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm
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    I go on spurts where I’ll purchase lotto tickets every week and then I won’t for a few months. I don’t typically buy scratch tickets at all.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    I usually buy a few for my parents a couple of times a week.

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  • December 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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    believe it or not i have never purchased either a scratch and win or a lottery ticket! my dad though … that’s another story lol

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  • December 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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    We always buy them at Christmas for stockings and to put in with secret Santa gifts etc.

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  • December 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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    I get tickets about once a month.

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  • December 7, 2015 at 3:07 am
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    Birthdays and Christmas mostly

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  • December 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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    My dirty secret I purchase them every time I get paid and I never win ?

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  • December 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    Once every couple of weeks.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 7:00 am
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    A few times a year. Not very often!

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  • December 8, 2015 at 11:31 am
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    I usually buy them once a week.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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    I buy scratchcards about once a month.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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    scratch and win I never buy lotta 649 maybe once every 6 months

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  • December 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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    scratch cards rarely but I play lotto 649 weekly

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  • December 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    I’ve never purchased a scratch&win or lottery ticket.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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    I might purchase lottery tickets once a month.

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  • December 11, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    I never buy them! hehe

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  • December 11, 2015 at 6:36 pm
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    I only buy them once in a blue moon as a stocking stuffer or to go into a card at the holidays.

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  • December 11, 2015 at 7:38 pm
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    Never. I hate losing. But my husband on the other hand loves Proline!

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  • December 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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    i buy lottery once in a while and scratch for my sons stocking

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  • December 13, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    I probably purchase every other month.

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  • December 13, 2015 at 11:14 am
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    I only buy them once in a while. Maybe 5 or 6 times a year.

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  • December 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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    I buy them once a month

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm
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    I buy them a few times a year!

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm
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    I never buy myself lotto tickets or scratch and wins BUT every Christmas my dad-in-law brings me a big stack of scratch and wins 🙂 it’s always fun and special!

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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    I buy lottery tickets maybe twoce a year and they usually aren’t for myself.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    mostly just for stocking stuffers.
    once a year

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm
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    I really only purchase them periodically.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    We buy them a few times a year.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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    Once every few months, maybe… I do enjoy playing poker though.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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    I buy every other week. .. can’t win if you don’t try

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  • December 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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    once in a blue moon

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  • December 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    Not that often, usually for gifts or to pop into cards. 🙂

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  • December 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    I buy at least once a month.

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  • December 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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    I never buy them for myself but put them in birthday or Christmas cards

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