Saving Animals And Saving Money (Or, Why I Love My HSUS Credit Card)

Remember how I posted a while ago about a merger between Discover and The Humane Society of the United States? In case you don’t recall, Discover worked out a deal with the HSUS. Discover created a super cute specially designed credit card and they donate a little bit of money to the HSUS every time it’s used. Not to mention, the card holder gets the same awesome benefits they would with any other Discover card. I also said I was planning on getting the card myself and, well, I wanted to give everyone an update!

 


I actually did apply for a new Discover card a while ago. (Not sure what kind I had before, but now I have the IT card, the one all those commercials are for.) When I switched cards, it not only gave me better benefits (more cash back!), but also allowed me to wield the super stylish HSUS card.

HSUS Discover Card

“Mom, stop using me as a background!”

https://www.discovercard.com/hsus  <- This link will give you more information and an opportunity to sign up for one, yourself!

While the amount given to the charity seems small (about .2 percent of your purchases), imagine how quickly that can add up! I double checked with the representative I worked with and I get exactly the same benefits. If even a hundred people switched to the HSUS card, imagine how much money could help the animals!

It’s such an easy switch! I rack up cash back that I use directly on Amazon.com and I can obsessively check my FICO credit score every month for free. Besides, I love a cute dog (and cat) so the design on the card is a plus. I know that’s a stupid reason, but who cares? I’m still helping charity!

HSUS Discover Card

You might be surprised how often the answer to “You do take Discover, right?” is “Of course!”.

If you’re interested in getting a Discover card for yourself and feel so inclined to use me as a referral (I’d get a nice little bonus), keep an eye on our Facebook page. I’ll post a link there.

That One Time I Was A Lobbyist

Today, I tried my hand at political action. After work, I made my way downtown to join The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and my local politicians to discuss a few proposed bills. I had never been to a ‘lobby day’ before and had no idea what to expect. But, I figured some of you might be in the same boat, so of course I was dying to share my experience.

What It's Like To Meet With Your Politician About Animal Rights

I was given a little booklet. I’ll probably read it later.

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We Want It Wednesday: An Animal-Friendly Credit Card

When I was in college, I got my first credit card. I went with the recommendation of a co-worker and signed up for the Discover student card. (I actually still need to change over to the non-student version, since I graduated.)

It was a fantastic decision. I love love love my credit card and highly recommend it to all my friends. I’m only slightly motivated by the promise of my friend and I getting bonus cash when I refer them.  😉

Anywho, there are about a billion options for card designs. I choose a couple of Golden Retrievers. I am asked all the time if they are my dogs. It takes all my self control to not say “You kidding? My girl is wayyyy cuter!”  Except those Goldens are darn adorable.

ImageSo why do I want a new credit card? Because while poking around on Facebook today I saw a post from the Humane Society of the US. Apparently, they’ve teamed up with Discover to offer a credit card that donates to the HSUS with every purchase!

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Picture borrowed from: HSUS Facebook page

After I make the switch to the grown up card, and double check to make sure I’ll still get the same benefits with the new card, I intend to add it to my wallet. Best news? Discover is very cool about letting me have multiple cards. So, if for some reason I don’t want to use the HSUS card, I can use my Golden card!

More examples of cute Discover cards (all pictures, unless otherwise specified, borrowed lovingly from Discover.com):

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So I’m sure you’re asking yourself if I’m getting paid for this little “advertisement”. The answer is: NO! Discover and the Humane Society don’t even know who I am! I just really like my credit card. And I like lazy ways of helping charities. Because I am both lazy and charitable. If you’ll notice, I didn’t even put in a referral code. See? I’m such a great friend, aren’t I? I’m doing this to help you!