While a Bloomingdale's, Tiffany's or Sak's Fifth Ave. charge card might have had its cachet in bygone eras, now we're all more conscious of our spending and, at least among a certain subset of folks, you get props not for how much you spend on things, but for how much you save.
That's why I'm pleased as punch that I finally signed up for and got my Goodwill card. I had hesitated because of my feeling that Goodwill prices are wack (in my neck of the woods, the stuff just seems too expensive), but knowing that I'm saving 5 percent on purchases over $15 makes the prices a tiny bit better. And I get a one-time 25 percent credit to use during my birthday month. Sweet! Leather jacket here I come.