Gift cards are a fun and easy gift to give for the holidays but sometimes
receiving them can be stressful. Especially if you are anything like me
and feel as if you have to spend them as quickly as possible to not forget
to use them. That’s not just me right? That expression burning a
whole in your pocket applies to you too? Whew! Over the years I have developed
a few tips and tricks on managing my gift cards to subside the burning
in my pocket and maximize my purchase power. Check out these four easy
tips to help you do the same:
1) Add gift card credits to your account
Several online retailers like Amazon allow you to add your gift card balance
without making a purchase. When I receive a gift card from this type of
vendor, I like to login and add the credit immediately, then I throw the
card away. This gets rid of the clutter and helps me use the credit when
I am ready.
2) Keep them where you’ll use them
Start thinking about where you will be when you will need the gift card.
For me, I always am in need of my fast food gift cards when I am in the
car so I store them in my glove box or center console. Keeping them with
me on the go prevents me from using cash when I need a quick meal for
lunch or when I’ll be getting home too late to cook. My gift cards
for restaurants I store in an envelope that is clipped to the side of
the fridge. This way when I am rummaging for something to make for dinner
I am reminded of the option to go out.
3) Store gift cards on your phone
There are several apps you can use to store your gift card information
like Tango Card, but if are looking for a less techy solution you can
also take pictures of your cards and store the images on your phone. This
is another great tip for any online retailers. When you’ve used
the balance on the card delete the photo.
4) Sell the gift cards you won’t use
You probably have at least one gift card that you don’t plan to
use. Don’t let that money go to waste. There are several online
sites where you can sell your unused gift cards like PlasticJungle, CardPool,
and Gift Card Granny. Most of these sites promise around 90-95% of the
value of the original card.
Now that you’ve learned some new ways to organize your gift cards
check out this Oprah
article on the best time to purchase items and put those gift cards to work! Happy Holidays!