Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Making the most of Gift Cards!

If like many of us,you received a few gift cards for the Holidays,here are a few tips about using them and keeping them safe! You should put the gift cards in a safe place. Remember, they are just like cash! Just remember to take them with you when you go shopping! It is best to use a specific retailer card as soon as possible. You never know in this economy,whether the store will continue to honor the gift card,if it is about to close or is having financial difficulties! The generic cards,such as Visa,Mastercard,American Express,you can hold on to for something special and usually you can combine them and even combine them with a coupon! The idea is to get the most out of the gift card! You can also re-gift the gift card,or use it to purchase a gift for someone else! If you ordered an e-gift card and you have not gotten a Thank You from the recipient, follow up with a phone call or e-mail. The recipient may have accidentally deleted it or it went into "spam " mail. You should have gotten a receipt for the e-gift card and be able to get your money back. There are gift card thieves out there. Scammers copy gift card numbers and check to see if the card has been used. If you are holding onto a gift card for awhile,periodically check on the balance. Turn the card over and you should find a website,where you can check on the balance. The best thing is to use all of the gift cards you receive as soon as possible! Remember, you can also use them online for purchases,saving you a trip to the Mall!!!

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