Gift Card Bonuses from 19 Merchants


May 28, 2010 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Bonuses from 19 Merchants

Gift cards are still wildly popular, but many Americans are rethinking how they use them. While gift cards still make great presents, consumers are also using them to save on everyday items. For example, you can use a gift card to save on everything from groceries and clothing to home furnishings and automotive products. Merchants have caught on to this growing trend and have …

14 Tips to Finding Free Gift Cards


May 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

14 Tips to Finding Free Gift Cards

Free gift card promotions are great, but some can require more work than the cards are worth. The trick is to pick the offers that provide the best value on products you already want with the least amount of time and effort. While it's true you'll have to look at several offers before you find the right one, the pay off in savings …

13 Sure-Fire Gift Cards for Mother's Day


April 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

13 Sure-Fire Gift Cards for Mother's Day

  Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May and you still haven't the faintest idea what to buy your ever-patient, ever-loving and ever-the-best mom. She gave you life: The least you can do is get her a decent gift. Some moms are just impossible when it comes to finding the right gift and living at a distance can make it even more difficult. …

New Rules Limit Unfair Gift Card Fees and Restrictions


March 24, 2010 | 0 Comment

New Rules Limit Unfair Gift Card Fees and Restrictions

The Federal Reserve issued new gift card rules March 23 that, beginning Aug. 22, will help shelter American consumers from a flurry of unexpected fees and restrictions that have gradually turned into a financial snowstorm. Gift cards have become so popular in recent years -- particularly with the advent of discount gift cards -- more than 95 percent …

13 Tips to Safely Buy Gift Cards on eBay


January 5, 2010 | 2 Comments

13 Tips to Safely Buy Gift Cards on eBay

You may wonder why people buy gift cards on eBay when they can pick them up at stores or order them online. The fact is you can save 5 percent, 15 percent or more than 50% through the popular online auction site. However, safely purchasing cards on eBay requires a bit of knowledge as to how the process works. We've compiled …

Paper or Plastic: 15 Hot Gift Card Trends for 2010


December 29, 2009 | 2 Comments

Paper or Plastic: 15 Hot Gift Card Trends for 2010

  Both women and men said they wanted gift cards more than any other gift for Christmas, which explains why experts anticipated the little plastic cards would be the number-one present for the sixth consecutive year, with 64 percent of consumers saying they'll give or receive them. Yet many consumers fail to cash in their cards, creating a windfall for many merchants. How gift cards …

16 Creative Uses for Gift Cards


December 1, 2009 | 0 Comment

16 Creative Uses for Gift Cards

They're called "gift cards" so it's logical to think the main function of these little plastic darlings is to give as presents. But what do you do with gift cards once they've been spent? Gift Card Granny has 16 off-beat ways to use your gift cards after the holidays. 1. Ninja star: These puppies really fly when you fling them. Sharpen one up and …

5 Important Facts about California's Gift Card Laws


November 30, 2009 | 6 Comments

5 Important Facts about California's Gift Card Laws

  As usual, California just has to be different. The rash of bankruptcies and other difficulties facing the state have led to changes and reinforcements of laws applying to gift cards in California. Since this is the season when the majority of gift cards are purchased, Gift Card Granny thought it a good time to examine these laws for California's shoppers. …

5 Tips to Using Gift Cards for E-Book Purchases


November 20, 2009 | 0 Comment

5 Tips to Using Gift Cards for E-Book Purchases

  After a bumpy start, major booksellers are now allowing e-book owners to use gift cards for content purchases. While such gift cards make great presents, e-book readers also buy gift cards themselves to make purchases of less than $1, which can clutter credit cards. Perhaps in response to complaints throughout e-book forums and on blogs, Barnes & Noble announced …

How to Check Your Visa Gift Card Balance


November 13, 2009 | 26 Comments

How to Check Your Visa Gift Card Balance

Prepaid Visa gift cards can be used at most stores or to even pay your bills. But they're different from store gift cards in that a cashier can't check the balance before you make a purchase. It's important to know the balance before making a purchase or you may be stuck paying out-of-pocket to cover the remaining balance on a transaction. Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits all …