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March 1, 2011

Great Gap Beginnings

Today's the day! Gift cards we're totally snug as bugs in rugs yesterday in my wallet. Not so this morning! My expanding midsection is in desperate need of non-holey clothing. Seriously, the armpits in every maternity top I own iare gaping open and I'm pretty sure it's because the gift cards have burned holes through them. We need sewn garments stat! I've been trying …

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March 1, 2011

Gearing Up for The Gift Card Granny Challenge

I am a kid on Christmas morning! Seriously, I'm jumping around in pjs doing a weird Irish jig while my two-year-old stares at me. The gift cards are assembled, shiny and ready to swipe for Gift Card Granny's Challenge. Here they are in all their splendid plasticity! Take a guess as to which one's my favorite. Hmm? Since …

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February 25, 2011

Gift Card Granny Challenges Ashley Grimaldo to Live Off Discount Gift Cards

How are you doing with January's well-toasted resolution to tighten your budget? I'd love to scream megaphone-style that my pennies are accounted for and I have no doubt about our bank account numbers, but I'd be an even bigger phony than I already am. My get-back-on-financial-track resolution completely tanked about three weeks ago and I'm back to my old habits of spending whatever, whenever, until …

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February 1, 2011

Gift Card Giveaway Winner Announced

Thanks to the over 400 people that created gift card alerts over the past 8 days. We're happy to announce that Marcia C. has won the $250 gift card to the retailer of her choice. Marcia choose to receive a Kohl's gift card. We purchased a $258 gift card for Kohl's from Gift Card Rescue for $219. Look for new promotions from Gift …

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December 29, 2010

The Gift Card Year In Review

Dear Gift cards: How we adored thee in 2010. Whether you came to us in the ol' plastic covering we know and love or the sexy new digitized form we always dreamed of, we couldn't keep our hands off you. Seriously, we couldn't, and there are numbers to prove it: As of early September, demand for you outpaced 2009 …

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December 23, 2010

Philanthropic Gift Cards Perfect for Procrastinators

Photo by HowardLake Still working on that Christmas gift list? You could brave last-minute lines at the mall, hit the 7/Eleven or consider giving to charities via gift cards. Gift cards are the latest innovation in philanthropic giving and a perfect stocking stuffer for charity-minded friends. First of all, you won't stick loved ones with more stuff they don't need. Secondly, they'll …

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November 22, 2010

10 Gift Card Holders for Men

Gift cards are predicted to be a hot commodity this holiday season, but one question lingers: How do you give someone a gift card without coming across as insincere? Gift card holders are the solution to this common conundrum. A creative holder can turn cold plastic into something personal, intimate and clever; especially when you develop a theme around the person and card. Yet crafting …

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November 3, 2010

5 Stores That Use Gift Cards for Rebates

Recently Kroger announced that, as of November 8, customers will be able to earn money back by using their 1-2-3 REWARDS MasterCard...in the form of a gift card for groceries! No weird prize list for designer toaster ovens or trips to Switzerland, just a gift card for things you need at the place you go to most often. This is awesome! But Kroger isn't the …

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October 25, 2010

City Exchanges Gift Cards for Handguns

Organizers of a weekend handgun buy-back program in New Bedford, Mass., found $100 supermarket gift cards were just the ticket to lure about 140 weapons off city streets. The Rev. David Lima, executive minister of the Inter-Church Council, which joined local law enforcement agencies to sponsor the exchange, said the community response was overwhelming. Although the total number of firearms collected …

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September 27, 2010

For Merchant Gift Cards, the Future is Mobile

When the classic film "The Graduate" debuted in 1967, a white-collar man at Dustin Hoffman's party famously told him, "There's a great future in plastics." Now, 43 years later, the future of merchant gift cards is in bits and bytes. A virtual gift card company, Giftango, recently formed a stellar partnership with 35 major brands across the nation. Amazon, Cabela's, Lowe's, Papa …

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