Card Avenue: A New Kind of Gift Registry?


July 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

Card Avenue: A New Kind of Gift Registry?

Say goodbye to forced smiles and fake enthusiasm. Forget about gushing over gifts like personalized beach towels and spice racks. Card Avenue is a novel new way for you to get the things you really want using its free gift card registry. What's a Gift Card Registry? A gift card registry has …

Forget the Walker, Let's Play Soccer


June 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Forget the Walker, Let's Play Soccer

  This past weekend, several members of the Gift Card Granny staff traded their bifocals and support hose for shin guards and cleats, participating in the Kick It 3v3 Soccer Tour. The team, pieced together with players of all different skill levels, suffered a tough defeat in their opening game. However, as most know, you can't keep a good granny down. Despite the first loss, …

9 Guidelines for Selling Gift Cards on eBay


May 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

9 Guidelines for Selling Gift Cards on eBay

There are several different ways to sell gift cards but did you know you can both buy and sell gift cards on eBay? The online-auction behemoth allows you to sell gift cards from nearly every merchant, but there are a few restrictions designed to protect both buyer and seller. Check out the following guidelines and see what you think. Travel Services You can …

U.S. Postal Service to Sell Gift Cards


May 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

U.S. Postal Service to Sell Gift Cards

You know the U.S. Post Service is in pretty mean straights when they start selling gift cards. Actually, this may not be a bad idea for the cash-strapped government agency. With pre-paid gift cards one of the most popular gift items, it makes sense postal officials would want to cash in on this trend. Plus, it allows the agency to target a desirable audience …

Gift Card Granny Challenge Results: How Much Did Ashley Save?


April 4, 2011 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Granny Challenge Results: How Much Did Ashley Save?

It's official - Gift cards aren't just for birthdays and graduations anymore. The results of our inaugural Gift Card Granny Challenge are in, and they confirm that frugal shoppers have a new best friend. By making all her purchases in March (excluding rent and utilities) with discount gift cards, not only did Ashley Grimaldo slash $206.29 from her monthly expenses, she did it while enjoying …

The (Not So) Final Word


March 31, 2011 | 0 Comment

The (Not So) Final Word

Grab two pencils and gimme a drumroll... Over the last thirty days I have saved...more drumroll... $206.29!!! To honor this momentous day I need to celebrate, Granny-style. I am in absolute awe of just how much we saved, just by buying discounted gift cards. If I factor in coupons and …

Gift Card Returns


March 30, 2011 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Returns

Phew! I had clammy hands walking into Target with my receipt-less wall frames I intended to return. There's always a big chunk of me that feels guilty for making a return--ever--but especially without proof of purchase. I have this creepy feeling that the customer service Nazis suspect a pregnant, child-toting thief--the worst kind around. Target is among the more strict in regulations regarding returns. …

A Tale of Two Restaurants


March 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Restaurants

The two most substantial discount restaurant gift cards I received (to wait staff joints) were Chili's and Red Lobster. Both of which I lump into the same category of national chain restaurants, the seafood being slightly higher in price, but similar in many aspects for a sit-down experience. Boy was I wrong. First off, I found two Chili's gift cards for 11% and …

Garage Sale Savings


March 28, 2011 | 0 Comment

Garage Sale Savings

Somehow, in my not-so-clear pregnant brain, I figured this past Saturday would be the best time to have a garage sale. So in the midst of watching the Zoolander hunk like a hawk for any recurring seizure episodes and taking on the bulk of our exquisite gift card landscaping project, I was collecting home rejects for our yard sale extravaganza. Thanks to Sweet Grandma and …

The ER Doesn't Take Gift Cards?!?


March 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

The ER Doesn't Take Gift Cards?!?

Before starting this challenge I did my darndest to label every penny, nickel and dime that we would spend this month, get every last ducky in line for smooth sailing. While 95% of our expenditures have followed said illustrious plan, there is always a curve ball. It comes out of nowhere with no warning and whacks the fleshy part of your hiney. We had ours …