5 Stores That Use Gift Cards for Rebates


November 3, 2010 | 0 Comment

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 …

Exchange Gift Cards for Cash with 5 Websites


October 25, 2010 | 0 Comment

Exchange Gift Cards for Cash with 5 Websites

Photo by ClintJCL In past years, a slew of websites have popped up offering plastic seekers and sellers alike a new way to exchange gift cards. These online marketplaces provide a convenient and secure way to buy the discount gift cards you want, ditch the ones you don't, and come out with something extra in your pocketbook. …

Avoid Getting Snared in Gift Card Bankruptcy Web


September 24, 2010 | 0 Comment

Avoid Getting Snared in Gift Card Bankruptcy Web

Photo by lucias clay On the heels of Blockbuster Video's Chapter 11 filing on Thursday, gift card holders once again are wondering whether they'll be left out in the cold. Consumers fear a sad repetition of the scenario seen when Linens 'N Things, Sharper Image and Mervyn's reneged on gift card deals at the beginning of the Recession. So what can …

New Gift Card Rules Changed the Game on Aug. 22


August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

New Gift Card Rules Changed the Game on Aug. 22

Rules effecting gift card fees and expiration dates changed as of Aug. 22 as a result of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. The media has paid a great deal of attention to how the final batch of provisions new rules impacts credit cards, but gift card fans will be pleased with the new limits on penalty fees and rate increases. …

10 Back-to-School Gift Card Deals


July 21, 2010 | 0 Comment

10 Back-to-School Gift Card Deals

Photo by Timothy Valentine Economists predict families with students plan on spending about $55.1 billion on back-to-school supplies, an increase of 16-percent over 2009. Whether you're planning on spending 16-percent or .16-percent more than last year, you can still get the best bang for your buck by combining discount gift cards and back-to-school deals. We've compiled a list of …

Check Merchants Financial Pulse Before Buying Gift Cards


June 15, 2010 | 0 Comment

Check Merchants Financial Pulse Before Buying Gift Cards

  Thousands of consumers were left out in the cold in 2008 when a storm of merchant bankruptcies turned roughly $100 million worth of gift cards into little more than tiny windshield scrapers. (See Granny's holiday post on 16 creative uses for useless gift cards.) Mervyn's, Sharper Image and Linens 'N Things, among many others, reneged on gift card deals, leaving consumers with no …

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 …

15 Ways to Avoid Gift card Fraud


February 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

15 Ways to Avoid Gift card Fraud

  Gift card sales for the holiday season were estimated to reach nearly $25 billion in 2009. More than 55-percent of American adults say they'd like to receive one, according to a National Retail Federation survey, making gift cards the most requested gift this year. Naturally, scam artists have latched onto this trend and are pulling their usual dirty tricks. For example, the …