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May 4, 20189 ways to get a discount at Guitar Center
Atlanta Journal Constitution
If you’ve got a kid who loves making music — or maybe you’re a musician yourself — you’ve probably heard of Guitar Center, at least in passing.  more

April 9, 2018How to use up your unwanted gift cards
Naples Daily News -- Tim Aten
The nearest Landy’s restaurant and the only one in Collier or Lee counties is Joe’s Crab Shack at 2024 W. First St. on the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers. Although the Naples location closed five years ago, Joe’s Crab Shack has eight others in Florida and nearly 40 in the nation where Landry’s cards can be used.  more

February 12, 2018Where to find hidden discounts: Check out apps, browser extensions or just ask
Chicago Tribune -- Debbie Carlson
You may consider yourself a savvy shopper when you search the Web for free shipping promo codes or a few bucks off an online purchase, but there are a host of less-obvious discounts that can save you money.  more

February 1, 20185 Smart Ways to Improve Your Financial Health
U.S. News & World Report -- Andrea Woroch
Taking steps to achieve financial health is just like setting a goal to lose weight – it doesn't happen overnight. Setting yourself up for financial success requires time, dedication and maintenance.  more

January 18, 2018How to safely sell those unwanted gift cards
NBC News -- Herb Weisbaum
Online exchanges base their offers on supply and market demand. As a rule, they tend to pay more for cards that people want and the exchanges need. That’s why people selling iTunes cards, the most resold gift card last year, were paid about 65 percent of value ($65 for a card worth $100) while those selling a Nordstrom card got 87 percent, according to a recent report from Gift Card Granny.  more

January 2, 2017How to use up your unwanted gift cards
CBS News
You can usually return unwanted gifts, but what can you do with a gift card that you will never use? As much as $1 billion sits, unspent, on these casualties of the gift-giving season, according to one study. Here are a few suggestions for what to do with yours.  more

January 2, 2018Top 10 ways to use unwanted gift cards
ABC News 7
Sell/Trade It — The marketplace always has an answer. GiftCardGranny.com allows you to sell your unwanted gift card for cash or trade it for cards that you will use. Keep in mind that you will not receive full face value the marketplace also requires their cut.  more

December 29, 2017How to trade in unwanted gift cards for cash
ABC Action News -- Chelsea Davis
Selling your gift cards for cash yields a lower return than if you exchange it. That said, according to GiftCardGranny.com, the largest aggregator of online gift card exchanges, cards with the highest resale value are those for grocery stores, gas stations and large retailers such as Amazon or Walmart.  more

December 26, 2017Lauren’s List: Helpful Tips For Gift Returns
CBS Miami -- Lauren Pastrana
Christmas is over and all the presents have been handed out, but maybe there’s a gift or two that missed the mark. You can either wear those tacky pajamas from grandma with a smile, or you can trade them in for something you actually want!  more

December 26, 2017Your guide to returning unwanted Christmas gifts made easy
WXYZ Detroit -- Matthew Smith
Nearly a quarter of annual returns to retailers happen during the Holiday season — according to Oporto, a tech firm that helps retailers track inventory, that’s roughly $90 billion worth of gifts.  more

December 26, 2017How to exchange gift cards for cash
GlobalNews.ca -- Marilisa Racco
A gift card is an easy and thoughtful holiday present — and especially great for the person who seemingly has everything — but sometimes the card doesn’t line up with your interests or tastes. And let’s be honest, sometimes you just want the cash.  more

December 26, 2017Help to Return Holiday Gifts
WNEP -- Ryan Lecky
Want to skip the holiday crush completely gift cards can be the way to go. With savings on sites like gift card granny and cardpool. Experts say there can be downsides to waiting until the last minute.  more

December 25, 20175 tips to handle post-holiday gift returns
Good Morning America -- Taylor Dunn
About 50 percent American are open to the idea of re-gifting, with coworkers topping the list of likely recipients. Gift cards are among the most popular re-gifting items, NRF reports. Some retailers will even swap out a new card without Christmas decorations if you’re looking to re-gift post holidays, or you can sell it.  more

December 25, 2017How to Get Cash for All the Gift Cards You Didn't Really Want
Money Magazine -- Kerri Anne Renzulli
If you want to sell your gift card for cash, your return will be lower than if you exchange it, says Romanelli: “Swapping your gift card for another store’s is the best way to maximize your return.”  more

December 23, 2017Last-minute shoppers search for holiday deals
ABC News
Want to skip the holiday crush completely gift cards can be the way to go. With savings on sites like gift card granny and cardpool. Experts say there can be downsides to waiting until the last minute.  more

December 21, 2017 4 Ways You Can Bounce Back from Holiday Debt
WSYM-TV -- Jimmy Rhoades
The holidays are wonderful and magical...that is, until the bill for all those gifts comes in. The average household will spend $1200 this holiday season - and all that spending can do some damage on your 2018 budget.  more

December 21, 2017Warning: Those Gift Card 'Freebies' May Be a Ripoff
Money Magazine -- Kerri Anne Renzulli
“The key thing to be aware of is the terms,” says Mark Romanelli, executive vice president of product for Gift Card Granny, a gift-card comparison and exchange website. “If the company doesn't call the second card a 'gift card,' it means there are different expiration dates associated with it.”  more

December 20, 20179 Holiday Gift Cards That Give You Something for Nothing
TheStreet.com -- Jason Notte
So how do you find the gift cards that basically give you or your loved ones free money? Troll gift-card sites such as Restaurant.com, Gift Card Granny or eBay year-round, or follow consumer site DealNews and take advantage of December specials.  more

December 19, 2017These Are the Best Gift Cards to Give This Year
Money Magazine -- Kerri Anne Renzulli
Scrambling to come up with the perfect gift for those last few tricky people on your list? With less than a week to go till Christmas, skipping mall shopping and opting for a gift card may seem like the best approach.  more

December 19, 20179 Ways to Make Money From Holiday Gifts You Don't Want
Wise Bread -- Camilla Cheung
As well-intentioned as it may be, sometimes a holiday gift you receive just isn’t something you like. Instead of letting it sit around gathering dust, turn that holiday gift into cold hard cash — after thanking the gift giver for their thoughtfulness, of course!  more

December 18, 2017Genius Holiday Hacks To Save Serious $$$
HuffPost -- Anna Davies
Never Pay Full Price For A Gift Card File this under awesome holiday hack: Buying gift cards online through a discount site like Gift Card Granny or Cardpool makes it easy to give big on a budget.  more

December 14, 2017Sneaky ways to save money during the holidays
WXIA-TV -- Ian Hill
Consumers spent more than $9 billion on gift cards during the 2016 holiday season, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts.  more

December 13, 2017Sneaky ways to save money during the holidays
WWBT NBC12 News -- Rachel DePompa
Another smart idea, make the most of gift cards you already have. If you've got a card to a store you don't like either re-gift it or sell it on a site like "card cash" or "gift card granny."  more

December 12, 2017Gift Cards You Can Buy at a 10% Discount (or More)
Kiplinger -- Bob Niedt
GiftCardGranny.com, which pools deals on gift cards from various third-party gift card sites, has a slew of gift cards for popular retailers.  more

December 9, 2017Convert Last-Minute Christmas Shoppers With These 8 Holiday Tips
B2C -- Nicole Blanckenberg
According to Gift Card Granny, gift card total sales projections for 2018 could reach a whopping $160 billion. Gift cards are a big win for last-minute shoppers and by promoting them on your online store you could be cashing in on holiday sales to the very last minute.  more

November 27, 2017Take a bite out of your food bill
USA TODAY -- N'dea Yancey-Bragg
Trae Bodge of GiftCardGranny shares strategies and categories where you can find the best deals on Black Friday weekend, and which items you'd be wise to wait on.  more

November 20, 20175 Gift-Card Stock Plays, the Gift That Keeps on Giving
TheStreet -- Jonathan Heller
My, how times have changed. As a child, gift cards did not exist as they do in current form. They were the more simple gift certificates in those days -- no plastic card, no magnetic strip, but with some bearing very ornate designs. more

November 10, 2017Black Friday strategy
CNBC On The Money
Trae Bodge of GiftCardGranny shares strategies and categories where you can find the best deals on Black Friday weekend, and which items you'd be wise to wait on.  more

November 8, 2017All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now
AJC -- Kelly Sundstrom
To find the best Black Friday deals on gifts this year, you'll want to know what you're looking for and be on the ball now until Thanksgiving Day.  more

October 27, 20179 Clever Money-Saving Ideas for Halloween
Reader's Digest -- Trae Bodge
You can still have spook-tacular fun on Halloween without breaking the bank. Read on for money-saving tips for Halloween.  more

October 24, 20176 scary saving mistakes that will haunt your budget
Clark -- Andrea Woroch
Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only spooky things at stores these days. In an attempt to shop savvy, many consumers go hunting for deals but end up making scary spending mistakes that cost them more in the long run.  more

October 20, 201730 Items You Should Never Pay Full Price For
Best Life -- Mark Ellwood
Fact: unless it’s something marked with the words “Louis Vuitton” or “American Girl,” you probably shouldn’t be paying full price for it. It’s true. In today’s discount-shopping era, there are simply too many easy ways to score a mark down on just about anything.  more

October 6, 2017Don't buy these 5 things on Black Friday
WBAL TV 11
Black Friday is less than two months away, when up to 156 million shoppers will partake in one of the busiest shopping days of the year.  more

October 4, 201712 Ways To Save Big Bucks On Movie Tickets
Forbes -- Donna Freedman
Feeling sticker shock at the box office? It’s not your imagination. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, the average price for movie tickets in the United States is $8.95. Ouch.  more

August 1, 201799 Great Ways to Save
AARP Bulletin -- David Schiff
Among this year's 99 Ways to Save are tips that can save you pocket change (cut your budget by a buck and a half a month by buying men’s shaving gel instead of ladies) or jack up your bank account by thousands (become a one-car couple).  more

July 13, 2017Gift Card Granny: Saving Shoppers Money at Retailers Nationwide
Rewards Expert -- Angela Rose
According to data from Packaged Facts, a consumer research company, American consumers spent $46 billion on gift cards last year. Chances are good that you were among them.  more

July 7, 2017110 genius things to do with $100
Mic -- Gina Ragusa
Finding a spare $100 in your bank account or back pocket can make even the most stoic saver feel giddy. That rush from extra “unexpected” cash might prompt you to wonder, “What exactly should I do with $100?”  more

June 25, 201710 Items You Should Buy in Bulk
USA TODAY -- Courtney Jespersen
Gift cards have a funny way of sinking to the bottom of your purse or hiding beneath a mountain of papers in your cluttered junk drawer. more

June 9, 2017 10 Items You Should Buy in Bulk
Grow -- Natasha Burton
Buying in bulk really is a smart way to save—if you stock up on the right items. In addition to classics like paper towels, soap and detergent, these 10 items are perfect for purchasing en masse and scoring big savings. more

June 5, 201717 ways to save at Amazon
CBS Money Watch -- Cheryl Lock
For whatever your little heart may desire, retail behemoth Amazon (AMZN) is likely the place that will have it. For any room in your house to the outside of your house to your personal, beauty and baby needs, the list of Amazon purchasing options goes on and on and on. more

May 3, 2017Tips and tricks to save at Walgreens
WTSP 10 News
If you’re a Walgreens shopper looking to save, there are plenty of waves to trim your bill. Couponing, savings apps, and competitive marketing strategies have completely changed the landscape for savings at drugstores. more

May 3, 2017Why gifts cards are the new favorite target for fraud
CIO -- Jen A. Miller
With tighter post-financial crisis regulation on larger amounts of money, and safer chip-enabled debit and credit cards, fraud has shifted to a new target, gift cards. more

April 15, 2017Cha-Ching! 8 Savvy New Ways to Save BIG When You Shop Online
Reader's Digest -- Elisa Roland
From buying gift cards at a huge discount to earning cash back on every purchase, here are some hacks every serious shopper should know. more

April 7, 201719 ways to save at Target
CBS News -- Cheryl Lock
Target is pretty much the definition of a one-stop shop. Hit up your local store and you could walk away with groceries, your nephew’s birthday present, an ottoman for your living room and dumbbells to keep you fit. more

March 19, 201718 Tips For Saving Big (Huge!) If You Love to Shop at Sephora
POPSUGAR -- Kristin Granero
It's easy to get a bit carried away when shopping at Sephora (just ask this teen who accidentally racked up $733 on her mom's credit card in one visit). more

March 16, 201713 ways to save at Starbucks
WCSH 6 NBC
Look for discounted gift cards on websites like Gift Card Granny, which aggregates discounted gift card offers from around the web for you. Right now, the site has a $25 Starbucks gift card available for 15% off. more

March 8, 2017How to buy discount gift cards and save a bundle
KHOU 11 CBS
Gift card exchange sites are places where you can buy and sell gift cards. If you’re unfamiliar with the gift card exchange craze, here’s the rundown of how you can benefit more

March 8, 2017Save more money by spending less
Mic -- Christy Rakoczy
Although we shop all the time — spending as much as 54 minutes a day buying stuff, according to a government estimate — many of us really aren't good at it. more

February 2, 2017Five fab grocery-savings apps
Good Morning Washington
We all want to save on groceries, but who has the time to clip coupons nowadays? Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert for GiftCardGranny.com, says it’s time to throw away those ads and let your phone do the work for you. more

January 19, 2017How to dig out from December's debt
AP -- Bev O'Shea
The start of the new year feels like a financial clean slate — right up until your credit card bills arrive. It's easy to forget about the entertainment and travel you enjoyed, the food and drink you consumed or the store card you applied for at the cash register. more

January 19, 2017How to save time and money on your next Ikea trip
AOL -- Terence Loose
Ikea is the go-to furniture store for great deals on everything from bed sheets to lighting and hot dogs. But if you really want to save money at Ikea, you'll need to do more than just show up at the door.more

January 18, 2017Maximize your Fry's Fuel Points and more with these gift card hacks
ABC News 15 -- Angie Koehle
Gift cards. They don't have to be gifts, you know. Use them for yourself and save money! Here are four ways to get the most out of your everyday purchases.more

January 12, 2017Stretch your dollar on the necessities in 2017
WTNH News 8 -- Laura Hutchinson
Continuing our week of saving you money. We’ve helped you build your savings account this week, now how about pinching pennies on the necessities. more

January 11, 2017Gift Card Granny Publishes Consumer Protection Standards For The Secondary Gift Card Market
PR Web -- (press release)
The secondary market of buying and selling used gift cards is growing. The secondary gift card marketplace helps millions of people save hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and it drives additional business to stores and restaurants. more

January 11, 2017The Idiot's Guide To Laundering $9 Million
Forbes -- Lauren Gensler
Step one: Use stolen credit card information to buy a boatload of gift cards. Step two: Try to sell those gift cards online for millions of dollars without getting caught.more

January 9, 2017Simple Ways To Recover Cash If You Went Over Your Holiday Budget
Forbes -- Molly Triffin
The champagne flutes are back in their cabinet, the pine needles vacuumed up, the ornaments packed away—and now the amount of cash you’ve blown this past December is finally starting to sink in. more

January 5, 2017How To Make Returning All Those Unwanted Holiday Gifts A Cinch
Forbes -- Esther Crain
Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day and all the other sale notices that inundated your inbox over the holidays, there was no shortage of opportunities to buy the perfect gift. more

January 4, 2017Smart Shopping Hacks for Busy People
Yahoo News -- Kendal Perez
For built-in savings, shop with discount gift cards. This may seem like a too-good-to-be-true scam, but the secondary gift card market has been around for more than a decade. more

January 4, 201735 Secrets to Saving More Money in 2017
Nasdaq
If you noticed a drop in your savings account balance this past year, you might be thinking about making a New Year's resolution to spend less in the coming year. After all, the most popular resolution for 2017 is to "spend less, save more," more

January 3, 2017How to sell your unwanted gifts
CNBC -- Jessica Dickler
In the haze of a holiday hangover, there are inevitably some gifts that would have been better left under the tree. more

January 3, 2017Retailers Are Making It Easier For You to Return Gifts — And Buy More
NBC News -- Nicole Spector
Shopping for holiday gifts may be over, but the consumer's work is hardly done. Now it's time for us to schlep all those unwanted presents back to the store. more

January 1, 201725 life hacks to help you save money and stay organized in 2017
New York Post -- Christian Gollayan
Quick, before you forget you have them: Cash in gift cards at GiftCardGranny.com, a gift-card exchange, said Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com. more

December 30, 2016Ring in the new year with some savvy financial moves
Star Telegram -- Teresa McUsic
The end of 2016 is here, but there are still some savvy financial moves you can make. Check this list and see what else you can do now and into the New Year. more

December 29, 2016Websites, stores will buy unwanted gift cards
WVLT
Most of the time, returning unwanted gifts is as easy as making a trip to the store, but what do you do when you get a gift card you know you won't use? Several websites will buy unwanted gift cards. more

December 28, 2016Five things to know for Wednesday, Dec. 28
Pittsburgh Business Times -- Lydia Nuzum
Pittsburgh-based Gift Card Granny LLC, a website where users can sell unwanted gift cards for cash, published its list of the most resold gift card brands for 2016 — aptly — the day after Christmas. more

December 27, 2016The holidays are about giving and receiving and returning
KLST News -- Kaitlin Moore
Once you've made the decision to ditch the sweater your aunt gave you that let's face it looks exactly like the sweater she gave you last year, there are a couple of rules you should know. more

December 27, 2016Getting the Most from a Gift Card
KSOO News -- Chad McKenzie
Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but keep this in mind, many cards have an expatriation date, so check to see if yours does and when. Consumer Expert Andrea Warrick says also see if you need to register your card, and if you do don’t wait. more

December 27, 2016Unwanted gift cards: How to sell, swap or donate cards from Walmart, Target, Best Buy
AL.com -- Leada Gore
Chances are you received a gift card during the holidays. But what do you do with a gift card to a place you don't like and know you won't use? more

December 27, 2016How to Make the Most of Your Gift Cards
TheBalance.com -- Jean Chatzky
Could you make it rain with gift cards right now? Over half of consumers planned to give gift cards over the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation’s holiday projections. more

December 26, 2016Exchange gift cards you don't want for money
FOX 5 D.C. -- Lindsay Watts
Estimates are that $1 billion in gift cards went unused last year and if you are holding onto a card you are never going to spend, there is no reason to let it collect dust.more

December 26, 2016Millions of Americans Head to Stores to Spend Gift Cards, Exchange and Return Presents
ABC World News -- Adrienne Bankert
It is the day after Christmas, which means it is a busy shopping day in America. With returns, customers darking in on gift cards, and post-christmas deals. more

December 26, 2016Want to turn those gift cards into cash?
10News WTSP -- Eric Glasser
If you gave or got a gift card this year, you're not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans did the same for a total of about $26 billion. more

December 26, 2016What to Know About Post-Christmas Returns, Sales
ABC Good Morning America -- Becky Worley
Dec. 26 is a historic day for shopping and saving. It’s a great day to use all those gift cards, return unwanted items and get the most bang for your buck as post-holiday sales roll out. more

December 22, 2016Save money selling, buying gift cards online
FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay
Typically you can sell a card for about 80 cents on the dollar. You might make more money on sites that let you sell peer-to-peer, like Gift Card Granny. We found more

December 21, 2016How to sell gift cards online for cash
AOL -- Barri Segal
The Gift Card Granny database lists gift card auctions and sales available on other websites where you can sell your cards — and it's also a great place to buy gift cards online.more

December 21, 2016How to simplify your post-holiday mission: returning or selling those unwanted gifts
The Mercury News -- Richard Scheinin
OK, so you’re now buried beneath piles of gifts, some of which you will cherish forever and some of which you can’t wait to dump. more

December 16, 2016Local Gift Card Company Expands
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Green Tree-based gift card distributor Gift Card Granny has expanded into new quarters and added employees after CEO Jason Wolfe sold his dot.com business GiftCards.com to Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network more

December 15, 2016Tips for Throwing a Holiday Party on a Budget
NY1 -- Tara Lynn Wagner
Hosting a holiday gathering can be expensive but there are ways to do it without spending all your silver and gold. When it comes to food, rather than bite off more than your budget can handle, ask guests to bring something.more

December 15, 2016How to Save Money as a Last-Minute Holiday Shopper
Yahoo! Finance -- Jon Lal
If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, don't panic. You're not alone. In fact, on Dec. 15 of last year, the National Retail Federation reported that 90 percent of holiday shoppers still had gifts, more

December 15, 20165 Simple Ways To Demolish Your Debt In 2017
Forbes -- Andrew Josuweit
Whether you owe money for credit cards, personal loans, or student loans, making it a priority to pay off debt can save you big bucks. In fact, paying debt off early can save thousands of dollars.more

December 15, 2016Deals on Deals: How to Get Nice Things for Next to Nothing
Nasdaq -- Jodi O'Connell
When shopping for the holidays, you will likely encounter at least one checkout clerk who asks you to get a store credit card to save a sizable percentage on your purchase.more

December 13, 20167 Discount Shopping Hacks To Save Hundreds of Dollars This Christmas
The Huffington Post -- Gordon Tredgold
Shopping hacks both you and your wallet can appreciate. What’s better than saving money? Saving money with minimal effort. Stick to these simple money-saving hacks that are as effective as they are easy.more

December 6, 2016Holiday Shopping Tricks and Tips
WCIU -- You & Me
There's only two weeks left to get in your holiday shopping! Retail expert Trae Bodge talks shopping tricks and tips to get your gifts in time for Christmas.more

December 5, 2016Tips for holiday shopping with apps and websites
WGN Midday
If you have a general idea of where you plan to shop, visit a site like GiftCardGranny.com to look for discounted gift cards. more

December 2, 2016Let’s be real: For holiday gift-giving, cash is king
Washington Post -- Michelle Singletary
All I want to give or get for Christmas is cash. And if you’re honest, deep down, that’s what you’re thinking when someone asks you what you want. more

November 30, 2016The Best Gift Cards To Give In 2016
Forbes -- Laura Shin
Gift cards have been the most requested gift for nine years running, according to Gift Card Granny, with about 60% of people in 2015 saying they hoped to receive one.more

November 27, 2016Cyber Monday Tips to Save
Fox Illinois -- Matthew Witkos
The big holiday weekend of shopping is nearing the end. Now shoppers are getting ready to head online for Cyber Monday. Millions of consumers are heading online to do their holiday shopping.more

November 25, 20165 ways to stay sane, save money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
New York's PIX11 WPIX-TV
Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season. But it can also drive you crazy – between spending so much money, battling unruly crowds, and trying to get all your shopping done in time for the December holidays.more

November 23, 2016Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy
Wisebread -- Kat Tretina
Last year, the average American spent $882 on holiday gifts — and that amount does not include money spent on décor, meals, or clothes. Many people rack up credit card debt, and with high interest rates, that can make payments on their Christmas purchases for months after the holiday.more

November 23, 2016Savvy tips for scoring deep discounts on Black Friday
FoxNews13.com
Rachel Langlois, financial expert with Cyprus Credit union, shares tips on getting the best deals on Black Friday. Her favorite tip is to buy a gift card on Gift Card Granny to a store you plan on shopping in on Black Friday. more

November 22, 2016Giving gift cards for the holidays? Read this first
CBS News -- Aimee Picchi
Millions of gift cards will change hands this holiday season as people search for quick gifts for their friends and family, but they aren’t as simple as they appear.more

November 18, 2016How to Save Money (and Hassles) on Your Black Friday Shopping
New York Times -- Christopher Mele
If the idea of Black Friday shopping gives you the blues, cheer up. A few innovative approaches can help you find lower prices without having to camp outside a big box store.more

November 14, 2016Giving gift cards for the holidays? Read this first
GoBankingRates.com -- Sabah Karimi
This year, Americans plan to spend an average of $1,175 on holiday gifts, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2015, according to the latest data from Rubicon Project’s Holiday Consumer Pulse Poll.more

November 7, 2016Be a Better Online Shopper
AARP Bulletin -- David Hochman
You can shop for virtually anything on the internet, but whether you're browsing for glow-in-the-dark garden gnomes or a 65-inch ultra-HD television, check out the newest price-cutting tricks and tools.more

November 4, 2016How stores plan to fight organized retail crime during the holidays
Yahoo Finance -- Brittany Jones-Cooper
This usually comes in the form of a gift card. That gift card is then sold on a site like Gift Card Granny, where users can sell their gift cards for up to 92% cash back.more

November 2, 20169 Things to Do Now to Save Money on Black Friday
247 Wall Street -- Paul Austic
If you’ve already begun receiving emails from retailers promoting their Black Friday sales, you’re not the only one. more

October 28, 201640 Ways to Save Money Over the Holidays
Nasdaq
Retail spending is expected to jump 3.6 percent in November and December, up to $655.8 billion, reported the National Retail Federation. And in 2015, the average person spent over $800.more

October 14, 20167 Tips for Early Bird Holiday Shoppers
U.S. News & World Report -- Kendal Perez
Though it's only mid-October, you've likely noticed Christmas items sharing shelf space with Halloween candy and costumes. more

October 5, 2016How to save money on kitchen appliances — and why you shouldn’t buy a white fridge
MarketWatch -- Amy Hoak
The best time to shop for home appliances is approaching. And savvy shoppers often can layer on savings for even bigger deals.more

September 27, 2016Top 5 Things You’re Paying Too Much For
CBS Local DFW -- Brian New
Regardless of how much you make, overpaying can be a costly habit. Financial Consultant and President of Elite Financial Management, Bill Dendy, said he sees it all the time.more

September 14, 201620 tricks insiders use to score a cheap hotel room
Independent -- Terence Loose
Finding a cheap hotel room can be difficult. The average daily rate for U.S. hotel rooms has increased in the past seven years, to $121.37 in 2015, according to statistics resource Statista.more

September 7, 2016Cut Costs Without Cutting Out Everything You Love
GoBankingRates.com -- Cameron Huddleston
If you want to save money, you might consider cutting out your daily latte. While you’re at it, ditch anything else you enjoy, if it’s not an essential expense. That’s what being frugal and budgeting is all about, right? Wrong.more

August 30, 2016101 Ways To Save Money
Forbes -- Laura Shin
Whether you’re saving up for a big goal or paying down debt, cutting costs is one of the best ways to do more with the money you have. more

August 26, 2016Times It’s OK to Buy Used Instead of New
Philly.com -- Morgan Quinn
It’s hard to resist purchasing a shiny, brand-new item. And in many cases, it makes sense to buy new items instead of used. For example, you’ll probably be better off buying new car seats,...more

August 11, 201615 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland
WiseBread -- Ashley Eneriz
Disneyland is considered the "happiest place on Earth," but if you look at the ticket prices, it is not the happiest place for your budget. Despite the pricey tickets, Disneyland is still a fun and magical place to visit for the whole family. more

August 9, 2016Try these 15-minute finance fixes
The Union Democrat
Sell old gift cards. At www.giftcardgranny.com, you can sell the card to a partner site at the offered rate or list it for sale at a price you choose. more

August 1, 20164 Ways to Get a Better Deal than Everyone Else
The Oprah Magazine -- Farnoosh Torabi
Money blogger Karen Cordaway recommends buying discounted gift cards to stores like Old Navy and JCPenney. "That ensures savings before the sales even begin," she says. At GiftCardGranny.com,more

July 20, 2016My big, fat overgifted wedding
CNBC -- Kelli B. Grant
Engaged couples aren't the only ones facing big wedding bills. Guests, especially millennials, are shelling out big bucks to watch friends tie the knot.more

June 28, 2016My big, fat overgifted wedding
TIME Money -- Kerri Anne Renzulli
Taking your family out to the movies this summer could very well be seen as a luxury outing. With the average ticket price nationally at $8.43, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners, a family of four could pay more than....more

June 26, 2016Gift Card Granny: A Trusted Marketplace for Discount Gift Cards
Deal Crunch -- Lindsey Carman
Most people, at one point or another, have received an unwanted gift card that ends up going unused. That’s why Gift Card Granny, an online discount gift card marketplace, was created to help consumers buy and sell gift cards to auction sites and vendors.more

June 20, 2016Lower gas prices appear to be driving Americans to hit the road this summer
LA Times -- Karen Schwartz
It doesn’t matter if you’re the type of person who views your gas tank as half-full or half-empty, we all like to save at the pump.more

June 17, 2016How To Save On Popular Gifts For Dad
The Huffington Post -- Andrea Woroch
It seems like dads don’t receive as much attention and fanfare as moms do, but things may finally be taking a turn in their favor. more

June 8, 2016Saving On Summer Movies
ABC News 11 -- Amber Rupinta
It seems like dads don’t receive as much attention and fanfare as moms do, but things may finally be taking a turn in their favor. more

May 25, 20165 Ways to Save Money at Best Buy
Credit.com -- Jime Wang
For me, the closest Best Buy is a good 25-minute drive, and there are very few things I absolutely need today that can’t wait for two-day shipping. more

May 13, 2016Money Saving Tips For Prom Kids and Bridesmaids
ABC News 7 -- Nina Pineda
Shopping expert Andrea Woroch's a budget hack, beginning with what to "wear", "where" you get it can save you hundreds.more

May 12, 201620 Ways to Score a Cheap Hotel Room
TIME Money -- Terence Loose
Gift cards are good for much more than Starbucks or California Pizza Kitchen. And on sites like GiftCardGranny.com, you can find discounted gift cards that will effectively make your hotel room cheaper.more

May 11, 201650 Ways You’re Throwing Away Money
The Huffington Post -- Sabah Karimi
At the beginning of the year, you probably made a New Year’s resolution to keep your spending under control. But unfortunately, you’re still having a hard time making payments and growing your savings.more

May 3, 2016Unused gift cards? Buy and sell them online
Herald Online -- Patricia Sabatini
A gift card can be the perfect gift. Except when it’s not. Let’s say your generous out-of-town aunt sends you a $100 gift card for your birthday good at AMC theaters. Too bad the theater chain in your neighborhood is a Cinemark.more

April 15, 2016Financial Spring Cleaning with Consumer Savings
KTLA -- Nancy Cruz
While your income may not have changed, a change in a life circumstance like getting married or divorced, having a baby or buying a house signals a need to review and re-balance your budget.more

April 7, 20163 On Your Side: Ways To Save At Starbucks
CBS Local Philadelphia -- Jim Donovan
If you’re a fan of Starbucks you’ve probably heard that the coffee chain is changing its rewards program.more

March 5, 2016How To Organize Your Finances For Spring In 10 Steps
Bustle -- Dacy Knight
If you’re a fan of Starbucks you’ve probably heard that the coffee chain is changing its rewards program.more

February 5, 201624 Ways To Save, Find And Earn Extra Money With Minimal Effort
Forbes -- Samantha Sharf
What would you do with an extra $100? Maybe you would go to a concert or treat friends to a round of drinks? I would probably spend it on food.more

February 1, 2016Use These Expert Tips to Save on Dog Expenses
Dogster.com -- Wendy Newell
Let’s face it: As much as we love our dogs, pets can be expensive. Saving money sometimes feels impossible, but it can be done. more

January 20, 2016Top Ten Ways to Use Unwanted Gift Cards
Fox Business
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? We hope so, but you probably have at least one gift that you cannot use or do not want.more

January 4, 2016Holiday Debt Hangover
KTLA -- Nancy Cruz
The symptoms are familiar: nausea, regret, and a pounding headache. While these feelings can be attributed to any late night on the town, they can also be the result of overindulgent holiday spending.more

December 31, 2015Gift cards with the most resale value
MarketWatch -- Maria Lamagna
Gift cards have been the most requested holiday gift for nine years in a row, according to the National Retail Federation — it’s estimated that $26 billion will be spent on them from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. more

December 28, 2015Target wants your unwanted gift cards
CNN Money -- Kathryn Vasel
If you are a coffee-hater with a Starbucks gift card, you may be in luck. Target is buying unwanted gift cards, albeit at a reduced price.more

December 28, 2015Resolve to make money off your clutter!
TODAY -- Jean Chatzky
This year, make a resolution to pocket the remaining value in stuff you’re looking to unload. These websites can help:more

December 28, 2015Your post-holiday financial recovery plan
CBS News -- Liz Weston
Holiday overindulgence can lead to throbbing heads, expanded waistlines -- and piles of credit card bills. If you overdid the holiday shopping, here are some suggestions for getting back on track.more

December 26, 2015What to do with all those gift cards you just got
WIRED -- Molly McHugh
The gifting season isn’t even over, and you’re probably staring at a small pile of gift cards. That’s fine and all, but what if you don’t need fast fashion, fast casual, or whatever... more

December 25, 2015The 5 Rules of Holiday Gift Returns
TIME Money -- Lisa Lee Freeman
Returns can tricky. And I’m not just talking about the grimace on Aunt Karen’s face when she comes for a holiday visit and doesn’t see the Christmas wreath she gave you. more

December 14, 20157 Money Saving Tips Before You Buy A Gift Card
ABC News 7 -- Nina Pineda
It's the ninth straight year that gift cards top the list as the most popular gift. This holiday alone we'll be stuffing stockings with nearly $26 billion in gift cards. more

November 26, 20156 tricks for savvy online shopping
CNET -- Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
You don't have to go to a physical store on Black Friday to experience the shopping madness -- there will be plenty of madness online. more

November 5, 201511 Surefire Ways to Waste Money During the Holidays
U.S. News & World Report -- Paul Sisolak
Retailers use "can't miss" sales, dazzling displays, sweet holiday scents and music to entice people to spend more money during the holiday season than at any other time of year. And it works. more

November 2, 20157 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays
TIME Money -- Nancy Mann Jackson
Extra cash is always nice, but the holidays make supplementary funds especially necessary. If your regular monthly budget doesn’t allow for all the travel, gifts, decor, and party food you’d like to buy this season, you might consider ways to earn a little extra. more

October 31, 2015How to sell your unwanted gift cards
CNET -- Jason Cipriani
Did you know you can sell or trade your unwanted gift cards? Most people don't even know such an option is possible, when in fact it is, and can come in really handy around the holiday season when almost everyone gets at least one gift card. more

August 26, 2015Ways to watch movies easier and for less money
ABC News 15 -- Daphne Munro
Temperatures in the Valley are still up and that means it is getting hard to find things to entertain ourselves indoors. How about finding ways to watch movies easier and for less money? more

August 17, 201510 Ways College Students Can Save Money Before the First Day of School
The Huffington Post -- Holly Hammersmith
It’s financial crunch time as the start of fall semester draws near. But, college students heading back to school this fall can plan ahead now and save big on the cost of college. more

July 31, 201518 States Where You Can Do Your Back-to-School Shopping Tax-Free
Credit.com -- Gerri Detweiler
Time to sharpen your pencils, shoppers. Not only are parents shopping for back-to-school needs early and comparing prices, they might want to also try to figure out on which days they want to buy.more

July 2, 20158 Smart Ways To Start Planning For Holiday Spending In July
Forbes
Another shopping secret? You can nab gift cards at up to 90% off for such stores as Target, Home Depot, and GameStop on a site like GiftCardGranny.more

June 25, 201523 Savings Hacks for Target
The Huffington Post
With just short of 1,800 stores in the U.S. and a monster online business, it’s no wonder so many people shop Target for everything from food to furniture.more

June 5, 2015Plan ahead to cut summer vacation fun costs
CNBC -- Kelli B. Grant
Travel savings strategies shouldn't stop once you've secured a decent airfare and hotel rate. What you do at your destination—from dining out to visiting local attractions—can often be cheaper with a little planning.more

May 6, 2015Get Ahead This Summer With Extra Cash
FOX 31 Denver -- Nancy Melear
It’s the time of year for Spring cleaning, and with a little extra effort, your purge can put some extra cash in your wallet! We asked Coupon Sherpa’s expert, Kendal Perez, how to do it. Her first advice: sell clothing you or your family no longer need.more

April 28, 2015How Gift Card Swapping Sites Can Help You Splurge
U.S. News & World Report -- Mel Bondar
Some people don’t mind taking a few extra steps to increase their savings and one of the easiest ways for frequent shoppers of the same stores to start out their trip already ahead of the pack is to pick up gift cards at reduced prices.more

April 3, 2015Retail Discount Offers: Bargain or Trap?
Kiplinger -- Carolyn Bigda
Move over, Sunday coupons: Retailers dangle discounts in other ways these days. But to get the deals, you have to give something in return. Here’s our take on when the trade-off is worth it.more

February 5, 2015Not sure what to do with that gift card? Now, you can sell it
Boston Globe -- Jack Newsham
Like many people, Alyssa Loring had gift cards socked away that she’d never use. The Woburn resident doesn’t shop that much at Urban Outfitters or Tiffany anymore, meaning the gift cards she found while cleaning out her office last month more

February 4, 20155 Ways to Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
Daily Press -- Marlo Jo Fisher
Ever wonder why gift cards are so popular? They're easy for the gift-giver but even more popular with the stores. more

December 26, 2014How to Get Cash for Your Unwanted Gift Cards
TIME Money -- Kerri Anne Renzulli
Fortunately, you aren't stuck with that gift card to your great-aunt's favorite store. Here's how you can dump it for something you actually want this holiday. more

December 23, 2014What To Know Before Giving Holiday Gift Cards
Forbes -- Andrea Woroch
Once considered impersonal, gift cards today are perceived by millions of consumers as practical and convenient holiday gifts. In fact, they’re topping holiday wish lists for the eighth year in a row. more

November 26, 2014From Black Friday to Cyber Monday: 4 Strategies for Mastering Thanksgiving Shopping
Fox Business -- Gabrielle Karol
Holiday deals started earlier than ever this year -- making it even more confusing to know when to shop for the steepest discounts.more

November 19, 2014Gift Card 101: Your 10 biggest questions, answered
Mashable -- Kyli Singh
'Tis the season of gift card giving. These little plastic cards are often seen as the lazy person's go-to gift, but that doesn't stop us from buying them. more

November 12, 2014An app that lets you buy and keep discounted gift cards on your phone
Chicago Tribune -- John Carpenter
Raise joins Gift Card Granny, Giftcard Zen and others into the crowded gift-card resale market in which consumers buy gift cards at a discount from people who prefer cash. more

November 6, 2014Make a Millennial smile this Christmas: Give a digital gift card
TODAY -- Herb Weisbaum
Like most everything else in our lives, gift cards are going digital. And Millennials couldn’t be happier. They like gift cards, but prefer digital delivery and storage to plastic cards that can be lost, stolen or left at home.more

November 5, 2014Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards
The Washington Post -- Jonnelle Marte
Like most everything else in our lives, gift cards are going digital. And Millennials couldn’t be happier. They like gift cards, but prefer digital delivery and storage to plastic cards that can be lost, stolen or left at home.more

September 13, 2014This List Collects Tons of Places You Can Get a Student Discount
LifeHacker.com -- Dave Greenbaum
Like most everything else in our lives, gift cards are going digital. And Millennials couldn’t be happier. They like gift cards, but prefer digital delivery and storage to plastic cards that can be lost, stolen or left at home.more

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You may recognize Trae Bodge from her various appearances on Rachel Ray, CNBC.com, Inside Edition, and many other major network television programs. Trae is a lifestyle journalist spreading the word on smart shopping. If you are interested in featuring Gift Card Granny or interviewing Trae, please send a contact email.

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