Gifts That Keep On Giving: How To Turn Your Unwanted Gift Card Into Something Better


Everyone has that one family member that likes to give gift cards. Unfortunately, these family members often miss the mark and give you gift cards to places you would never go and do not shop. As you grit your teeth, grin and graciously say thank you, your brain is already wondering what to do with this gift. Regifting it is SO rude, but what else can you do with it? Here are some ways you can transform your gift card into something even better. (Then, when your relative asks if you enjoyed the gift card, you can honestly reply in the affirmative!)

Cash for Gift Cards

Pawn shops and retail outlets will buy your unwanted gift cards and give you cash instead. You will not get the whole gift card value, but it is better than trying to figure out what you can use the card for. The cash also lets you buy the gift you really wanted, which is the whole point to this transaction anyway.

Online Auctions

Online auction sites are another route to cash. Post your unwanted and unused gift card just like you would with anything else you would sell on these sites. Be sure to offer it for a few dollars less and make it free shipping so you can sell the card fast. Someone out there is sure to think that your gift card is the perfect solution to their gift-giving needs and snatch it up.

Equal Trade for a Different Card

Some retailers also offer an "equal trade" program for unwanted gift cards. You take your unused and unwanted gift cards in and the store trades them for gift cards to shop in their stores instead. If one of these participating stores happens to be a favorite of yours, SCORE! You can trade and shop right away to get something really awesome.

Trading Apps

There are also apps where people trade the things they have and do not want for things they do want. These "community swap" apps can be fun, but you do have to be very careful. Because the swaps are not backed by any sort of security guarantee, you could make a swap for something that does not measure up to the picture or for another gift card that is blank. Still, you could make a really good trade, too, and get some stuff for a serious discount in exchange for your unwanted gift card.

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22 June 2017

Strategies For Getting Out of Debt

Debt is something that many Americans have to deal with, so if you're struggling with debt, don't feel as if you're alone. Because so many people have debt burdens, there are also a lot of people with opinions about how you should go about getting out of debt. The problem is, not all of those people have your best interests at heart. If someone is telling you that they know just the things you need to do to get out of debt, you may want to ask yourself what they stand to gain from you using their debt reduction method. The truth is, debt has no one size fits all solution -- what works for your neighbor may not work for you. The purpose of this blog is to examine different debt reduction strategies, so that you can choose the one that suits your family the best.