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March 13th, 2013 at 08:12 am

Yesterday, I stumbled upon some old gift cards... ones that I know I used at some point, but I was curious as to what, if any, balances were left on them. (You know how it is - $25 gift card, you only spend $21.89 - balance just sits around)

To my surprise, both cards still had balances. One had a balance of $4.06 and the other has a balance of $16.45.

The $4.06 GC is a VISA card, which I can use anywhere. We needed milk in the house, so I used it last night to get two gallons of milk from the grocery store - spending $3.88, leaving me .18 on the GC. I am sure I will find somewhere to use it - every penny counts!

The other GC, in the amount of $16.45, is a Walmart GC, so I can only use it at Walmart. Which is totally fine, because I have some coupons to use there for some sale products - and the GC amount should more than cover what I am going to be getting for my stockpile.

So, if you have some old gift cards laying around, take a minute to call the number on the back to see if there is a balance - you may be pleasantly surprised!

3 Responses to “Old Gift Cards...”

  1. snafu Says:

    Glad you stumbled across the two gift cards mentioned. Do you think there are others accidentally overlooked? Would you find it helpful to have a system to keep gift cards? You may no wish to carry these in wallet or handbag but a small card holder in the glove box keep them readily available. You might leave a note on your calendar 3 months after you receive GCs to remind you of their availability going forward.

  2. Donna Says:

    I love stumbling upon old gift cards. Every penny helps.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I miss gift cards, they just do not use them nearly as much where we live now (overseas). I does lead to a nice surprise when you find one with a balance on it, and it is great that you used them as a bit of insurance for the food budget. Nice going!
    Jerry

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