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Articles on giving and using gift cards. Includes advice on how to get the best deals when buying or redeeming the cards.

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Charlie’s Gift Card Challenge – Results (January 2015)

On January 1st, my family and I started our first ever gift card challenge. After Christmas we had accumulated $520 of gift cards and cash from the holiday season. When we added them all together it was hard to believe we had gotten so much converted cash. Before the end of the year I approached

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January 2015 – Charlie’s Gift Card Challenge

2014 is now in the rear view mirror, and 2015 is well on it’s way. With that said, Christmas just came and went like a thief in the night, and most peoples’ finances are reeling from the drain it had on their checking account. My family is no different. This year we started our Christmas

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How I’m Saving as Much as 13% on Everyday Purchases

For awhile now, I have been looking at ways my wife and I can save more on our everyday purchases. From groceries to restaurants, to even gas. Part of the problem I’ve run into is that some of the places we frequent do not have traditional “sales” or discount their goods very often. We have gone

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The Best Gift Cards for the Holidays

Let’s face it, it’s not always possible to get the right gift for everybody on your Christmas list. Sure, some people are pretty easy to buy gifts for, but for everyone else – well, that’s what gift cards are for. It’s often believed that gives cards are default gifts, almost as if they are the

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How to Spend the Remaining Balance on Your Cash Gift Cards

Have you ever tried to use the last remaining balance of a cash gift card – only to have it rejected by the cashier during check-out? Or, you just have a few tiny amounts left on some leftover cash cards you got from your birthday? Here’s an easy way to get those balances off your

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How to Spend the Remaining Balance on Cash Gift Cards

The other day I was making my way through the drive-through at Wendy’s (as you know, I have quite the affinity for Wendy’s cheap menu items) – and decided to use the remaining balance on a Discover gift card balance. I proceeded to hand over the card to the cashier and after he swiped it,

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Why you should never pay full price for gift cards

Today, gift cards seem to be the new default gift of choice. Who knows why this is but over $65 billion is spent annually on gift cards – in the U.S. alone. Of that, nearly 7 billion goes unclaimed! Which is why if you’re buying them for your special someone, you want to make sure

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