How and Where to Find Discounted Gift Cards

Isn’t it nice when you’re shopping for a gift and find the perfect item, in the perfect size and color all for the perfect price?  Of course it is, but if you’re like me, I can have the hardest time coming up with ideas for gifts .  While some may think that giving gift cards are a little impersonal, I think you can still make someone happy with a practical gift card. But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get a discount on gift cards?  Before you grab a gift card from the store shelf, you should know that discounted gift cards are available if you know where to look. Where to Find Discounted Gift Cards 1. Social discount sites There has been a wave of discount sites showing up in the last year few years.  Some of the biggest sites are Groupon , Living Social , and Google Offers .  You can usually find a deal that give you a 50% discount or more.  After you buy the offer, you can print the coupon and present it to someone in a card, saving you a cool 50% on the face value of the gift card. Recently, I bought a $50 gift card for Guitar Center and only paid $25 through a Groupon deal.  You have to keep an eye out for these deals, but the good ones can be worth it! 2. Secondhand Gift Card Sites Before you go to your retail store to buy a gift card, check out these sites: GiftCardGranny.com , SwapaGift.com , and PlasticJungle.com .  A quick search on Gift Card Granny shows that you can get a $25 Macy’s gift card for $20.  That’s a nice 20% savings and there’s free shipping too, so you don’t have to spend your time and gas to drive to the mall. You can also sell your unused gift cards to these sites and they’ll pay you a discounted amount for the card.  Expect to lose 15% or so of the value if you sell it to the website – though it might be worth it if you would rather have the cash. 3. eBay and Craigslist You can find good gift card deals on an eBay auction for both new and partially used gift cards.  Just be careful to research the seller and view his past auctions.  As the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it might just be! Craigslist also works, but your options may be limited.  It doesn’t hurt to hop on Craigslist and search for gift cards.  Make sure you call the number on the card and check the balance. 4. Use Your Rewards or Perks Many credit cards offer gift cards in exchange for reward points.  I’ve enjoyed receiving $50 gift cards every few months for points earned on my credit card.  If you’re not a fan of using a credit card, don’t worry – there’s another way!  You can get perks by using a debit card through Perkstreet Financial .  Perkstreet is an online bank that offers perks (rewards) for using your debit card.  You receive cash back (up to 2%) and you can turn the perks into gift cards of your choice. 5. Warehouse and Club Store According to creditcards.com , club stores like Costco and Sam’s Club will offer deals on gift cards right in the store.  If you’re a member of Costco, you can get two $50 gift cards to California Pizza Kitchen ($100) for only $79.99.  That’s a nice 20% discount! Whether you’re buying a gift card for someone else, or just want to get a discount from your favorite retailer, be sure to try some of these ideas. Do you have any other tips for getting a discounted gift card?  Share them with us in the comments! Resources: CreditCards.com Image by  mmaxer / Shutterstock Related Articles: The worst gift cards to have Gift Cards: How To Manage Them Wisely Visa gift cards: A good idea? How to get a free $100 gift card in under an hour An argument for giving gift cards Make the most of Credit Card debt (part 2) The Best Pre-Paid Credit Cards & Who Should Use Them Tim is a personal finance writer at Faith and Finance a Christian financial help blog that provides financial insights for individuals, businesses, and churches. Outside of finance, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, playing the saxophone, reading economics books, and a good game of RISK or Catan. Find him on Twitter and Facebook . The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .

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How and Where to Find Discounted Gift Cards

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