Gift Cards For Christmas? How Much did you Spend?
It becomes harder and harder to buy Christmas presents for family and loved ones. Tastes change, they get older, and a Fruit Cake just won't cut it.
My wife and I actually resort to gift cards sometimes for their favorite store or shopping destination. They're not exciting, but that way they get to shop for what they want and I don't have to supply exchange slips with every wrong gift I buy.
As for cost, well, if you're giving a $25, $50, $100 card, you pay full price, right?
I never knew this, but you can get discounts everywhere, according to experts. They say to save some money, buy at these locations:
- Warehouse Clubs - Costco and Sam's Club routinely offer other retailers' gift cards at less than face value. Costco has restaurant gift cards available at a 20% discount on purchases of $100, and Sam's Club offers discounted gift cards for a variety of uses.
- While Buying Other Gift Cards - Deals like buying $20 or $25 in gift cards at popular stores means the store will give a $5 gift card on the side, in some cases.
- Auction Sites - Sellers on sites like eBay are constantly looking to get rid of unwanted gifts. In some cases discounts are as high as 20% (or more). Just make sure the site offers buyer protection in case the card is fraudulent.
Good luck, and happy shopping!