I like giving and receiving gift cards, but what I like the most is saving money when buying them. Aside from cash, gift cards are the most versatile. With the new rules on gift cards that make them good for at least five years, they sure make a good present giving the recipient sufficient time to decide on what they want to spend the card. Here’s how to score free gift cards and get them at a low price.
1. Buy gift cards online – You can buy discounted gift cards, sell or trade the ones you don’t want using websites like PlasticJungle.com These sites specialize in getting you low prices on gift cards. You can find gift cards up to 50 percent off. Auction sites like eBay.com are also worth a browse. Just make sure to check the sellers ratings to so you’re not duped into buying a fake gift card.
2. Sign up for Swagbucks – Last year, I signed up for Swagbucks, a site that awards you points for doing your normal Internet surfing. You can redeem the points, called swagbucks, for items including gift cards. Sign up for free and start accumulating points. I also downloaded their Internet browser toolbar and have been earning points steadily. Other ways of earning points are taking daily polls and surveys.
3. Shop warehouse and club stores – If you are a member of a club store like Costco or Sam’s Club, you’re in luck. These stores sale discounted gift cards at great prices. I love coffee and found that Costco sells four $25 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf gift cards for only $79.99. You save $20.01. How great is that? These stores also carry a variety of gift cards, like for AMC movies, Regal Cinemas, iTunes, and a lot more that allow you to pick the right one.
4. Social Media – Make good use of your Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts. You can search for gift card deals on Twitter by using the hashtag #giftcards. To learn of gift card giveaways by companies or brands you love, like their Facebook page. You can also randomly win gift cards by checking in on Foursquare. Psst…while you’re add it, don’t forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bargainbabe. We also love giving away gift cards to our loyal readers.