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Buy Gift Cards for Less


Forget about paying full price for gift cards. Here are several ways to get gift cards for less:

Buy from Gift Card Discounters

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Websites like Gift Card Granny and GiftCards.com buy unwanted gift cards from consumers and sell them at a discount – sometimes as much as 30% off!

Shop the Half-Price Websites

They offer an ever-changing inventory of local gift cards for half of their regular retail. You'll find deals for area restaurants, clothing stores, shows, trips and more.

Get Your Gift Cards from a Warehouse Store

Both Costco and Sam's Club sell gift cards for less than their face value (usually about 15-20% less). Use your membership to get cheap cards for iTunes, Regal Cinemas, AMC Theatres, Baja Fresh and other popular brands.

Buy in Bulk

Check the gift card displays at grocery stores and drug stores for bulk packs of cards. These often sell for less than the total value of the cards – a great deal if you plan to give the same gift to multiple people or if you can get cards to a store that you shop at frequently.

Take Advantage of Holiday Bonuses

Lots of restaurants – and an increasing number of stores – offer gift card promotions around the holidays. Buy a $25 gift card, and they'll throw in a $5 gift card. Buy a $50 gift card, and they'll throw in a $10 card. Start paying attention to radio advertisements in November, and you'll find plenty of deals to take advantage of.

Tip: You can sometimes get these promotions around Mother's Day and Father's Day too.

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