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Many people like giving gift cards during special parties and holiday events, especially Americans. About to TowerGroup research firm, there are about $100 billion expected gift card sales this year, 2012. Most people give this kind of cards because they don't know what gift to give and perhaps, to let their recipient choose the gift they really liked.
Unfortunately, there are recipients that do not really see any worth they could do with those free cards. Do you have gift certificates/cards received during your birthday or in the holidays? Can't think of a way to use it? There are a lot of possible ways to get the best bang out of your gift certificates. Below are the 5 ways on how to make the most out of it.
There are about 10% of gift cards given away that were never used. Don't let it collect dust. Put your gift certificates in your wallet, better on the front of your credit/debit cards to keep you reminded not waste this money pit. You can use it when buying any products to the retail outlets that accept it, instead of using your credit cards. If unfortunately didn't see anything worth buying, you can re-gift it to someone. This may seem unhelpful to you, might be useful to others.
Remember, these cards are free money. To make more out of it, you can use coupons for discounts, promos, sales and deals. Most retailers and shops today have their own web store to make their customers avail easy online shopping.
Research online for the retailer's sites and look for coupon codes. Promos online are often bigger, wider and in bulk. Remember, shoppers are more online. Any deals and auctions can be easily sold out just like that. Do the research quickly and the earliest as possible or months before holiday seasons so you won't miss out the promos. Enjoy the big savings using your gift certificates and an extra discount from those coupon codes.
You can really get the most out your gift cards by following the four tips above.
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