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    Clearing out old Gift Cards

    I found several random gift cards with various balances left on them. Want to use them up this Spring/Summer...
    Can gift the ones with $ 25.00 and use the rest. It seems like I forget to use them when I are out, but now that I
    have the balances confirmed I will make a concerted effort to clear them all out. Does anyone else struggle with
    Gift Cards floating around with balances?!

    Nike $ 6.00, $ 25.00, $ 33.39
    Old Navy $ 25.00
    Olive Garden $ 6.00
    Applebee's $ 25.00
    Chipotle $ 0.95
    Sonic Drive In $ 5.00

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    I try to put a tiny piece of tape or post-it on each gift card with the balance written on it. They go into my wallet - which sometimes really makes it hard to open and close! That is my motivation to use them!

    BTW - looks like you have enough Nike for a new pair of shoes!!!!
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    I actually found one when cleaning out the "junk drawer", as the person that put it in there, used them as scrappers often.
    I have one that has little more then a dollar on it (gas card). Generally I don't have an issue with that.

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    Happy: you can also write the balance on the card with a Sharpie. I saw someone else do this once, and I adopted the practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Happy: you can also write the balance on the card with a Sharpie. I saw someone else do this once, and I adopted the practice.
    Thanks. I wonder if the old amount easily wipes off to write the new amount on? Would hate to have a scribbled up gc. LOL
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    I wrap mine in the receipt and keep it in the car. A rubber band around it would be even better.

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    yes, I have a Barnes and Noble one I wonder if I will ever use. It has $25 on it.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Thanks. I wonder if the old amount easily wipes off to write the new amount on? Would hate to have a scribbled up gc. LOL
    I do cross out and write the new amount. It doesn't have to be pretty, just legible. I don't often have one large enough to have multiple transactions.

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    My problem is that I don't often frequent any of the places for which I have gift cards. I have starbucks and Panera bread and costco gift cards and honestly the only chain places I regularly go to are Safeway and Taco Bell. I keep a simple wallet so I'm not going to carry these cards around for years until they get used. Maybe I could download the Starbucks and Panera apps and put the cards in there electronically on the off chance that I one day find myself in one of their stores.

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    I have started a new policy of using the gift cards I get as soon as possible. Others, I forget I have them, or they sit around forever, or I lose them. If I have a gift card with a remaining balance, I write the balance on the card with a Sharpie marker. Or if it's a major credit card gift card I load it on to my Amazon account.

    My brother is an amateur artist and he always gives me $50 gift cards for my birthday and Christmas, so I honor who he is by using them to buy art supplies.
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