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Dear everyday spender,

The truth about gift cards, a cautionary tale

Generic gift cards for 2 of the big 3

With a gift card, much like with cash, you’ve given up your security. ¬†Typically all sales are final or non-refundable. ¬†In other words, protect your gift cards much the same way you protect cash.

There should be no tax on any gift card purchase. Be wary of generic gift cards from the big 3, since they charge a nasty little fee to activate. We call that ‚Äúnot nice‚ÄĚ Most prepaid gift cards are reloadable.

The method here is simple: ¬†Whether you’re buying branded gift cards to reach your sign-up bonus, or say, you’re squeezing the most from a high-percentage return… these are your everyday purchases… you’re merely redirecting how you acquire those purchases in order to maximize your cash back. ¬†Make sense?

Review & acknowledge:
a Debit card — requires a checking account
a Secured credit card — influences credit score
and with a Prepaid gift card ‚Äď it’s none of the above!

Yes, it is possible to stock up on branded gift cards at the grocery store while getting anywhere from 3 to 5 to even 6% cash back!  Just be mindful of the spending cap!

Do you have a gift card success story? ¬†We’d love to hear from you!

The truth about gift cards, a cautionary tale