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What is a Gift Code and Can I Use Gift Codes in Stores?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you’ve been asking. Simply put, a gift code or a gift card code is the primary number on a gift card. For Visa® or MasterCard® gift cards, the code is typically a 16-digit number embossed in raised-lettering on the front of the card--just like you would see on a debit or credit card. For store gift cards such as Starbucks, Macy's or Home Depot, however, the gift codes vary in length (likely 16 to 25 alphanumeric characters) and they are typically printed on the back of the cards. Do not confuse the gift code or gift card code with the shorter Personal Identification Number (PIN), Card Value Verification (CVV) or other digits printed on the card for security purposes. You do not need a physical plastic card to redeem a gift code.While it's easy to think of using gift codes online because you enter the number into a website's shopping cart or payment system without presenting a physical plastic gift card to anyone, most   Read More »
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How to Help Kids Spend Gift Cards?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. I enjoy helping my kids redeem gift cards because they think of the shopping trip as getting to spend their own money, but I know they are learning valuable lessons along the way. For example, they learn to stay within a  Read More »

How Much Money Should I Put on a Gift Card?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. I’m no Emily Post, but in my book, there is no best gift card amount to load onto a gift card. However, I do have two rules. The first is to stay within your budget. Don’t overspend to impress. The second rule is to load  Read More »
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