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Do Gift Cards Lose Value?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. There are several different types of gift cards and the rules associated with each one may vary. Gift cards from an individual merchant (e.g. Home Depot or Best Buy) typically retain their value until the holder redeems every last cent from the card. Bank-issued gift cards such as Visa® gift cards may start to lose value via monthly service fees after a year of inactivity. Promotional gift cards may lose value or expire completely in an even shorter period of time. To determine if your gift card will lose value, read the terms listed on the card (front and back) or contact the issuing company. (Contact information is typically printed on the back of the card.) For a more detailed explanation, read below.photo credit: Tax Credits via photopin ccLaws Against Losing Gift Card Value Federal and state governments have passed laws to help ensure consumers have the opportunity to use (and retain) the value   Read More »
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Do Gift Cards Expire?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. The short answer to this question, “Do gift cards expire,” is that some gift cards expire, but not all. Retailer gift cards, such as Starbucks, Target, Best Buy and so on, rarely have expiration dates. Bank-issued gift  Read More »

Where is the Best Place to Buy Gift Cards?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. With so many places to buy gift cards, knowing where to purchase a gift card depends on the type of gift card you want to give and how soon you need it. I've shopped all the options including retailers, restaurants, grocery  Read More »
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