The Wonderful World of Discount Gift Cards: GiftCardRescue.com

Liz, here! I’m passionate about blogging all things mobile couponing: which apps will save you the most money and how you can stack multiple mobile savings methods together to score the best deal at the mall or your favorite restaurant. Once I started using SnipSnap to cut virtually all my shopping receipts, I started to explore other web-based ways to save without spending a lot of time or energy. Recently, I discovered GiftCardRescue.com, a site that lets users trade unwanted gift cards to over 250 popular retailers for cash. I thought to myself: score! I know tons of people (school teachers definitely included) who receive tons of gift cards they’ll never use every year. I also know lots of people (I include myself in this group) who are die-hard shoppers at certain retailers and would love to buy discounted gift cards to stores they love to shop at. This week, I got the chance to talk to Carrie Brenner, who blogs about Gift Card Rescue and overall frugal living advice at blog.giftcardrescue.com. Here is what she had to say about how to pocket extra cash with gift card exchange:Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 3.17.21 PM

Have you ever received a gift card to a merchant you didn’t shop at? What about a restaurant that’s not located in your area? These gift cards just end up sitting in your wallet for long periods of time and take up space.  Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to CEB TowerGroup, the amount of money left unspent on gift cards last year totaled $1.7 billion. Now, that’s a lot of unspent cash!

Well, thanks to GiftCardRescue.com you can say goodbye to all your pesky unused gift cards! GiftCardRescue.com allows you to exchange your unwanted gift cards for cash or Amazon credit. They also sell gift cards from over 250 merchants at a discount. That’s right; you can get a $50 gift card and only pay $40 for it! Where else can you do that?!

Another great thing about purchasing a discounted gift card is that it allows you to save even more! When you combine a discounted gift card with coupons and store sales you can maximize your savings. If you want to make things even easier, stack your coupons by using the SnipSnap mobile couponing app. With the SnipSnap app, you can avoid the hassle of clipping millions of coupons and you’ll no longer have to worry about leaving them at home!

As far as the exchange process, GiftCardRescue.com makes buying or selling a gift card extremely easy with their online system. If you’re selling a gift card you simply click on the appropriate tab. Once you’re on the “Sell Gift Cards” page, you’ll enter the gift card’s merchant, face value, and expiration date. After this information has been submitted, you’ll be given an offer for your gift card instantly. Two offers will be presented; a cash offer and an Amazon offer. The Amazon offer is 5 percent more than the cash offer and is sent to you via e-mail as an e-code. Once you’ve selected your preferred method of payment, you’ll be given instructions on how to mail your gift card in and complete the transaction. When GiftCardRescue.com receives your gift card, they’ll verify its value and send your payment within the next 2-3 business days.

If you’re buying a gift card, you’ll start by clicking the “Buy Gift Cards” tab on the homepage. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be redirected to a page with all their current gift cards in stock. Each merchant is listed by category with its current discount. When you click on the merchant, you can view the gift card details such as, the number of gift cards in stock, the face value of each gift card, and the discounted price of the gift card. Once you decide what you’d like to buy, simply select the card and proceed to check out. When payment is received, GiftCardRescue.com will mail you your gift card within 2-3 business days. Oh, I can’t forget to mention that standard shipping is free!

GiftCardRescue.com provides consumers with a unique and useful service. Now that I’ve been purchasing discounted gift cards, I don’t think I can ever go back to paying full price for one at a store. Especially during these economically challenging times, every little bit really adds up!

Check out GiftCardRescue.com on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to connect and see how other people are trading gift cards for cash!

 


Coupon Dandelion’s Heather Hazen Talks Coupons with Mo’Money

Recently, I got to chat about coupons with Heather Hazen, Coupon Mom Extraordinaire, who’s dedicated her blog to living a holistically frugal and, therefore, rich lifestyle. I love Heather’s couponing philosophy because it’s a part of her entire life. One of the first things Heather told me is that she’s always been a saver, not a spender. Which made me think we’re all savers at heart. Because saving is the way to get more out of life. That’s what we all want; some of us just go about it the wrong way.

Heather started seriously couponing when she lost her job and had her first baby. She and her husband decided that couponing would become her full-time job. “We realized that having every need met and spending very little to do so was much more valuable than being stressed out at a job that pays little and rushing around to make ends meet.”

Heather says couponing is key to a low-stress life style: “Since we know that, in general, we save so much, we are a little more relaxed and enjoy our money now.” And with all that peace of mind comes a new way of thinking: it is possible to save (read: make) money nearly every second of the day. Like me, Heather never, ever eats out without a coupon. And she makes it a point to re-purpose almost everything she would ordinarily throw away. “We reuse water bottles, we save bread bags for walking the dog, and any paper towel roll or soda bottle is saved for a craft project with the toddler. Couponing doesn’t just have to be about clipping pieces of paper; I consider it a way of life and a way to save for our future.”

Heather’s favorite frugal advice? Buy in bulk and freeze, freeze, freeze. She buys meat in bulk at warehouse stores or right at the butcher. “You can purchase 40 lbs of chicken breast for $1.50/lb, or you can wait for someone to open the box themselves and move the chicken (without repackaging it) to the shelves, where it’s $1.90/lb.” Heather advises frugal shoppers to find a second freezer for cheap on Craigslist and use it to store meat in individual family dinner portions (you can stockpile quart-sized freezer bags with coupons during sales for close to free).

Other groceries Heather loves to stockpile with coupons and freeze:

Fruit
Veggies
Tortillas
Bread
Cheese
Creamer (except sugar free)

Heather shares her daily deals on Facebook and Twitter and she’s a huge fan of social media’s couponing scene. “Most companies have a Facebook page where they advertise new products, have contests, and offer coupons. It is a great way to interact with a company. If you have a complaint or concern, post it to their Facebook page. If the entire world can hear your issue, the company is more likely to jump in and fix it.”

Make sure you subscribe to Heather’s blog to get a heads up on seriously good deals. (Heather’s in the process of moving here.) She’s an expert in snagging drug store savings at Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. (Check out Mo’ Money’s mobile coupon guides to these drug stores here.) She’s also got some great ways to save on Halloween goodies, like this free Krispy Kreme donut offer!