Did you get gift cards for the past holiday that you haven’t yet used? Use them before you forget about them!
Where do unused gift cards live in your house? You probably don’t have a spot for them. Some may be in your purse or wallet, others in your desk, and a couple may have even made their way to the darkness of the junk drawer.
If you don’t care for the store, you can sell the cards (type “sell gift cards for cash” into your web browser), although you won’t get full value. Could you give the gift card to someone else whom you know likes the store or restaurant? Or, maybe, go into the store to buy a gift for someone else.
Don’t let the gift cards go unused … that’s like tossing $20 or $50 in the street. Have a fun “no-spend” afternoon (or weekend) going to the coffee shop, the bookstore, and the department store you normally don’t shop in. Make it a game and try to only spend the value of the card.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.