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Savvy ATM: Use This Sticky Solution For Leftover Gift Cards

Yes, unused gift cards are still a waste. It's hard to hit the magic number when spending and I'm often guilty of shoving them in a wallet or drawer to remember to use . . . until my memory fails me.

Then, when grabbing tea with my pal, GeekSugar, this morning, I noticed her handy trick. So you make the most of every last dollar and cent, wrap sticky notes around each with the remaining balance and take note of any purchases. In addition to being another more obvious use for your phone's calculator, it's a nice way to splurge on an afternoon yogurt without feeling like you've spent hard earned cash in the process.

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Angelica Angelica 6 years
That's a great tip! I need to do this!
theseether theseether 6 years
I do this too.
carak carak 6 years
i always wrote the balance on the back with a sharpie, like everyone else it seems! as for the Visa/AmEx cards, i have either made sure to use the entire card (on something boring like groceries so i know i'm going to spend over that amount & will use the full $50 or whatever). but i've also just used the Visa gift card to buy a gift card at Target or Amazon or another store i'll frequent soon (and i'm pretty sure won't go bankrupt & lose my gift card!)
mek123 mek123 6 years
I use the post it notes but really like the sharpie idea.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Yeah, those Visa/Amex cards are the worst when it comes to having an unknown amount of money on them. I use the Sharpie idea as well, only because I don't carry post it notes in my purse.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
I write the balances really small on the back with a permanent maker.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I just use sharpie as well. And it's wise to do so, especially with Visa/Amex giftcards. They won't go through if the transaction is for more than the amount, which is because of the card issuer, not the store. So, you have to make sure to know the exact amount and ask the cashier to do a split tender.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 6 years
I have the post it flags and use those so they take up less room/get ruined less.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
These sticky notes would get destroyed in my already jam-packed wallet.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
(like when a credit card or debit card gets declined for technical reasons not because of insufficient funds...i don't care, i just say "oh thats stupid, oh well, here's a different card...)
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i have no problem just asking the cashier "can you check to see how much money is on this" when i'm buying something, and just finishing it off...my mom gets all embarassed though...she was so worked up the other day when her visa gift card didn't work (totally the store's fault, not hers - the card worked fine elsewhere) but she always feels like they'll think she doesn't have enough money to pay for it or something...silly
michlny michlny 6 years
Too funny....I do the same exact thing!!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
With store gift cards, my husband actually started writing the balance directly on the card with a sharpie. This works really well, too, and it stays on the card whereas sticky notes can unstick themselves.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
This IS a great idea, but I am so over the VISA, AmEX, (even certain shopping center) etc gift cards and will only buy store gift cards from now on. This past year we have had so many bad experiences, from them deducting huge amounts from the balance, to not then letting them go through--it was way too much hassle!
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