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most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 04, 2018 03:34PM
I figured some of you fellow cheapskates would know how to get the best bang for the $200 in gift cards I have in my paw at the moment. Ideas?
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: clay
Date: April 04, 2018 03:38PM
buy an amazon gift card for yourself. balance never expires. Great way to avoid expiring visa gift cards and/or monthly fees that some of them have. of course, if you don't use Amazon, this may not be a great tip.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 04, 2018 03:45PM
H&B. duh.



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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 04, 2018 03:49PM
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jdc
H&B. duh.

Not enough balance.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 04, 2018 03:52PM
Last time I tried for h n b, I couldn't get the PIN to work.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: April 04, 2018 04:07PM
Are they "Debit" gift cards, with a pin code?

Those can be used to buy money orders. This can require a bit of luck/work though as not every place will allow you to do so. It's best to not mention that it's a "gift card" if you can avoid it.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: April 04, 2018 04:31PM
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clay
buy an amazon gift card for yourself.

Yup, this is what I do. I find those things too hard to use at a regular store. Ok, maybe for one or two purchases when your total is less than the gift card. But when you have like $14.77 left on it? Yup, buy an Amazon Gift Card.

You don't actually have to buy yourself a gift card though. There's a "replenish balance" option which is more convenient. But yea, I was sending myself gift cards via e-mail before I figured that out.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 04, 2018 04:47PM
Either Amazon gift card to self, or next choice would be to pay off recurring monthly bill such as cellphone or cable. Trick is to use it quickly before cannibal fees eat it up.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: John B.
Date: April 04, 2018 04:52PM
Amazon card, or log into the card issuer's "check your balance" site....I had a card I received as a rebate, went to check the remaining balance one day and found they had an option to transfer the remaining balance to your bank account.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: April 04, 2018 04:57PM
Grocery stores take 'em and you can then charge the balance.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Carm
Date: April 04, 2018 06:02PM
Another vote for Amazon gift card. I get them at Lowe’s brick and mortar store.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 04, 2018 06:51PM
You may be able to deposit it into your bank account. I got a cash card as a rebate on Costco’s T-Mobile two-for-one iPhone deal last fall, I went to my credit union and they were able to deposit the dough in my account. They were a bit surprised the transaction went through...







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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 04, 2018 07:03PM
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space-time
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jdc
H&B. duh.

Not enough balance.

You need to go to the "other" side of town.



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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 04, 2018 07:46PM
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mrbigstuff
Last time I tried for h n b, I couldn't get the PIN to work.

Age makes everything less reliable.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 04, 2018 10:05PM
You can spend them at the HD. If the balance won’t cover the whole amount, you can pay the rest with another CC, cash or debit.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: most advantageous way to use a visa gift card?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 04, 2018 11:04PM
The nice teller at the bank does a cash advance for me, and since the card is a prepaid Visa, no way to charge me any fees or interest. Works every time, for me.
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