Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I'm a big fan of gift cards -- not only to give to others, but for me to use when I'm shopping or dining out!
Around the holidays, when there are actually deals to be had on gift cards, I buy cards from places I frequent throughout the year. Here are a few good current deals:
- Buy a $50 Borders (or Godiva, or AMC Theaters) gift card, get a $10 gift card free.
- Exchange $40 at Coinstar, get a $10 promo code to use at iTunes, Lowe's, Borders or Regal/ United Artists/Edwards Cinemas. At Coinstar, you can exchange without a fee if you get a gift card instead of cash.
- A bunch of other deals can be found on this site. For the restaurant deals, remember that you can buy a card on your way in and use it right then. Keep cards in your wallet or car, so they are easy to get to when you shop or dine. You can always combine them with any coupons you might have. Sometimes gift cards have a limited window for redemption, so don't make the mistakes that companies are counting on: Don't forget about your gift cards -- or lose them!
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