Gift cards are always given with good intentions.
But a card to the wrong store can be... distressing.
And if you don't use your card quickly, chances are you might just forget about it: according to this survey, 51% of people who have gift cards never use them!
1. Evaluate the value of your gift card by comparing its worth across sites.
3. Use Raise, an app where you set your own prices, if you think you can get more $$ than what those sites estimate.
5. In some states, it's legal to get partial cash refunds for unused gift cards.
10. Donate the card to charity and get a tax receipt.
11. For the gift cards you *do* want to keep, use Slide (free, iOS and Android) so you don't forget about them. You can also give them away or share with friends and family on the app.
If you think your roommate or partner can shop for better apartment things than you can, Slide can help you share the gift card wealth. Enter in your gift card information into Slide, and see the remaining balance right on your phone. It'll even generate a barcode for the cashier to scan, so you won't have to carry around your cards anymore.