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If you are like me, you end up with various gift cards because of promotional deals, offers, or just good opportunities to earn miles and points. I’m not super deep into the world of gift cards by any stretch, but I usually have a few at any given time for various reasons. I have a very sophisticated way to keep track of these gift cards consisting of plastic baggies in a top secret drawer. This central location means I don’t lose or forget about gift cards that I have, but it doesn’t solve the problem of what to do when there are only a couple dollars left on a Visa or MasterCard type of prepaid gift card.
Obviously you don’t want to waste even a few dollars since most of us turn to gift cards to save money, but you also may not want to be a total schmuck slowing down a line to split a payment to use up the remaining $2.70 of a Visa gift card. One easy way to use up small gift card balances is to use them at a store where the payment system automatically uses whatever amount is left on the card without you having to know in advance exactly how much to have the cashier type in. Target is a great example of a store where this process is very simple, but there is another easy online way to use up small gift card balances that has become my go-to way to not waste a single penny or inconvenience others along the way.
How to Easily Use Up Small Gift Card Balances
You can load your Amazon Balance online with as little as just 50 cents. This means as long as there is at least 50 cent on your Visa, MasterCard, Amex, etc. gift card, you can enter it as a payment source for your Amazon reload and turn that small balance into Amazon credit…which is pretty much the same as cash to me.
To do the same you just need to look up how much is left on each gift card via their website or phone number, and then enter that amount for your Amazon reload. I did this with some small remanent gift card balances yesterday. It felt great to increase my Amazon reload balance while at the same time clearing out some almost empty gift cards out of the “gift card drawer”.
How do you use up small gift card balances without wasting time or money?
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