KJ: Gift card giveaway is the name of this post since our blog is officially one year old, and what better way to celebrate than to give out a free gift card!? A special thanks goes out to all our loyal readers for continuing to make this one year mark possible! We are giving out a gift card for Cardpool.com for up to $25 (Update: gift card giveaway now closed). We don’t receive any kind of referral for this site, and we thought this site was just too good not to share with our readers!
Too good to be true? Nope!
I’ve come across a number of discounted gift card sites over the years, but I recently stumbled across one that sounded almost too good to be true. The name of the site is Cardpool.com. You can search their inventory to find a gift card that you want, and place your purchase. Shipping is free on the cards, and they even have electronic gift cards you can use that are sent right to your inbox for first use. The site only works with gift cards that have NO EXPIRATION and NO FEES, so you don’t have to worry about the balance declining precipitously over time if you don’t use it right away.
Nobody likes leaving free money on the table, so search their inventory and find a card for something you KNOW you will use, and try it out. Believe me, there are some great discounts offered ranging from 1% – 35% off.
Don’t get suckered into an unnecessary purchase though!
Just because a card is discounted (even heavily), don’t purchase it if you won’t use it (or don’t NEED to use it). This is where being able to channel that struggle of “want vs need” is most valuable. Think about the places you go to regularly (and for us that’s Home Depot for most things needing to be fixed in our house, Petco for discounted kitty litter, Banana Republic for some nice work clothes, etc.) and see if any are on this list. If they are on the list, great, but if not, see if they have been on the list before, and you can actually sign up to get notifications when new gift cards become available.
How it works
Other people who do not need or want a gift card anymore can sell them to Cardpool.com for money. Cardpool pays you within 24 hours and have a set percentage they take off the top – each offer is different for each brand. You get your payment right away, and you don’t have to wait until the gift card subsequently sells. Plus, if you don’t have an even amount on your card, it doesn’t matter! The more people using the site (both buyers and sellers), the better the site’s inventory can be to those who want to buy the discounted gift cards – like us!
Whole gift cards aren’t likely
You aren’t likely to find a gift card that is exactly $25, $35, $50, etc., so keep in mind that you may get one with $44.13 left on it. After all, the even amount of a gift card is an arbitrary figure anyways…when was the last time you bought something that was exactly $25 or $35? If you’re OCD and this is likely to cause you stress, then brace yourself, or you know, leave it for the rest of us who just want to save a little extra money on our purchases!
Our first purchase
Our first purchase on this site was for a hefty Home Depot gift card. We were looking to replace some lightbulbs in our house with some more energy efficient LED bulbs (great by the way!), and we had found them heavily discounted on Home Depot’s website, PLUS we saved an extra 7% on the purchase by getting an electronic gift card sent to our e-mail for near-instant use. The best part about it is we made the purchase with our credit card (that is paid off in-full each month mind you)! Not only did we enjoy the 7% off the gift card, we still earned our cash back rewards on our credit card for the purchase. Win-win!
So search around their site and see if there’s a gift card you want to buy (or sell), and leave us feedback on how it worked for you. Also, don’t forget to follow us to receive updates:
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