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What to Do With Unwanted Gift Cards

Last year, Americans bought each other $3 billion worth of gift cards, and about $1.7 billion of that is doomed to end up as "spillage": money left on a gift card that never gets spent. Don't let your plastic-bound cash disappear -- let these websites help.

How to Pick the Perfect Gift Cards This Christmas

U.S. shoppers will buy $110 billion worth of gift cards this year, and nobody's complaining about it: Gift cards are the most-desired present of the season. But you still have to pick the right gift card for each recipient, so we asked plastic experts for their best advice.

Never Buy Gift Cards at Full Price: 7 Places to Find Them Cheaper

As the holiday shopping season speeds toward its finale, millions of shoppers will give up on finding "perfect gifts" and instead buy gift cards. That's actually a great idea: Lots of people love gift cards. What is not a good idea is paying face value for them when discounts can be found all over.

Slash Your Holiday Gift Bill By Tapping Credit Card Rewards

If you're looking for a way to save on gifts this holiday season, you might want to tap your credit card. No, not by charging up a big fat bill -- but by maximizing your rewards points. Here are six ways to do just that and in turn, stretch your gift-giving budget.

A Winning Strategy for Saving: These Sites Make It a Game

With interest rates so low these days, it's hard to get motivated about putting money into a savings account. But it is important to save, and so services have popped up that use other methods to encourage us. Two in particular -- SaveUp and SmartyPig -- turn saving and paying down debts into a game.

Sorry, Santa: Tips for Unloading Unwanted Gifts

You love Grandma, but you're not feeling that floral jumpsuit she gave you. And that gift card from Omaha Steaks won't quite work: Auntie forgot you're a vegetarian. Here are a few tips to help you ditch this season's gifting goofs.

5 Scams You Shouldn't Fall For This Holiday Season

Despite a rough economy, Americans expect to spend 17% more than last year on holiday gifts. But with money tight for so many, it's more important than ever to be wary of scammers. Here are some of the most common scams you might encounter:

A New Way to Save: Extreme Gift Carding

If you're looking for a simple way to save on everyday purchases, consider an option you may have only looked at when shopping for others: gift cards. Many retailers and websites offer them at a discount, which translates into instant savings when you redeem them. And there are other saving tricks too ...