How to use up low balance gift cards I have blogged about my unfavorable opinion regarding gift cards before. However, they have become a part of everyday life it seems. Sometimes I even get paid with them for different blogging assignments. No matter how hard I try though, if I spend them at a store I always end up with just $1 or $2 and change left on these cards. That becomes a royal nuisance to use at a store then along with another payment. Today I found a way to use them up!

Amazon is the answer, at least for right now. I had three gift cards today. One had $10.12 on it, one had $3.45 on it, and the other only $0.86 on it. I simply went to and bought 3 gifts cards for those exact amounts and sent them to myself via email. You have to do this as 3 different orders. The first I bought a gift card for $10.12 and paid for it with the gift card with that balance and checked out. Then another transaction for $3.45, and yes, then the final one was for just 86¢ and it did go thru! I wasn’t sure if there was a minimum value for gift cards or not, but apparently not, or at least it is lower than 86¢. So now I have a balance of $14.43 on which works much better for me than all these silly gift cards. I shop on Amazon a lot and will easily use up that money.

Have you done this before? Do you have any other clever ways to use up the small balances on gift cards?

robyn post sig