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Don’t Let Gift Cards Gather Dust

Gift cards are easily forgotten. All too often they’re placed in drawers or stuffed into wallets, never to be seen again. Some $1.7 billion of the $110 billion in gift cards bought in 2012 will go unused, according to estimates from research company CEB TowerGroup. If you’re not happy about the store your gift card is from, don’t let the money go to waste. You have options, such as trading it in for cash or airline miles. But the first step to take when you get a gift is to register it on the company’s website, says Scott Gamm, founder of HelpSaveMyDollars.com. Registration creates a record of how much money is on the card and will protect you in case you lose the card/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Have you used your Christmas gift cards yet? Which stores did they come from?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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