Protect Yourself Against Lost Gift Cards With A Little Preparation

Protect Yourself Against Lost Gift Cards with a Little Preparation

There's nothing worse than losing free money, and gift cards are hard to get back once they're gone. Here are a few ways you can avoid this problem in the future.

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When you get a new gift card, stash your receipt, or at the very least write down the gift card number and store it somewhere safe. Also consider snapping a picture of your gift card number with your smartphone.

According to the folks at, even if you failed to take these steps, you may still have recourse:

If you already used the gift card to shop online, your data may still be stored in your account -- and you can spend it down pronto. Otherwise, consider trying to get reimbursement from PayPal or your credit card company if you ordered a card online and it never arrived, or replacing a gift card stolen from your home through your homeowner's or renter's insurance coverage.

Check out their article below for even more tips on how to protect yourself.

How to replace a lost, stolen gift card (or return an unwanted one) []


    When you get a giftcard, stash your receipt? Giftcards are usually given as gifts so you don't have a receipt. If you want to be easily reminded - go to and setup a monthly or quarterly reminder email. Or setup an Evernote alert.

    I agree @zenu ... better still, use this great FREE web service or iOS/Android app "Use It Don't Lose It"

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