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Save Money While Back-to-School Shopping

With Back-to-School right around the corner, we’re all looking for ways to save money! Incorporating gift cards into your Back-to-School budgeting plan is a unique and fun way to save money on what your kids need to hit the books in the fall. Here’s a few ways to get the most out of your gift cards and the most savings in your pocket!

First, whether you’re buying new uniforms, updating their wardrobes or stocking up on pens, pencils, and notebooks, look for discounted gift cards for your favorite stores at or to save money!

If are you planning to use coupons, no problem! You can stack the gift cards on top of coupons to increase your savings. Plus, both and apps are available in the iTunes App store, so you can search for savings while you’re in the checkout line! Super convenient!

Now, if you’re like me, you probably have an unused gift card for a store you don’t shop at. Well, now there’s a solution. You can take an unwanted gift card with you during your next back-to-school shopping trip and turn it into something you actually want. Cardpool partners with certain retailers to create an in-person version of its online experience.

For example, you can bring your unwanted gift card to the electronics counter in most Target locations nationwide. They’ll take your gift card information, quote you an offer and will give you a Target gift card in exchange if you accept. If you want cash fast in exchange for your unwanted gift card, find a Cardpool kiosk near you by visiting

Another great way to stick to your back-to-school budget is by using prepaid Visa or MasterCard gift cards. Simply purchase a gift card from or pick one up at the Gift Card Mall kiosks found in major grocery stores and retailers, and use it to track purchases.

Once the value runs out, you’ll know you’ve hit your budget. Isn’t that a useful tip?

If you’re someone who likes a little cash back from purchases, be on the lookout for the Five Back Visa gift card, too. It works like a Visa gift card and is accepted where U.S. Visa cards are accepted, including online. On top of that, you also can get up to five percent of your purchases back to your card when you shop at participating merchants, such as restaurants, theaters and fashion retailers.

The Five Back Visa gift card can be found at retailers nationwide and online at, making it one of the best places to purchase gift cards for hundreds of popular brands from fashion to dining out, entertainment and more. You can find the participating store list at

So whether you’re planning on doing some back-to-school shopping or want to save on an everyday basis, using gift cards for your needs is a cost effective and easy way to save! For more information visit, and


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