Save Some SERIOUS CASH with Discounted Gift Cards!

Buy a Gift Card for Less than Face Value

Do you find it hard to shop for gifts for certain people? You know the ones… the guy who has everything or the girl who is picky. A gift card works great for people like that. But, wouldn’t it be great if you could get a gift card for way less than face value? You can! There are many websites that sell discounted gift cards.

They get these cards from people who would rather have cash than a gift card. They sell them to the site for less than they are worth, then the site sells them to the public. You can really save some BIG BUCKS by buying them to make your everyday purchases like groceries, clothes, and more. 

Top 7 Discount Gift Card Sites

  • Raise.com  Raise has a wide selection of discounted gift cards on everything from clothing to movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, sports stores, and more. The savings can be anywhere from 5% off to over 20% off. They also offer a $5 bonus if you refer a friend. If you use this link to signup, they will you give a free $5 credit to start with.

  • Cardpool.com This site is another great option. You can save as much as 35% on some of their cards. They also offer a referral program just like Raise. Sign up here to get a free $5 to start your account.

  • Restaurant.com This site offers discounted gift certificates for restaurants up to 50% off. They sometimes even offer movie tickets and $25 towards a restaurant for only $15. That’s one of my favorite deals. Ebates will give you up to 10% back on purchases made at Restaurant.com. Sign up here for Restaurant.com or here for Ebates.

  • Ebay. You might not have realized that Ebay sells a small variety of discounted gift cards at their PayPal Digital Gifts discount page, but they also sell coupons. I’m not talking about the kind of coupons that only save you a dollar. The coupons that sell on Ebay are things like 10% off your purchase at a hardware store for only $1. If you are making a big purchase at Lowes or Home Depot and use the 10% off in combination with a discounted gift card, you could be saving hundreds of dollars. They have coupons for other retailers too. If you know you are going to shop somewhere specific, you could check there first. Ebates will give you a 5% cash-back rebate on Ebay purchases.
  • Costco and Other Warehouse Stores. Whenever I want to go out to my favorite restaurant, I often pick up a $100 gift card for 15-20% off at Costco first. I’ve done it quite a few times. They don’t have a huge selection of gift cards, but they usually have some pretty good local ones for restaurants, movie theaters, and sometimes theme parks.

Top Tips!

When selecting an online discount gift card company, there are some things to watch out for before purchasing. Make sure that they offer a money-back guarantee, especially if you are receiving the gift card by email. You don’t want to get stuck with a code that doesn’t work. 

Let’s Talk Strategy!

A good strategy is to check for discounted gift card first, once you plan to buy something. That way you never have to pay full price again! You can also get cash-back rebates on your purchases if you go through Ebates or Swagbucks first and then click over to your favorite discount card site. Use your credit card with reward points to buy it and get even more money back. (As long as you plan on paying back the credit card asap! Consumer credit cards are a rip off when you carry a balance more than 30 days.)

Here’s an illustration of a good way to work the deals.

I knew I wanted to eat out at TGI Fridays. So I went through Ebates to Raise and saw a $100 gift card for $78.50 (21.5% off). I bought it with my rewards Visa that gave me 2% back. Ebates gave me a rebate of 1%. Plus I had a referral bonus sitting in Raise for referring a friend and I had a $5 bonus from when I first signed up for the account.

So this is how it all works out:

Card price on Raise: $78.50

– rebate from Ebates of  $0.78

– Visa Rewards $1.57

– free $5 for opening a new account

-$5 referral bonus for referring a friend

= total paid $66.15

for a $100 gift card. Savings of $33.85 or 33.85% off the original price!

If you paired this concept with stores that are running special sales or coupons, you could save even more. Why pay full price when you don’t have to?

Be sure to only buy what you need and never buy something just because it is on sale.

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    kelly light
    July 17, 2017 at 3:13 am

    great article, I will definately check it out next time I need a gift card for someone!

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    Rena
    July 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds great!

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    Casey Garvey
    July 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Definitely checking these sites out!

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    Judy Schechter
    July 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I had no idea you could do this! Thank you for sharing! I love saving money, woohoo!

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    angela meek
    July 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! Had no idea about ebay! Thanks for the info!!

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    Barrie
    July 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve heard of raise.com but haven’t ever visited the site. I have purchased gift cards at a reduced price at SamsClub stores.

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    Jai
    July 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Awesome information – thank you

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    Jai
    July 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Great post! I saved the recommended places

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    Jana S
    July 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Good ideas here thank you so much I will be using a few.

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    Deanna
    July 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I LOVE gift cards and will definitely check out the discounted gift card websites you mentioned the next time I “need” a gift card. 😉

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    Salman
    July 20, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Excellent Article. At least now I know from where I can buy these stuff at good prices

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    Sandy Klocinski
    July 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Awesome article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Anne Marie Carter
    July 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I have wondered how these sites that sold discounted giftcards worked. This article made me trust them more.

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    Kay Moser
    July 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I wasn’t aware of all of these sites. Great info!

  • Reply
    Elisa Adams
    July 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I like buying gift card and now I’ll enjoy our purchasing them even more now! Thanks!!😀

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    Jennifer Curry
    July 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Great idea! I have a friend that buys Kroger gift cards for stuff he needs, then gets bonus fuel points from those purchases.

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    HEATHER CHRISLIP
    July 21, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Good idea! But swagbucks is awesome and most time gift cards on sale to trade very little swagbucks for gift cards!!

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    Gin
    July 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Excellent information. Thank you.

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    pauline
    July 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    great

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    Ina Gribbins
    July 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I’m familiar with restaurant.com and the only thing I don’t like about them is if the restaurant stops taking a certain certificate and you haven’t cashed yours in yet they make you go back and pick something different out. I think the restaurants should have to honor the certificate you originally got to begin with. I didn’t know this until I got ready to go to Kingfish in Louisville and the restaurant.com site said it was void and pick something different. Have never heard of Raise.com but will be checking it out!

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    neil califano
    July 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Sometimes you can find gift cards on ebay.

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    Stacy Shook
    July 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Wow! I never knew this was out there! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Les
    July 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I had never even heard of this – great tip.

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    Rosanne
    July 31, 2017 at 7:36 am

    They can also be purchased @ Meijer for a $5 reward for spending $50

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    Marna
    July 31, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I just bought our cards this weekend, Taco Time. Not my favorite, but my college aged son eats their gluten-free tacos all of the time. Might as well get 20% off of them!

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    Mary
    August 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    What great advice! I never realized you could do this!!! Wow!

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    Nicole Watson
    August 3, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Wow I never knew this.

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    Sandra Watts
    August 3, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I use these. I get cards for the Regal paying $10 for $20 cards. Its like buying a ticket and getting one free.

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    Kathy bergman
    August 4, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I’ll be checking these out as all the kids and nephews and grand kids all love cash or gift cards and if I can save on them, fantastic

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    Laurie Damrose
    August 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I never knew about the Ebay tip,ty

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    Marti Tabora
    August 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I absolutely love this, I’m thinking about making every purchase with a discounted gift card.

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    Aditya
    August 10, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I absolutely like the idea…Awesome ..Thanks again for such a wonderful article…

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    Sherry
    August 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m going to check out these sites and see. Informative article.

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    Alice
    August 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for being and making such a helpful website my daughter loves saving money since she is getting older (she is 12) see is obsessed with shopkick

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    Janice Pittenger
    August 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Fantastic advise.

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    Marisa Castillo
    August 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I signed up for all of them! I am all about saving money!

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    Trafteriv
    August 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

    This is a great idea. I’ve always wondered if something like this existed

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    Holly Thomas
    August 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I do this all the time.

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    Margaret Sarsfield
    August 25, 2017 at 1:03 am

    sounds like a brilliant way to save.

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    Katara Harper
    August 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Did not know you could buy gift cards at a discounted price thanks i love to save money

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    Wendie
    August 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    This was a great article I had heard that you could get gift cards at discounted rates but was always hesitant about trying it. After reading this article I feel more comfortable with trying out one of these websites.

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    S. Snow
    August 25, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Thank you so much for this. I buy alot of gift cards for b’days, Christmas, etc. Will definitely be using all this helpful info the next time I’m ready to buy any.

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    Mary Beth Wylie
    August 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    This is an amazing idea. I didn’t know such services existed! Thank you for enlightening me!

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    Crystal Walker
    August 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I love this article, it is perfect for me, I never know what to get my Parents or my Brother, they are very well off and are hard to buy for, love this

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    Dana Matthews
    August 25, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    What an interesting way to save money! This is new to me and I sure would like to give it a try!

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    Colleen Maul
    September 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I absolutely love this article I never went out of my way to get the gift cards that were an inventive for buying the things i was aready buying. Now I take full advantage and rack my gift cards up. I have an evelope I put my cards in for birthdays holidays and extra fun stuff for the kids

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