There are quite a few rebates that give money back in the form of a Visa or Mastercard gift card. I discovered the hard way that I couldn’t use the card if my amount due was more than the amount on the card – in other words, I was having trouble using up the balance on the card. I got it down to a few cents after using it on my low out of pocket amounts in The Drugstore Game, but then I found myself stuck. If this happens, it turns out that you must pay most of the amount due and leave only the amount equal to what’s left on the card.
For example, if you have 5 cents left on the card and the amount you owe the cashier is $2, you must pay the cashier $1.95 in cash or some other way, and then you can use the card to pay the last 5 cents. Obviously, this is quite the hassle.
I read a suggestion somewhere to use the gift cards to buy Amazon gift certificatesinstead. I buy stuff from Amazon all the time, so Amazon gift certificates are almost as good as cash. It solves my gift card problem by exhausting the balance in one fell swoop, and I can use the gift certificate as slowly or quickly as I want to.