Did you get a lot of gift cards for Christmas? Would you rather have cash? Would you rather have a card for another store? Richard O. Johnson at the fascinating Beyond Barter has created a page highlighting smart gift card strategies: how to best acquire or dispose of them.

This page offers a wealth of sound, practical tips about gift cards, including information on:

  • Why you should beware of bank gift cards
  • Gift card traps
  • Best and worst deals
  • How to buy a gift card at below face value
  • How to dispose of a gift card you don’t want

The author lists four web sites where you can buy and sell gift cards: Craigslist, Cardavenue, Gift Card Buy Back, and Swapagift.com. This is a handy little page, one that I’ve had bookmarked for the past year.

[The Skill Pool: Gift card strategies: how to best acquire and dispose of them]

GRS is committed to helping our readers save and achieve their financial goals. Savings interest rates may be low, but that is all the more reason to shop for the best rate. Find the highest savings interest rates and CD rates from Synchrony Bank, Ally Bank, GE Capital Bank, and more.