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If, however, you don't want to carry around a sharpie and I get why if you're the mother of small children like I am and don't want to risk a disastrous coloring session there are other options as well. Currently, I personally wrap the receipt from the previous purchase around the card. The receipt, at the bottom, typically says the current balance and you can reference that. Just remember that with age many of the inks on these receipts fade.
In addition, if you're using a business or credit card holder for organizing your gift cards, these receipts wrapped around them can make it difficult to place the cards in the organizer.
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Join over , others and get tips, articles and organizing challenges sent directly to your inbox to help you get your house in order. Plus, you'll get a free 12 month declutter calendar for ! Diane I keep them in my purse in a credit card wallet with a small sticky note on each one and change the amount on the sticky note when I use any of the money off a card.
Dixie My wallet only holds the bare necessities, so I also carry an old coin purse that I use for gift cards and store loyalty cards. And I always write the balance on the gift cards with a sharpie. Shannon I only usually have a few so I keep them in my wallet and write the balance on them with a Sharpie. I write the balances in permanent marker on the card and keep them together in my purse with a hair tie around them. That way I always have all of them and they don't crowd my wallet.
Beth I keep them in an accordion file in my car, otherwise I'm likely to forget them when I want them. Also balance goes right on with Sharpie-the last thing I need is more receipts around! Laurie I keep the more likely to be used cards in a pocket folder in my car. My hubs is always telling me not to leave them there. But the cards that are less likely to be used I keep in a file folder in my file box in the office.
Katy If there is a small balance for a store I rarely use? Hand card to next person in register line. I don't want to carry around. And I can make someone's day! Katy I love the suggestion that if the balance is small especially for a store far from home or rarely shopped at to pass the card on to the next person in line. Will make their day AND I won't carry around 68 cents for two years before realizing it expired.
Nancy I bought a photo box at Michaels! Works really well, especially for the restaurants and places I don't go to often. Anonymous I write the balance on a colored circle sticker like people use to price items at a garage sale.
I can cross it out and write a new amount when I use the gift card. My way to track the balance by: Nancala I write the balance on the back, in pencil, on a piece of blank address label sticker. Just big enough to show the info I need. After I use the card, I erase and write the new balance. This works great with gift card balances, reward point balances ex: When you have 2 or more, it's impossible to tell which is which!
Well, I can now. Keep the balance handy- but not with the card - by saving the last receipt of use. A page, or small notebook with the balance s , maybe kept in the back of your auto service notebook. Anonymous My mother and I use small sticky notes attached to the card to record the available balance.
You can write and cross out and they stick well. You can also use a small piece of tape to adhere the non-sticky side. Anonymous I punched a hole in each gift card and put it on a binder ring. The ring then goes into the zippered part of my purse so that I can access the cards as necessary. I made sure that I didn't punch a hole in any part of the magnetic strip or the numbers on the card.
Christina My dad misplaced his driver's license a few years ago left it in his winter jacket - in Tennessee - then went back to Wisconsin for the summer! His solution was to punch a hole in the corner of his license and put it on his key ring. This has the added benefit of making sure that he's never caught driving without his driver's license! We need a tutorial!
Curious Jane - how did you program your phone to notify you when you entered a certain store that you had a gift card for that store??? Sally I keep my loyalty cards on keyring attached to the ring on the outside of my purse.
They are in Alphabetical order. Karin My husband uses Siri to remind him to do things when he arrives home, so I asked him for help on implementing Jane's idea.
There are multiple ways to do it. If a place is in your contacts already, Siri is the fastest and easiest. If a place is not already in your contacts, I found it easier to open the Reminder app built-in and type in the reminder myself.
There is an option for when to remind you. Location is an option! Turn it on and it'll take you to the Maps app built-in. Love the location idea! Samantha-Anne I found this to help set up a location reminder: I'm going to see if I can ask Siri to set it up too. For the important cards it is just a copy in case I lose the original.
For the other cards, like loyalty cards or any that I get a little tab card for, I put the card in KeyRing and then shred the tab card. I have found that some cards are just easier to use with the actual card than to use KeyRing so I keep the card. I also use KeyRing to keep business cards organized and so I can toss the business card. Location alert works in Reminders app by: Samantha-Anne I did check to see if the Location alert works in the Reminders app on my iPhone and it does.
I have an iPhone 5c with IOS 8. I also checked to see if I could use Siri to set up a location alert and I can. I can see this being very helpful. Debi I was wondering the same thing about phone reminder. There's probably an app for that. Anonymous Stocard is an app that stores most of my card right on my iPhone. Saves a lot of room in my wallet: Question for Jane by: Anonymous What App gives you reminders when you enter a locations? I'm pretty excited to find out. Skip the sharpie, get a wet erase!
Raven I only ever have four or five on me, so they sit all together on one side of my zip wallet. I tend to transfer cards I get onto the one I use the most so that I don't have a dozen cards for each location. Then I keep an expo wet erase marker in my bag. It lets me write the balance, but unlike sharpie, I can wipe it off with a damp paper towel. Android and IOS apps by: Anonymous I use an app called Key Ring.
It allows me to scan in my rewards cards and have them all available with me on my phone. Much easier than carrying a slew of cards. Pam I have found that most all of the cards that you carry from stores will have your phone number attached to the card. I don't carry the cards, I just give my phone number and it will bring my discount member card number up for the cashier and I do not have to carry all those cards. Jamie Winter Another app is called 'Looppay", it organizes credit cards, gift and loyalty cards.
Love Card Star by: Dawn I love Card Star. Key Ring App by: Anonymous I found the key ring app several months ago and have been using it regularly.
It scans beautifully and I no longer have to keep up with my loyalty cards on my real key ring. I don't carry most loyalty cards by: Ruth Most of the loyalty cards I have are linked to my phone number.
Usually, when I'm asked for my loyalty card, I give my phone number, and it's the same as producing the card, without carrying or flipping through all those cards. I also have an app on my phone to store my loyalty cards - their bar codes can be scanned from the app, too. Anonymous You do not need to carry all those loyalty cards around if you are registered with the business when you are ready to check out give your phone number and it works the same as having the card because the card is under your phone number.
Allsirius1 The app Stocard works well. Enter card info on the app. All cards available when you have your phone with you. Life changing for me! What about taking a picture of them? Anonymous Couldn't you just take a pick of the loyalty cards and note the phone number or whatever authentication they ask for at the time of issue?
Then you would have them on your phone. Meg I used to carry around all the gift cards, loyalty cards all the time until a co-worker recommended this app called pocketzee.
It really saves my day of shopping, that I store gift cards, loyalty and even coupons, along with barcode and photos. Melinda I have been using Pocketzee for couple of months and I love the way the app arranges and organizes the coupons and cards merchant-wise. It also gives you other features like hot deals, etc.
Anonymous I actually have a separate keyring that i keep my loyalty cards on and carry with me. Not that heavy and not a lot of space taken up. I had cards that faded when carried on key ring that was used in an auto. Use a sharpie by: KK My method has always been to wrap the receipt around the card until I clean out my wallet, then I add the amount to the card using a Sharpie.
The best thing happened the other day when I used a gift card at Marshalls. All on her own accord! I was quite impressed and thankful. Use post it notes by: Debbie Post It brand has "super sticky" post it note. I'll write the balance of the card over the sticky area and then cut it out and put it on the front of the card. I can either write over it, or put another tiny sticker on the card if there is still a balance. Use an app by: Anonymous I have been putting all of my loyalty cards on an app on my smart phone.
It generates a barcode that can be scanned at stores along with storing a photo of the front and back. I hate carrying around a lot of extra stuff in my wallet or my keys and this works wonderfully. It is also great for storing cards you don't use often grocery store near my in-laws' home in another state for example.
I've been using this for years and have never had a store not accept my electronic card. The app I use is called key ring but there are other apps available. Key to phone number by: Even when my loyalty cards are organized and with me, it's still a hassle to pull them out when I'm trying to place items on a conveyor belt, watch the screen, and then pay.
I love that most loyalty cards allow you to connect a phone number. Of course, there are drawbacks to allowing companies to have your phone number as in unsolicited telemarketing but it makes it easy for my Husband and Son to simply enter one designated phone number when they check out.
We can all use the same accounts and rack up even more points. This works at nearly every store we shop, and they also get the lowest price and any coupons I've digitally stored on the cards. You can delegate some of your shopping! Weight on key ring by: Anonymous Be careful to not add too much weight to your key ring.
We have had ignition problems because of that. Check bank card balances by: Anonymous Check bank cards for their policies. Luckily the credit union it was purchased from helped me out with it. I thought I was ok because I had never activated it, but that didn't make any difference. Hole in driver's license by: Dee Great ideas, but check out rules in your state before punching a hole in your drive's license to put on a key ring.
In North Carolina the hole makes the license invalid, even though no info was punched out. You can also e-mail yourself a backup file of your gift cards. Wildcard [iTunes link] Wildcard free has the richest feature set of the three apps listed. The app allows you to not only enter and track the same information as the previous two apps, but you can also create a scannable bar code directly within the app for each gift card.
The next time you are at a register and want to pay with a gift card, pull up the particular card in the app and show the clerk the bar code. Going even further, you can also buy cards directly within the app, or even send a card to a friend or family member.
Any one of these apps will do a great job at keeping track of your gift cards this holiday season and beyond. Wildcard seems like the obvious choice, but sometimes less is more when it comes to features. Be respectful, keep it clean and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read.
Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Don't show this again. Culture Three iPhone apps to keep track of gift cards As we all know, gift cards are a popular holiday gift. This app works great, if you can remember to take a few seconds to enter your transactions.
This is where we used to store all membership cards, gift cards, store return credit cards, etc. I bought business card holders for our family binder three ring notebook and put them in there. I found about $ worth of gift cards and store credit.". You can now use your credit card to buy apps from the App Store, instead of always having to redeem iTunes gift cards. How to set up payment options in the App Store in iOS 11 Launch the App Store from your Home screen. Gift cards may not be redeemed at the iTunes Store, at Apple resellers, for cash (except as required by law), or for shipments outside the U.S. Gift cards will remain active .