How To Find Out How Much Money Is on a Gift Card [Explained]
How To Find Out How Much Money Is on a Gift Card
Gift cards are an amazing item you can buy someone if you know they’re a fan of a particular store or a business but not quite sure what they want to buy there (or you don’t have the time to do it yourself).
Smaller stores give out gift cards with their values printed out, which you can redeem only once. What do you do if you receive a gift card where the value isn’t written on the card? How do you check your balance if you’ve used your card multiple times and you’re not sure if you’ve spent everything?
In this article, we’ll show you how to find out how much money is on a gift card and what you can do to add more funds to your balance. We’ll also introduce Mode Mobile’s products—a secure and fast way to receive free gift cards of your choice via your everyday phone use.
How To Find Out How Much Is on a Gift Card—Available Methods
The way you check your gift card balance depends on the gift card you have, i.e., who the issuer is, where you can use it, and so on. If you’re interested in finding out how to see how much money is on a specific gift card, you can check out the instructions for that gift card. For instance, you can find brief guides for:
Still, while particularities are different (such as the phone number you need to call and the website address you should visit), general principles remain the same. In most cases, you can check your gift card balance by:
- Calling customer service
- Going to a physical store
- Visiting the issuer’s website
How To Find Out the Balance on a Gift Card via Customer Service
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You can reach out to customer support and learn about your gift card balance that way. Depending on the type of gift card you have, you can call either the issuer’s support or customer service of the store the card is for. For instance, if you’ve bought a Macy’s gift card at Walmart, you can contact either retailer.
If you opt for this method, you can usually find the phone number you need to call on the back of your gift card. If you have a digital card, you can find contact information in the email you’ve received.
To find out your gift card balance by calling customer service, you need to:
- Dial the customer support number
- Wait for a response from the automated system
- Provide your card number
- Enter your PIN number
How To See How Much Is on a Gift Card in a Store
If you have a store-specific gift card, you can visit any physical store (of that company) nearby and go straight to the cashier. You can ask them to check your balance, and they will do so free of charge.
Open-loop (or multipurpose) cards can be used in stores all over the United States the same way as a normal credit or debit card. The one issue with this is that you can’t walk into a store and ask a store clerk to check your balance.
What you can do is make a small purchase of $1–$5 and pay with your gift card. Most stores will print your remaining balance on the receipt so you can check it out that way.
How To Look Up Gift Card Balance Online
You can avoid calling up customer support or going to a store and check your gift card balance manually. As with contacting customer service, you need to find out where you can see your balance, i.e., what website or app you should use. Usually, you can check your balance on both the issuer’s and the store’s websites.
Take the following steps to find your gift card balance online:
- Open the app or visit the website in question
- Sign up or create an account (if need be)
- Visit your profile information page
- Open the Gift Card Balance tab
- Enter the requested card details—card number, PIN, and expiration date (if there is one)
Get a Free Gift Card With Mode Mobile
Mode Mobile believes that consumers should have their piece of the pie and not let all the money go to big corporations. The company has partnered with thousands of businesses to be able to connect them with users—you. This way, you can make money using Mode Mobile’s products by:
Mode Mobile allows you to earn a variety of rewards through more than a dozen phone-based activities, as shown in the following table:
How To Read a Gift Card—Where To Find Important Information
Regardless of the method you use, you’ll need to provide the gift card information to access its balance, including:
- Gift card number
- Expiration date
- CVV/CID (three- or four-digit security number)
- Gift card access number
If you get a virtual gift card via email, all the necessary information will be in the email in which you received your card.
Physical gift cards contain all the information on them. For instance, most gift cards will have their card number on the front or the back of the card.
Other information, such as PIN and CVV, is usually hidden so that nobody can see it easily if you take your gift card out in public. To get to them, you need to remove a metallic strip or scratch out a thin, opaque covering.
How To Get More Gift Card Balance for Free
A gift card can be a great present for someone, but you can also buy it for yourself to have some spending power without using your bank account or cash. Still, only because the funds are on a gift card doesn’t mean making purchases won’t create a dent in your budget—you still have to buy that gift card.
If you’re on a tight budget and are looking for ways to increase your spending power, you can do so with a free gift card. Note that plenty of websites that offer free gift cards (such as free gift card code generators) are a scam. You need to ensure you pick a legitimate source that offers free gift cards in exchange for completing certain tasks.
You can get a free gift card legitimately by:
- Completing surveys
- Participating in giveaways
- Using free gift card apps
Surveys, Giveaways, and Free Gift Card Apps Explained
Survey websites are arguably the most common of the three, but most surveys take a long time to complete and aren’t too generous. You can spend 30+ minutes on a questionnaire and get only a few dollars.
Giveaways take the least amount of time, and you can get a gift card valued at anywhere between $25 and $300. The trouble is that they give away a limited number of gift cards, and the chances of getting selected are low.
Free gift card apps reward you for completing certain tasks on your phone. Depending on the app, reward amounts and the number of tasks vary.
When choosing an app, you should consider how much money you can get, what tasks are available, and whether the app is safe and reputable. There’s no point in downloading an app that promises thousands of dollars if you’re going to get scammed. Make sure to do your research and find out how many users an app has. Read the reviews before you download the app.
The Mode Earn App—Make Money With Your Phone
When you download the Mode Earn App, you’ll be able to make up to $600 a year by using your smartphone. The app will monitor your phone usage, and whenever you complete a reward-bringing activity, you’ll receive reward points automatically. Once you get enough reward points, you can exchange them for a free gift card.
If you’re unsure about the app’s credibility, you’ll be happy to hear that the Mode Earn App has over 30 million users from all over the world. Over 2.6 million users have reviewed the app on Google Play, leaving an average rating of 4.4/5 stars.
Source: Google Play
Download and install the Mode Earn App for free and see for yourself!
The Mode Earn Phone—Designed To Bring You Money
The Mode Earn Phone is the first-ever Android device built to bring rewards to its owner. The phone comes with the Mode Earn App pre-installed, which, combined with an earn-as-you-go widget, brings twice as many rewards as usual. This means that you can use the Mode Earn Phone to earn over $1,200 each year in supplemental income.
The widget provides easy access to 16 different modes you can use to earn rewards, such as:
- Cash Mode
- Data Mode
- News Mode
- Surf Mode
- Music Mode
- Games Mode
- Lock Screen Mode
- Finance Mode
- Share Mode
- Fitness Mode
- Weather Mode
With such versatility, you can pay off your phone and cover data plan costs within a couple of months if you use the phone for about four hours a day. To make that happen more easily, the Mode Earn Phone comes with amazing specs that will make you forget your old phone and use your Mode Earn Phone for everyday needs.
Mode Mobile releases a new model every 18 months. The current model, the Mode Earn Phone MEP2, has the following specs:
Source: Mode Mobile
How To Get the Mode Earn Phone
You can buy or subscribe to the Mode Earn Phone by:
- Making a one-time payment of $109
- Paying a monthly $9.99 subscription fee, billed quarterly
The subscription starts with a free trial. If you remain a loyal subscriber after the trial, you’ll get a new model every 18 months.
Get the Mode Earn Phone and make the most out of your phone-using habits—earn free gift cards you can spend on various products and services throughout the country.
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