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7 ways to buy discounted gift cards

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Buying gift cards for discounted prices is the ultimate money-saving hack. We reveal how to get more for your cash when shopping for vouchers.

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While gift cards are usually bought as presents for others, you'll probably feel tempted to buy them for yourself when you see how much money you can save.

Maybe you're planning to spend £20 somewhere? If you find a £20 gift card for the reduced price of £15, you'll save 25% with minimal effort.

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How to buy cheap gift cards

Try these tips to get the best gift card offers:

  1. Get up to 25% off gift cards at CDKeys

    We've seen some incredible gift card deals at CDKeys.

    While writing this guide, we saw a £20 Candy Crush gift card on sale for £14.99 – a 25% saving!

    But Candy Crush is far from the only option. We've also seen CDKeys sell discounted gift cards for PlayStation Plus, Xbox, iTunes, Netflix and more.

    Not all the vouchers on the site have as much as 25% off the full price. Some are discounted by just one or two pounds. However, if there's a store you're already planning to buy from and you find a reduced voucher, any money you save will help.

    Visit CDKeys »


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  2. Buy gift cards via cashback sites

    If you're not yet getting cashback, your next gift card purchase is the perfect time to start.

    By shopping via sites like TopCashback and Quidco, you'll get money back on your spending.

    Say you've found a £10 gift card you want to get. Before buying it, check cashback sites to look for deals. If that £10 gift card can be bought with 5% cashback, it will effectively cost you £9.50 once you've received the money back.

    TopCashback even has a gift card shop called TopGiftCards with up to 16% cashback up for grabs!

    Visit TopGiftCards »


  3. Bid for cheap gift cards on eBay

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    Is there a particular gift card you're looking for? See if there are any cheap ones for sale on eBay.

    For example, while writing this guide, we saw a John Lewis gift card worth £25 that had recently sold on eBay for £20.

    Check the listing carefully before buying any gift cards. Some vouchers on sale are actually used, so take your time to read the full description. Also, look at the seller's reviews from other buyers in case any of them ring alarm bells.

    If anything's unclear from the listing – for example, the gift card's expiry date – contact the seller for clarification.

    For more info, including what vouchers can and can't be sold on the site, read eBay's policy.

    Visit eBay »


  4. Check Tesco gift card sales

    Tesco has a dedicated website for e-gift cards:

    Usually on this site, gift cards are sold at full price. But the real hack with this is to wait until they run a sale.

    We've previously seen them offering as much as 20% off.

    Keep an eye on our site and follow us on social media to avoid missing gift card sales. When we become aware of them, we'll share updates here:

    Visit »


  5. Join discount schemes to get cheap e-vouchers

    Check if you're eligible for schemes that offer discounts, vouchers and cashback at a huge range of stores.

    Some examples are:

    As an example of the discounts, in the 'Gifting' section of the Health Service Discounts website, we've seen discounts for top voucher sites like Buyagift (20% off at the time of writing), Virgin Experience Days (18% off) and Red Letter Days (15% off).

    Visit Health Service Discounts »


  6. Use student discount

    For this tip, we need to add a disclaimer: unfortunately, not all sites let you use student discount on gift cards. The T&Cs should say if purchases like gift cards are excluded from the offer.

    However, if you're looking for gift vouchers from sites like the ones we mentioned in the last point (Buyagift, Virgin Experience Days and Red Letter Days), these all offer student discount.

    So if you're not eligible for Health Service Discounts or a similar scheme, you could still save money on vouchers as a student.

    Student discount directory »


  7. Bookmark our deals page

    Save the Student gift card deals

    We may be a tiny bit biased, but we'd suggest always checking our deals page before buying gift cards (or anything, for that matter!).

    Like the example we mentioned earlier about Tesco gift card sales, that's exactly the kind of thing you'll hear about from our deals team.

    Other examples include the chance to win vouchers in prize draws, along with deals to get free e-cards.

    New deals are posted daily, so bookmark the page to keep up with the top offers.

    Visit our deals page »


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Laura Brown

WRITTEN BY Laura Brown

Laura Brown, Head of Editorial at Save the Student, is an award-winning writer with expertise in student money. She project manages influential national student surveys and has presented findings to MPs in Westminster. As an expert on student issues, Laura has been quoted by the BBC, the Guardian, Metro and more.
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