Get cash for unwanted gift cards (and enter to win a $100 Target GC!)

My plan was to post this yesterday, but link issues happened. So, this got bumped to today, which means that Food Waste Friday is gonna happen on a Saturday this week. ;) Thanks to GiftCardRescue.com for providing a Target gift card for me and one for a giveaway!

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What’s GiftCardRescue?

Well, GiftCardRescue is a site that can help you get rid of gift cards you don’t want.  Plus, you can buy some you DO want at a discount.

(It’s an either/or proposition…you don’t have to sell to buy or buy to sell.)

If you end up with a gift card for a store you don’t want to shop at, you can simply type in a few bits of info and you’ll find out how much GiftCardRescue will offer you for your gift card.

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You can even sell a partially-used gift card…the amount on the card doesn’t have to be a neat and tidy number like $25.

They won’t offer you face value, of course, because they have to resell the card at a profit, but if you have a gift card that’s useless to you, getting SOME money for it is better than nothing.

If you’re not the sort of person to ever get rid of a gift card, you might like Gift Card Rescue’s shopping option, where you can buy unwanted gift cards at a discount.

There are lots of retailers available, and the stock is always changing, depending on what people are selling to GiftCardRescue.

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The discount amounts vary, but some of them are pretty significant.  For instance, right now the Famous Footwear cards are 23% off, which is nothing to sneeze at!

There are clothing cards, restaurant cards (23% off for Honeybaked Ham, 18% for Applebees…), entertainment cards, and more.

If you’re wanting a card that’s not in stock, you can just add that store to your wish list so that you’re emailed as soon as the card you want comes back in stock.

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The great thing about scoring discounts this way is that the gift cards can be used online in conjunction with other money-saving tactics.

For instance, you could start at TopCashBack or Ebates to get about 5% cashback, then use a coupon code or free shipping code to save even more, and then pay with your discounted gift card.

The Giveaway (A $100 Target gift card!)

GiftCardRescue was initially going to offer a $50 Target gift card to one of you, but I asked them to make my gift card smaller so we could offer a $100 gift card to one of you.

($100 to spend at Target is more exciting than $50, you know??)

How To Enter

Enter to win the $100 Target gift card from GiftCardRescue by clicking here and subscribring to Gift Card Rescue’s email list.

Signing up for their email list through the above link will automatically enter you…easy peasy!

IMPORTANT: If you get this post via RSS, replying to the post will not enter you.  Just click right here, enter your info, and you’re done.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants.  Void where prohibited.  Winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via the email address used on the subscription form.  One entry per person.

Want to win a slow cooker cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen?

America’s Test Kitchen just put out The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution, a photo-filled cookbook comprised of lighter, healthier fare than you’d usually expect from a slow-cooker cookbook.

America's Test Kitchen Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution

And because I am a lucky blogger, I got a review copy to try out, plus two to give away!

This book is the same size as the DIY cookbook and the 6-Ingredient cookbook, and like those two, it has tons of pictures.  I’d say probably 2/3 of the recipes have accompanying full-color photos, which I love.  Photos make it so much easier to pick out which recipes you’d want to try.

quinoa casserole

Most of the recipes in the book are for main dishes, such as soups, stews, slow-cooked meats, and so on.  But there are also a few recipes for very unconventional slow-cooking…as it turns out, you can make brownies and cakes in your slow cooker by putting a loaf pan right inside!

Unfortunately, I have a super old, super cheap, super 90’s Crock Pot, which is the vertical shape rather than the new oval shape, so I wasn’t able to try out any of the “baking” recipes.

fish tacos

Honestly, since I have a functional oven, I’m more interested in non-baking sorts of recipes. But for someone who doesn’t have an oven, the baking recipes could be super handy.

I opted instead to try out a shredded chicken taco recipe, because I pretty much can never ever eat too much Tex-Mex food.

I actually have a chicken taco recipe that we all love (a riff on a Cook’s Illustrated recipe), but that one has a green sauce, so the red sauce here intrigued me.

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The chicken tacos call for bone-in chicken breasts, and luckily, I happened to have some in the freezer.

A  number of Cook’s Illustrated/ATK recipes call for them, so when I happen to see them on sale, I stash some away for future use.

salt and pepper bone-in chicken breasts

So, you salt and pepper the breasts, and then in the microwave, you combine oil, spices, and chipotle chili in adobo sauce.

This is in lieu of blooming the spices in a pan the way you would during stovetop cooking, and if you don’t have a microwave, you could certainly just cook the spices and oil in a pan for a minute or two.

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Then you mix the spices with tomato sauce, nestle the chicken into the sauce, and cook for three hours, or until the chicken breasts register 165° F.

Then all that’s left is to remove the chicken from the sauce, let it cool a bit, shred it, and return it to the sauce.

slow cooker chicken tacos

The recipe also includes instructions for making a pineapple salsa, and in addition to that, I sliced avocado on top of my taco.

Because I add avocado to everything.

(Interestingly enough, all the recipes I bookmarked to try were either Tex-Mex or included avocado.  I am nothing if not predictable.)

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We also tried the tacos with toppings like shredded lettuce and cheese, and we actually thought that was more delicious than the pineapple salsa.

Pineapple salsa is awesome, but I think I prefer it on the side with chips rather than in my taco (Totally a matter of personal preference.)

I’ll share the shredded chicken taco recipe in a separate post, hopefully tomorrow, but for now, I have a giveaway!

The Giveaway

The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution is available in a paper version and you can also buy it for your Kindle (though I must say, I really do prefer physical books for cooking!)

However, two of you will win your very own copy, compliments of America’s Test Kitchen.

To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to make in your slow-cooker.

Due to shipping restrictions, this giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States.  Apologies to my international readers…I really do you love you all!  ;)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Odds of winning depend upon the number of entrants.  ATK furnished the giveaway prizes and a review copy, but this post was not sponsored in any other way.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST, on Sunday, February 22nd.