How to Find the Value of a Gift Card

Keeping up with gift card balances can be tricky.

Gift cards have come a long way since they first started appearing. With the advancements in technology, it's possible to give your loved ones a gift card from almost any location. Many people find it convenient because it makes gift giving easier. The downfall of a gift card is that it's sometimes difficult to know how much is left on the card. Luckily, there are many ways to find this information. If one doesn't work, move on to the next one.

Step 1

Check to make sure the last cashier didn't write the new balance on the back of your gift card. If they have enough time, they sometimes will write the new balance on your card after a purchase. If they didn't, you will have to go about finding the balance another way.

Step 2

Pull up a browser on your computer. Visit one of two sites that offer gift card balance information. By using Gift Card Balance Now and Gift Balance, you can find the balance of your gift card.

Step 3

Scan the retail stores on Gift Card Balance Now if you choose to use this site. The page lists several different retailers in alphabetical order. Click on the retailer your gift card came from. If you use Gift Balance, type in the gift card number found on either the front or back of the card. Click the "Next" button once you've typed in the number.

Step 4

Look for your gift card retailer's information on the next page if you are using Gift Card Balance Now. There should be a phone number and a blue highlighted link to go directly to the retailer's website to find your gift card balance. If you want to continue with the online method, click on the link. This link redirects you to type in your gift card number to find the balance. If you would rather call them, use your phone to dial the number provided.

Step 5

Take your gift card into the retailer where it was purchased. Ask a cashier to check the balance for you. He can write the balance on the gift card, along with the date so you know how current the balance is.