GoWallet.com simplifies your gift card life

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I write a lot about gift cards.  I’ve written about how use gift cards to save money at Amazon.com, Kohl’s, and just about everywhere.  I’ve also written many posts about how to leverage gift cards to earn points and miles.  For just a few examples, see “Gift Card Churning,” “5X everywhere!,” and “Almost too good to be true

All of these posts don’t change the fact that dealing with gift cards can be a pain in the you know what.  Carrying a big stack of cards is no fun.  Trying to remember how much money is left on each card is worse.  Then, between e-gift cards and physical gift cards, the chance of simply losing or forgetting about your money increases as you get more cards.

Luckily, GoWallet is there to help.  [I realize that sounds a lot like a commercial — that wasn’t my intent.  I’m not being paid in any way for this review].

Ever since a reader named Anne told me about GoWallet, I’ve been using it to keep track of my gift cards.  GoWallet can be accessed on the web or on your smart phone (I use it on my iPhone).  It’s a simple matter to type in each gift card’s number and PIN, and from then on, use GoWallet to find that information.  Your card numbers are protected both by a login password and a PIN code for extra security.

Registering Cards

When you get bank gift cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), it’s a good idea to register your name and address.  Often, online purchases are not possible unless your card is registered.  One nice feature of GoWallet is that for some Visa gift cards, you can register your name and address directly within GoWallet.  This feature worked for me with $200 Visa cards I bought at OfficeMax, but did not work with the $500 gift cards I bought at Office Depot. 

Tracking Card Balances

When this works, it is a killer feature.  If you’re about to use a gift card, simply open GoWallet and click the Update Balance button.  Soon, you’ll see exactly how much money is left on your card.  This feature has worked successfully for me with $200 Visa gift cards purchased at OfficeMax, $100 Visa gift cards purchased online at Staples.com, and with Kohl’s gift cards.  The feature has not worked with $500 gift cards purchased at Office Depot, or with Walgreens or Sears gift cards.

Pain Reliever / Life Saver

Since I’ve started using GoWallet, I’ve found that gift cards are still a pain in the ass, but less so than before.  I like that when I think a card is empty, I can use GoWallet to double check before tossing the card in the trash.  One time I apparently forgot to do this because GoWallet showed a small balance for a card that I had already discarded.  I would never have known without GoWallet!  Thankfully, I was able to use the card number stored in GoWallet to buy myself an Amazon gift card with the exact remaining balance.

Now that I’m used to GoWallet, I can’t imagine trying to deal with gift cards without an app like this one.  My only frustration is that many merchant gift cards and bank gift cards do not work with GoWallet’s balance checking feature.  In those cases, GoWallet is still useful, but much less so. 

Competitors?

If you use or know about competing products, please let me know.  I’d love to do some comparisons to see which is best.


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  1. Awesome info FM..thanks Anne, if we all let GoWallet know their great App isn’t working with the $500 gift cards, and ask them to look into it, they may try harder to get all of the features working on them. I remember a couple years ago how the Flyertalk community reached out to AwardWallet and they were eager to hear our comments. Thanks for the headsup!

  2. So does this produce bar codes that can be scanned in a store? Can I flash my phone in a Starbucks to use a gift card there?

  3. Great Find! I tried it out and found several cards with money I didn’t know I had AND I don’t have keep entering the card data over and over again into a website.

  4. I saw some Ad about this app at Safeway awhile back and started using it. GoWallet is a great iphone app which allows me to thin up my own wallet so i don’t have to carry all my birthday giftcards around. It’s a great start but they still need to support more retailers like Macy’s and Walmart which still occupy a slot in my own wallet. Another cool thing is that i once lost my amazon giftcard but luckily i remembered entering it in the Gowallet app. Whew… i almost thew away $50 bucks. I told some friends about it but some of them use Android phones and apparently they don’t have it in the Android Market Store.

  5. Really useful app and service. Definitely need to support more cards though. It’s a good start though and I found $2.57 I didn’t know I had.

    Bringer: Good Idea. We should all reach out and contact them so they add more cards. They say that they are adding more cards too.

    Jin: you can download the Andoid App from the market. Works great too!

  6. Thanks for the tips! I just downloaded the app and added all my gift cards. I was excited to learn what’s left with my Sephora, Panera and Starbucks card. It’s like finding $40 bucks that I could spend. Too bad it didn’t work for my other cards.
    But I can definitely see myself using this app more often to manage all my cards in one place! I can’t wait to see them support more cards.

  7. Great tip!
    Did you know that Awardwallet allows you to track your Amazon Gift Cards?
    Also, a while back I noticed that you can enter your gift cards on Upromise and earn rewards for when you use them.

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  9. I actually purchased this card today. And so far im very unhappy with it. I am out $26. I put $20 on it and had to pay $6 activation. I tried to purchase a computer game from a company here in the USA. But I got error every time. So I contacted the company that made this card. They tell me the game company charged it as continuous charge which they did not. Also they tell me the company is out of the country. Which they are not. So I tried at other companies and still same issue. So basically I wasted my money on something that does not work and poor service. The supports only answer was oh well when I said I am loosing money…

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