Here is how to check your gift card balance. The first step is to read the information at the back of the card. Gift cards typically provide you at least one of the following ways to check your balance:
Call a Toll Free Number – This is the most popular way to check the balance on a gift card. Majority of gift cards have a toll free number at the back of the card for you to call to check your balance. You need to have your gift card number available, and in same cases, the pin or access number (you may have to scratch-off the protective covering to reveal the pin number).
Go Online – Some retailers allow you to check your gift card balance online, via the merchant’s website. The website address is typically provided on the back of the gift card. Just like with the phone verification, you need your gift card number, and in some cases, the pin or access number to check the balance on your gift card online.
In addition, if you are unsure about how to check your gift card balance, your best bet is to visit the website of the gift card issuer. They typically have instructions online about how to check your gift card balance.
Go to the Store – Some gift cards can only be verified at the store. The Home Depot gift card is an example. This can be a real inconvenience, especially if you do not have a store location close by. I still don’t understand why some stores only allow this option.
A note about online gift cards, also called e-gift certificates. Merchants that issue these online gift cards usually provide detail instructions on how to check your balance with the email that comes with the card information. Be sure to save that email as you may need it later to check your balance. If you deleted the email, contact the card issuer, via their website on how to get another copy of the email to check your balance (you can find that information from the gift card FAQs).
Image Inserted: Back of a Target Gift Card – Source:Target.com