How to Transform Gift Card Balances into Cash from Any ATM with Google Wallet
Most people don't ask for gift cards, but they're always a popular gift choice for notoriously hard-to-shop-for people—or the time-constrained gift-giver. While most gift cards are attached to certain stores, many folks will get a prepaid Visa or MasterCard card that allows them to make purchases wherever those companies are accepted.
And guess what? These gift credit cards can be turned into straight cheddar, cash, dough, moolah, money, by using Google Wallet. Thanks to Redditor ABZR, we see that you can transfer gift card balances onto you Google Wallet account just like a debit card.
You can download the Google Wallet application for Android and iPhone for free. You can then add your gift card balances to your account just like you would a regular deposit. The card balance is transferred into your account and can now be used like regular money.
Once you've loaded up your Wallet Balance with your gift cards, you can proceed to any ATM and withdraw your money to purchase "cash friendly" items with the card. Google doesn't charge an ATM fees, but you may still be charged by the ATM's bank itself, though. Also, you will be charged 2.9% for every transfer from a debit or credit card to your Wallet Balance, though they may run a no-fee promotion like they did last Christmas. Just keep this in mind when raking in the cash.
For more information on the Google Wallet Card, click here.