Sites like Gift Card Granny allow you to buy gift cards at a discounted price.
I'm wondering if it's a smart idea to buy gift cards for chain restaurants that you know you'll eat at while on your travels.
Part of me thinks it's smart...
-You can buy a gift card at a reduced price. For example, right now, you can buy McDonald's gift cards for 15% less than their value. You can buy Subway gift cards for 16% less than their value, and so on.
-It's an easy way to budget and make sure you have enough money on hand to eat while you're traveling.
-You can buy them one at a time while planning your trip, which is a good way to slowly save up....
Part of me thinks it's not-so-smart...
-Why tie up all of your money for certain chains? You might get tired of those chains, or they might not be readily available on the road.
-What if you spend more on the gift cards than you would have spent on food while you were gone? Now, some of your travel funds are tied up in gift cards, and you'll return home with gift cards that you don't necessarily want.