Have you accumulated a stack of vouchers from the Christmas period? Fear not, Siún Lennon gives us her top tips to help you get the most out of your gift vouchers.
So Christmas is over, the turkey and ham sandwiches are long gone, and the decorations taken down. On the bright side, the presents still remain. Of course your older relatives and your parents’ friends didn’t know what to get you and so you’ve gathered quite a collection of vouchers. 
This doesn’t have to be a pain. As a student, shopping can be a daunting task. However, vouchers can be used for guilt-free spending. Those heels you’ve been eyeing up for a while, but feel guilty about buying? Now’s your chance. Love shopping in Urban Outfitters, but fear the price tag? Not anymore. Welcome to some guilt-less shopping. 
Here are some of our top tips when it comes to getting the most out of your gift vouchers:
Be wary when it comes to time limits with vouchers
Many vouchers will state the terms and conditions on the back, including the date of expiry. Don’t be caught out and know when your voucher’s time is up.
Don’t loose it
This one should go without saying really, but according to consumerhelp.ie, if you lose a gift voucher, the shop doesn’t have to replace it, so always keep it in a safe place. However if the voucher was made out specifically to you and is not transferable to another person, the shop may be able to issue you a new one and cancel the original voucher. If possible, try get the receipt for the lost voucher to show proof of purchase.
Think outside the box
There are so many different ways to spend gift vouchers. Perhaps they could be used to fuel a New Years’ Resolution? Many gyms, driving schools and charitable organisations have gift vouchers, so don’t be afraid to ask.
One 4 All vouchers
One 4 All vouchers are a bit like student cards, you don’t know exactly where they apply and you feel like an idiot when asking. For a list of nationwide stores and brands that do accept One4All vouchers just click on the link here.