Last night, I was browsing through a bloggers’ forum when I came across an interesting question. Someone was trying to find out whether it is sensible to pay blog web hosting fees using a Target gift card. I found the question interesting because it was so unique. I mean, most of the questions posted in the forum tend to be on technical issues or blog monetization issues. This was the first time I was coming across a question on blog web hosting fees payments.
Most of the people who responded to the question did so by advising the person who posed it to find answers online. That is, by way of visiting the Target gift cards portal, at mybalancenow.com and the various Reddits where Target gift cardholders exchange notes. In saying that, they didn’t seem to understand what the person who was posing the question (the OP for ‘Original Poster’) was coming from. See, the Target gift cards portal is clear that you can’t use them (the Target gift cards) to pay for ‘monthly recurring bills’. So the deeper question that the original poster was grappling with was one as to whether the blog web hosting fees would qualify to be termed as ‘monthly recurring bills’. That at least is how I understood it.
If the blog web hosting fees qualify to be termed as ‘monthly recurring bills’, then it wouldn’t make sense to pay them using the Target Visa gift card. That is because, as stated earlier, the card is not supposed to be used in making such monthly recurring bills. Therefore chances are that if you attempt to make such payments using the card, the transactions could be declined.
On the other hand, if the blog web hosting fees don’t qualify to be termed as ‘monthly recurring bills’ (for instance, if you are under a web hosting package where payment is only made once), then it could possibly make sense to pay them using the card. That is because, according to the Target gift cards’ portal, there is absolutely nothing to stop you from making once-off payments using the gift card.