Created: 12/31/2013 9:12 AM WHEC.com
Did you receive gift cards in your stocking this year? Consumer Reports has four good reasons you should spend them soon.
Some may expire, even though most will be good for five years. Inactivity fees can also bite you. Cards from retail stores don't usually carry them but some bank-issued cards do.
Then there's always a chance the retailer could go bankrupt, leaving you with a worthless piece of plastic. Using them now means you don't risk losing them.