(If anyone needs a gift idea for me…)
As you wrap up your holiday shopping, remember to take advantage of gift cards offers at some of your favorite restaurants and retailers. Check out the list of some businesses offering bonuses with gift card purchases (via Slickdeals):
Applebees — Buy $50 in Gift Cards, get a $10 Bonus Gift Card
Barnes and Noble – Buy $100 in Gift Cards, get a $10 eGift Card
Bob Evans — Buy $50 in Gift Cards, get $10 bonus Gift Card
Borders – Buy $50 gift card, get a $10 bonus coupon for 12/26-12/31
Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $25 Gift Card Get $5 Coupon to use after 1/1/11
California Pizza Kitchen — Buy $100 in Gift Cards, get a $20 Rewards Card
Chipotle – Buy $25 gift card and get a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos free on next visit
The Children’s Place – Buy $40 and get $10
Cici’s – Buy $20 in Gift Cards, get a free Adult Buffet
Denny’s – Buy $25 get $5 bonus
DSW – Buy $50 GC and receive $10 Bonus GC
Famous Dave’s – Buy $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Buy $100 GC, get $20 bonus voucher
IHOP – Buy $25 gift card, get a $5 off coupon.
Ledo Pizza – Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Card
Moe’s Southwest Grill — Buy $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Bonus
Maggianos – Buy $100 gift card online, get subscription to Food and Wine mag and also $20 bonus promotional card good for $20 off a $50 purchase
O’Charley’s — Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Bonus Gift Card
Outback Steakhouse — Buy $100 Gift Card, get a $20 Bonus Card
PF Chang’s – Buy $50 gift card, get a $10 bonus card.
Qdoba — Buy $25 Gift Card, get $5 Bonus Voucher
Red Robin – Buy $25 Gift Card, get $5 in Bonus Bucks
Ruby Tuesday – B&M Buy $50 Gift Card, get $10 off entire check coupon valid Jan 1 – Feb 28, 2011
Ruth Chris Steakhouse – For every $250 in Gift Cards you purchase, you receive 10% back in Bonus Gift Cards
Smoothie King – Free small smoothie with the purchase of a $25 King Card
Subway – Buy $25 gift card, get a 6″ sub (excluding premium & double-meat) free.
T.G.I. Friday’s — Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Bonus Gift Card
UNO Chicago Grill – Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 bonus voucher
Wendy’s – Buy $15 gift card get coupon for free fries
As you can see, the standard is a 20% bonus, ie: $5 additional value when you purchase $25 worth. If you dine somewhere frequently, consider buying whatever value you expect to use in the next 3-6 months.
-Some offers are only available for purchase online, some in-store. Check with the store ahead of time to verify details and participation
-Many of the bonuses have additional restrictions on their use (like they can only be used during certain dates, can’t be combined with other offers, etc)
-The bonus offers vary in expiration date, but purchase by Christmas to be sure
My favorite gift card deal last year was when Chick-fil-A offered a free cow calendar ($6 value) with $20 gift card purchase. The gift card lasted me through June or July, but I’ve been getting free items at Chick-fil-A every month this year with the calendar coupons. I haven’t seen that offer posted yet; hopefully will return after the new year.
If you have loose change lying around, consider taking it to a Coinstar machine. Not only is there no counting fee when you exchange the coins into retailer gift cards, you’ll also receive a $10 bonus when you cash in $40 or more for a gift card from iTunes, Borders, Lowe’s or Regal Cinema! Find a location near you. Offer expires 12/31 ($10 bonus will be mailed to you when you enter the promo code from your Coinstar receipt on the website)