I LOVE gift cards and the idea of them, providing you know the recipient will enjoy it!
We actually have a gift card box — that we “shop” out of when we want to go out to eat! Pair it with a night that Kids Eat Free and you have a fun, frugal family outing. If anyone is stuck on an idea of what to get for us, they know they can always get “a card”…and most know our favorite restaurants.
I will say one thing – the offers are MUCH smaller this year than they have been in prior years. Chalk it up to a tough economy and struggling businesses I guess. I already shared the Copps/Pick N Save deal with you HERE. It seems that most places are giving us back 20% — $5 in bonuses for every $25 we spend. Some offer only 10% — which is really not a great deal!
ALWAYS double check before you purchase them — most are deals that you have to go to that actual store/restaurant to get and keep in mind that some of the bonus offers have expiration dates on them! Most only give you 4-6 weeks to use – which is legal as you aren’t paying for them.
Here is the list (Mostly thanks to EatDrinkDeals.com, I got tired of looking them all up, LOL!)
■Applebee’s — In-store only: Purchase $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card.
■Barnes & Noble — Free $10 eGift card when you buy $100 in gift cards.
■Benihana — Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 promotional card.
■Boston Market — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5.00 bonus card. Advertised in SmartSource, but don’t see it online, so check in store.
■California Pizza Kitchen — Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 rewards card.
■Carraba’s — Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card + a sweepstakes entry.
■Cheeseburger in Paradise — Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
■Chipotle Mexican Grill — Buy a $30 gift card in the store (not online) and get a free Burrito, Bowl, Salad or order of tacos when you show your receipt at your next visit
■Chili’s — Not a bonus per se, but save 10% when you buy $100 or more in Chili’s gift cards
■Culver’s — Get a free double deluxe value basket for every $25 in gift cards you buy.
■Flat Top Grill/Stir Crazy – Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 bonus card.***great bonus!
■Fuddruckers — Spend $25 on gift cards, get a $5 bonus card.
■Hardee’s–Get a free quarter-pound Little Thickburger with a $20 gift card purchase. This deal is good online and not at all stores. More details and ordering information on the Hardee’s website: https://www.ckegiftcard.com/b2c/place_order.aspx?id=230&style=230
■Hooters– Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 you spend on gift cards
■IHOP — Give a $25 IHOP gift card, get $5.00 off your next visit.
■Joe’s Crab Shack — Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5.00 bonus bucks.
■Maggiano’s — Buy $100 in e-gift cards, get a $20 bonus card plus a free subscription to Food & Wine magazine.
■Max & Erma’s — Get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift cards.
■Morton’s — Buy $500 in gift cards, get a $100 bonus card. Buy $300 in gift cards, get a $50 bonus card.
■Noodles & Co. — Buy $25 in gift cards, get a card for a free sandwich duo.
■Old Spaghetti Factory — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5.00 bonus certificate.
■Outback Steakhouse — Buy a $100 gift card, get a $20 bonus gift card.
■Panda Express — Get a free two-entree plate with purchase of a $25 gift card. Exclusions apply; some locations it’s $30, read fine print.
■Red Robin –Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 you spend on gift cards
■Romano’s Macaroni Grill — Get a $5.00 bonus card with every $25 in gift cards.
■Ruby Tuesday — Buy $50 in gift cards get free ground shipping plus a $15 bonus card.
■Ruth’s Chris — Buy $250 in gift cards, get 10% off.
■Starbucks — buy 4 Starbucks Card eGifts with a Visa and get a $5 gift card as a bonus. More details on the Starbucks website: https://www.starbucks.com/shop/card
■Steak & Shake – Bonus $5.00 when you buy $20 in gift cards.
■Taco Bell — Buy a $20 gift card in store, get a free taco flatbread sandwich combo.
■Texas Roadhouse –Buy $25 gift card and get a FREE appetizer
■TGI Friday’s — Spend $25 on gift cards, get a $5 bonus card.
■Uno Chicago Grill — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus voucher.