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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. 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 or online: Purchase $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card.
■Barnes & Noble — $10 eGift Card when you buy $75 in gift cards or eGift cards. Expires December 2, 2012.
■Benihana — Purchase $50 in gift cards and get a $10 promotional card. Offer ends 12/31/12. Promotional card valid starting 1/2/13.
■Boston Market — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5.00 bonus card.
■Buffalo Wild Wings — Buy a $25 gift card, get a Blazin’ Bonus.
■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. Bonus gift card is valid starting 1/1/2013. Offer expires 12/31/12.
■Chipotle – Get a coupon for a FREE burrito, bowl, or order of tacos on your next order when you buy $30 or more in gift cards
■Cheeseburger in Paradise — Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
■Chucky Cheese — Free holiday stockings with in-store gift card purchases of $30 or more
■Culvers- Buy $25.00 in cards and get a coupon for a free value basket (Thanks Christine!)
■Denny’s – Buy $25.00 in cards and get a $5.00 Bonus card ** Has restrictions on use!
■Food Fight Inc Restaurants -Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 bonus card (Thanks Lynelle!)
■Hu Hot — Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 bonus card. (Thanks Sharron!)
■Maggiano’s — Buy $100 in e-gift cards, get a $20 bonus card plus a free subscription to Food &Wine magazine.
■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.
■Olive Garden – Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 bonus card
■Outback Steakhouse — Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus gift card. Bonus gift card valid starting 1/1/2013. Offer expires 12/31/12.
■Ruby Tuesday — Get a $15 bonus coupon with the purchase of a $50 gift card. Also get the gift card shipped for free through 12/31/12. The bonus coupon is valid starting 1/2/2013. Offer expires 12/31/12.
■Red Robin — Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 “Bonus Bucks”.
■Red Lobster — Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 off coupon
■Ruth’s Chris — Buy $250 in gift cards, get 10% off.
■Steak & Shake – Get $5 certificate when you buy $20 in gift cards. Expires 12/31/12. Bonus gift card valid starting 1/3/13. Looks like this offer is in stores only.
■Taco Bell — Buy a $20 gift card get any item free up to $5. Offer valid in restaurants only.
■Texas Roadhouse –Buy a $30 gift card get a $5 eGift card. Bonus gift card will be sent via email within 7 days.
■TGI Friday’s — For every $25 you spend on gift cards get a $5 Bonus Bites Card. Offer ends 1/1/13. Bonus Bites Card valid starting 1/1/13.
■Uno Chicago Grill — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus voucher.