Give Gift Cards and Get Bonus Cards for Yourself

December 16, 2011 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: Shopping 

Are you a last minute gift shopper?  If you don’t like to deal with crowded stores and last minute shopping online, a gift card might be a good alternative to a sweater or a book.  Sure, a gift card isn’t as personal as an actual gift, however the recipient may appreciate picking out exactly what they want.

Many businesses are offering attractive incentives again this year by giving bonus gift cards to gift card buyers.  Buy something for someone else and get something for yourself!

We have compiled a list of local businesses that have some sort of gift card incentive this holiday season.

  • Applebee’s — Purchase $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card. More information.
  • Arby’s – Buy a $20 gift card, get a FREE Combo meal
  • Bartolotta Restaurant Group – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  Valid only at Ristorante Bartolotta, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, Mr. B’s, Bacchus, and Boerner Botanical Gardens.  More information.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – Purchase $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card. More information.
  • Bonefish Grill – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Breadsmith – Buy a $20 gift card and get a $5 bonus card plus a loaf of bread for yourself.  More information.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Charcoal Grill – Buy a $50 gift card, get a $25 promotional certificate for yourself.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – 20 free tokens for every $25 in gift cards purchased.
  • Culver’s – Purchase $20 or more in gift cards and receive a coupon for a free Double Deluxe Value Basket.  More information.
  • Dairy Queen – FREE Blizzard when you buy a $10 gift card
  • Flat Top Grill – Get a free $25 bonus gift card when you buy a $100 Flat Out Crazy Gift Card.  Card can be used at Stir Crazy or Flat Top Grill.  More information.
  • Fleming’s SteakhouseBuy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Fuddruckers — Spend $25 on gift cards, get a $5 bonus card
  • Gap/Old Navy — 10% off gift cards when you use your Gap credit card to purchase and use coupon
  • George Webb Restaurants – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $20 Webb’s gift card.
  • Half Price Books — get a $5 coupon with each $25 gift card you purchase
  • Hooters – Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card; purchase $50 gift card, you get a $10 bonus
  • IHOP – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $25 IHOP gift card.  More information.
  • LL Bean – Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards (or general purchases) and get$10 Bonus Gift Card
  • Machine Shed Restaurant – Purchase $50 or more in gift cards and get a $10 gift card bonus 
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Marcus Theatres – Buy a gift card of $25 or more, get a Buy One, Get One Free movie ticket, plus a coupon for two free tickets to the Marcus Theatres Kids Dream Winter Film Series.  More information.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill — Buy $25 Gift Card, get a $5 bonus card
  • MOTOR Bar & Restaurant – For every $50 in MOTOR gift cards, receive a $10 bonus gift card.  (See more details in comments below).
  • Noodles & Co. — Buy $25 in gift cards, get a card for a free sandwich duo
  • Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Papa Murphy’s: Get a free cookie dough when you buy $20 in Papa Murphy’s gift cards.
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $25 Qdoba gift card.  More information.
  • Red Robin – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $25 Red Robin gift card.  More information.
  • Robert’s Frozen Custard – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $10 gift card for yourself.  More information.
  • Stir Crazy – Get a free $25 bonus gift card when you buy a $100 Flat Out Crazy Gift Card.  Card can be used at Stir Crazy or Flat Top Grill.  More information.
  • Taco Bell — Buy a $20 gift card in store, get a free taco flatbread sandwich combo
  • 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

Note that many of the businesses that we have linked to offer the option to purchase gift cards online.  You can save the processing fees by purchasing the gift cards in person. Also, these bonus deals are not available at gift card kiosks like you might find at Walmart or Walgreens as shown in our picture above.

Did we miss any?  If you know of any other businesses that offer gift card bonuses, leave a comment and let us know!

Thank you to Jennifer from Green Bay Consumer for her help in compiling this list!

Free Veterans Day Meals for Vets on Friday, November 11th

November 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Dining 

Several Milwaukee area restaurants are honoring American veterans and active service military personnel by offering free meals on Veterans Day. The following restaurants are participating in a Veterans Day promotion this year:

Most restaurants require proof of military service.  Click on the above links for more information for each participating restaurant.

Thanks to Jennifer from Green Bay Consumer for her help in putting this list together!

Related Post: Free Admirals Tickets for Veterans on November 12th

Teachers Eat Free at Applebee’s on May 3rd

April 28, 2011 by · 17 Comments
Filed under: Dining 

Applebee’s restaurants in Wisconsin are honoring teachers with a free meal on Teacher Appreciation Day.  On Tuesday, May 3rd teachers with proper identification can select from several free entrees at 38 participating Applebee’s locations throughout the state.  The free meal offer is available to both active and retired teachers.

Selections include:

  • Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Tenders Platter
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken
  • Chicken Fajita Rollup
  • Oriental Salad

Beverage and tip are not included. For more information including a list of all of the participating locations and the acceptable forms of identification, check out the Wisconsin Hospitality Group website.

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