Bonus Deals on Last Minute Gift Card Purchases

December 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Shopping 

A Consumer Reports poll published today says that 20% of Americans haven’t even started their Christmas shopping. Even if you aren’t part of that statistic, the article states that almost half of Americans still have gifts left to buy.  If you are planning to brave the stores over the next couple of days, you might want to consider picking up a gift card.  Several businesses are offering bonus deals for those who buy gift cards.  The most common deals are an extra $5 for yourself if you buy a $25 gift card, or $20 if you buy a $100 gift card.  We have compiled a list of local businesses that have some sort of gift card incentive.  If we have missed any, leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let us know. 

Applebee’s – Get a free $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in Applebee’s gift cards.  More information

Bartolotta Restaurant Group – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  Valid at Bacchus, Mr. B’s Steakhouse, Lake Park Bistro, Ristorante Bartolotta & Pizzeria Piccola.  More information.

Bonefish Grill – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.

Buca di Beppo – Get a free $10 bonus gift card when you buy a $50 Buca gift card.  More information

Buffalo Wild Wings – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings card.  More information

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.

Culver’s – Purchase $20 or more in gift cards and receive a coupon for a free Double Deluxe Value Basket.  More information.

Fazoli’s – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $20 Fazoli’s gift card.  More information

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 Steak House – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.

George Webb Restaurants – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $20 Webb’s gift card. 

IHOP – Get a free $5 bonus gift card when you buy a $25 IHOP gift card.  More information

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 Family Fun Series.  More information.

Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100 of gift cards, get a bonus $20 gift card for yourself.  More information.

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.

Restaurant.com – $25 gift certificates for $2 using the promotion code HOLIDAY through Christmas.  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.

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 going and purchasing the gift cards in person rather than online. 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. 

Dining Deals Advice from Consumer Reports

August 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Dining 

If you’re interested in dining deals, then you may want to spend five minutes watching this video. CNBC’s Carmen Wong Ulrich interviews Consumer Reports “Tightwad” Tod Marks for tips on how diners can receive dining deals and where readers of Consumer Reports are finding the best dining values today.

“Tightwad” Tod states that dining deals exist at all ends of the restaurant spectrum and that deals are announced daily, so he recommends visiting the websites of your favorite restuarants and signing up for their email alerts.  If you follow this advice, you may want to do what Carmen Wong Ulrich suggests and set up a separate email address just for these types of deals.

Also, the readers of Consumer Reports found that the best value for a steak dinner was at Outback Steakhouse.  Outback currently features 15 meals for under $15 that start at $9.95, and Outback also has an e-mail newsletter that you can sign up for on their website.  Outback has two restaurants in the Milwaukee area – one in Greenfield and one in Brookfield.  For specific address information, click here.

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