Buy a gift card, get a gift for yourself

This is the one time of the year when it pays to give gift cards because of all the bonus offers. The end dates vary by offer, but most expire on or about December 31. In addition, some are available online or in-store only, while others are for sale online and in-store. We have posted some of the more popular national deals here. However, there are many local deals, too, so check your favorite neighborhood shop. There are lots of them, so let’s get started:

Applebee’s $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Bonefish Grill $100 = $20 Bonus Card
Boston Market $25 = $5 Bonus Card
California Pizza Kitchen $100 = $20 Rewards Card
Carl’s Jr. $5  = FREE chocolate chip ice cream sandwich
Cheesecake Factory $25 = FREE slice of cheesecake
Chili’s $100 gift card for $90
Chipotle $30 = FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos
Cici’s Pizza $25 = FREE buffet
Cinemark Theatres $30 = $5 Movie Dollars
Del Taco $25 – $100 = FREE Food
Elephant Bar $25 = $5 Promo Dining Card
Fazoli’s $20 = $5 Bonus Card
Harkins Theatres $25 = FREE medium popcorn
Jamba Juice $25 = FREE 16 oz. smoothie
Joe’s Crab Shack $25 = FREE Winning Game Ticket
Little Caesars $25 = FREE Crazy Bread + 2-Liter Pepsi
Macaroni Grill $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Maggiano’s Little Italy $100 = $20 Bonus Card + FREE 1-year Food & Wine Magazine subscription
Mimi’s Café $25 = $5 Bonus Coupon
Murdoch’s $30 gift card for $25
Native Foods Café $100 = $25 Gift Card
Ocean Prime $100 = $25 Bonus Card
Olive Garden $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Outback Steakhouse $100 = $20 Bonus Card
Panda Express $30  = FREE 2-entrée plate
P.F. Chang’s $100  = $20 Bonus Card
Qdoba Mexican Grill $25 = $5 Q Voucher
Quaker Steak & Lube $25 = FREE bottle of sauce or $5 Bonus Card
Red Lobster $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Red Robin $25 = $5 Bonus Buck Reward
Ruby Tuesday $50 = $15 Bonus Coupon
Smashburger $25 = $5 Smashbucks
Sweet Tomatoes $50 = FREE buffet
Taco Bell $20 = FREE menu item (up to $5)
Ted’s Montana Grill $100 = $20 Thank You Card
T.G.I. Friday’s $25 = $5 Bonus Bites Card
White Castle $25 = $5 Promo Card

Remember, price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the freebies are “bonus cards” – not gift cards. As a result, be sure to check the fine print for possible limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions. LOTC Tip: If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself (by law, they no longer have an expiration date) and “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large, single purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards instead? You just doubled your bonus.

 

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