This time of year many businesses offer gift card bonus offers. For example, right now if you buy a $75 Barnes & Noble gift card, you get a bonus $10 e-gift card. These are usually marketed as “buy a gift for someone (the $75 gift card), get a gift in return (the $10 gift card).” But I look at this a different way. . .
If you know that you shop regularly at Barnes & Noble and you can pretty much guarantee you’ll spend $75 there in the near future (on yourself or on gifts), you should buy the gift cards for yourself while the promo is going on. You spend $75 out of pocket but end up with $85 – it is essentially like getting more than 10% off your purchase. PLUS you can always use coupons in addition to your gift cards – so you’ll really be stretching your dollars.
Now I realize this isn’t for everyone. You have to be able to pay money up front for the gift cards, which a lot of us can’t do. And you really need to be certain that you would have spent the money anyway. Buy it because you know you are a regular customer there or you know you’re going to have to buy textbooks for school, that kinda thing.
You’ll have to read the fine print – some offer “gift cards” but they are more like coupons which must be used during a specific time and they expire. So make sure and understand the terms to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Here are some current offers:
Applebee’s – Buy $50 in gift cards online and receive $10 bonus card.
Barnes & Noble – FREE $10 eGift card when you buy $75 of gift cards or eGift cards. Offer ends 12/2/2012.
Buca di Beppo – Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13.
Burgerville – Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus gift card. Valid through 12/31/12
California Pizza Kitchen – Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 rewards card. Reward cards can be redeemed 1/7/13 to 3/3/13.
Children’s Place – Buy $40 in eGift cards and receive a $10 bonus card. Offer expires 12/31/12.
Chipotle – Buy $30 in gift cards and receive a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad on your next visit. Free item can be redeemed through 1/31/2013.
Claim Jumper – For every $50 in gifts you purchase you receive s a $10 reward card. Reward cards can be redeemed 1/2/2013 to 2/12/13. Offer ends 12/25/12.
Dairy Queen – Buy a $15 gift card and receive a free 12 oz. fruit smoothie. Offer ends 12/31/12.
Half Price Books – Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 1/31/13. Offer ends 12/24/12.
Jamba Juice – Buy a $25 gift card and get a FREE 16 oz smoothie at time of purchase.
Old Spaghetti Factory – Buy $25 gift card and receive $5 bonus certificate. Bonus valid 1/1/13 to 3/31/13.
Outback Steakhouse – For every $100 in gift cards purchased receive a $20 bonus card. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13. Offer ends 12/31/13.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Buy $250 or more in gift cards and receive 10% back in bonus cards. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 3/31/13.
Taco Bell – Buy $20 in gift cards, get any menu item up to $5 free.
Remember that Safeway’s Deal Boutique and Costco also offer discounted gift cards. As with any offer – read the fine print to make sure the offer works for you.
And don’t forget when you buy gift cards at Safeway – you get 4x the gas rewards right now! They carry Amazon gift cards, which is a great way to save on your online shopping!
If you know of a promotion, please share in the comments. We’ll update this post when more deals are released – probably after Thanksgiving!