Buy a gift card get a bonus!

December 7, 2012 by
Filed under: Coupons, Dining, Shopping 

I used to think giving gift certificates was a cop-out.  Until I got a lot older and wiser and realized that a carefully chosen gift card can be more thoughtful as a poorly-thought out gift of a singing trout (sorry–family joke crept in here).

This time of year, many retailers have gift card bonus buys.  Which means you can get a reward for your purchase.  Sometimes it’s a meal, or sometimes an extra gift card is issued.  It is important to note that there might be an expiration date on the bonus gift card so make sure you are aware of it when you make your purchase.

Here’s a list of some national and local places that will give you a bonus when you buy gift cards.  When it comes to national or chain-store deals, results may vary (meaning they may or may not offer the deal listed).  I suggest calling ahead to make sure since I did not have the time to call every place listed.

  • Applebee’s — Purchase $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card (order in-store only)
  • Bucca di Beppo Bonus Gift Card Offer – Purchase $50 worth of Gift Cards, Receive a $10 Reward Card. (Reward card valid beginning 1/1/13)
  • Buffalo Wild WingPurchase a $25 gift card, get a Blazin’ Bonus (promotion ends 12/19/12, not valid in NY, FL or Canada)
  • Children’s Place Bonus Gift Card – Purchase $40 worth of eGift Cards, Receive a $10 Bonus eGift Card.
  • Chuck E Cheese Free holiday stockings with in-store gift card purchases of $30 or more
  • Culver’s — Get a free value basket for every $25 in gift cards you buy
  • Dairy Queen – Purchase $15 worth of Gift Cards, Receive a Free 12 oz Premium Fruit Smoothie
  • Denny’s Purchase a gift card of $25 or more, you will automatically receive a $5 Denny’s bonus card. *$10.00 minimum purchase. A $1.95 shipping and handling fee is applied to each order. Please call 800-733-6697 and ask for the Gift Card Administrator.
  • Fajita Republic: Buy a $40 gift card and get another one for $10 free!
  • Half Price Books (Appleton)— get a $5 coupon with each $25 gift card you purchase
  • Happy Joes: Buy $30 gift card, get $5 for you.
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill: For every $100 you spend on HuHot gift cards this holiday season, get a $20 bonus card.
  • Marcus Movie Theaters: Now get $5 in Snack Cash for every $25 gift card purchase!
  • McDonald’s  free McCafe beverage with any gift card purchase of $10 or more
  • Melting Pot of Appleton: purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 gift coupon for The Melting Pot of Appleton. Gift coupon valid January 1 to March 31. Or stop in for $100 in gift cards on Saturdays or Sundays  and select from either the $20 gift coupon or enjoy a free lunch (thanks Becky!)
  • Olive Garden Now through December 31, for every $25 or more in Gift Cards in a single transaction, get a $5 bonus coupon.
  • Outback Steakhouse (Appleton)— Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card
  • Pullmans (Appleton): $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus gift card
  • Red Lobster Purchase a $25 gift card, receive a bonus $5 off coupon
  • Red Robin: Buy $25 – $45 gift card and get a $5 bonus card
  • Taco Bell Bonus Gift Card Offer – Purchase $20 worth of Gift Cards, Receive a Free item valued at up to $5.
  • TGI Friday’s (Appleton) — Spend $25 on gift cards, get a $5 bonus card
  • Tilted Kilt: Buy a $25 Gift Card Receive $5 Kilt Kash; Buy a $50 Gift Card Receive $10 Kilt Kash + TK calendar
  • Tony Roma’s bonus Gift Card Offer – Purchase $100 worth of Gift Cards, Receive a $10 Bonus Promotional Gift Card.
  • Tucson’s: Starting December 10th-16th….Buy $50 worth of Tucson’s gift cards and you will receive a $10 gift card free!! But…you have to say “Spice Me Up!!” 😉
  • Tundra Lodge:  buy $100 gift card, get 2 free all day waterpark passes free
  • Uno Chicago Grill — Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus voucher
  • Wendy’s Purchase a $1.99 Children’s Meal, Receive a $10/$75+ Toys R Us Coupon

If you know of any other bonus deals in the Green Bay area, please feel free to contact us and I’ll update the list.

Thanks to Coupons Deals and More for some of the National Chain information

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2 Comments on Buy a gift card get a bonus!

  1. Sarah Spiegel on Fri, 7th Dec 2012 7:17 pm
  2. Actually, the Culver’s deal is for a free value basket. I asked the other day when I went to use mine, and I was able to get the Reuben basket. According to the clerk, it used to be the double deluxe, but now there’s no restriction.

  3. The Bargain Sleuth on Fri, 7th Dec 2012 7:25 pm
  4. Thanks, Sarah, I’ve updated the post!

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