Ok, so I would NEVER tell anyone to eat out. It's ridiculously expensive compared to buying food and cooking. Especially for extreme couponers. When we buy groceries for pennies, paying $14 for a dinner at a decent restaurant is out of the question.
But we have to splurge ocassionally or go crazy, and I do love to eat out. I love not having to cook! I love cooking, but I am so tired of it, especially when you have a 4 year old who only likes certain foods.
Well. Around the holidays we start seeing some great deals. each of these restaurants want you buy THEIR gift cards to give, not the other guy's. So many of them are doing a promotion where you get a "gift card for you" when you buy a gift card. Like, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 gift card. But who says you have to buy gift cards to give to other people?
Buy the cards and use them for yourself, and get free money!
Here are the restaurants I have seen with deals. If your favorite isn't listed here, look when you go in, or check out their website.
Applebees: Get $10 gift card wyb $50 gift card
Arby's: Get free combo wyb $20 gift card (tip, buy a sandwich combo, they're over $8!)
Bob Evans: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card (bonus card can be used in Jan/Feb of 2010)
Bonefish Grill: Get $20 gift card wyb $100 gift card (also good at Outback, Carrabbas, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Flemings, and Roys) Buy online HERE
Boston Market: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Get $10 gift card wyb $50 gift card
IHOP: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card
Little Caesars: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card
Macaroni Grill: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card ($5 bonus card goof Jan 1 thru Feb 28)
Moe's Southwest Grill: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card
Outback: Get $20 gift card and a free music download wyb $100 gift card Buy online HERE (bonus card only good from 1/1/10 through 2/10/10)
Rafferty's: Get $5 gift card wyb $25 gift card
Smokey Bones: Get $5 off your meal AND a $10 gift card wyb $25 gift card (that's over 50%!!)
Steak N Shake: Get $5 gift card wyb $20 gift card
Other places that are non-restaurants also offering similar deals! If you're buying from here anyway (think gifts), buy a gift card first to pay with and then get free money!
Barnes and Noble: Get $10 gift card wyb $100 gift card- buy online HERE
Borders: Get $10 gift card wyb Borders "bundle" 2 $25 gift cards
The Container Store: Get $25 gift card wyb $100 in gift cards