Just in the Nick of time, retailers and restaurants are trying to pull in extra business by offering free gift cards, swag bucks or whatever you want to call them. Buy a certain amount in gift cards or merchandise and you'll get a gift card for your own use. Now that's what I call an incentive!
Of course, free doesn't always mean entirely free and standard federal laws don't apply to these bonus cards. For example, some are non-transferable, must be used between specific dates, or can't be resold. Others require you register to receive e-newsletters, so check the rules before you buy.
- The Children's Place - For every $40 you spend on gift cards, you'll get a free $10 e-gift card.
- Best Buy - Order two select Xbox 360 or PS3 games for a free $10 gift card.
- Outback Steakhouse - Get a $20 bonus card with a $100 gift card purchase. Bonus must be redeemed between 1/1/13 and 2/10/13.
- Godiva - Every $50 spent in a single order earns a $10 reward card. Rewards only valid until 1/31/13.
- Qdoba - For every $25 loaded on a gift card, you'll get a $5 voucher to use in January and February.
- Applebee's - Order $50 in gift cards online and receive a $10 bonus card.
- Kohl's - Get $10 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. Kohl's Cash must be redeemed by 1/1/13.
- Boston Market - Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card while supplies last.
- Benihana - Receive a $10 promotional card with a $50 gift card purchase. Promo must be used before 3/31/13.
- Dell - Get an e-gift card worth up to $90 when you spend between $300-$500 on e-gift cards.
- Brunswick Zone - Receive a $5 bonus card for every $25 you spend on gift cards up to $100.
- T.G.I. Friday's - Get a $5 Bonus Bites Card with every $25 you spend on gift cards.
- Buffalo Wild Wings - Buy $25 in gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings for a Blazin' Bonus Card worth up to $100. Bonus only valid until 2/28/13.
- Red Lobster - Gift card purchases of $25 or more include a free $5 bonus coupon.
- Cinemark - A Cinemark gift card loaded with $30 gets you $5 in free Movie Dollars.
- DSW - Buy a $50 gift card and you'll get a $5 bonus card. Bonus cards can be redeemed from 1/12-1/27/13.
All the above gift cards must be purchased from the merchants and not through Gift Card Granny.