This has been another fantastic month or two for gift card deals. If you remember, I bought a lot of these deals in December 2015. I talked about it Here.
Well, I took advantage of some great gift card deals the past two months that will be used for both shopping and going out to restaurants in 2017.
Our Top's supermarket had a deal where if you spent $50.00 all in one grocery trip, you got $10.00 off a $50.00 gift card. They had a limited number of cards that you could use this $10.00 off of. I would have liked it if there had been a better choice of cards. But I made it work for us. As I told you in my 2015 post, I only buy gift cards for places that are close to home and that we don't have to drive 25-50 miles to get to. So I was limited to J.C. Penney's, Applebee's and Panera Bread gift cards on this deal. They are all places that will work for us.
Dollar General also had a deal where if you purchased 2 gift cards, you got $10.00 off. The only gift card they had that interested me was Burger King.
So I wanted to disclose to you just what gift cards we are starting 2017 with and the amounts:
J.C. Penney's $50.00
Old Navy or Gap 10.00
Tom's Diner 21.00
Panera Bread 244.97
Burger King 70.00
These gift cards total $ 790.69. I paid a total out of my pocket of
$ 519.69 for these cards. That is a savings of $ 271.00 for us. We also purchased these gift cards using our 2% back rewards credit card. One gift card was gifted to us. Not all gift cards are pictured because some are e-gift certificates.
The Kohl's and Old Navy or Gap will be used for clothing purchases through out 2017 if needed. We will also use a sale and coupon to make the money go further. The J.C. Penney's may be used for clothing or as a birthday gift.
Russell's is our very favorite steakhouse. They have exceptional food and service. However they are so expensive that we only go there once or twice a year. This gift card from our son and his wife will defray the cost of dinner for us. With dinner, drinks and tip our bill will run from $150. to $200. for the two of us. This gift certificate will defray the cost for us. Here is their menu: Russell's
which is outstanding.
Applebee's is very close to our home. We will use the gift cards to go out for a few dinners, lunches, or get take out. We love being in the comfort of our home, so we do order their take out to go more often. We also belong to their Golden Apple Club for seniors so our entree's are always 10% off. If they have an appetizer or dessert coupon, we will use those too.
Tom's Diner and Burger King will be used for breakfasts. Burger King may also be used when my grandson is staying overnight for a dinner treat. Sometimes when we travel on the Thruway, we stop at Burger King for lunch.
Panera Bread is a favorite. We love their Tuesday deal of 13 bagels for $ 6.99. As you can see, I have already used one of these cards to get the deal. We do this about once every two months. I bring them home and freeze them. When we feel like a bagel they just need to be thawed. We also love their soup and sandwich deal. So we will either do take out or eat in.
We will not be limited to these places. If we want to go elsewhere we will. We will actually be celebrating the New Year sometime next month with friends of ours at a new to us restaurant. But knowing we have these gift cards will certainly help us decide where to go or get take out from when the urge hits us. These should be a great savings for us in 2017.
How about you? Did you get some great gift card deals during the holiday shopping season?