Gift cards are at the top of many wish list this holiday season, because they are an efficient and convenient way to check off your holiday shopping list, and many offer a bonus offer ot two that extends their face value. Gift cards are offered by a variety of merchants, including restaurant chains, retailers, even movie theaters, so there’s a lot to choose from. Some smart spending rules first:
Gift card buying tips
Most gift cards must be purchased by Dec. 31 to receive the bonus, and some bonuses end earlier, so check first.
Some promos are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way.
For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, and avoid potential shipping charges.
Even with national chains, price and participation may vary by location.
Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first.
Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Plus, most bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2018.
Top tip to maximize savings
Get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase into smaller denominations. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, purchase two separate $25 gift cards to double your bonus.
That’s not necessary for buying gift cards from businesses which give you a bonus for each gift card purchased at a specified amount (usually $25 or $50), so you should clarify first before purchasing, especially because gift cards are typically non-refundable.
Local businesses also may offer gift cards, so stop by your favorite neighborhood spot and ask.
Here’s the list of 60 bonus card deals we promised at the beginning of this posting:
Merchant – Minimum gift card purchase = bonus offer