The holiday season is upon us. We are inundated with commercials, flyers, and even signs in our local restaurants offering specials. Many of the deals we will be offered will include gift cards. Gift cards are great for that person who you know where they shop, just not what they would buy. Who says, though, that gift cards can’t be gifts to yourself?
Gift cards can also be a great way for you to save some money in places you like to shop or dine. You just need to be on the lookout and take advantage of them Buying yourself a $25 gift card for $25 will not save you any money. You need to look for the deals.
The best deal on gift cards seem to come from restaurants. They like to use them for promotion as much as profit. A person gets a gift card for a restaurant, they eat there, they like the food, they become repeat customers. This is why many restaurants will sell a $25 gift card for $20, or even a $50 for $40. There is no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of a deal like this for yourself. In fact, if you know you’ll be eating there soon anyway, why wouldn’t you want to save $5, $10, or even more on your next meal.
Online retailers have become another source for gift card deals. They use pretty much the same theory as restaurants by using the cards to drive traffic to their sites. Here again, it’s about keeping your eyes open for products or services you would use yourself. You may find gift cards for song downloads or Ebooks that offer more songs or books than you can usually purchase for that price. They may also include gift cards for an affiliated site with your purchase. If there is a product you planned on buying as a gift anyway, and an online retailer offers you a free gift card to go along with it why would you pass that up? You may even be able to use that card as a gift to someone.
A recent trend in gift cards, by retailers, is to give them along with certain products. You may be able to find deals for gaming systems that offer gift cards to a game retailer. Many retailers are just offering gift cards to their own stores as an incentive to make your initial purchase with them. Research products you know you will be buying as gifts. Look for places that offer gift cards as a bonus on the purchase of those products. Keep the cards for yourself or give them as gifts to others. If you don’t it’s like not buying something at the best price you can find.
Gift cards were born with the intent of giving. No one said you can’t give them to yourself. A few extra song downloads will be nice to listen to as you make your way to your favorite restaurant to have a discounted meal. All of this will be a nice reward to yourself after all that shopping.