Frugal Fa-La-La-La-La

This Thursday at MOPs we are going to be learning how to help our families live frugally.     Frugality means the quality of being prudent in saving.  This can be a hard time of year to accomplish this.  Many of the members of my family like gift cards, and it can be hard to get them on sale.  Or is it?  The last several black Fridays, Hy-Vee has had a few discounted gift cards when you purchase three of them such as I-Tunes).  While it is too late to enjoy that special this year (sorry that I didn’t post this earlier), many places do have “discounted” gift cards if you buy a certain amount.  Here are several current deals.

Applebees: buy $50, get $10 bonus card (you can split this into a few gift cards – it doesn’t have to be one)

Amigos: buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card for free

Arbys: buy a $10 card, get a free peppermint swirled shake (or other dessert)

Culvers: buy a $25 gift card, get a certificate for a free value meal

Grisanti’s: buy a $50 gift card; get a punch card for 1/2 price entree for each month in 2013 (12 HALF PRICE entrees!)

Noodles: buy a $25 gift card, get a card for a free Noodles bowl

Parker’s Smokehouse: buy $100, get $25 free gift cards

Raising Canes: For every $15+ gift card purchase, 10% of the amount goes back to community to provide toys for underprivileged kids (the gift that keeps giving!)

Runza: buy a $25 gift card, get a certificate for a free combo meal (good after Christmas)

Scooters: buy $25, get $5 free

Valentinos: buy $50, get $5 bonus card.
Your favorite place not on this list?  Call to find out if they also have great deals.  I only chose to call food places, but retail/clothing stores might also have gift card deals.  Especially this week many stores also have free shipping on minimum orders.  My favorite Christian Retailer, Christian Book Distributors, has free shipping on any $35 order through 12/6 (see the code below).  My favorite spice store has free shipping on all orders of $30 or more indefinitely (  If you do discover any  more bargains, please make a comment and share the deals with our group.

Free Shipping Until 12/6

Note: while we do eat the majority of our meals at home, we do tend to eat out about once a week (to give me a break from the kitchen!)  We have started to pick some of these places to eat at during December – we buy the gift card, then rather than gifting it, we pay for our meal that way.  I have found this is a great way to get a discounted meal at a place we were going to eat at anyway.


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