The holidays are here, and that means several holidays coming our way. With inflation continuing to rise, we’re all looking for more ways to make our money go further! We’ll show you how you can save more money on dining out using discount restaurant gift cards! On average you can save 10-20% off the face value of certain restaurant pre-paid gift cards. Some of these deals require a Costco or Sam’s Club Membership…but not all of them!
When you buy discount dining gift cards, you can save just by buying restaurant gift cards. That savings can be stacked with restaurant weekly specials, free kids meals, coupon codes, family meal deals, etc to make your dining out budget stretch even further! These make great holiday gifts as well!
Here are several restaurants that offer Sam’s Club or Costco members to purchase gift cards at a discount, as well as specials or coupons you can purchase directly which we think offer a great value and save money.
Why I Like Discount Gift Cards From Costco & Sam’s Club
Unlike a coupon code, a Groupon, or a specific special offer, the discount gift cards at Costco are used just like you would use any other form of payment. So that means if there is a special, clearance markdown, coupon code, or any kind of special offer available…you can generally still take advantage of those deals and simply use the gift cards to pay your balance just like you would use a credit card. As you can imagine, there is some really significant possible savings when you stack those!
Some examples of this at restaurants are things like a family meal deal offer, a happy hour, or BOGO offer…you can still take advantage of those special discount deals and then pay your tab with the 20% off gift cards!
We scored 20% our ferry tickets from Catalina Express recently though a discount offer at our local Costco – there are also localized deals. In Southern California we also have Legoland California, Universal Studios Tickets/Season Passes, and event tickets. So be sure to cruise by the big stand in-stores right now – while discount gift cards are sold online all year long, the big in-store display is only around the holidays!
Generally speaking, Costco carries more discount gift card offers across the board – and the discount is often higher – but you’ll also need to spend $80 or more in most cases in order to get a deal. On the other hand, Sam’s Club will have more offers in the under $50 range, but the discount can be lower. Both are definitely worth checking, as well as retailers/restaurant websites – often these deals aren’t heavily advertised and you need to really check for them to catch them!
Noteworthy Discount Restaurant Gift Card Offers
Red Lobster has a deal on their website on gift cards purchased directly from Red Lobster – Buy $50 in Red Lobster gift cards and get 2 Bonus Coupons for $10 Off. Red Lobster also offers family meal deals and Specials like Ultimate Endless Shrimp.
Panera Bread has a deal on their website on gift cards purchased directly from Panera – Buy $50 in Panera Bread gift cards and get a $10 bonus card. Panera offers a variety of family meals deals starting around $24. If you missed that deal, you can grab Panera cards at Sam’s Club too.
The Honey Baked Ham Company
Right now in-store at Costco, you can buy a $100 gift card to The Honey Baked Ham Company for $80. That’s 20% off a holiday Honey Baked Ham! These are really good!!
Bucca Di Beppo
Bucca Di Beppo gift cards are 20% off face value at Sam’s Club, and members can buy 4 $25 gift cards for $79.99. Bucca Di Beppo offers daily family meal deals to go which include a salad, bread, and entree for $33 (feeds 3) or $50 (feeds 5). That shakes out to a gift of a complete dinner for 5 for about $40 to the gift giver.
Boston Market gift cards are also 20% face value at Sam’s Club, and members can buy 2 $25 gift cards for $39.99. Boston Market offers a wide variety of family meals. Prices vary slightly by location, but for example…a Chicken & Ribs Family Meal Deal including a whole rotisserie chicken, a full order of baby back ribs, 4 pieces of cornbread and choice of 4 large side orders costs around $50 depending on location.
Costco sells 5 $20 Peet’s Coffee Gift cards (aka $100 in gift cards) for $79.99 – that’s 20% off – and these also make great holiday gifts!
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