The SavingSmart shopping network offers a 5% discount on brand name gift cards from restaurants and stores where you probably already spend your money. You can also get up to 15% off at over 175 other recognizable online stores and services.
This can save you a lot of money if you like to give gift certificates for presents to your friends and family. You can do all of your shopping at SavingSmart, and save 5% on whatever you spend.
Or just use them yourself and enjoy great savings at your favorite stores and restaurants.
Here are some of the merchants that currently offer 5% off $25 gift cards:
A Pea in the Pod, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Bath & Body Works, Best Western, Blockbuster, Borders and Waldenbooks, Brunswick Bowling, Champ Sports, Dillard’s, Dress Barn, Foot Action, Foot Locker, Harry & David, Jackson & Perkins, KB Toys, Kid’s Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Lands’ End, Lillian Vernon, Linens ‘n Things, L.L. Bean, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Mimi Maternity, Motherhood Maternity, Nascar.com, Orvis, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, The Sharper Image, SonyAwards, Spa Finder, Sports Authority, Sunglass Hut, Timberland, Watch Station, White Barn Candle Co, Bon-Ton, Elder Beerman, and Staples.
Here are some of the restaurants that currently offer 5% off $25 gift cards:
Bahama Breeze, Bennigans, Bonanza Steakhouse, Hard Rock Café, Olive Garden, Omaha Steaks, Panera Bread, Planet Hollywood, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill, Steak & Ale, T.G.I. Friday’s.
Beyond those, you can save up to 15% off at online retailers including AVON.com, Circuit City, drugstore.com, Office Depot, Shoebuy.com, and many more.
The one thing you have to consider is that there is a $19.95 per year membership fee, so that will cut into some of your savings.
In order to break even, you would have to spend at least $400 on the 5% gift cards, or as little as around $135 – $300 on the up to 15% offers, depending on what you buy and where.
However, if you do buy a lot of gift cards as presents, and you shop online a lot, you can easily reach the spending level at which you would save money. If you know 20 people you would buy $25 gift cards for over the period of one year (that’s $500 in gifts), you would save $5.
Not spectacular, but if you also purchase yourself another 20 gift cards for taking the family to T.G.I. Friday’s, or shoes at Foot Locker, or a new canoe at Bass Pro Shops, or whatever else, you would save an additional $25 for a total of $30 in savings this year.
If you consider the online shopping for up to 15% in savings at great places like Office Depot, and other major purchases you could make with the 5% discount cards, like say a washer and dryer at Sears, the savings could really add up.
SavingSmart easily has the potential to save you around $200 – $300 a year if you purchase gift cards for presents and you shop and dine at the merchants and restaurants that are currently participating.
If you do, the best method for saving money is to calculate about how much you spent last year at these places and go ahead and purchase half of that in gift cards right away. That way, you’ll have them around when you get the itch to go out to eat or when you’re about to run off to your favorite store for something you’ve got to have right away.
Visit SavingSmart.com for more information.