Get a FREE Jr. Frosty (regularly 99 cents at most locations) at Wendy’s, throughout 2016. All you have to do is purchase a cool Frosty Key Tag for just $1 at participating locations, while supplies last. It’s even sweeter because 90 percent of the proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Then, every time you visit Wendy’s in 2016, get a Jr. Frosty FREE with any purchase. The offer is limited to one per transaction, per visit, per key tag. This deal pays for itself in just one visit. However, if you frequent Wendy’s at least once a week, you could easily save more than $50 before ringing in 2017.
This time of the year, it pays to give gift cards because of all the bonus offers. The end dates vary for each promo, but most expire Dec. 31. In addition, 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, rather than pay any shipping charges — if a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping on gift cards.) Here are some of the more popular national deals. However, there are many local deals to be found, too, so check your favorite neighborhood shops for more offers. Plus, review our tips on how to maximize the promos at the end of the list.
- Applebee’s – $50 = Mystery Bonus Card valued from $5 to $25
- Bonefish Grill – $50 = $10 Bonus Card
- Buffalo Wild Wings – $25 = Blazin’ Bonus worth $5, $15, $25 or $100
- California Pizza Kitchen – $100 = $20 Promo Card
- Carl’s Jr. – $20 = FREE Original Six Dollar Thickburger
- Children’s Place – $40 = $10 off coupon
- Chili’s – $50 = $10 Bonus Card
- Cinemark Theatres – $35 = $5 Concession Bonus Coupon
- Del Taco – $30 = FREE Combo Meal / $100 = Four FREE Combo Meals
- Denny’s – $25 = $5 Denny’s Card
- Einstein Bros. Bagels – $25 = $5 Bonus Card
- Elephant Bar – $50 = $10 Promo Dining Card
- Golden Corral – $25 = $5 Bonus
- Hooters – $25 = $5 Santa’s Bonus Card
- IHOP – $25 = $5 coupon
- Jamba Juice – $25 = FREE juice or smoothie
- Joe’s Crab Shack – $25 = $15 Bonus BuckCard + FREE one-year Food & Wine Magazine subscription
- Noodles & Company – $25 = $5 Gift Giver Bonus Card
- Ocean Prime – $100 = $25 Bonus Card
- Olive Garden – $50 = $10 Bonus Offer
- Outback Steakhouse – $50 = $10 Bonus Card
- Papa John’s – $25 = FREE large, one-topping pizza
- Pei Wei Asian Diner – $50 = $10 Bonus Card
- P.F. Chang’s China Bistro – $100 = $20 Bonus Card
- Qdoba Mexican Eats – $30 = FREE entree
- Red Lobster – $25 = $10 Off Coupon or FREE appetizer
- Red Robin – $25 = $5 Bonus Buck Reward
- Regal Cinemas – $50 = $10 Promotional eGift Card
- Romano’s Macaroni Grill – $25 = $5 Grazie Gift Bonus Coupon
- Ruby Tuesday – $25 = $5 Bonus Coupon / $50 = $15 Bonus Coupon
- Smashburger – $25 = $5 Smash Cash
- Steak ‘n Shake – $20 = $5 Certificate
- Texas Roadhouse – $30 = $5 Bonus Gift Card
- T.G.I. Friday’s – $25 = $5 Bonus Bites Card
- Village Inn – $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the promos are “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2016.
If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself to “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus.
Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) sponsors Victor’s 3rd on 3rd. The merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8 p.m. (and on the third day of every month). Merchants included are Sue’s Fortune Club, The Victor / Lowell Thomas Museum, The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works and Marigold Mercantile, all located on South Third Street. FREE refreshments will be served at each location and many will have specials from 5 till 8 p.m. For more information, call 689-2346.
It pays to be a little older and wiser. On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers customers 55 and older a discount on many in-store purchases. (Proof of age may be required, so bring a photo ID. Plus, the offer is only valid with its Balance Rewards program.) On Senior Savings Day, qualifying customers save 20% on all regular-price merchandise. Note: The discount no longer applies to sale items. Of course, there are some restrictions: Discounts are not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Make sure to read the fine print on the bottom of Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day page for a full review of restrictions. If you don’t qualify, consider asking an older relative or friend to go shopping with you to get in on the savings. Be sure you’re a member of its FREE loyalty program, Balance Rewards, for maximum savings.
Take a drive into the mountains for “A Winter Wonderland” at the Cripple Creek District Museum, now through Dec. 20. This FREE family event will feature Santa Claus and photos with Santa, carolers & music, beautiful Christmas trees, lights and decorations; as well as hot chocolate and cider offered by the American Legion.
Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Check out Storytelling Day & Santa Claus, presented by Petrie’s Family Games, 7681 N. Union Blvd., all day on Saturday, Nov, 28. Story Telling day is full of story games, a visit from Santa, crafts, food, and the Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men. Come play games and have a day full of cheer and fun.
All events FREE except Gingerbread Men which is $10 per player, $5 for kids 8 to 13.
You need ideas for cheap kids’ activities and homemade toys to keep them entertained during school breaks. The creativity used to make handmade toys is fun in itself. Plus, using household items is a good way to reuse and recycle stuff you already have. We’ve found 10 DIY toys, games and kids activities suitable for indoor play. They start simple, followed by ones that require more materials, skill, preparation or adult supervision. For all 10, check out the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.
According to research from the National Restaurant Association, 26 percent of Americans plan to give a restaurant gift card as a holiday gift, and 59 percent said they would like to receive a restaurant gift card. A restaurant gift card allows the recipient to enjoy a nice dinner without worrying about picking up the tab. This is part of a greater trend of interest in experience-based gifts rather than giving goods. Following are restaurant chains offering special deals on gift card sales this year. Be sure to check the restaurant’s website or your local restaurant for full details. For a full list of restaurant gift card deals, CLICK HERE.
Don’t battle the mall crowds! Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering an alternative to the Black Friday shopping spree. This year, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering FREE admission at all 42 state parks. They’re calling it Fresh Air Friday. Park authorities are hoping to make the Black Friday special an annual event. Look for special programs and activities that day in your favorite state park. If it’s snowing, grab a sled, strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and go for a slide. Work off that turkey dinner!