Meatless Monday today and free food tomorrow

Chipotle wants you to go meatless today and they’re offering you free food for doing it.  Today only, order their organic tofu Sofritas at any Chipotle in the US or Canada, then bring your receipt back on your next visit—from January 27th through February 28th, 2015—for a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos of your choice.

I actually love the Sofritas. It has a meat-like texture and great taste. But it has no creepy meat parts like surprise bones and chewy tendons (I’ve had both in my chicken at Chipotle, so now I go veg there). Enjoy!

Shop Small. Save Big.

Registration for American Express’ Small Business Saturday started this morning!  Register your American Express card now and on Saturday, November 29, use that card for an in-store transaction at a local small business for a purchase of $10 or more and you’ll receive a $10 statement credit for up to three small businesses. You can earn up to $30 in statement credits! And if you have multiple American Express cards, each one qualifies individually. I happen to have three, so I’ll be earning/saving $90 that day.

In past years, the Small Business Saturday offer was a one-time $25 statement credit at one small business.  Many small businesses in my area offered bonus gift cards with the purchase of regular gift cards that day. My favorite nail salon offered a bonus $25 gift card, when you bought a $25 gift card. So I’d end up paying $0, for $50 in gift cards. It was a killer deal. I’m hoping they’re offering something similar this year.

Extra cash back has been Discovered

I arrived at work one day last week and checked my account balances, as I do every day. I logged into the Discover site and an offer I’ve never seen before popped up. So, I read it over and clicked on the “Sign Me Up” button.

Thank you for signing up for our exclusive promotional Cashback Bonus® offer. We are happy that you have decided to shift your spending to Discover® card and want to confirm the details of your offer.   You will earn $300 Cashback Bonus after you make a total of at least $2,000 in purchases each calendar month from 12/1/14 to 4/30/15 with your Discover card.

If I spend $2,000 on my Discover card each month from December to April, I’ll earn an additional $300 cash back. That’s on top of the 5-20% cash back I get for using Discover‘s “Shop Discover” online mall portal. And also on top of the 5% bonus cash back calendar, which is offered on Online Shopping & Department stores, through December 31 and then Gas in January to March and then Dining & Entertainment in April. I also get 1% cash back at any place not listed above.

Spending $2,000 on my card each month will be fairly easy. I’ve already updated all of my auto-pay accounts to bill to my Discover card. And then there’s Christmas…

From what I’ve read about this discount, it’s by invite only and cardholders randomly receive this or a similar offer. I totally recommend getting a Discover card.

Cheap eating offers are starting to roll in

I think gift cards are the best gift. They’re easy for the gifter to buy.  And the giftee can get what they want and not have the hassle of returning something that they don’t really want or need. Restaurant gift cards are great, because everyone eats.

Christmas is coming and the bonus gift card offers are staring early this year.  Bonus gift cards mean you get a gift for yourself when you buy a gift for someone else. Or, if you’re me, you just buy gift cards for your favorite restaurants and use the gift card AND the bonus cards yourself. Make sure to read the fine print because the bonus cards can’t usually be used until January, but at least you’ll save money next year.

PF Changs is again offering a $20 bonus card for each $100 gift card purchased.

Roys is offering the same deal.

California Pizza Kitchen is offering…take a guess.

Red Lobster is blazing their own path here. You’ll get a $5 bonus coupon for every $25 spent on gift cards.

We’re only 6 days into November. More of these offers will be popping up soon. Check your favorite restaurant’s website or give them a call to find out if they’ve got a bonus for you.

 

 

Free Credit Monitoring. Thanks Home Depot!

Thanks to hackers who breached their credit card files, Home Depot is offering free credit monitoring for U.S. customers who “believe” they may have used their credit card at HD from April 2014 and on. I “believe” you did.