WEEKEND ON THE CHEAP
– Cedar Mill Community Library Giant Book and Media Sale, Friday – Monday, see web site for hours. Offers thousands of gently used Books, CDs, Books on Tape, VHS and DVDs for sale.
– Saturday is “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day;” participating local bookstores include Annie Blooms Books, Murder by the Book, Broadway Books and Second Glance Books.
– Book Sale Benefit (pdf) for Baltimore Woods at Cathedral Park Place, 6635 North Baltimore, Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Book prices begin at $1 and there will be local crafts, live music, story telling and more.
– Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden this Saturday and Sunday. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– NW Dance Theatre Presents “Excerpts from a Nutcracker Tea” 12:00pm on Saturday at the Tualatin Library. The free performance features costumes, stories and an introduction to dance.
– Friends of the Tualatin Library Holiday Used Book Sale, 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday at the Tualatin Public Library.
– House Spirits Distillery’s 6th Annual Holiday Booze Bazaar, Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm, free, 21 and over only.
– Portland Piano Club presents the “Keys to the City 2011: I Love a Piano” benefit concert on Saturday at the Old Church beginning at 8:00pm. Free with donations of packaged and non-perishable food.
– OMSI $2 Sundays: Explore the museum’s permanent exhibit areas for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Note: Admission to Body World’s and the museum on these days is $23 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (63+) and Students w/ ID, and $15 for Youth (3-13).
– McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse 3rd Annual Holiday Market, Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Featuring more than 40 local artisans, free, all ages welcome.
Holiday Gift Card Bonus Deals and Promo Offers
– Applebee’s: Free $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 worth of Gift Cards. Participating Applebee’s locations only. Not available on Digital Gift Card purchases. Promotional card expires 2/29/2012
– Arby’s: Free combo with any $20 gift card purchase; valid at participating locations only. This offer expires 12/31/11.
– Barnes & Noble: Free $10 e-gift card when you buy $100 worth of Gift Cards or eGift Cards. Your qualifying Gift Card or eGift Card purchase must be made by December 5th, 2011 at 2:59 a.m. Eastern Time
– Benihana: Now through December 31st, for every $50 in gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 promotional card to redeem January 2nd through March 31st, 2012. Offer valid 11/14/11 through 12/31/11 on Gift Card purchases that are placed within the same order.
– Burgerville: With every $30 worth of gift cards purchased you will receive a bonus $5 gift card.
– Carl’s Jr.: Purchase a $20 gift card and get a free Six-Dollar Burger at participating locations.
– Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Buy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus gift card for your next purchased meal between 01/02/12 and 02/29/12.
– Chipotle Mexican Grill: Buy $30 or more in gift cards between 11/18/11 and 12/31/11. Then bring in your receipt on your next visit for a free Burrito, Bowl, orders of Tacos or Salad. Last day to redeem receipt is 01/31/12.
– Claim Jumper & Chart House – For every $50 in gift cards purchased, receive a $10 Reward Card.
– Del Taco: Buy gift cards and get free food. The more you spend, the more free food you receive. See web site for full details.
– Famous Dave’s: Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 Rewards card. $5 Reward Cards available only with in-store gift card purchase.
– Fuddruckers: For every $25 you spend on Holiday Gift Cards, between November 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2011 you will receive a $5 gift card valid for use January 1, 2012 thru February 29, 2012 at participating Fuddruckers. See card for further details.
– Godfather’s Pizza: Get a $50 gift card for $40, now until 12/31/11. Not redeemable day of purchase.
– IHOP: Buy a $25 IHOP gift card and get $5 off your next visit (expires 01/31/12).
– Joe’s Crab Shack: Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards and get a $5 Bonus Card (valid 1/1/2012 – 2/12/2012)
– LL Bean: Get a free $10 gift card with any purchase of $50 or more. Promotional bonus card expires 02/14/12.
– McGrath’s Fish House: For every purchase of $25 in McGrath’s gift cards, receive a 20% bonus card. Offer is available through 12/31/11. Bonus Cards valid from 01/1/12 to 03/31/12. Good toward the purchase of McGrath’s Fish House food & non-alcoholic beverages only. No cash given. Not valid with any other coupon or offer.
– Morton’s The Steakhouse: Buy $300 in gift cards, get $50. Buy $500 in gift cards, get $100. Reward card is valid 01/01/12 – 03/31/12.
– Noodles and Company: Buy a total of $25 in gift cards and get a card for a free sandwich duo (free duo must be redeemed by by 05/31/12).
– Outback Steakhouse: Get a free $20 Bonus Card for each $100 in gift cards purchased.
– Panda Express: Buy a $25 gift cards and get a free two-entree plate.
– Papa Murphy’s: Get a free cookie dough when you buy $20 in Papa Murphy’s gift cards. Available now through 12/31/11 at participating US locations. We called some locations and depending on the manager, you might opt for a side salad or breadsticks instead of the cookie dough.
– Pastini Pastaria: Purchase $100 worth of Pastini Gift Cards and Pastini will give you a free $20 Gift Card.
– Qdoba: For every $25 loaded on a single Q-Cash Card, get a $5 Qdoba voucher. The voucher is valid 01/01/12- 02/29/12 at participating locations.
– Red Robin: Get a $5 Bonus Buck gift card for every $25 in gift cards purchased. Bonus Bucks are valid 01/01/12 – 02/29/12.
– Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.: For every $100 you spend – any combination of denominations – you receive a separate bonus card worth $20. Purchase from November 25 through December 31, 2011. $20 Bonus Card valid Jan 2nd, 2012 through April 30th, 2012. Participating restaurants include Kincaids, Portland City Grill, Henry’s Tavern, Newport Bay, Billy Heartbeats, Stanfords and over 30 more restaurants.
– Ringside Steak House & Fish House: Purchase $300 in Gift Cards, get a $50 Bonus Dining Card. Purchase $500 in Gift Cards, get a $100 Bonus Dining Card. Bonus Card offer available thru December 31st, 2011. Must purchase in a single transaction. Not valid on prior purchases. Bonus Cards redeemable January 2nd, 2012 – March 31st, 2012
– Romano’s Macaroni Grill: $5 bonus with every $25 gift card. To receive a $5 Bonus Card, you must purchase a $25 Macaroni Grill Gift Card either online or in a restaurant by 1/1/12. Bonus Cards are redeemable between 1/2/12 – 2/29/12. Valid at participating locations only.
– Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards, receive a free $15 bonus coupon plus free ground shipping. Free Ground Shipping and Standard Carrier with standard online gift card purchase from December 5 through December 31, 2011. Free Bonus Coupons will be delivered within two (2) business days of purchase and are valid from January 2 through February 28, 2012. Promotion ends December 31, 2011.
– Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Buy $250 in gift cards, get 10% back in bonus gift cards.
– Sonic Drive-In: For every $25 My SONIC® card you purchase you’ll receive a free $5 card for yourself. This offer is only available at participating SONIC Drive-Ins. Offer does not apply to reloads.
– Sweet Tomatoes: Now through December 7th, order gift cards online, and get free shipping (ground shipping). Plus, get a complimentary meal pass for every $50 you purchase in gift cards through December 31st. Complimentary meal pass will be sent to the gift card recipient.
– Taco Bell: Buy a $20 gift card and get a free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich combo.
Have we missed any? Past participants have included the Old Spaghetti Factory, Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera Bread, but we have not been able to verify. Costco also sells discounted gift cards for restaurants such as John’s Incredible Pizza Company, McCormick & Schmicks, Baja Fresh and more. Please leave a comment, thanks!