15 Retail and Restaurant Gift Cards for Up to 42 Percent Off

This weekend is a great time to get a gift card, because Raise.com is offering an extra 5 percent off for select retailers and restaurants. Find out more.

What if you had the opportunity to save a big chunk of change — say an extra 10 to 40 percent — on almost every purchase you made?

Well, that opportunity to save big is here, thanks to online marketplaces that buy and resell unwanted gift cards at a discount. Examples include Raise.com and Cardpool.com.

All you have to do is seize the opportunity. This weekend is a great time to try it out, because Raise.com is offering an extra 5 percent off gift cards for select retailers and restaurants listed below. Just enter promo code TAKE5 at checkout by 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday.

If you’ve never bought a discounted gift card, it’s quick and easy. I did it as recently as last week.

First, click here to visit Raise.com. Then click on “SIGN UP” in the upper right corner to create an account if you don’t already have one. (Signing up takes maybe one minute.)

Once you have an account and are logged in, select the store for which you want to purchase a discounted gift card, select an amount for the card, and check out (which also takes maybe one minute).

If you choose a plastic gift card — which Raise.com labels as “Physical” — it will be mailed to you. If you choose a gift card for online use — which might be labeled as “Egift” — Raise.com will email you the information within 24 hours so you can redeem the card online.

Here’s where you can save more than usual by buying a discounted card from Raise.com this weekend. When we last checked, savings topped out at 42 percent on some cards. Just remember to enter “TAKE5” when checking out:

Retail:

  1. Abercrombie & Fitch
  2. Claire’s
  3. Cole Haan
  4. CVS (Add to your savings by taking advantage of CVS.com’s “SAVE30” promo code that’s good through Saturday.)
  5. Dollar Tree
  6. H&M
  7. J.C. Penney
  8. Marshalls
  9. Old Navy
  10. Ross
  11. T.J. Maxx

Restaurants:

  1. Buca di Beppo
  2. Boston Market
  3. McDonald’s
  4. Texas de Brazil

Have you used discounted gift cards before? Share your experience in our Forums. It’s a place where you can swap questions and answers on money-related matters, life hacks and ingenious ways to save.

Stacy Johnson

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