Today’s Deals: Last-Minute Gift Options and More Gift Card Freebies

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I’ve subscribed to the promotional emails of 500 companies and brands so that you don’t have to. I sift through 1,000 deal-touting emails every week. Most are worthless, but a handful offer valuable coupons, promo codes, sales, and freebies – which I collect and organize for you here.

It’s Christmas Eve eve. If you still haven’t finished your shopping, your options are braving the lines at the mall or grabbing a gift card from anywhere within driving distance.

Even if you’re willing to spend a small fortune to overnight ship an online purchase, it may not arrive by Christmas Eve. (Check each store’s shipping cut-off dates and read Cheapest Overnight Shipping Options).

At brick-and-mortar stores, discounts are rare because retailers know that last-minute shoppers don’t have time to comparison shop. But a few national chains – mostly clothing stores that want to turn over inventory for the new year – are offering surprisingly good sales.

Below are the best in-store deals I’ve received over the past few days, plus a few more gift card freebies that have been announced since we published Where to Find Gift Card Freebies This Holiday Season

Retail stores

  • American Eagle Outfitters (for teens and younger adults): Additional 40 percent off almost everything in stores and online (use code 39427841) [12/24].
  • Ann Taylor (for her): 50 percent off almost everything in stores and online (use code WINTER50) [expiration unknown].
  • Coldwater Creek (for her): 50 percent off almost everything in stores and online (use code WZH1736) [12/27].
  • Filene’s Basement (for the whole family): 50 to 70 percent off everything in stores [expiration unknown]. This is a going-out-of-business sale with only a few days left, so all sales are final.
  • Nordstrom Rack (for the whole family): Up to 75 percent off in stores during the Clear the Racks sale [1/1].

Food

Gift card freebies

Retail stores

  • American Eagle Outfitters (for teens and younger adults): Free $10 money card with the purchase of a gift card in stores [12/24].

Food

  • Boston Market: Free $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card in restaurants [expiration unknown].
  • Chili’s: 10 percent off when you buy a $50-plus gift card in restaurants [expiration unknown]. Previously, this discount was only offered on $100-plus purchases.
  • Friendly’s: Free $5 gift card with the purchase of $25 in gift cards in restaurants [expiration unknown].
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Free $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card in restaurants and online [1/1].

Looking for more deals? Visit the Deals page for 24/7 savings. Got a suggestion, comment, or question? Contact me at karla@moneytalksnews.com.

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