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We have a winner...in the Starbucks gift card giveaway!

Thanks so much to all of you who entered my giveaway for a little holiday splurge in the form of a $10 Starbucks gift card.

I asked you to leave me comments on your favorite holiday splurges and your responses were so fun to read. Even we frugal folks have our guilty pleasures!

And, of course, I especially liked how some of you described obtaining your holiday splurges on the cheap.

Another free $10 Target gift card deal

                          

Target has announced another free gift card offer, though it's not quite as generous as two earlier deals.

This time around, you must spend $75 to get a $10 gift card instead of the previous $50. On the plus side, this time there's no coupon required. The cashier will be automatically prompted to give you the card once your order reaches $75.

If you're interested, you must shop between 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and noon Saturday, Dec. 17.

Give Chipotle gift cards and you get free food

Chipotle restaurants are offering customers an incentive to buy gift cards for the holidays -- free food on your next visit.

For every $30 you spend in Chipotle gift cards, you'll get a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos.

But whatever you do, keep your receipt! That's your ticket to your free food. You must present the receipt of your gift card purchase to eat free.

The deal is good through Dec. 31. And you have until Jan. 31 to get your free burrito.

Savings a 'triple play' at McDonald's

We don't eat out that often, but when we do, I like to maximize our savings. Usually, we do that by simply using a coupon.

But I wanted to tell you about our quick stop at McDonald's yesterday because it yielded what's known in coupon circles as a "triple play" of savings.

Holiday Help: Gift card deals that reward the giver

Restaurants looking to snatch at least a sliver of  your holiday budget are taking their sales pitches straight to your stomach.

Buy one of their gift cards and they'll give you a free meal on the spot.

So far, I've spotted these deals:

We have a winner...in the Harris Teeter gift card giveaway

I asked you to tell me how you did shopping at Harris Teeter this week during Super Doubles, and you came through with some great reports.

Some of you gave me your entire lists, telling me how much you saved down to the penny. Others posted new deals discovered in the aisles. One reader even posted a photo of her Super Doubles haul!

And a few readers lamented empty shelves, which, sad to say, is an occupational hazard of being a couponer.

I loved reading all the comments and appreciate your enthusiastic participation. But, of course, I only have one $10 gift card to give away.

Tell us what you scored at Super Doubles and you just might win a Harris Teeter gift card

 

If you've hit the aisles at Harris Teeter and scored some great deals during Super Doubles, we've love to hear about it. Go ahead and brag!

Post your successes (or disappointments) at the bottom of this post and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift card to......where else? Harris Teeter.

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Lowes Foods offers way to save on iTunes

If you've got music lovers on your holiday gift list, you'll want to check out this deal at Lowes Foods.

Right now, the grocery chain is offering a discounted deal on iTunes gift cards.

When you purchase a $25 iTunes card, you'll get a $5 coupon to spend at the grocery store. The coupon prints at the register.

That's the equivalent of a 20 percent discount.

The deal is good through Tuesday, Nov. 1.

$25 Boston Market gift card for $15

The deals site Saveology is offering another discounted gift card deal.

This time it's a $25 gift card to Boston Market for $15.

I love these sorts of deals because not only are you getting what essentially amounts to free money for dining out, but you can save even more by using coupons with your discounted gift card.

And I'm sure I don't need to remind you that this would make a terrific holiday or birthday gift for someone on your list.

SOLD OUT: $5 will buy you a $10 gift card to Papa John's, Chili's, etc.

The daily deal site Saveology is offering a steal of a deal. Actually two.

Buy one or both of these deals:

  • a $10 gift card to Papa John's for $5
  • a $10 gift card to Chili’s Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina for $5.

Offers for heavily discounted gift cards like these -- for 50 percent off  -- don't come around that often so these are real opportunities to save.

And don't forget: Once you have your gift card in hand, you can use a coupon to get your meal even cheaper.

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