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Clock at Grand Central Terminal with USA flag                                                                  

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     The regular price of the different gift certificate denominations with minimum purchase and cost (with few exceptions) are:

$10.00 certificate with minimum purchase of  $20.00 at a cost of $5.00

$25.00 certificate with minimum purchase of $35.00 at a cost of $10.00

$50.00 certificate with minimum purchase of $100.00 at a cost of $20.00

$75.00 certificate with minimum purchase of $150.00 at a cost of $30.00

$100.00 certificate with  minimum purchase of $200.00 at a cost of $40.00

     It is important to note that not all restaurants offer all the gift certificate denominations listed above.  The most common ones offered are $25 and $50.00.  I have found the $25.00 one to work the best for me because of the cost and qualifying purchase involved.

     For the most part, you can use the gift certificates any day of the week, but some establishments have blackout days of the week or times of the year.  

     It is not common to see black out dates on the gift certificates, but it will appear plainly in the ad before you place it in your cart and subsequently on your certificate.

      As I was writing this article, I received a discount offer for these gift certificates and was surprised to see that one restaurant I was interested in listed a higher price for the $25.00 certificate of $17.50.  I purchased it with the 80% off special promo code.

      As I was checking out, a "special offer" was presented with a $50 coupon for $5 which made no sense since the special promotion for a $50 certificate would have cost less.  Just a tip to be careful and not forget to apply those math skills.

     You can find savings in most cities and with some proper planning you can use them on your next out of town trip.