How to make $5 worth of seafood appear out of nowhere

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How to make $5 worth of seafood appear out of nowhere

How would you like $5 worth of Red Lobster food for shopping online?

"This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving," reads Red Lobster's web page. The seafood chain is giving free $5 off coupons with the online purchase of $25 gift cards.

You have two options when it comes to the online purchase of a gift card. You can choose to send an eGift Card, which you can buy online at any time, send instantly via e-mail following security approval, record your own voice message and share your gift on Facebook. It is valid only in the U.S. The other option is to send a plastic gift card by mail. This option allows you to choose from multiple designs, personalize the card carrier and comes in a range of values up to $250.

Some conditions apply, but the Red Lobster web site does not say what those conditions are.

Is the deal worth it? Yes. Any time I get to eat Cheddar Bay Biscuits and seafood (my personal favorite is shrimp) while saving money, I'm happy. And gift cards are a great present for someone who has everything. A $25 gift card at Red Lobster will easily feed two people. And did I mention the Cheddar Bay Biscuits?

What do I recommend at Red Lobster? I'd start with the complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits--they're really worth it. The biscuits are made from scratch and baked fresh every 15 minutes. "The recipe for our craveable biscuit is secret, but that hasn’t stopped home cooks and cookbook authors from trying to re-create them," reads the Red Lobster web page. "'Recipes' have even been offered on eBay. Of course, we will share a couple of well-kept secrets for making our much-loved biscuit: do not over knead the dough and make sure you use baking soda as one of the ingredients." (I checked--they're not kidding about recipes being available for purchase on eBay.)

What would my meal be? I'd probably go for the Four-Course Feast, which costs $15.99 (but remember that's $10.99 with your coupon). My soup would be the New England Clam Chowder, my salad would be the Caesar, entree would be either the new Spicy Habanero Coconut Shrimp Bites and Sweet Citrus-Grilled Shrimp or the Cajun Chicken Linguini Alfredo, and my dessert would be Triple-Chocolate Brownie à la Mode. That's a deal at $15.99, but with your coupon for $5 off, that's highway robbery on your part.

Red Lobster features the nutritional profile of its food on its web site. It also has the Lighthouse Calculator, which allows you to choose from several healthy dishes and calculate what the total nutritional content is.