Applebee's is getting creative to save Texans money in March. They'll accept expired coupons, gift cards from other stores, and even Kohls Cash.  Really!

If you've got a stack of old, expired coupons for pizza restaurants, burger joints, and takeout Chinese, you can use them toward the food bill at Applebee's during the month of March.

The company said it realized that many of us have coupons and gift cards for places we don't care to visit, and that's what helped Applebee's decide start accepting all of them at its restaurants.  And they have 67 locations counting East Texas, Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio that are participating.  They do suggest you call ahead and make sure your location is part of promotion.

The press release from Applebee's says they'll accept ANY and ALL gift cards, gift certificates, coupons, etc.  at its restaurants, expired or not, from ALL businesses and brands during the month of March.

Can we use a Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon?  It sounds like it.  And if you've got ten stray Starbucks gift cards with a 50-cent balance left on each of them, getting five bucks off at Applebee's might be better then going back for ten cups of coffee.  I'm not good at math, but I think that saves us some time and gas money in the long run, in addition to cash.

The offer is not good toward alcohol, and the offer cannot be combined with any other Applebee's discounted offer.

Otherwise, this sounds like a good month to clean out the coupon drawer and get up to 50 percent off at Applebee's.

Here are the East Texas locations.  See ya there.

  • 1110 E. Tyler Street
    Athens
  • 335 E. State Highway 243
    Canton
  • 7004 Wesley
    Greenville
  • 101 West Loop 281
    Longview
  • 4609 S. Medford Drive
    Lufkin
  • 2225 S. Loop 256
    Palestine
  • 3905 Lamar Avenue
    Paris
  • 5502 S Broadway Ave
    Tyler