Friday, June 11, 2010

Financial Friday - the how to...

Brian and I try to eat at home most of the time, but every now and then we get the itch to "go out." One of the ways we save is of course, using coupons. I have mentioned before, but have you ever wondered how it REALLY works?

Brian and I tested it out and took pictures to prove that it does work, and you CAN save money going out to eat!!'s main offer is “Buy a $25.00 gift certificate for $10.00.”

Here’s how to do it:
1) Go to and enter your zip code to locate a restaurant
2) Find a restaurant you like. Before you purchase, read the exclusions
**Most restaurants have “you must spend $35.00; excludes alcohol; 18% gratuity added before coupon, etc” Regardless, it’s still a great deal!**

It’s actually really hard for my family of TWO to spend $35.00. But when we have kids, we will use these coupon offers. has Gameworks and Incredible Pizza, so when we have birthday parties for our kids, we will use these coupons!

Without any special offers, here’s what you can get:
Buy a $25.00 gift certificate for $10.00
Buy $35.00 worth of food & use the $25.00 GC
Pay $10.00 total
So basically you get $35.00 worth of food for ONLY $20.00!! (including what you paid for the gift certificate itself)

Here’s how you can make the deal that much more awesome! offers discounts every now and then – 70% off & 80% off.

Here’s what Brian and I did:
We purchased a $25.00 GC to Red Barn BBQ in Colleyville for $10.00.
At checkout, we used an 80% off code, to get it for ONLY $2.00!!

We bought a little over $35.00 worth of food. Look at what all we got!!
Plate #1 – Ribs, Sliced Beef, Sausage, Green Beans & Corn
Plate #2 – Ribs, 2 Chicken, Beans & Potato Salads
2 drinks & banana pudding (not pictured)
After the $25.00 gift certificate, we paid $12.04.

We had enough left over for lunch the next day!
$12.04 + $2.00 (what we paid for the GC) = $14.04 for basically 4 meals worth of food!! Not bad! And it was a nice, little, cheap date night.

Now you know how it goes!!

In honor of Father's Day, is offering 70% off gift certificates when you use promo code "DAD". AND - when you do that, you will get a FREE $10 gift certificate. Hope this helped! To purchase your gift certificates, go HERE.

Happy savings!!

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