Eating out at restaurants can be a big budget breaker, especially if you go out to eat often. One way to cut down on this expense is to buy deeply discounted dining certificates at Restaurant.com.
How It Works
To get started, you can search by zip code, state, or popular city nationwide. (As of 7/27/14, there were 142 available restaurants in the Twin Cities area, where I live.) If you’d like, you can further refine your results to include only restaurants with a particular cuisine, average entrée price, or other features.
Once you’ve found a restaurant you like, you can choose to purchase a $10, $25, or higher value dining certificate, depending on the restaurant. The regular price of $10 gift certificates is $4 and $25 is $10. Keep in mind that these “gift certificates” are really coupons that have a minimum purchase requirement and other stipulations. For example, the $25 gift certificate requires you to make a $35 minimum purchase, and 18% gratuity is added before the discount.
Still, this is a great way to make your regular restaurant outing less expensive or try a new one. The restaurants that offer these certificates are usually local, although there are a few chain restaurants available. If the certificate you want is out of stock, know that they are restocked on the first of each month and new restaurants are always being added.
Certificates are good for up to one year from date of purchase.
Giving Gift Certificates
You can also give a Restaurant.com gift certificate to someone else to be instantly printed or sent via email. The recipient can then redeem his/her certificate at a restaurant of his/her choice. Restaurant.com now offers gift cards sent through postal mail to recipients, too. These gift cards work similarly to the dining certificates, except they have no expiration date. There’s also a dinner-of-the-month club where your recipient receives a $25 gift certificate each month.
The real kicker with this program is that they often give out 80% off codes that make this a stellar deal. This means that, even with the minimum purchase requirement, you can get a $35 meal for just $12 + gratuity! Carrie lets us know when new Restaurant.com coupon codes come available.
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