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Monday, April 2, 2012

Restaurant coupons: are you really saving money?

I have become a bit of a coupon junkie especially when it comes to going out to eat. You can save loads of cash if you know where to go and when to take advantage of special deals.

Websites such as and super daily deals like Groupon and Living Social can give you deep discounts on eateries in your area. However, you are not really saving money unless you already have plans to go out. Many of us jump at the opportunity to buy a $100 gift certificate for half the price, but its not worth it if you buy something that you wouldn't have used without the coupon (the same is true for any coupon).

So if you have plans to go out (think birthdays, date nights etc.), hop on to one of the above sites and see what you can find. If you sign up for email updates on you will be notified when they have even deeper discounts like purchasing a $50 certificate for $4. However, make sure you read the fine print as you will still have to spend a minimum (i.e. $100 minimum purchase for most $50 gift certificates) and sometimes it excludes alcohol and weekends.

Happy Dining!

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