We’ve all taken our share of hits from the economy, but some good things have come out of it, too. And one of those good things has been the opportunity to save money eating out. With a little effort, it’s possible to never pay full price for a meal, and also eat in new places you’d never have tried otherwise.
There are misc. ways to save money eating out, but first, the easiest – signing up for e-clubs. If nothing else, they’ll usually give you something free for just signing up, and quite a few give you a free menu item for your birthday. This month is my birthday, and I have more coupons for free food than I could possibly use. But tops on the list is the free burger at Red Robin – love those Banzai Burgers! – and free macaroni and cheese at Noodles and Co. I also have free appetizers and desserts coming from Bennagens, Chili’s, and Texas Road House, and a $5.00 coupon at Miss Mamie’s. I haven’t checked my e-mail yet tonight for any others. Otherwise, they all vary. Some send you notices of special promotions and sales, others send Buy-One-Get-One free or dollars-off coupons. Some do both, and some you never hear from again.
In the QCA, a good number of privately-owned restaurants have web sites, but the best coupon sites are the chains, so just type the restaurant name in with .com, or do a search and see what you find. In the meantime, here is a list of the best I’ve found.
Wise Guys Pizza – sign up at the restaurant
And I’m seeing more and more often that “liking” a restaurant on Facebook can also get you something free from your favorite restaurant. Just keep your eyes open.
This is Part One on saving money – I’ll continue this in a couple days. Even if I had the money to pay whatever I wanted for any meal I wanted, I’m not sure I’d give up looking for ways to save money on eating out. It’s a fun challenge. And I would love to hear from you for any ideas I may have missed!!