Today I’m going to feature a couple of web sites that will help you save some money if you are wanting to eat out, but the wallet is a little light.
First, one of my favorites is www.restaurant.com. This site is of benefit all across the country! You just type in your zip code and voila! you’ve got a list of restaurants that offer some sweet deals. At first, you get a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice for $10. Register on the site, and you will get emails so that if you wait a little longer, and you get the same $25 for only $3. Wait even longer, $2! Some come with stipulations such as “with $40 purchase” or “Monday-Thursday.” But, do the math, and you are still getting a $40 meal for $17! There are expiration dates, but they give you at least a month, so you can buy them well in advance. Or, do like I do, and buy them just a few minutes before you decide to go! You just print the certificate on your printer!
A few things to keep in mind, though. Certain restaurants sell out quickly, and may be gone before you get the $2 deal. Be sure to read the fine print to see what restrictions are in place. Also, an 18% tip is usually included, but then your $25 coupon often is used for deducting part of the tip. Some restaurants make it easier to see than others.
The next web site is for St. Louisans only. It’s St. Louis Meal Deals. Here you’ll find a week’s worth of deals around town. From free food (thanks to the Cardinals’ Home Opener, there are several today) to special dinner deals or tastings. It updates weekly, and sometimes there are daily updates as well. I have this one on my RSS feed, and sometimes it gets a little much. But, really, that’s more because we aren’t going out to eat as much as we used to, and it covers the entire St. Louis area, so often the deals aren’t necessarily convenient.
So, if you are watching your budget, but still want a night out, check these sites out. Tonight we’re having spaghetti. At home. Now that’s a deal! (Especially since Tom is making it!)