I don’t dine out very often. It is simply not very budget wise. However it sounds like I can now do it at 60% discount or even more. How?
Restaurant.com is a place to buy gift certificates for more than 7,000 restaurants nationwide. Most of these certificates are significantly discounted. $25 gift certificates cost $10, while $10 certificates cost only $3. In addition, if you use coupon code DINE before February 28, 2007, you will get an extra 60% off of your purchase.
Once you buy it, the gift certificate is emailed to you. Print it and take to the restaurant with you to pay for your food.
There are certain limitations
All certificates I have tried are good for dinners only. Also, there is a minimum purchase requirement. For example, to use a $10 certificate you need to buy a dinner for the amount of $15. And don’t forget those tips as well!
There is one more issue — it can be hard to find your favorite place in the list of restaurants. However if you feel adventurous and don’t mind to try something new (and save money on the way) then Restaurant.com is the way to go.
It should be noted that they have recently teamed up with Amazon and it looks like now you will be able to buy these same certificates from Amazon. However no matter how hard I try I get “No results match your search in Restaurant.com” error message. This looks like a bug to me.
photo: “just one little bite” by Robert Terrell