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Subject: Great restaurant discount find!
Date Posted: 4/9/2010 9:20 AM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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Great restaurant discount find!

Today I was emailed a website that offers $25 gift certificates (that are really more like coupons) to local restaurants in many cities. I put in my zip code and got a list of participating restaurants, which are selling the $25 gift certificates for $10. Then there's a promotional code "DISH" which further discounts the $10 70%, making the final cost $3! Most of the restaurants require a minimum purchase of $35. These are not cheesy cheap restaurants, though. Many of them are very nice, upscale places that might otherwise be out of reach.

Restaurant.com is the site. You don't need to sign up or pay but you do need to give them your email address to get the lists. Put in zip code of the area you want to see, and remember at checkout time to put "DISH" in promo code so your total for each gift certificate will be $3, rather than $10.

Date Posted: 4/9/2010 12:56 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
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Make sure you read the fine print on the coupon before purchasing - as you said, many require a minimum purchase, and there may be more restrictions on the times you can use them, which dishes you can order, and whether or not you can get carry-out with part of the coupon.  

Subject: restaurant.com
Date Posted: 1/3/2011 11:05 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2010
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I've used this service many times with great success.

Arthi - ,
Date Posted: 1/6/2011 4:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2010
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I use free 10$ coupons from this site, and they work fine.
 
I often get coupons for our favourite restaurant.
 
Dinner for two normally costs us $26 pre tax, with $1.82 tax + $2.6 tip = $30.42 
 
Using the coupon, it comes to $16 + $1.82, but they compulsorily add an 18% gratuity, $4.68 = total $22.5.
 
Somehow the gratuity never gets printed on the bill, so we used to tip extra the first few times till we found out. BE SURE TO CHECK THE GRATUITY before you tip again.
 
if you regularly tip around 20%, then you save the full amount of the coupon. If you are used to tipping 10%, you save around $8 for a $10 coupon.
 
Another thing to note is that this website runs promotions in the last 40 days of the year. When you sign up, you can send free $10 coupons to 40 of your friends, i think. Set a reminder for the end of this year, and sign up so that you can use this offer.
Arthi - ,
Date Posted: 1/6/2011 4:56 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2010
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For the $25 coupon, you need a minimum purchase of $35, and a gratuity / tip is applied at 18%.

If you order $35 worth of food and leave a 10% tip, it costs you 35 + 2.45 + 3.5 = 40.95 for the meal, tax and tip.

But with the coupon, you pay 35 -25 + 3 + 2.45 + 6.3 = 21.75  (for the meal - coupon value + price of coupon +tax + tip).

It is the same as ordering for $18.6 + tax and tip, so you might as well use the coupon, order double, and take home extras :-)

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 2/18/2011
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I do this too, but always click through from fatwallet to get an extra 24% cashback in my fatwallet account. It's free money since I'd be buying those gcs anyway. Usually I wait til they are on 80% off so end up getting a $25 gc for $2 and have an extra $.48 then sitting in my cashback account with fatwallet. Just be sure to read the fine print.

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 4:38 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
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I've used this service many times with great success.

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