Like they say, it's as easy as entering "PLATE" at checkout.
Nate and I go out to eat once a week as part of our monthly budget. We spend no more than $30 per week on dinner (we also have a dessert budget, but that's another story!) by limiting our restaurant selections to those that have coupons or promotions available. We've found that Groupon usually has the best deals in our area, but this Restaurant.com promo might have them beat.
Here's how to decide if you'll get a good deal on Restaurant.com:
1. Determine if the restaurant is one that you would want to go to. It's not a good deal if you hate the food!
2. Take a close look at the restrictions. Do you have to spend your coupon on certain days of the week or times of the day? Is there a minimum purchase?
3. Find out what the price range is for the restaurant's menu. Will you need to spend over the minimum purchase restriction to eat meal?
3. Calculate the actual savings. If Restaurant A costs $15 for a $25 certificate, it will end up at $4.50 after the 70% promotion. If you can enjoy a meal at $35 (the minimum purchase for Restaurant A), then your total meal cost will be $35- $25 certificate = $10 (in restaurant) + $4.50 (paid up front on Restaurant.com). A dinner for two for $14.50 is a good deal based on my budget... but if you end up needing to spend $60, the total cost would be $39.50 or over my weekly budget.
What's your favorite way to save at restaurants?
ETA: As of Monday, January 10th, you can use 'SPOON' to get 80% off.