Eat at Your Favorite Restaurants but Pay Less
Take a look at this website if you haven't heard of it yet. www.restaurant.com. (Note restaurant is singular, not plural.) You buy a gift certificate for far less than its face value, take it to the restaurant and pay for your food with the certificate. Pretty simple!
The website offers discounted gift certificates every day, but then every few days they become even MORE discounted until they get all the way to 80% off. If you purchase on the 80% off day, you can buy a $25 gift certificate for $2. But the longer you wait to purchase your certificate, the fewer they have available until it is "restocked" (about 2 weeks or so?).
There are two catches:
1. They usually require a minimum purchase of a certain amount. So, my husband and I ate at our favorite expensive Italian restaurant for our anniversary. The minimum purchase was $50. We paid $2 to restaurant.com for our $25 certificate, so we ate a $50 meal for $27. Mmmmmmmm. (Then we gave the $23 we saved to the babysitter---wink wink!)
2. A lot of them are only valid Monday through Thursday. The benefit to you: not eating at a crowded restaurant. We were the only couple in the restaurant when we went. It's also a great way to try out new restaurants in your area.
Great site it has a saved us a lot of money over the years.
We use this website all the time! I love it! Now, my husband and I do date night in the middle of the week using our coupons.