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4 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

With the hustle and bustle of school followed by after school activities, sometimes it’s easier to grab dinner out before extreme hunger hits and while going out can be more expensive than eating at home, it doesn’t have to be. But how do you know where the deals are? Surprisingly, there’s doesn’t seem to be a great iOS or Android app to help parents but tech savvy families can stick to their household budget by doing these four things to save money when dining out.

Get email alerts for daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social for restaurant deals. While the selection varies from day to day, email alerts help you stay on top of what restaurants are offering deals like half off on dining certificates.

Look for kids eat free days. Often restaurants advertise their kids eat free days and others are happy to offer up the information when asked. Another great resource is that allows you to do a search based on your city and state for participating kids eat free restaurants. Since it can be hard to remember which restaurants offer free meals on various days, make a list on your smartphone to give your family some options when you need to grab a bite on the go.

Check to see what area restaurants participate. Just by entering your zip code, will find local eateries and you select the gift certificate amount you’d like to purchase at a heavily discounted rate. Often times $25 gift certificates to a restaurant cost $10 out of pocket. There are sometimes restrictrictions such as days of the week the certificate can be used or a minimum purchase amount but generally is a great way to save a ton of money as long as you enjoy the fare at the participating restaurants in your area.

Shop for gift cards for favorite restaurants at warehouse clubs. Our local Costco has a wide variety of gift cards for restaurants in our area and while it’s a significant outlay of cash at first, generally a purchase of $80 comes with a $20 bonus gift card for a total of $100. If you easily tire of the same restaurant, purchase gift cards to one restaurant and have a friend purchase gift cards to another then split them for variety’s sake.

Daughter enjoying meal with her mother via Shutterstock


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Getting the Most for Your Money When Shopping Online

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Savvy online shoppers know to search for deals, price matching policies, and coupon codes before they start shopping and to make purchases, they shop through services that return a percentage of their money as credit towards a college account or rebates. Offers for free shipping, discounts on purchases, buy one get on free deals can be found if you know where to look or if you subscribe to your favorite retailer’s email newsletters.

Parent and blogger Lisa Frame, from A Daily Pinch, says she loves finding discounts when shopping online. “It helps that I get newsletters from my favorite etailers who always offer great deals,” she says.

Frame subscribes to newsletters sent by favorite stores such as Lands’ End, Lane Bryant, Kate Spade, Sephora, Macy’s, and Coach. Even high-end stores like Neiman Marcus offer email newsletters. Frame is no stranger to the store’s evening dashes” where she’s “grabbed some steals and saved tons of money.”

In addition to keeping up with current discounts, Frame also maximizes her spending by turning to eBates, RetailMeNot, and her family’s Upromise account. “Between those three, I save money or get money back into my son’s college account. Either way I’m saving in the present, or saving for the future.”

Recently, Frame spent $180 while shopping online through Lands’ End’s site and will be getting 6% back through eBates. After completing holiday shopping, she’s received as much as $90 back from eBates at the start of the new year.

Frame is not the only savvy shopper out there. According to research conducted by ZenDeals, a site that aggregates valid coupons on the web, she’s among the 90 million people who use online shopping promo codes to make her money count.

Besides the sites that Frame uses regularly, these two new websites are also worth taking a look at:

  • ZenDeals— This new service helps solve the problem of shopping frustration and wasted time by providing shoppers with 100% guaranteed-to-work coupon codes for hundreds of top online retailers. No more sifting through a multitude of sites and trying different codes. ZenDeals makes it easier to find the discounts you’re looking for faster.
  • Blue Kangaroo— Blue Kangaroo scours the Web and uses its direct relationships with more than 1,600 brands, daily deal sites, flash sale and coupon sites to aggregate all deals into a single location and sends daily deals and brand offers to your inbox. The site uses technology that gets to know a consumer’s preferences in order to organize deals based on shopping preferences so the best deals and offers are immediately accessible. Blue Kangaroo also sifts through Yahoo! and Gmail emails for relevant offers from your favorite retailers.

 Young Asian woman gives online shopping education to her daughter via Shutterstock

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