Do you like to dine in restaurants? Do you like to save money? Me too!
My tip for this week is something that can allow you to do both at the same time: Restaurant.com! Perhaps some of you have even tried it before and can attest to its greatness.
The key to using Restaurants.com properly is to understand what it is, and what it is not. Restaurant.com allows you to purchase and print out “gift certificates” for local restaurants. These “gift certificates” can’t be used the same way gift cards can be. I think of them more as high value coupons than true gift certificates. Each restaurant has different parameters and rules that govern how their certificates can be used. Before purchasing your certificate, you need to make sure you understand and are okay with these rules, but 9 times out of 10, they are reasonable and easy to follow. When browsing the restaurants on the site, the rules for each restaurant and certificate are easy to find and very clear.
Just as an example…When Tadd and I went on our mid-week date night to 310 Park South a few weeks back, we purchased and used a $25 certificate from Restaurant.com. These are the rules we had to abide by in using the certificate:
Minimum purchase of $35. Excludes Fri-Sat. 18% Gratuity added prior to discount. Excludes: Holidays/Special Events, Other Offers/Promotions. VALID ONE CERTIFICATE per party/group/person PER CALENDAR MONTH.
Since there were 2 of us eating, we knew we would surpass the $35 minimum, and we went on a Wednesday night, so the day of the week wasn’t an issue (although I should note that these sorts of day-of-week restrictions are rare for other restaurants featured on the site). Once we had solidified plans, I purchased the certificate for $10, printed it, and brought it to the restaurant, and just like that we saved $25 off of our bill. So with very little effort, we netted a $15 savings off of our check.
Even better, if you like Restaurant.com on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, you will be privy to some really great promo codes that they release quite often. Right now they are doing a 70% discount on certificates when the promo code SWEET is used at checkout. That means a $25 certificate that would typically cost you $10 would now cost you only $3. So you would be spending $3 to save $25. Not too shabby!
I am thinking about snagging a certificate myself with that promo code to use for our anniversary dinner this weekend (Sunday will be 7 years of marriage!).
Disclaimer: Thoughts are my own. I am not being paid to make the aforementioned statements. Simply reviewing products and providing tips of items that I love, to share with my readers.