Friday April 25th 2014

Smart Spending

How To Save Money on Eating Out in Maine

By: Chrystie V.

This week we are doing a series on Dating on A Budget, if you are just joining us, here is what you missed:

Day #1: Is it Okay to Use a Coupon on a Date?

Luckily for all of us, those of you who commented on yesterday’s post agree that coupons are a smart way to save money on a date, and nothing to be embarrassed by. So today, I’m going to show you of a couple of ways to save money while eating out on a date.

Do not be mistaken, just because I have a stockpile that could feed my family for 3-4 months does not mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional fancy schmancy dinner with my husband:) BUT, now that I coupon (and am comfortable using coupons on dates..ack!) , I know that I can still enjoy a great meal and save money at the same time.

Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on going out to eat:

Get to know the daily deal sites: Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial offer huge discounts on local restaurants and services. I’m often able to pick up a $50 Gift Certificate to one of my favorite restaurants for just $25 bucks or so. The best part of these ‘coupons’ is that there is no need to print them out! You can usually just show the voucher from your smartphone.

Discounted Restaurant Vouchers: Restaurant.com offers fantastic deals on restaurants in the local area and the best part is that they frequently have 70% & 90% off sales on their Gift Certificates. I am usually able to score a $25 Gift Card for only a few bucks! The only thing you have to watch out for is the fine print on some of the deals, some of them require that you spend a certain amount before being able to use the voucher. (Right now you can score a $25 certificate to Hi Bombay in Portland for only $10 bucks!)

Portland Dine Around: Before I started couponing, I used to think that the Portland Dine Around card was reserved for the blue hairs of the state…then I bought one…and then I bought another one and I was a believer. With over 100 participating restaurants, it’s hard to ignore the savings that come with this little book & membership card! Essentially you purchase the booklet for $30 get access to hundreds of coupons and discounts at the participating restaurants.

Stay tuned later this week, when I’ll highlight some of Portland-er’s favorite cheap date spots!

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