I always tell my husband NOT to buy me flowers on Valentine's Day.
Similarly, I usually prefer that we don't go out to a fancy restaurant on the 14th.
Flowers are marked up ridiculously high and restaurants are ridiculously busy in honor of St. Valentine...so I prefer to have my flowers and chocolates and dinner dates on other days throughout the year.
As you know, I typically prefer eating in to eating out for most meals.
That said, my husband and I inevitably eat out for our dates and - when we do - we enjoy trying new restaurants. Some of our experiences are good, some are not-so-good...but it's fun to go somewhere we haven't gone before, regardless. Of course, it's especially nice when we end up at a place that is clean and has first-rate customer service, coupled with fine cuisine. The experience is even better if we are able to eat at an excellent establishment...for less.
Introducing...Restaurant.com. A website that allows you to buy $25 restaurant gift certificates for $10, $50 gift certificates for $20, $75 gift certificates for $30, and $100 gift certificates for $40. Really!
Simply find a restaurant in your area (there are currently over 9,500 restaurants to choose from across the U.S.), purchase a gift certificate, print the gift certificate, and take it to your restaurant of choice.
You're probably wondering what the "catch" is. There actually isn't one. It just requires that you plan ahead a bit (meaning before you're in the car and on your way...). There are also "special instructions" for most certificates (For example, the certificate might require you to spend a minimum of $35 or might automatically add on an 18% gratuity) so be sure to read all of the details.
To sum it all up: Whether you frequent restaurants often or just like to get out and try something new from time-to-time, Restaurant.com is a great way to save money.
I'm giving away two Restaurant.com certificates (see details below). To enter, just leave a comment...or two.
FIRST ENTRY: What is your all-time favorite restaurant?
BONUS ENTRY: Log on to Restaurant.com, take a peek at the restaurants available in your area, and tell me which restaurant you would choose if you won.
WIN IT! There will be two winners. The first randomly selected winner will receive a $50 certificate to Restaurant.com. The second randomly selected winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Restaurant.com. To enter, leave a comment on this post that answers the above question prior to Sunday, February 22 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.). For a second entry, answer the bonus question in a second comment.
*UPDATE* The winners are #271 Annie ($50 certificate) and #277 Ashley ($25 certificate). Congratulations!