Monday, May 17, 2010

For the Love of Coupons

I've always loved finding a bargain and feeling like I got a great deal. But deals, in my opinion, shouldn't end with grocery store items and great clothes. I love finding coupons for restaurants and feeling like the splurge of eating decadent dinners out doesn't set us back as much as it normally would. In the past, I'd buy the Entertainment book and maybe use three coupons out of the hundreds offered and then forget about the book entirely. But now I use sites like Restaurants.com, Blackboard Eats, and Groupon to find savings on hundreds of amazing restaurants in my neighborhood. Who could beat that? The restaurants.com site offers specials on their coupons every few weeks where you can get a $25 gift card for just $2 (a $50 gift card for $4, etc.)! I buy them when they're at that price and they're valid for a year. Some of our local favorites have been featured on both sites and Gabe and I love leaving dinner, knowing we only spent 50% of the standard price!

On a side note, I'm back from vacation and working on uploading pictures, details, etc. Thank you for all the comments and support while I was gone, I appreciate it so much! I'm in the process of reading everybody's comments and catching up with all the wonderful posts that I've missed. Stay tuned for photos and stories from our Kauai trip, it was fabulous! And now back to the real world...

24 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

I am so happy you had a great time on your trip :)
I really should start doing that...I rarely use coupons...Great idea :)
Thanks so much sweetie :)
Kisses and have a lovely Monday :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Can't wait to see the photos of your trip! I completely agree about the coupons. I get the Groupon thing, and try to take advantage as much as I can. I had forgotten all about restaurants.com. I need to go there soon. Thanks!

Lovely B. said...

I'm horrible about using coupons at the grocery store. I realize saving a few dollars here and there eventually add up, but it's much more exciting saving half off a fancy dinner. If you happn to have an iPhone, you should definitely check out Scoutmob app. There's tons of coupons for local restaurants, boutiques, salons, etc. You simply show your phone to the person ringing you up and automatically save (without buying the coupon ahead of time). Seriously fabulous :)

Erica said...

Thanks for the info!
Glad you had a great trip! ; )
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hiyaluv said...

i use coupons whenever i possibly can!! i am glad you had a fantastic trip! post pics if you can!
smiles,
gina

Gabriel said...

I don't know anybody who loves a bargain more than you, and I love tagging along for the delicious meals!
As to the side note...BEST VACATION EVER!!

Siri said...

Oh how I wish I was sitting at that table eating breakfast right now...

Can't wait to see your trip pics!

Nikki said...

This looks great. I cant wait to see pics from your hawaii trip!

xx
Nikki

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i always gotta get a discount or i don't buy - vacay, shoes, resturants .. whatever it is - i feel cheated if i don't have some sort of discount! teehee

Hugs
Erika
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Lisa Griffin said...

I love Groupon but I had no idea restaurant.com coupons were good for the whole year! Thanks for tips!
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Melanie said...

I've heard of restaurants.com, but was apprehensive because it seems like one of those "if it seems to good to be true it probably is" things. Thanks for the tip!

Melanie@Unravelled Threads

Marie said...

Glad you had an amazing trip!:D Thanks for sharing the websites we could go check out for coupons.:D

Happy Monday and looking forward to your trip pictures!:D

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Marcie said...

I am right there with you. Coupons are the best. I wish Georgio Baldi had them (off PCH between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades)! I went there this weekend and you have to go! It is the best Italian restaurant ever.

:) Marcie

Katie said...

Glad you're back and had a great trip! Can't wait to hear more about it :)

Tasha said...

I love getting things a good deal! I will definitely be checking out those websites!

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Poppies and Sunshine said...

That's great you had a fun time! Can't wait for pictures :) I don't think I've checked out those websites before. I must now! When I ever need to book a hotel I usually search for coupons. I can usually find $25 off my stay (which sometimes covers all those fees that they add on!).

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Thanks for the tips girl!! I need to start using coupons! I am so intimidated by the whole process. Eeek. I can't WAIT to see your pictures!!!!! :)

Elle said...

I love groupon, and although I saw lots of restaurant.com coupons when I worked as a server, I've never actually used one... something to keep in mind as I'm working on my new student budget (I'm tickled to say farewell to my corporate job, but sad to say farewell to the paycheck....)... I may need more of your tips on how to budget during medical school and residency!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Looking forward to seeing your vaca photos. I'm sure they're all lovely!!! Thanks for sharing those food sites!!!!!

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Fifth Sparrow said...

I'm so happy you had a blast on the trip, can't wait to see photos! I'm going to check out the coupons right now, I LOVE getting deals (and am notoriously frugal!)xx

Clothes Coquette said...

Coupons are amazing! I never quite realized their value until I moved out on my own. I am definitely going to check out some of those websites.

Maki said...

I didn't learn to use coupons until I moved to Florida - my MIL taught me how to...

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Josie said...

I'm glad you had such a great time on your vacation -- you DEFINITELY deserve it! And, thanks to my mom's careful training, I also am a big fan of coupons!
xxoo Josie
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Bren said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your second honeymoon! :) Not sure if you got a chance to read my post on friday, but you should read it. ;)

Bren @ Chasing Beauty