17 Ways to Save Money at Restaurants

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1. Join the Restaurant website newsletter

If you go to the Restaurant Website, you can register for their newsletter or frequent buyer club

Every couple of months they will send you a coupon for a discount

Some restaurants will send you a free appetizer or desert for your birthday, and in the case of fast food restaurants, a free meal


2. Birthday Club

  • Smashburgers
  • iHop
  • Longhorn
  • O’Charley’s
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • McAllister’s
  • Captain D’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Beef O’Brady’s
  • Arby’s
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill
  • Bonefish
  • Bucca di Beppo
  • Carrabba’s
  • Fazoli’s
  • Logan’s
  • Panera
  • Perkins
  • Red Robin
  • Red Lobster
  • Macaroni Grill
  • PF Chang’s
  • Souper Salad
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • TGI Friday’s
  • Wendy’s
  • Zaxby’s

All offer some sort of promo or coupon on your birthday


3. Download restaurant Apps

Receive discounts and BOGO offers on burgers from chains like

  • McDonald’s
  • Burger King


4. Coupons

Don’t overlook Coupons in

  • Sunday newspapers
  • Valpak in the Mail
  • Smartsource Flyers in the Mail

They can add up to big Savings off your Restaurant Bill


5. Discount/Coupon websites

Discount Coupon Websites offer 20-40% off e-cards for local restaurants, Buy a $10 gift card for $4, $25 card for $10 etc



Download a coupon or coupon code for a dollar amount or % off


6. Cash Back Shopping Websites

You get cash back for every dollar spent


7. Discount Restaurant E-Certificate websites

Discounts on Restaurant e-certificates

What this means is instead of you paying $25 at a Restaurant you pay $10 for an e-certificate and the e-certificate is worth the full $25 at the restaurant


8. Register at local Websites that offer Bulk Discounts

(Free to join)

As well as discounts of up to 80% off local services and attractions, they usually also have a restaurant program and if you link your credit card and use it at one of their participating restaurants you will receive up to 30% cash back on your next credit card statement

  • Try to buy any restaurant e-cards a few days before you are planning to go to the Restaurant as some may take up to 48 hours to be sent to your email inbox, most arrive within an hour of purchasing them


9. Online Gift Card Brokers

Offer cash back on restaurant e-cards and sell Gift Cards at reduced prices for the Full Value


10. Join Online Shopping Clubs

You can get discounts and savings on Restaurant gift cards and e-cards from many online shopping clubs


11. Entertainment Coupon Books

Purchase their coupon book, this program is not available in my immediate area but the savings really add up if they are available in your local area


12. Online Restaurant Delivery Services

When you sign up for their newsletter, they send you discounts


13. Ordering TO-GO

You can save a lot of money and some chain restaurants like Olive Garden from time to time offer 15% off to go orders, (even in addition to their buy one get one offers)

It can add up to big savings. You don’t have to pay as much in tips and drinks (use drinks you have  at home). You have food for two meals if you go during their BOGO offer, you still get breadsticks and soup or salad on the first meal and option of adding soup or salad to the second for a small charge


14. Frequent buyer punch cards

You get a stamp for each meal you pay for, when you have bought ten, you get a free meal, you can quickly add up stamps if three or four dine at once

You can earn credits by making reservations first through Open Table, once you have enough credits, it could be enough to pay for a free meal


15. Restaurant Facebook Pages

Often Restaurants will offer special discounts to their social media followers that aren’t advertised elsewhere


16. FREE Kids Meals

While your kids are little, take advantage of Free Kids Meals

Many restaurants invite kids to eat free on certain days or at specific times, some offer one free kids meal for every adult entree purchased.  Check with your local Restaurant as each one is different

Those offering Free Kids Meals include

  • Applebee’s
  • iHop
  • Subway
  • Denny’s
  • Chipotle
  • Beef O’Brady’s
  • Perkins
  • Bob Evans
  • Captain D’s
  • Carrabba’s
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cici’s (under 3)
  • Golden Corral
  • Ghenghis Grill
  • On the Border Mexican Grill
  • Moe’s
  • Lone Star
  • Ponderosa
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Steak n Shake
  • Shoney’s
  • TGI Friday’s
  • UNO Pizzeria

Check with each Restaurant, some chains are not the same nationwide and it depends on the individual franchise


17. Pinterest

Make sure you follow my FREEBIES board on Pinterest for coupons for restaurants & retail stores, free products, coupon codes & BOGOs

These are updated weekly with new sales and offers

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