How often have you suffered a great expenditure when out on a shopping and had a dinner at a costly restaurant that ultimately ended up making a big hole in your pocket? It is not that the restaurant was expensive, but a little bit of strategic approach could have proved favorable for your budget and controlling expenses. If you are yet to explore the tricks to save money on restaurants bill, read on.
Conduct Search: Some major restaurants such as Pizza Hut have online ordering facilities. Use the menu card of various restaurants to find the details of the prices of different items. This will give you a fair idea as to which place offers food at reasonable rates. If there are coupon facilities available, then you have the additional benefit of saving more money.
Sign Up for Free Newsletters: If you are too particular on dining at any particular restaurant due to the inclination to the taste, you can sign up for free newsletters at websites where information on restaurants are available. These newsletters contain discount coupons, vouchers, newly launched recipes, prices and much more. This can be beneficial for locating a restaurant that offers food at reasonable prices and also planning your budget.
Use Coupon Codes: This is the most fabulous ways to save money going out to eat without compromising with desired food item ordering. Some sources such as LiveSocial and Groupon are the storehouse on coupon codes for every major restaurant. Print your coupons and you can comfortably order your food at a nearest restaurant of your choice.
Explore Happy Hour Offers: Many restaurants have happy hours during a certain point of time in the day say in the afternoon. The meals and package dishes are available at special discounted prices during this time period.
Subscribe to Restaurant Email Lists: Due to high competition, the majority of restaurant authorities invite the customers to share their emails. Subscribing to the email lists will entitle you to the latest menu additions, offers, happy hours, special seasonal offers, food festival offers and much more that you can cherish.
Pay through Credit Cards: The credit card companies often privilege their customers with up to 5 to 20 percent discount on restaurant bills. Check if your credit card is acceptable at the particular restaurant or not.
Take Desserts and Beverages at a Separate Destination: This is a major trick you often miss. The regular restaurants may not have a great stock of desserts. But the prices are relatively high. Hence, you can move out after the main course dinner or lunch to a nearest ice cream parlor where you can find several flavors and options at a cheaper price. You can alternatively try to visit a small coffee shop for tea or coffee to save your bills.
Be Decisive While Ordering: Some people order excessively and then waste a lot of food and money too. Taking multiple courses is not a good idea as the kids may leave the food due to loss of appetite over a soup or first course options.
The above mentioned strategies are ideal for saving a great deal of money on your restaurant bills. Moving out for a lunch or dinner with your family is always a great idea to keep them happy. Now that there are lot many options available to you, you can always explore ways to use tricks to get the best deals.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner, and many of you are likely gearing up for the crowds and looking for ways to stay ahead of the frenzy. For Cyber Monday and Black Friday newbies, they are just two of the busiest shopping days of the year. Black Friday (November 23 this year) is the day after Thanksgiving and officially launches the holiday shopping season. The term “Black Friday” was originally used to describe insane traffic after Thanksgiving in Philadelphia, but later on it meant the point at which retailers started to profit (to be “in the black”). Cyber Monday (November 26 this year) is the Monday that follows Black Friday and was conceived by retailers in 2005 to make people shop online.
Needless to say, the clever marketing ploy was a success—it’s one of the best days of the year to get incredible discounts on your online purchases. In fact, comScore reported that Cyber Monday 2010 was the highest spending day of that year. And it’s not only in the U.S.—Cyber Monday has spread to countries like the U.K. and Chile. So what can a shopper expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Retailers open very early, usually at four in the morning. Some major stores even open at midnight and stay open overnight! Also, expect a lot of serious discounts, offers, promotions and deep cuts on everything from shoes to electronics.
It pays to have a game plan for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, especially if you’re going to be hitting up a lot of local retailers. First, know what you can and cannot afford. Just because everything is half off doesn’t mean you should run yourself into debt. Remember that a deal is no longer a deal as you rack up interest charges on credit card purchases. For Black Friday, have a budget, make a list and stick to the list. Get the most important item in your list first, and be prepared for not getting all deals. Leave the kids at home—the lines are long, the stores are packed and people are grumpy. Do take a friend or your hubby with you (great for holding your spot in line in case nature calls).
Don’t worry if you can’t go out; there are lots of sales and deals online. Our favorite is Amazon’s week-long Black Friday event. For Cyber Monday, go to your favorite store’s website and sign up for their email newsletter. Many stores are giving subscribers exclusive coupons and discounts. Also visit eBay, Ebates, SlickDeals.net and price comparison websites. Deals are usually price matched, so make sure to compare prices from different websites at different times of the day—20% off can quickly turn into 50% off! To give you an idea of what’s out there, we’ve picked out some top deals (prices may change):
Don’t Wait in Line: Get Deals Online
Black Friday Deals (slickdeals.net/blackfriday/picks.php)
Best Buy 40″ Toshiba 40E220U 1080p LCD HDTV Sale Price: $179.99
Costco 3TB Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive Sale Price: $99.99
Dell Inspiron 14z 14.1″ Laptop w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD Sale Price: $299.99
Kmart 32″ Proscan LCD HDTV Sale Price: $97.00
Walmart 60″ Vizio 1080p WiFi LED HDTV Sale Price: $688.00
Sears (11/22) 50” Toshiba 50L2200U 1080p LED HDTV Sale Price: $299.99
Cyber Monday Deals (cybermonday.com/)
Kmart All Acer Computers as low as $269.99
Sears Free Shipping on eligible orders $49 and over
Bloomingdales Free Shipping on orders $150 and over
HPDirect.com $20 off on orders $100 and over
The Body Shop Free Shipping with any $50 purchase
Sephora Free Shipping on orders $50 and over
Nautica Free Shipping on all orders $50 and over
I register most of my domain names at GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy.com is one of the best places to find cheap domain names IF you have a coupon. Also, check out the domain name auctions if you want to pick up great expired domain names. Some say domain names are the real estate of the Internet. I tend to agree with this notion. It’s one that you can own for life on the Internet.
Best GoDaddy coupons codes:
– 10% Off Entire Order Exp. 03/12/12 Coupon Code LKSRTL10
– 32% Off Coupon Code gdx326n
– .com domain names $7.99 Coupon Code gdx317bc
Current list of GoDaddy.com coupons codes:
GoDaddy Promo Codes from Geek News Central
– These are ongoing
Geek5 – Save 15% on any order of $20 or more at GoDaddy
Todd20 – Save 20% on 1 Year Shared Hosting Accounts at GoDaddy
TODD – Save 10% on non domain orders at GoDaddy
COMSALE – $7.99 on .COM domain names only works for renewals as well!
COMSALE2 – $7.49 on new .com domains for existing customers
GEEK – Get $5 off any order of $30 or more.
CENTRAL – Get $10 off any order of $50 or more.
ALOHA – Get $20 off any order of $75 or more.
GEEKSSL12 – $12.99 SSL Certificates
– March 2012 coupon codes from Geek News Central
Free Private Registration with a domain purchase or transfer. So $9.99 FREE! “march4”
$7.99 .co, first year only (code works for $7.99 .coms as well) Code “coFeb3”
Offer: 25% off 4GH hosting plans (12 months+) Use Promo Code CES2
Some of my most popular posts have been my lists of coupon codes. This blog is one part saving money so I decided to once again list GoDaddy’s coupon codes. GoDaddy.com is my favorite domain name and hosting company. They always offer coupons so getting domain names is always inexpensive.
– This is the coupon code I’ve been using recently it’s for 35% off making .com domain name renewals $7.95. Coupon Code “cjc795dom”
– The following coupons are from Geek News Central. Todd has a lot of exclusive coupons.
Today ThinkGeek.com is offering a $10 off $50 coupon code. If you need great gift ideas ThinkGeek.com is a great source for inspiration. To get the $10 off $50 use coupon code “CJHOLIDAY” visit ThinkGeek.com and start shopping…
One of my favorite sites for domain names and even domain name auctions is GoDaddy.com. I never buy domain names at regular price if I don’t have to. Luckily for me GoDaddy.com ALWAYS has promotions/coupons for their web site. Here is a list of the best of the best coupon codes for GoDaddy.com. Visit Go Daddy.
Promo codes are from Geek News Central
GEEK5 Get 15% off any order $20 or more
TODD20 Save 20% on 1 Year Shared Hosting Accounts at GoDaddy
TODD Save 10% on non domain orders at GoDaddy
COMSALE $7.67 on .COM domain names only works for renewals as well!
ALOHA Get $20 off any order of $75 or more
GEEKSSL12 $12.99 SSL Certificates
PODFD412 35% off .com
gdc120m 25% Off $75 or more
NC3D17 For .com $7.99/year + Free Private Reg.
To take advantage of these great deals visit GoDaddy.com. It has been my experience that GoDaddy.com changes promotions frequently so take advantage of them while they last!
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