Posts Tagged ‘coupons’

Frugal Dinner Out

August 10, 2009

Tonight, Mr D2S and I had plans with two friends to eat dinner and see a show. This was courtesy of a gift certificate my mother gave me as a graduation present. However, the event was outdoors and terrible thunderstorms ruined our plans.

Since the friends had already arrived, and we’d offered them free fun, we decided to go out to eat and pick up the tab.

We went to TGIFriday’s. I think this place is yummy, yet a little bit more pricey than, say, Applebees or Chili’s. However, I am on their email list and have a coupon (good for all of August) that gets $5 off each of your friends’ entrees. Also, we had a gift card from redeeming credit card points last month.

Here’s what our bill looked like:

2 waters — 0.00
2 sodas — 4.78
appetizer  — 6.19
entree  –10.28
entree  –9.48
entree  –11.49
entree   –8.59

total: 50.81

minus $15 for the coupon…

plus $3.05 for tax….

paid $25 with our giftcard….

and we owed $13.86 plus the tip, which one friend helped cover.

Not too shabby for stuffing four people to the brim.

The deal would’ve been stretched even further, of course, if two people hadn’t gotten sodas ($4.78), if we’d skipped the appetizer ($6.19), and if no one had upgraded their sides ($0.99 times two). But, still…not too shabby!

I also have a Get More Stripes card with TGIFridays. They keep track of what you spend and after 100 stripes (aka 100 dollars), you get an $8 giftcard. This month is double points, so we got 72 points for tonight and are just a three away from our next reward!

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Free Fun

July 11, 2009

It’s been a busy week at work, so I’m quite glad it’s Saturday and that I’m off! Mr D2S used a comp day for today, so we have loads of time together. We just enjoyed a delicious (and cheap) lunch at home of taco salad.

In about an hour we’re headed to a museum with a friend. We’ve been wanting to go to this art museum for over a year, and now we don’t have to pay to get in! When I bought the Entertainment Book, it had coupons for “buy one get one” admission, and I thought that was pretty good. Then Mr D2S bought a coupon book from a kid selling them door to door, and it has several free admissions with no other purchase necessary! The book cost $20, but we’ll recoup that with our three free tickets today. Not too shabby..

And tonight we’re meeting a bunch of my college friends for dinner. We didn’t choose the restaurant, but it’s cool, because the one that was picked is one that we have $35 worth of giftcards to!

Yay for not spending. 🙂

UPDATE: Turns out the 2nd Saturday of the month is free admission for everyone at the art museum!