Evaluating Restaurant Coupons

Besides manufacturer's coupons for products you can find on the shelves of your grocery store, restaurant coupons are probably the most popular type of coupon out there. You'll find great deals in your local ValPak and newspapers, as well as in-store deals that come with a purchase of X amount of money or more. Although coupons can seem to give you a great deal, however, evaluating restaurant coupons is an important practice to keep you from spending money you can't afford to pull out of your budget. Ask these questions to make sure the coupon is one you'd like to use.

An evening dinner in a restaurant with coupons.

Is the source reputable? You need to make sure that the coupon is valid in the first place before you even think about how you're going to spend it. It's a cruel joke to pull, but some mean pranksters will print up coupons for stores that were not intending to give 50% off your entire order! Make sure that the source of the coupon is reliable and that you aren't potentially taking a fake coupon in to buy a bunch of food out.

Would you eat at this restaurant anyway? If you don't like Italian food, there's no reason to keep that coupon for a local Italian favorite. In fact, if you're at all iffy about the restaurant for which you have the coupon, don't bother using it; give it to a friend who will, or toss it out. If you wouldn't eat at that restaurant under normal circumstances, it's not a good idea to spend money just because you are getting a decent deal.

Are you willing to use this much of your dining out budget on this restaurant? Maybe you would eat at the restaurant anyway, but it's not your favorite. If your monthly dining out budget is small, you may not want to use its entirety (or even a large chunk of it) on a dining experience that is only so-so. Consider carefully how much of an impact your spending at the restaurant would have on your budget, since most coupons require you to buy a certain amount before you can get a discount.

Does the coupon really give you a deal, or just coax you to spend more? Evaluate how much you would normally spend on a meal for however many people you're planning to take to the restaurant. If it is less than the minimum amount required to get the coupon deal, you're not actually getting a deal, because the restaurant is simply trying to get you to spend more money than you need to!

There are good coupons out there, so don't be a doubter! There are other ways to get good deals, too, like shopping at garage sales. We know all about that!




Comments (7) -

Jared Hunter
Jared Hunter
2/18/2013 9:34:25 AM #

This is a great way, you know, to save money when you are going out. But is a not a guarantee that you'll enjoy your stay especially when its your fist time to dine in that place. You can check, in advance, the feedback about their services and inquire about the menus, location, promos, etc... Have a backup plan if things go south to prevent a disaster from happening.

Debra King
Debra King
2/18/2013 9:41:01 AM #

With all these nice restaurants nowadays, finding a good one is not that hard. Even if you ever go to a poor place, its also beneficial since you would not commit the same mistake again and appreciate a nice restaurant when you comes across one since you've tried a bad one already haha. :p

Pamela Ross
Pamela Ross
2/18/2013 9:48:51 AM #

Going to your trusted and proven, favorite restaurant is just playing it safe and there will come a point that it would feel like a monotonous routine. Youre just go there because its where you're accustomed to go. Worst is, your favorite place is a fast food chain and your just contented with the mediocre foods they serve. You need to try somewhere new and take a chance, youll never know - you could find your new favorite restaurant.

Clyde Hughes
Clyde Hughes
2/18/2013 9:58:23 AM #

Baking is easy work which turns into a lot of money $_$ A tray of cookies can hold around 28 pieces and needs to be baked around 15-30 mins in an oven. Got to get your hand dirty a bit when mixing ingredients and forming the cookies - different shapes, designs, sizes. Could save a few for the children as their reward, for doing chores or getting high marks in all of their subjects, or snack for one sunny afternoon.

Jason Silva
Jason Silva
2/24/2013 3:31:37 AM #

I try to visit new restaurants once in a while. I prefer going to new restaurants if they have a unique style and they are offering new promos and deals for costumers. I love to compare restaurants by using my experience to gauge which is better and which offers better food. Even if my busy with work, I find time and make adjustments to make way for a weeknight trip to a new restaurant.

Kyle Jeffers
Kyle Jeffers
2/24/2013 3:38:01 AM #

Its a gamble you have to take Jared. It can pay off big time or suck so much that you wished you didn't visit that place. Either way, its a new experience you can learn from and share with your friends. You can laugh about that awful restaurant you once tried Smile

Melissa Park
Melissa Park
3/7/2013 11:12:19 PM #

Actually, collecting coupons is my hobby.When I already have enough, that's the time I'm going to go and exchange them for the item.  I already have a lot here but I haven't collected anything which gives discounts on restaurants. If I have one, I'll immediately rush there. But, I don't think so restaurants just give their coupons that's why you have to check their validity before going there and avoid yourself getting embarassed. =D

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