restaurant discounts http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14152/all en-US Big Bytes: Using Tech for Restaurant Discounts http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone_at_restaurant.jpg" alt="Man using his phone at a restaurant" title="Man using his phone at a restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the best things about technology &mdash; according to just about everybody but Congress &mdash; is the wealth of information that&rsquo;s available anytime and anywhere we need it.</p> <p>As the Internet and smartphones have evolved, so too has the way people use this technology. Our iPhones and Androids aren&rsquo;t just for looking up news and directions anymore, they&rsquo;re also an excellent way to save money on food and snacks on the go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re a busy career person or just that guy or girl who&rsquo;d rather eat take out than turn on a burner, here are 10 tech-savvy apps and websites that will save you money when those hunger pangs hit, no matter where you are. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate's Guide to Eating Out</a>)</p> <h2>Foursquare</h2> <p>You usually can&rsquo;t score full meals using <a href="https://foursquare.com/">Foursquare</a> specials, but there are probably good deals that you can take advantage of in your neighborhood. In my area, there are lots of restaurants that offer a free glass of wine just for stopping in &mdash; no purchase necessary. At a Ruby Tuesday once, my husband and I scored a free appetizer by asking for the manager as the special requested. We had already eaten our dinner and weren&rsquo;t hungry for the appetizer, which means that we got free dessert instead. Cake is much better than pot stickers anyway.</p> <h2>Restaurant.com</h2> <p>I live by gift certificates from <a href="http://www.restaurant.com/">Restaurant.com</a> for two reasons: 1) They&rsquo;re a great way to try a restaurant that you maybe you wouldn&rsquo;t have otherwise, and 2) they provide an excellent opportunity to save money on a restaurant that you frequent a lot. There&rsquo;s a place around the corner from my house that I visit at least four times a week to finish up my work or to simply connect with others since I work from home all day. I keep my gift certificates in my bag (which, by the way, I buy at the deepest discount available &mdash; mostly 80% but sometimes 90% off; do your Google search), so if I get hungry while I&rsquo;m there I can order dinner without feeling too guilty about it.</p> <h2>Scoutmob</h2> <p>I used <a href="http://scoutmob.com/">Scoutmob</a> for the very first time last week, and it was easy as pie. When I opened the app, I noticed that one of my favorite restaurants was offering 50% off meals with a max discount of $25 (other deals will vary more or less, however). When my husband and I were looking for someplace to eat on Friday, that&rsquo;s the first place that came to mind. Deals on Scoutmob don&rsquo;t cost the user any money, either. You just show up, check in, and hand your phone to your server so that he can verify the discount.</p> <h2>Groupon Now!</h2> <p>This app is similar to Scoutmob in that it shows the deals closest to you at any given time, but unlike Scoutmob, <a href="http://www.groupon.com/now">Groupon Now!</a> charges the users a discounted fee for whatever food item is offered. Personally, I would check Scoutmob first, but the deals are still very good here, too.</p> <h2>Papa John&rsquo;s App</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m singling this app out for a reason. Papa John&rsquo;s has a program called <a href="http://www.papajohns.com/rewards/index.shtm">Papa Rewards</a> that allows registered users to earn points based on the cost of their orders. You receive one point for every $5 spent. Once you receive 25 points &mdash; which to be honest, doesn&rsquo;t take too long depending on how often you order from the joint (we order from here way too much!) &mdash; you qualify for a free pizza. I&rsquo;m using Papa John&rsquo;s as an example here to let you know that these kinds of programs exist (with keychain and punch cards, too), and they&rsquo;re worth looking into if you frequent certain establishments.</p> <h2>GrubHub</h2> <p>When I originally chose <a href="http://www.grubhub.com/">GrubHub</a> to include in this post, I was under the impression that new registrants of the web- and app-based delivery service received a $10 credit to use when placing their first order. That was true at one point, but the deal expired this past November. Because I didn&rsquo;t want you to miss out on GrubHub if you haven&rsquo;t yet tried it &mdash; and I certainly didn&rsquo;t want to deprive you of a chance to save some dough &mdash; I called the GrubHub peeps yesterday, and they were totally excited to offer the first 50 Wise Bread readers (who are new GrubHub users) a $5 <a href="http://wisebread.com/coupons">coupon code</a> to use when checking out after ordering their meal. Just enter WISEBREAD5 before January 23 to redeem this exclusive offer.</p> <h2>LivingSocial Instant</h2> <p><a href="https://www.livingsocial.com/instant">LivingSocial Instant</a> is the exact same concept as Groupon Now! Like I said before, you might find a deal here that Groupon Now! or Scoutmob doesn&rsquo;t have. It only takes a few minutes to compare and save.</p> <h2>BlackboardEats</h2> <p>The <a href="http://blackboardeats.com/">BlackboardEats</a> website/app is a bit more exclusive than the others, with deals targeting only Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. But registered users will receive weekly e-mails good for a percentage off their meal, a free bottle of wine, exclusive prix fixes, secret menus, and more at some of the best restaurants in their respective cities.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Happy Hour Finder</h2> <p>The best part about happy hours is the discount booze and sometimes free food. In fact, I once stumbled upon a happy hour at the Jersey Shore that offered a smorgasbord of food including pastas, sausages, and cold cuts &mdash; enough to feed a crowd full of juice heads and me &mdash; for free. As soon as you open the <a href="http://thehappyhourfinder.com/">Happy Hour Finder</a> app, you&rsquo;ll find happy hours nearby plus their registered deals. There are 13 in my area right now. How many are in yours?</p> <h2>Restaurant-Specific Websites</h2> <p>Before a trip to Dallas two years ago, I did an Internet search for the best barbecue restaurants in the area &mdash; I mean, who goes to Dallas without getting sauce on their shirt? Anyway, the search told me that Sonny Bryan&rsquo;s Smokehouse was highly recommended, so I visited the website to see what it was all about. I&rsquo;m glad I did, too. Right there on the front page was a sign-up form for a buy one, get one free coupon. Total score! So many restaurants have these deals as part of their loyalty clubs and people overlook them &mdash; especially on birthdays when you can get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">motherload of freebies</a>&hellip;and a few extra pounds.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer">5 Great Beer Apps to Kick-Start Your Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">7 Tools and Gadgets Your Smartphone Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-why-buying-groceries-online-is-great">3 Reasons Why Buying Groceries Online Is Great</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-saving-reasons-to-buy-a-food-dehydrator">9 Money Saving Reasons to Buy a Food Dehydrator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-high-tech-tools-to-help-your-garden-grow">6 High-Tech Tools to Help Your Garden Grow</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Technology customer rewards daily deals restaurant discounts smartphone apps Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:24:27 +0000 Mikey Rox 871432 at http://www.wisebread.com Big List of Birthday Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/big-list-of-birthday-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5157898067_ebc2c34f78.jpg" alt="blowing birthday candles" title="blowing birthday candles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've been waiting all year for this one day and it's finally here! Take advantage of the one day of the year that people have to be nice to you. So nice, in fact, that you can got a lot of free stuff just because it's your big day.</p> <p>For most of these freebies, you'll have to sign up for a free newsletter, which often times has coupons for the other 364 days of the year.</p> <h2>Restaurants</h2> <p><a href="http://applebees.com/emailsignup.aspx?s=Home">Applebee's</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://www.benihana.com/TheChefsTable">Benihana</a>: Dinner certificate worth $30 to use during the month of your birthday</p> <p><a href="http://bennigans.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;_inputsource=W">Bennigan's</a>: BOGO entree + free brownie ice cream dessert</p> <p><a href="http://buca.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;InputSource=W">Buca di Beppo</a>: Free appetizer (+ free dessert for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.buffalowildwings.com/">Buffalo Wild Wings</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://dennys.com">Denny's</a>: Free Grand Slam</p> <p><a href="http://ihopcorp.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;_Theme=30064771093&amp;Inputsource=W">IHOP</a>: Free meal on your birthday (+ free meal for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnnyrockets.com/rockete-club/index.php">Johnny Rockets</a>: Free burger</p> <p><a href="http://maggianos.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;Inputsource=W">Maggiano's</a>: $10 off coupon (+ $10 off just for joining!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.noodles.com/noodlegram/">Noodle's &amp; Company</a>: Free dish</p> <p><a href="http://www.myoutbackrewards.com/register">Outback Steakhouse</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="https://www.pfchangs.com/account/signup.aspx?ReturnUrl=http://www.pfchangs.com/index.aspx">P.F. Changs</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://www.redlobster.com/club/">Red Lobster</a>: Free appetizer</p> <p><a href="http://www.redrobin.com/eclub/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1">Red Robin</a>: Free burger (+ signup bonus!)</p> <p><a href="http://pages.rubytuesdayrestaurants.com/page.aspx?QS=330c754b5e92df74c5001a21711e171204a64d8b8f9cfa5519d03d3ba221e1a1">Ruby Tuesday's</a>: Free burger (+ BOGO coupon with signup)</p> <p><a href="http://echo.bluehornet.com/clients/tgifriday/survey.htm">TGI Friday's</a>: Free appetizer (+ free appetizer for signing up!)</p> <h2>Books</h2> <p><a href="https://kids.barnesandnoble.com/kidsclub/Default.aspx?r=1&amp;r=1&amp;if=N&amp;cm_mmc=Deal%20Seeking%20Mom-_-k189848-_-j33322565k189848-_-link">Barnes &amp; Noble</a>: Free cupcake and digital Tikatok book</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/user/extracare/extracare.jsp">CVS</a>: $3 ExtraCare Bucks Hallmark: Free card + 20% off one item</p> <p><a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/dap_10151_10104_DAP_BirthdayClub-home?adCell=W4">Kmart</a>: $5 Birthday Bucks</p> <h2>Desserts &amp; Coffee</h2> <p><a href="http://auntieannes.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;inputsource=w">Auntie Annie's</a>: Free Pretzel</p> <p><a href="http://www.baskinrobbins.com/BDayClub/">Baskin Robbins</a> - Coupon for a free 2.5oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.benjerry.com/our_company/contact_us/forms/chunk_spelunker/index.cfm">Ben &amp; Jerry's</a> - Free ice cream<a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddperks.html"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://view.cariboucoffee-email.com/?j=fe8c1d737762007576&amp;m=fef010797c640d&amp;ls=fdea10717d6702797311777c&amp;l=fe9a1570726c007d74&amp;s=fe2410747661027a761275&amp;jb=ffcf14&amp;ju=fe5913767463017d7211">Caribou Coffee</a>: Free coffee drink (just print!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/birthday/birthday_club.aspx">Cold Stone Creamery</a> - Free ice cream (good for one week before and one week after)</p> <p><a href="http://www.blizzardfanclub.com/">Dairy Queen</a> - Free ice cream cone (+ blizzard for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddperks.html">Dunkin' Donuts</a>: Free medium beverage (plus another just for signing up for their Dunkin' Perks program!)</p> <p><a href="http://krispykreme.qm4.net/login/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/members/UpdateProfile.aspx%3fAction%3dSubscribe&amp;Action=Subscribe">Krispy Kreme</a>: Free donut</p> <p><a href="https://www.starbucks.com/Account/signin?ReturnUrl=/account/profile">Starbucks</a>: Free drink</p> <h2>For Kids Only (Parents have to set up accounts)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bostonmarket.com/specials?page=kidsBirthdayClub">Boston Market</a>: Free kid's meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.clubbk.com/Parents/Default.aspx">Burger King</a>: Free kids meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.cpk.com/cpkids/">California Pizza Kitchen</a>: Free Kids meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.dennys.com/en/cms/D-Zone&amp;reg/93.html">Denny's</a>: Free kids entree and sundae for ages 10 and under</p> <p><a href="http://www.friendlys.com/birthday-club/">Friendly's</a>: free kids meal for ages 12 and under (with purchase of an adult meal, but good for a full month!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/dap_10151_10104_DAP_BirthdayClubAbout">KMart</a> - $5 in Birthday Bucks, a birthday crown, a happy birthday certificate, and a birthday fun pack with surprise goodies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sonicdrivein.com/kids/birthdayClubLogin.jsp">Sonic</a>: Free Wacky Pack kid's meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.trubdayclub.com/">Toys R Us</a>: Free gift card ($5, mailed to parents) and birthday card for kids 10 and under. Visiting a store nets a crown, balloon, and birthday wishes over the loudspeaker.</p> <p>These companies are happy to give you something free in return for you having a good experience and possibly coming back or buying something else. Plus, usually shopping happens in groups, so getting your friend to buy something makes it worth it for them!</p> <p><em>What other birthday freebies do you know about?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paint-a-room-and-wash-your-face-more-uses-for-powdered-milk-than-you-ever-imagined">Paint a Room and Wash Your Face: More Uses For Powdered Milk Than You Ever Imagined</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-kids-eat-free-restaurants">Best Kids Eat Free Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money">9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That&#039;ll Actually Save you Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink birthday birthday freebies restaurant discounts restaurants Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:48:21 +0000 Daniel Packer 584965 at http://www.wisebread.com