A lot of us have signed up for daily emails from Groupon or LivingSocial where the discounts/deals sometimes make us waver back and for between ‘should I’ or ‘should I not’. Restaurant.com is currently offering a deal on 80% off of restaurant specific gift certificates.
It’s worth focusing on what this means in terms of ‘is this a frugal choice?” All indicators point to this being a good offer to buy because it allows for a somewhat expensive meal, if you’re taking you’re family, or the ability to spend a little extra if you’re having a date night. And spending a little extra would not come close to what you would spend without the deal.
Here’s an example:
You decide to buy a gift certificate to Restaurant A for a “$100 for $35″. That is, you’re spending $35 to get $100 towards that restaurant. In order to use $100, however, you have to plan on spending a minimum of $35 for your purchase. (also, this does not include tip or couple with any other promotion). So, you can’t use this gift certificate on different occasions, it must be used all at once. There is also a $2-5 service fee as well. In all, you’re spending, at most, $55 (a very generous tip) on a $100 meal that could make a special frugal anniversary dinner or a rare night out with the entire family.
It seems daunting, but it really is a good deal. Each place is different and Restaurant.com does a great job of putting the fine print directly under the deals, which is a good move on their behalf.
You might be wondering, too, “But is this really frugal?” Of course, I’d say, because you are getting way more for what you paid and there are a lot of options to choose from. Frugal choices come in different forms and in the wave of the coupon craze, there’s always going to be a deal worth thinking about.
Explore away and see if there are any places you’ve wanted to eat that has an awesome deal just for you.