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3 Ways to Leverage Restaurant Coupons

Restaurants offer coupons just like retailers do. Here's how to take advantage.
Nov. 28, 2018
Managing Money, Personal Finance
3 Ways to Leverage Restaurant Coupons
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The next time you go out for lunch or dinner, bring along a coupon.

Here’s how to find and use restaurant coupons so you can consistently eat out for less.

1. Search (and order) online

Just as you browse online for traditional coupons, search for restaurant coupons, too. Coupon aggregator websites compile dine-in deals for restaurants, as well as discount codes for online takeout orders.

Coupon aggregator websites compile dine-in deals for restaurants, as well as coupon codes for online takeout orders.

For example, at the time of this writing, we found coupon codes for $5 off $30 or more online to-go orders at Olive Garden and 25% off regular menu-priced orders at Papa John’s Pizza.

When you find a coupon or coupon code, read the fine print to see when it expires and whether there any other redemption requirements or exclusions. For instance, do you need to spend a certain amount? Do you have to place your order online for pickup?

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2. Download apps

Once you find a coupon aggregator website you like, check to see whether it has an accompanying coupon app. The Coupons app is one of our favorite picks because it aggregates restaurant and retail deals in one place.

In addition to coupon-specific apps, download the official apps of your favorite restaurants and fast food chains. Wendy’s, for instance, has offered two-for-one burgers and chicken sandwich deals in the app.

3. Take someone with you

Restaurants like to offer “buy one, get one free” promotions. If you find one, go out to eat with a friend who shares your taste in food. Then, split the cost of the one item you pay for — that means you’ll be getting 50% off your portion of the meal.

And while you’re eating out, ask the restaurant whether it has any loyalty deals (for example, get a free sandwich after you’ve bought 10). These can be valuable, especially if you’re going to frequent the restaurant regularly anyway.

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