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Frugal Foodie’s Friday Meal Deals

Cooking at home is the best way to save cash, but it’s nice to go out sometimes, too. Check out Frugal Foodie on Fridays for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare.

This week: election ice cream, cheap pizza buffets and all-you-can-drink wine, among other deals.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Use a print out coupon on the company’s website to get $4 off a bagel bucket. Participating locations only.

Kitchen Liberation Month

During September, participating Maryland restaurants are offering 20% off breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

Morton’s Steakhouse

DealNews.com spotted an offer for a three-course “Spring into Summer” meal for $45. Participating locations only. Expires Aug. 31st.

Texas Roadhouse

On Sept. 20, Boy Scout Troop 189 will hold a fundraiser at the Leominster, Mass., restaurant. Diners who email for a coupon in advance and eat there that day can have 10% of their bill donated to the troop.

Macaroni Grill

American Express Sync offers currently give $15 back on a $50 purchase. Must follow instructions to claim. Participating locations only. Expires Sept. 3rd.

The Capital Grille

Through Sept. 2nd, the restaurant is offering its “Generous Pour” promotion of nine wines for $25. Diners can try as many as they like, with refills included.

CiCi’s Pizza

For Guest Appreciation Day on Sept. 6, adults can access the buffet for $2.99. Participating locations only.

Beans Café and Bakery

For $2.12, the Dry Ridge, Ky., restaurant is offering an ice cream cone that doubles as a “vote” — chocolate represents Obama; vanilla, Romney and swirl, undecided.

Buca di Beppo

Use print out coupons from the company’s website to save $10 off a to-go order of $30 or more, or $10 off a dine-in order of two pastas, two baked pastas or entrees. Participating locations only. Expires Sept. 3rd.

Magical Dining Month

During September, participating Orlando restaurants are offering specially priced dinners for $30.

Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie