Saving Money

Dining on a Dime: Free Smoothies and Chocolate Cake

photo: Carlos Madrigal

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

It may not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels that way with temperatures in the 80s and 90s in many parts of the country.  So this week, we’ve got some icy-cold treats and other summary refreshments. Read on for coupon codes for free limeade, smoothies and chocolate cake, half-price subs and discount restaurant gift certificates!

1. Taco Bell

Use a print out coupon to get a free limeade sparkler. Better act fast, though: coupon expires seven days from printing. The deal is good through July 11 or until 500,000 of the coupons have been redeemed, whichever occurs first. Participating locations only.

2. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Dig out your flip flops and head to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe on June 18 for National Flip Flop Day. The first 500 customers to show up at participating locations wearing said footwear get a free 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothie.

3. Domino’s Pizza

Take a short survey about the chain’s new pizza and get a coupon for a free chocolate lava cake dessert (worth $4). Coupon valid through May 31.

4. Restaurant.com

Coupon code “FLAG” at checkout gets you an extra 80% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires May 31. Restaurant.com usually prices $25 certificates at $10. (Spend $20 to get $50; $30 for $75, etc.) With the discount, you’ll pay just $2, $4, $or $6. Each restaurant sets conditions for use, dictating number of diners, eligible days and excluded menu items.

5. Quiznos

Get half off a Choose 2 Combo when you purchase a regular fountain drink and present a print out coupon. Deal expires June 6.

6. Chipotle

Buy a $25 gift card in stores before June 12 and bring in the receipt on a subsequent visit to get a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Must redeem receipt by June 30. Participating locations only.

7. Smokey Bones

FatWallet.com users spotted a print out coupon good for $10 off a $20 purchase or more. One per party per visit. Participating locations only. Deal expires June 12.

8. Donut Connection

Use print out coupons for savings through June 30. Deals include six free doughnuts when you buy six, and a free small coffee when you purchase a breakfast sandwich.

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 http://www.twitter.com/mintfoodie.