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Dining on a Dime: Local Deals

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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.

In this week’s edition of our Dining on a Dime series, we focus on local deals from around the country. Read on for specials on smoothies, restaurant discounts, buy one – get one free burgers, and more!

1. Jamba Juice

Through August 15, Jamba Juice locations in select “showdown” areas, including Los Angeles and New York, are accepting any McDonalds smoothie coupons. That includes coupons for freebies. Not in a showdown area or don’t have a coupon? The page also includes a $1 off coupon good at any Jamba Juice good through September 6.

2. “City with Soul” Band

Become a fan of Jackson, Miss. On Facebook or visit the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau to get a free purple wristband. The promotion entitles the bearer to discounts at area restaurants and other attractions, including a free berry tea with lunch at Bon Ami, 15% off your meal at King Edward Grill and a 20% discount at the Regions Plaza location of Subway.

3. The Summit

The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in Clifton has a three-course, $33 meal on Friday nights, as well as half-priced wine.

4. Coco’s Bakery Restaurant

This bakery restaurant chain (multiple locations in California, Ariozna, Colorado and Nevada) has taken after IHOP’s kids-eat-free example. Through August 31, get one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree after 4 p.m. Kids ages 10 and younger only.

5. Surfside Spice

The restaurants in Surfside Fla., weren’t eligible to join the Miami Spice promotion we featured a couple of weeks ago (valid through the end of September), so they created a prixe fix deal of their own, offering three-course, $22 lunches and dinners through September 30.

6. Cold Stone Creamery

SmartSource.com has a printable coupon good for two Like It size creations (ice cream and one mix-in) for $5. Participating locations only. Good through August 15.

7. Travers 1864 Restaurant Week

From August 22-26, 40 restaurants in or near Albany, N.Y., are offering three-course meals for $18.64. (That’s the first year of the iconic Saratoga horse race.)

8. Wienerschnitzel

Purchase one double chili cheeseburger and use a print out coupon to get a second one free. Participatig locations only. Offer good through October 2.

9. Apiary

In celebration of the bar’s second anniversary, it’s offering a 30% discount on specialty cocktails and wines by the glass for TastingTable.com readers. Available trough August 15 between 5:30 and 10 p.m. Ask for the “Tasting Table special.”

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.