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Dining on a Dime: Halloween Freebies

photo: by Janine

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.

This week: Halloween freebies, free quesadillas and restaurant scavenger hunts, among other deals.

1. IHOP

We mentioned this two weeks ago, but it’s worth a reminder. On October 29 — today! — kids ages 12 and younger get a free “scary face” pancake. Participating locations only.

2. Chili’s

Kids age 12 and under who come in costume October 30 or 31 can get a free kids meal with an adult entrée purchase. Participating locations only; call ahead.

3. Applebee’s

Kids age 12 and under who come in costume October 31 can get a free kids meal with an adult entrée purchase. Participating locations only; call ahead.

4. Malaysia Food Truck

Through November 19, this NYC-based food truck will dispense free samples from local restaurants between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Deal available while supplies last.

5. Denny’s

Get a free cheese quesadilla with the purchase of a $2.50-plus entrée and use a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Offer ends October 31.

6. Canlis

For its 60th anniversary celebration, the Seattle restaurant is hosting a scavenger hunt. Daily tweets offer clues to 1950s menus hidden around the city. Find one, and you get dinner for two at those 1950s prices.

7. A&W

Facebook fans who buy a 32-ounce drink get a free $3 Big Taste Meal with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Good through November 1.

8. Cousins Subs

Donate two non-perishable food items at the Milwaukee-area sub chain’s stores and get a free sub with the purchase of a sub and a side. Food drive runs November 1 through December 5.

9. Boston Market

Get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Good through October 31.

10. Portsmouth Restaurant Week

From November 4 through 13, participating restaurants in Portsmouth, New Hampshire are offering three-course prixe fix special lunches for $16.95 and dinners for $29.95.

11. McCormick & Schmick’s

On Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays for a limited time, buy a “perfect combination” dinner and get a half-priced bottle of wine. Limit one bottle per perfect combination dinner ordered. Participating locations only.

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.