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Dining on a Dime: BOGO Meals and Other 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.

This week: restaurant meals that transform into furniture store credits, half-priced subs and cheap fro-yo, among other deals.

1. IKEA

Nov. 11-14, dine at IKEA and you can deduct the value of your meal on a store purchase of $100 or more. Participating locations only.

2. Indian Wells

Send a text to this California town to unlock special dining discounts, including a free glass of wine at Indian Wells Resort’s Loren Restaurant.

3. Quiznos

Use a print out coupon to save $1 off a regular sub or $2 off a large sub. A third coupon offers two-for-one subs after 4 p.m. Participating locations only. Coupons expire Nov. 9.

4. Restaurant.com

This week, coupon code “MEAL” at checkout gets you an extra 70% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires Nov. 8. Restaurant.com usually prices $25 certificates at $10. (Spend $20 to get $50; $30 for $75, etc.) With the discount, you’ll pay just $3, $6, or $9. Each restaurant sets conditions regarding the number of diners, days and menu items a certificate can be used for, so check the fine print before you buy.

5. T.G.I. Friday’s

Through Nov. 7, buy one salad or sandwich and get a second free with a print out coupon. Participating locations only.

6. Cleveland Restaurant Week

Participating Ohio restaurants will offer special three-course, $30 prix fixe menus through Nov. 14.

7. Red Mango

Facebook fans get a print out coupon good for $1 off the seasonal “pumpkin spice” flavor. Participating locations only. Good through November 7.

8. Benihana

For $37, you’ll get the November chef’s special: two steak hibachi entrees, a shrimp appetizer and accoutrements (including vegetables, rice and green tea). Price does not include tax or tip. Participating locations only. Deal ends Nov. 30.

9. Chevy’s

Use two print out coupons to buy-one-get-one-20%-off or buy-one-get-one-for-$3.99 entrée deals. Participating locations only. Both coupons expire November 13.

10. Park’s Edge

This Atlanta restaurant now offers a Wine Down Weekdays promotion including $5 glasses of wine and $8 appetizer plates.

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.