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Dining on a Dime: Free Coffee 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: free coffee and fries, extra gift card values and discounts for charity, among other deals.

1. QuickChek

Facebook fans can get a free chocolate-covered-cherry cappuccino or hot chocolate with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Deal expires Dec. 13.

2. Wendy’s

DealNews.com spotted a print out coupon good for free order of natural cut fries with sea salt. Participating locations only. Good through Jan. 1.

3. Gift card bonuses

‘Tis the season for extra deals when you buy gift cards to your favorite chain restaurant. Bonefish Grill, for example, offers a $20 bonus card when you buy a $100 gift card. EatDrinkDeals.com has a list of 35 similar promotions,  most of which end by Christmas Eve.

4. Restaurant.com

This week, coupon code “JOY” at checkout gets you an extra 80% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires Dec. 12. 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 regarding the number of diners, days and menu items a certificate can be used for, so check the fine print before you buy.

5. Mindful Mondays

Dine on Mondays at participating restaurants in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and 10% of the bill will be sent to local food banks. Must present print out coupon.

6. Boston Market

Save $1 off an in store or online order of $10 or more with a web site coupon. Participating locations only. Good through Jan. 7.

7. Campton Place Restaurant

The San Francisco restaurant, which recently earned a Michelin star, now offers a $28, three-course prixe-fix lunch featuring seasonal produce. Regularly, says the LA Times, you’d pay $40 for the same meal.

8. Quiznos

Get $1 off one sub, $2 off two subs or $3 off three subs with a print out coupons. A second coupon offers four small subs for $20. Participating locations only. Both deals end Dec. 20.

9. Monterey Cookhouse

Get a 10% discount dining with a group of four or more during weekend lunch at the Monterey, Calif., restaurant. They also offer a 20% early-bird discount during dinner hours.

10. Baja Fresh

Save $5 off an order of $15 or more with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Expires Dec. 31.

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.