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Dining On a Dime: Father’s Day 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 steak for recent grads, discount ice cream and pizza, plus a special section of Father’s Day freebies and deals!

1. Lone Star Steakhouse

RestaurantCouponsandDeals.com spotted a set of print out coupons offering a free steak or chicken meal for new graduates who present their diploma. Offer good through June 29.  Other deals on the coupon strip include two lunches for $12 (good through June 28) and a $26 prime rib, lobster and draft beer combo (good through June 20).

2. ColdStone Creamery

Present a print out coupon to save 20% on your purchase. Not valid on gift cards, ice cream cakes and novelties. Participating locations only. Valid through June 30.

3. Bertucci’s

Through July 15, save $5 on a purchase of $25 or more when you use a print out coupon. Not valid on alcoholic beverages. Participating locations only.

4. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Save $7 on the purchase of two entrees with a print out coupon (the link to print the coupon is at the bottom of the page).

Father’s Day Deals

1. Spaghetti Warehouse

Dad eats free on June 20. Get a free order of spaghetti or 15-layer lasagna. Participating locations only.

2. TCBY

Dads get a free cup or cone of frozen yogurt at participating locations on June 20.

3. OpenTable.com

The free booking site isn’t offering any deals itself. But it has a great city-by-city rundown of Father’s Day specials at local restaurants. For example, in the New York area, dads get a free mint julep at 10 Downing Food & Wine, or half price entrees at Fountain Grille in the Sheraton Long Island Hotel.

4. Denny’s

Use the Facebook Father’s Day Card-Maker to send Dad an e-card, and you’ll also get a print-out coupon good for a free ice cream float with the purchase of a value menu or entree purchase. Participating locations only. Coupon must be used between June 20-27.

5. Restaurant.com

Coupon code “FATHER” at checkout gets you an extra 70% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires June 20. 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.

6. Trump Plaza

Max’s Restaurant in Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza is offering a special three-course meal on June 20. For $55 per person, you’ll get a bottle of wine (special Father’s Day selection), a Caesar or house salad, prime rib and shrimp with mashed potato and asparagus, and tiramisu with berries. (Regularly, the prime rib alone — sides cost extra — will set you back $44.) Must have reservations.

7. McCormick & Schmick’s

Enjoy a special three-course dinner for $30 from June 18-20. Get your choice of soup or salad, prime rib entree and crème brûlée dessert. 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.