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Dining On a Dime: Free ribs, ice cream, bagels and more!

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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.

Say Haagen-Dazs! And smile, because next Tuesday, the premium ice cream maker is giving out free vanila, chocolate or coffee ice cream scoops.  And that’s not all you can get free next week. On the menu: ribs, bagels, bread and kids’ meals (yes, all free!), as well as a wine-focused restaurant week!

1. Shane’s Rib Shack

Better get in line now. The first 100 people to show up at a participating location on May 15 will get a free half-rack of ribs, a large beverage and a T-shirt.

2. Einstein Bros. Bagels

Through May 16, get a free bagel and shmear when you use a print out coupon. Participating locations only.

3. Haagen-Dazs

The name may sound Dutch, but this premium ice cream brand actually comes from New York City. And on Tuesday, May 18, it is celebrating its 50th birthday. Stop by any participating location throughout the country between 4 and 8 p.m. for a free scoop of chocolate, vanilla or coffee ice cream.

4. Quiznos

Kids now eat free at Quiznos. Buy an adult entree (sub, Toasty Torpedo, chopped salad or Choose 2) and get a free kids meal (sub, sammy or pizza). Children under 12 only – and he or she must be present when you order.

Participating Quiznos locations also have a print out coupon good for one free sandwich when you buy another of equal or greater value as well as a regular-size fountain drink. Good through May 17. 

 5. Carl’s Jr.

Buy gift cards at Carl’s Jr. and enter coupon code GROUPON at checkout to receive a free teriyaki burger for each $20 in cards purchased. Offer valid while supplies last.

6. Hardee’s

Visit a participating location by May 18 and donate $1 to help fight breast cancer and receive a sheet of coupons valued at $10.

7. Spring Rioja Restaurant Week

Residents of Chicago and New Yorker can enjoy $25 lunches and $35 dinners at participating restaurants from May 13-27 during Rioja Restaurant Week http://www.riojarestaurantweek.com/. Diners also get a glass of the wine in question, picked to compliment the food.

8. QuickChek

Facebook fans can print out a coupon good for a free 4 oz. low-fat mixed-berry loaf. One per customer. Good through May 17.

9. Triangle Restaurant Week

May 17 through 23, visit participating restaurants in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for Triangle Restaurant Week. Lunches are $15; dinners, $25.

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.