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Dining on a Dime: Deals on Summer Treats

photo: Masahiro Ihara

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.

It’s officially summer and that means one thing: lots of barbequing, frozen treats and ice-cold drinks! We’ve got some good deals on those for you this week, including free burgers and pie, half-priced frozen yogurt, and kids restaurant week promotions.

1. Champps Americana

Become a fan of the chain on Facebook and get a coupon for a free burger. Participating locations only. Deal good through June 30 or 100,000 redemptions, whichever occurs first.

2, Waffle House

Through July 10, get a free slice of pie when you present a print out coupon. Must present coupon when ordering for dine-in. Participating locations only.

3. Ikea

Through July 5, kids eat free at participating Ikea stores. No adult purchase necessary.

4. Panda Express

The chain’s Facebook fans get a print out coupon good for a free order of orange chicken with the purchase of any entree. The catch: the coupon can only be used after 9 p.m. local time. Participating locations only. Deal good through July 11.

5. Orange County Kids Restaurant Week

Participating restaurants in Orange County, Calif., are offering special deals, many of them “kids eat free.” Deals good June 27-July 3.

6. Pick Up Stix

Buy one entree and a regular-sized drink, get a second entree free with a print out coupon. Not valid on Dragon Deals value menu items, kids meals and appetizers. Participating locations only. Deal expires July 3.

7. Pinkberry

Save your Pinkberry receipts. Under a new promotion, presenting one the next day gets you half-off one item. Ongoing deal.

8. Boston Market

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the chain is offering a limited-time deal of $4.99 for a quarter white meat or three pieces dark chicken, two sides and cornbread. Participating restaurants only.

9. Restaurant.com

Coupon code “SUMMER” at checkout gets you an extra 80% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires June 30. 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.

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.