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Dining on a Dime: Restaurant 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: discount smoothies, restaurant-week promotions and $5 gourmet lunches, among other deals!

1. Tasty Thursdays

Through August 26, visit Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Tasty Thursdays. Local restaurants sell food items for $5 or less. There’s a free concert every week, too.

2. Buca di Beppo

Make a reservation for National Lasagna Day on July 29th and purchase any small or large pasta or entree, and get a free lunch-sized portion of lasagna.

3. Benjamin’s

On July 29 from 6:30 p.m. onward, the Taunton, Mass., restaurant will offer a special three-course meal paired with a different wine for each course — for $30 total. Reservations must be made in advance.

4. McDonald’s

Save $1 off a McCafe frappe or real fruit smoothie with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Deal good through August 15.

5. Taste of Hartford

Participating restaurants in Hartford, Conn., will offer three-course dinners for $20.10. “Taste of Hartford” runs July 26 through August 8.

6. Red Mango

Become a fan of the chain on Facebook and get a print out coupon good for $1 off any flavor smoothie, as well as one good for $1 off a yogurt or parfait in the new Key Lime Pie flavor. Participating locations only. Both offers expire August 31.

7. Madison Summer Restaurant Week

From July 25-30, participating restaurants in Madison, Wis., will offer three-course dinners for $35. Some will also offer three-course lunches for $15.

8. P.F. Chang’s

Provide your email address and get a print out coupon good for a free order of lettuce wraps with any entree purchase. Participating locations only. Coupon expires July 31.

9. Black Angus Steakhouse

Use print out coupons to get a Summer Grill Trio for $15 and a Campfire Feat Dinner for Two for $38 (regularly $50). Deals expire August 9.

10. La Salsa

RestaurantCouponsandDeals.com came across a print out coupon good for a $4 crispy taco trio, plus rice, beans and chips. Participating locations only. Good through July 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.