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Dining on a Dime: Next Week’s 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: free coffee, half-price Buffalo wings, deals on lobster and more!

Dunkin’ Donuts

March 29 is your last shot at free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Participating locations have offered a free medium hot or iced coffee each Monday of the month. Call ahead to make sure your nearest store is among those offering the deal.

T.G.I. Friday’s

DineOutCheap.com spotted a great deal for wing lovers. Visit the chain’s bar area when one of the NCAA tournament games is being televised through April 5 and you can get boneless Buffalo wings for half-price. Participating restaurants only.

BuyWithMe.com

Through March 28, New Yorkers can spend $15 to get a voucher good for $35 worth of food at Public House, and $8 for $16 worth of cupcakes at Dessert Club and ChickaLicious, among other deals. (To get the deal, a set number of people have to buy in, so there are no guarantees.) There’s fine print, too. The Public House voucher, for example, must be used all at once, is limited to one per table of five or fewer people (two per table if you have a party of six or more) and expires on Sept. 15.

Red Lobster

Sign up for the restaurant’s free Fresh Catch Club. Members recently received a print-out coupon good for $4 off two adult dinner entrees or $3 off two adult lunch entrees. Coupon expires April 29. Not a huge discount, to be sure, but helpful enough if you were already planning to check out the chain’s current Lobsterfest menu.

Restaurant.com

Coupon code “COOK” at checkout gets you an extra 80% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires March 31. 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. It’s a great discount, but there’s usually some fine print to watch out for. For example, Sushi Zanmai in Denver requires a minimum purchase of $35 to accept a $25 gift certificate. It’s good on dine-in dinner service only, one certificate per table with happy hour and other specials excluded. The restaurant also tacks on an 18% tip to the pre-certificate bill.

SocialBuy.com

Through March 27, Los Angeles residents can spend $20 to get a $40 voucher for 17th Street Cafe and Bakery. The same caveats about other group-buying sites apply — the deal isn’t a given until a set number of people buy, and there’s fine print on redeeming the voucher. The voucher expires Sept. 30.

 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.